What Are You Reading?

Sullivan Kolakowski, Photography Editor

With everyone staying inside and school back in session, many of us have once again found our noses back in a book. From textbooks to YA fiction and self care books, the students at West have been busy book worms. Here’s what some of your peers are reading.

Jordyn Rhaburn (10)

Her by Pierre Alex Jeanty


Q (Kolakowski): What are you reading?

A (Rhaburn): Her by Pierre Alex Jeanty.


Q: Would you recommend it?

A: I would recommend it because it’s a good book to learn valuable life lessons.


Q: What made you read this book?

A: I saw it on an Instagram ad, and it looked interesting.


Q: Did you find yourself reading more during quarantine?

A: I did start reading more during quarantine. I have more free time on my hands. 

Sammy Gonzalez (11)

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson


Q (Kolakowski): What are you reading?

A (Gonzalez): I am reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.


Q: Would you recommend it?

A: Yes, I would definitely recommend.


Q: During quarantine, did you find yourself reading more?

A: Yes, especially any self care books!


Q: What made you read this book?

A: I’m reading it because I think it’s important to take care of yourself and this book is really giving me a new perspective on everything!


Q: Anything else you want to add?

A: This book is great when feeling down and unmotivated, and the perfect book to read and enjoy outside. 







Robbie Murata (11)

Frankly in Love by David Yoon


Q (Kolakowski): What are you reading? 

A (Murata): I’ve been reading a lot of Young Adult (YA) fiction! In March, right before the lockdown, I read Frankly in Love by David Yoon. 


Q: Would you recommend it?

A: I would DEFINITELY recommend this book! For all the Asian Americans (specifically Korean Americans), it’s a great book. Even outside of that, for any guys that love reading, Frankly in Love offers a male protagonist, something that is often not common in YA fiction.


Q: Do you enjoy reading? 

A: Yes, I love to read! Reading has always been one of my favorite things to do in my free time. Reading offers escape from the chaos of reality, as well as a brain break from the stress of virtual school. Anyone that knows me can testify too, and most have frequently seen me with a book under my arm. 


Q: Anything else you want to say?

A: I hope everyone will consider giving reading a go under quarantine!





Raphi Rebucas (10)

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics And Religion by Jonathan Haidt  


Q (Kolakowski): What’s the book about?

A (Rebucas): It explains why good, caring people seem to disagree on more controversial topics in religion and politics. 


Q: Are you enjoying it?

A: Yes, so far I’m enjoying it. It’s super interesting and it really digs deep into the moral psychology of human nature.


Q: Would you recommend this book?

A: Absolutely! These trying times in our country have drawn us further apart from our communities and it’s imperative people understand that even in our disagreements, we still have a common denominator.

Elizabeth Libertor (11)

Calculus for AP: A Complete Course textbook by Stewart and Kokoska 


Q (Kolakowski): What are you reading?

A (Libertor): Here, I’m looking through my calculus book.


Q: Do you enjoy reading it?

A: I do! I love math and all the challenges it presents. I often read a section before doing practice problems.


Q: Would you recommend reading it?

A: Sure! It has lots of useful information and it’s helping me become more solid in our concepts.