If we could, we would spend the majority of our time here on earth skimming through our favorite bookshops and running through libraries. But even if we could, there sadly wouldn’t be enough time to read every book in existence—that’s why we rely on recommendations from friends, family, and our favorite authors. Every week, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite reads because literature is, well, lit.
Like nearly all forms of art, good literature isn’t only entertaining, but it also provides some sort of an escape for its readers. Still, no matter how much of a fantasy it creates, it still has to be relatable. And just like you shouldn’t pick up a salacious paperback if you’re not a middle-aged hopeless romantic, you shouldn’t pick up just any basic read if you’re not, well, basic yourself. We rounded up six rad novels every art school brat will love. From novels about art schools (and, yes, liberal arts schools) themselves to the great works of art studied at them, check out seven novels every art school brat is basically required to read this summer in the gallery below.