Books to Read Over Spring Break

The anticipation of spring break is finally coming to an end. It’s finally time to get in some relaxation after all the hard work you’ve put into the semester so far. Whether you’ll be taking a stay-cation right at home or lounging poolside over spring break, a good book is a MUST. Nothing clears your mind of the semester’s stress like getting lost within a good read. No matter what you’re into – lighthearted reads with laughter and romance or deeper stories of emotion and hardship – we’ve got you covered.

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The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

If you like all things quirky, this is the choice for you. This comical read follows young heroine, Veblen, as she navigates through modern romance. Along the way she must deal with her failing engagement, dysfunctional families, and the clash between new money and old values.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You is a story about an ordinary and slightly guarded girl named Louisa who is forced to work for an ex-adrenaline junkie – a man that is now bitter, bossy and wheelchair-bound. Although her experience working for him proves to be miserable at first, she realizes that finding happiness for this man has become her priority. Soon to be a major motion picture in June 2016, this tale is both hilarious and heartbreaking.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Although long, this one is definitely worth sinking your teeth into if you’re looking for something truly moving and emotional. A National Book Award finalist, this read delves deep into ambition, heartbreak, brotherly love, and tragedy.

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My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Tired of your typical love stories? My Name is Lucy Barton, a #1 New York Times bestseller, follows the love and relationship between a mother and daughter. After years of not talking, a hospital visit and some hometown gossip just begin to bring a mother back to her daughter – but below the surface, there is more to be mended.

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

This tale of love and war is a powerful story about an elderly couple that sets out across troubled lands to find their long lost son – a son that they can barely even remember.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hann

For those that love history, this fiction delves into WWII and the Nazi invasion in France. The book follows two strong female characters as they encounter the hardships of war, heartbreak, and the impossible decisions that come with hard times.

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A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman

A Man Called Ove looks at a man that represents someone we see often – the type of bitter old man that never smiles and bleeds crankiness. What starts as a story of a man’s sadness, turns into a story of feel-good moments, unexpected friendships, and hilarious situations.

Black Chalk by Christopher Yates

Thrill seekers – this one is for you. This psychological thriller follows six students from Oxford University as they play a game of dares that lead to tragic events.

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

When it comes to New York’s socialites, Babe Paley is by far the most glamorous and enviable.  But when literary legend Truman Capote enters the scene of Paley’s elite group, stories of scandal, power and gossip ensue. This book takes New York’s high society in the 1950s and perfectly brings it to life.

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Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

This juicy story with jaw dropping twists follows a perfect young girl named Ani with a seemingly perfect life. However, this perfect life turns out to be a perfect lie. A painful public humiliation in Ani’s past, which had forced her to reinvent herself into the perfect girl she portrays, threatens to come forward while societal pressures make her desperate to conceal her secrets.

How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo

You might know Liz Tuccillo as the co-author of the hilarious He’s Just Not That into You. In this novel, 37-year-old Julie Jensen sets out on a journey around the world to understand love – how do people deal with the inevitable heartbreak? This journey of self discovery perfectly captures the hope, heartbreak and bad dates that women deal with in modern day romance.

2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

This tale follows a rebellious 9-year-old inspiring jazz singer, a newly divorced teacher, and a struggling club owner as they find hope and love in their city of Philadelphia. Three different characters with three different lifestyles encounter one truly magical night.

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One of these books are bound to be the adventure you need for spring break! Do you plan on reading any? We want to know! Shoot us a tweet or comment below.

 

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