Saturdays + Book Recommendations


Saturdays don’t have to be unproductive! Whether you’re reading for school, for professional development, to enhance your vocabulary (or study for the GRE), for self-improvement, or for fun, reading is a great way to make use of your free time. And the more you engage in reading, the more fun it becomes and the less task-like it feels. For more tips on how to read in the most effective, efficient way, contact Conley Success Services today. Your first consultation is always free!

Here are some of our Winter 2018 Recommendations:

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, which I’m rereading (on my Kindle) for the nth time, is a book everyone should read in his or her lifetime. It’s a modern classic that explores the pursuit of happiness in America, filled with comedic moments, thought-provoking concepts, and questions about contemporary American life.

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene, which draws from history to explore how to yield power, defend yourself against power, or to simply understand. I’ve read it before but it’s been a while, and I highly recommend this book to upperclassmen undergraduates who plan on joining the workforce soon. It’s also a great read for anyone in the professional world wanting to advance in his or her career.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig is a book I was first introduced to by my father, who is (to say the least) a motorcycle aficionado. While the book is about a cross country motorcycle trip across the Northwest United States, it’s deeply philosophical and explores questions such as the meaning of our existence. Ultimately, it’s a book that will make you want to live a better life.

Merriam-Webster’s Vocabulary Builder by Mary Wood Cornog is a book I’d recommend to anybody and everybody. Okay okay, I get it; a vocabulary builder? I fully understand that it doesn’t sound the least bit interesting (unless you’re an etymologist), but this book is approachable, fun, and will monumentally change the way you speak, write, and communicate. It’s divided into units that are about 20 pages each (and this is a small paperback-size book) with families of words that share morphemes (like prefixes and suffixes). There are quizzes and lots of additional information (like references to Greek mythology) that further help with learning these words. Again, contact Conley Success Services to learn how Dannica, our founder, utilized this book to get a perfect score on the verbal and written parts of the GRE!


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