If you can’t tell by now, I LOVE my college. I go to Emerson College in Boston, MA for Writing, Literature, and Publishing (but you probably know that by now). One of my favorite parts about Emerson is the fact that we have such unique and narrow majors. I’m missing my college a lot these days, so I wanted to make a post where I give book recommendations based on some of the majors at Emerson College!
Writing, Literature and Publishing (my major!)
1. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Just on the description alone, this is a WLP’s dream book. Darcy Patel is publishing her first novel and goes head first into the world of New York City YA publishing. However, this isn’t all. The alternating chapters are from the P.O.V. of Darcy’s main character, Lizzie. Whether you’re a WLP who wants to go into publishing or to become a writer yourself, this book has everything for you.
2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
If you’ve encountered a WLP major at Emerson College, you’ll know that Fangirl is such a personality book. Most (if not all) WLPs are introverted and prefer cozying up with a book as opposed to going out on a Friday evening. Nothing describes this better than Fangirl. Fangirl follows a girl named Cath who is OBSESSED with this book series called Simon Snow. She writes fan fiction, discusses theories on forums, and even cosplays for movie premieres. The book follows her journey as she navigates college for the first time away from the comforts of home.
1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is the PERFECT read for any Journalism major. Our main character, Monique, is an unsuccessful magazine reporter who was selected personally by the elusive old Hollywood celebrity Evelyn Hugo to interview her and write a “tell all” about her life. The story unfolds as it jumps between Evelyn and Monique’s interview and young Evelyn’s life in mid 1900s Hollywood. If this doesn’t scream Journalism major, I don’t know what does.
2. Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy
Does your favorite Journalism major need a light read to recover from finals week? Say no more! Dear Sweet Pea is a middle grade book following a young girl dealing with her parents’ recent divorce. Her parents, in order to make everything as “normal” as possible for Patricia “Sweet Pea”, they live in identical houses on the same street with only one house separating the two. The house in the middle belongs to Miss Flora Mae, a local celebrity due to her advice column in the local newspaper. Miss Flora Mae leaves for a trip and asks Sweet Pea to take care of her plants and forward the column letters to her. Sweet Pea notices a letter with particularly familiar handwriting, and events began to spiral from there.
Media Arts Production (often referred to as VMA)
1. Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
If you’re a VMA major, it’s likely you spend your weekends on film shoots. For this reason, Tash Hearts Tolstoy is the perfect book for you. Natasha “Tash”‘s web mini series suddenly surges in popularity after a well-known vlogger shouts the series out in a video. With all the growing fans and popularity, Tash struggles not to crash under the new expectations. This book is super fun and pretty relatable to any film or online creators because it talks about editing, filming and uploading, and the role of social media.
2. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
One of the dreams for VMA majors is to end up working in some aspect of the film industry, specifically in L.A. Everything Leads to You follows Emi who has already began her journey in the film industry in Hollywood as a set designer. However, this book has so much more about Emi’s emotional journey with her on-and-off girlfriend. If you’re looking for a book that’s less about film and more about the characters, Everything Leads to You is the perfect book for you!
1. Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein
It’s likely that if you’re a Theatre major, whether at Emerson or elsewhere, you will encounter Shakespeare at some point. Maybe you’ve had to read and perform them once, twice, or so many times you can’t even keep track. Well, then it’s time to check out Ophelia. Ophelia is a retelling of the Shakespeare play, Hamlet, except this book brings Ophelia to the forefront of the story. Feminism!
2. Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
If you are involved in theatre, you have probably been type casted for a certain role. Well, Julia in Short is casted as a Munchkin in a summer production of The Wizard of Oz. Through this experience, Julia begins to gain a whole new level of confidence and realize that, though she is short, she is mighty. Short is a fun, middle grade book that’s great for a quick theatre read!
1. Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta
Echo After Echo is actually great for both Theatre & Performance and Theatre Design/Technology, but I decided to put it here to give some love to my DTs! Actress, Zara Evans, comes to a new theatre to work in Echo and Ariston, Greek Tragedy. However, tragedy doesn’t only stay on the stage as there’s a death in the theatre…then another. They can’t help but wonder if these are accidents, murders, or a curse plaguing the theatre. This literally sounds like the perfect book for all my Performing Arts majors out there.
2. The Backstagers series by James Tynion IV
If you aren’t too much of a reader but love theatre, The Backstagers will definitely be up your alley! The Backstagers is a three-part comic series. Jory, our main character, transferred to all all-boys private school where he gets taken under the wings of a stage crew. With some magical elements involved as well, The Backstagers also talks about what goes on behind the curtain in order to make a show run successfully. Which, if you work in theatre, you know that takes a little bit of luck and magic.
1. You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
If you’re a Communication Disorders major, you’re most likely pretty passionate about helping people learn to communicate. If this is true for you, then you would LOVE You’re Welcome, Universe! Julia is an outspoken deaf student interested in street art and expressing herself. She ends up transferring to a school in the suburbs where she is ostracized for being the only deaf student. For this, art becomes one of the only ways to express herself. Overall, You’re Welcome, Universe is such a fun book!
2. Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker
Here’s another great recommendation if you aren’t normally a reader! Mooncakes is a standalone graphic novel about a young hard-of-hearing teen witch. She helps out in her grandmother’s book shop, loaning out spell books and helping with any paranormal or witchy events in her town. Also, Mooncakes takes place in New England! Communication Disorders focuses on all areas in the science of communication, so here are just two books that focus on deaf and hard of hearing characters!
1. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Many Business of Creative Enterprises majors are fascinated with the behind of the scenes of creative industries and like to see creatives thrive! For this reason, Daisy Jones & The Six is the perfect book for you local BCE major! Daisy is living in L.A. in the late 1960s trying to make it as a singer. However, her true success doesn’t begin until a producer pairs her with the band The Six. Old-time Hollywood and elements of the creative business industry? Hell yeah!
2. Slay by Brittney Morris
This one is a little but of a stretch, but here me out! Slay follows Kiera Johnson, your average honors student at a predominantly white academy. However, she is the sole game developer of a multi-player online role playing game called SLAY. However, someone is murdered over an in-game dispute over SLAY, to which SLAY is then labeled as an anti-white, violent community for “thugs”. I thought this book would fit perfectly within BCE because of the business and entrepreneurial spirit involved in being a game developer. Go BCE!
1. Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed
If you’re a Political Communications major, it’s likely that you are SUPER politically active. Whether that means you’re interning for a local politician, or even just in a leadership position for a political club on campus, you like being involved in what’s going on politically. For all of these reasons, Yes No Maybe So is going to be right up your alley then! The book follows two teenagers, Jamie and Maya, while they are canvasing for a local state senate campaign. It’s such a fun book, but it also talks about the importance of voting and political activism. A must for anyone, but especially Political Communications majors!
2. Most Likely by Sarah Watson
When you read the initial description of Most Likely, it just seems like your average contemporary book. Most Likely follows four girl best friends as they maneuver through their senior year of high school. The catch? One of them will someday become President of the United States. Just on the description alone, this is the PERFECT book for any Poli-Comm major!
1. Running With Lions by Julian Winters
If you’re a Sports Communications major, you’re likely pretty into sports. Most frequent Fenway Park and appear at Emerson’s (few) sports events. Maybe you even played a sport in high school! If so, Running With Lions is the perfect book for you! Sebastian Hughes is the star goalie for his senior year soccer team. He adores his coach and teammates and is majorly pumped about the season…except when summer training camp begins. Sebastian’s long lost childhood best friend shows up, and he soon realizes that he must rekindle what once was for the sake of the team.
2. Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu
A light and fluffy graphic novel about hockey? Sign me UP! Check, Please! is a collection of webcomics based on our main character, Eric Bittle “Bitty”. He is a former figure skater, but he turns to hockey to be a part of his university’s team. If you love team dynamics (and maybe a little bit of romance in there), this is the perfect book for you.
Phew! This was quite a list! I wanted to give a special shout out to my friends who helped me come up with books! RC, Lelia, Halee, Chanelle, Emy, Val, and Iza were AMAZING and I couldn’t have come up with all 18 books without them!
Thanks for reading everyone! This was honestly so much fun to work on, and I highly encourage you to do something similar (especially if you go to a college that has more STEM majors)! Do you (or did you) go to Emerson College? Even if you don’t go, are you in a similar major to one of the majors I listed? Are there any books I missed on my list?Let me know in the comments!