Hello hello! I am very excited because my Spring break started yesterday! If you are on a break right now, or have one coming up soon, and are reading this blog, there is a good chance that you are going to spend some of that break reading (I know I have). So I wrote up some book recommendations based on what your other Spring break plans are. I hope you enjoy!
If you’re road-tripping and want an audiobook to listen to, you should try Seven Days in June by Tia Williams, narrated by Mela Lee. This novel, which features two authors who reconnect for a brief seven days in June, is a masterfully narrated audiobook that is thoughtful, romantic and funny.
If you’re doing a stay-cation but wish you were jet-setting off somewhere, you should try People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry. Henry’s sophomore romance novel is a romance to remember that features many different vacation locations.
If you’re in school but just can’t wait for classes to start again – or if you are no longer in school and miss it – you should read Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong (humanities people) or How to Bake Pi by Eugenia Cheng (STEM people). The first is an essay collection on the Asian-American experience, and the second is an introduction to higher-level math using fun baking analogies.
If you want a short book so you can complete it quickly, you should try My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson. Clocking in at a mere 200 pages, all six of the short stories featured are incredibly well-written and thought-provoking. And while they are incredibly smart stories, they also aren’t caught up in trying to sound smart, instead using down-to-earth language that makes them easy to read.
If you are looking for a project to tackle with your free time, you should try Emma by Jane Austen. This one is definitely on the long side, and sine it was written 200 years ago, it will probably also be more difficult to read. However, Austen’s penultimate novel is both incredibly funny and romantic. It is certainly worth the read!
If you want a laugh, you should try Layoverland by Gabby Noone. I promise you that this young adult book about a teenage girl who ends up in purgatory – which happens to be an airport terminal – is infinitely more hilarious than the premise sounds.
If you want a good cry, you should try Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner. Zauner’s heartfelt memoir about her mother, her grief and her connection with food is definitely a tearjerker. If you want to be swept away in a romance, you should try
If you want a feel-good book, you should try The Guncle by Steven Rowley. This book about an aging actor who must take care of his niece and nephew for the summer and face his fears is incredibly charming and will make you feel just a bit better about the world. And as a bonus, it takes place in Palm Springs, so it also gives you a bit of a vacation.