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World Book Day: 5 Favorites from the MEK Team

Happy World Book Day! This wonderful day is about celebrating the joy of reading.

At MEK Review, we love the power of a great book, and how it can magically transport us to a different time, a different world. More than anything, reading helps us expand our perspectives, live in another’s shoes, and gain new experiences.

Below, a few of our MEK Review counselors share a few favorite books that they return to again and again. 


Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" book cover.1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I always suggest One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez whenever anyone asks for book recommendations. I have read it myself about five times already, and will probably read it again soon. I really enjoy the way the book describes real, historical events in fantastical, mind-bending ways. Each time I read it, I discover something new.

— Elena Munoz, English Teacher


John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" book cover.

2. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden (1952) is arguably John Steinbeck’s greatest novel, one that is rivaled only by his seminal Depression-era classic “The Grapes of Wrath” (1939). A sprawling epic that transports readers to the sights, sounds, and smells of northern California’s idyllic Salinas Valley, this masterpiece has pretty much everything one looks for in a novel, from universal themes to memorable fully drawn characters to vivid language, symbolism, and imagery.

— Chris Cullen, English Teacher 


Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" book cover.

3. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

In Anna Karenina, the intense story line set in tsarist Russia follows realist characters. The reader is taken on an enthralling journey while absorbing the richness of Russian culture. In her pursuit of happiness which appears to be elusive, Anna takes us on an emotional roller coaster as we feel her sadness, jealousy, and helplessness due to strict social norms. Considered one of the greatest literary works, this novel transcends time and remains a classic through the ages.

— Brigitte Chang, Head College Counselor


Junot Diaz's "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" book cover.4. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

I can’t have just one favorite. There are too many great books! But one of my favorites is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Diaz tells a multi-generational story that encompasses so many compelling narratives and themes. Also, his beautiful and poetic use of language is powerful and entertaining.

— Rachel Erwin, Exam Prep Coordinator


J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series 5. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

The Harry Potter series are always exciting and magical even after reading it for the third or fifth time. I truly enjoy becoming lost in the world created by J.K. Rowling. After watching the movies especially, I can visualize the characters as they grow up and go on their magical adventures.

— Sarah Kim, MEK Lab Director


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