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That Time of Summer...

It is that time of summer when, except for the sun and laziness, everything and anything 'edifying' seems far far away. And, yet, there are thousands of books waiting, in your local library, for a first read.
Tired of test prep, or just anxious about it? Read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Yes, the original novel, not some pulp film. Read the first and the original. Don't feel like Frank? Read one of the first 'Gothic Novels', The Castle of Otranto, or one of the first (in English) scary, sexy books, The Monk. (The Monk is referred to in Austen's Northanger Abbey.)
Classic does not have to mean boring. Just remember the water-proof cover when you take your library book to the pool.