National Book Month

Because Turnitin is dedicated to authentic writing and academic integrity, it should come as no surprise that the company is full of people who love books. In honor of National Book Month, we’ve crowd-sourced some book recommendations from our team members. Here are six books that you should read, as told by the Turnitin team:

1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

As a teenager, I needed to know that the chaos of my life was something I could control. Watching Francie make her way through hardships acted as tangible proof for me that it could be done - that someone like me could be strong enough to live through hardships and come out on the other side. I needed to know that was possible. Though Francie and her life were fiction, she was real enough to me to have faith that it could be so. I also loved that Francie never lost her love for her family; she might have made a different future for herself, but in doing so, she did not turn her back on anything in her past. That gave me peace and hope. - Patti West-Smith, Head of Curriculum

2. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I first read One Hundred Years of Solitude when I was a senior in high school and almost a decade, and an English degree, later it has yet to be unseated as my favorite novel. The magical realism style of the prose transports the reader yet keeps the novel grounded in reality. It has, in my opinion, one of the best first lines of any novel, and somehow makes a multi-generational epic feel intimate and deeply human. - Amanda Zeligs Hand, Marketing Communications Manager 

3. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

While it feels nearly impossible to narrow down my favorite books, my current favorite adult book is A Man Called Ove. It's one of my favorites because it makes me laugh. The book is such a heartfelt and lovely tale of an old curmudgeon who finds friendship through a series of hilarious and unexpected encounters. - Audrey Nelson, Independent Contractor

4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

No matter how many books I read, I always find myself drawn back to Wuthering Heights. It’s hailed as a love story, but it’s dark and gritty and often puts the reader into situations that are really uncomfortable. It’s a love story in a sense much different than what we know from typical fairy tales; this is a story of unrequited love, how that can transform a person, and how it can affect the events of everyone’s lives in the future. It ends up being almost a “best of both worlds” type of book that gives the reader hints of both love and chaos, and it’s all tied into a story within a story framework, which always draws me in! - Katie Wike, Curriculum Specialist

5. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

When it comes to entertainment, I’ve always been drawn to the dark side. As a teenager, Franz Kafka furthered my literary escape into all things dark and depressing. His novella The Metamorphosis spoke to my high school angst and was the first book that I actually enjoyed discussing with my classmates. The layers of symbolism and possible interpretations were engaging and endless, and ultimately piqued my interest into other existentialist literature. - Jill Crivelli, Senior Curriculum Specialist

6. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

The Unbearable Lightness of Being is my favorite novel because it tackles the hardest issues of maturity. There's a constant tension between having true freedom and a meaningful life, and Kundera explores the tension through the story's characters' struggles. - Alyssa Vigil, Customer Programs Manager