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Put Down the Phone and Pick Up a Book

Every night before I go to bed, I set aside my notebooks, phone, and laptop in favor of a good book. This time before I go to sleep helps me unwind, forget about the events of the day, and fall asleep without constantly checking my Facebook and text messages. There is something special about getting lost in a story that has nothing to do with your own life.  In fact, I recently read a Huffington Post article that shows how reading makes you sharper, helps you fall asleep faster, and can even make you a nicer person! Here are a few books I’ve read recently that will definitely renew your interest in reading—and hopefully help you unwind from the post-spring break workload!

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green

This book about a group of friends at a prep school who get in trouble, fall in love, and search for meaning will keep you interested until the last page. Fast, poignant, and unforgettable, it’s the perfect book for anyone who is searching for “the Great Perhaps.”  Just read it, it’s great.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

If you haven’t already read it, RUN (do not walk) to the BC bookstore to get yourself a copy.  This book, about two teenage cancer survivors, will break your heart and put it back together again in the span of three hundred pages. Do not, however, read any part of this book as a study break in Bapst where you will definitely sob and people will be concerned about the state of your life…just trust me. Plus, the movie is coming soon!

3. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

I read this over spring break and I flew through it! This story about the complicated relationship between a daughter and her wacky mother who goes missing is quirky, quick, and incredibly well-written.

4. 101 Secrets For Your Twenties by Paul Angone

Because we all need some tips on surviving sometimes. Plus, the numbered format makes it easy to start and stop reading easily!

5. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is SO funny and if you love fab female comedians or loved Tina Fey’s Bossypants, then you will love her book.  This is a quick, funny read that will have you laughing out loud and wishing you were Mindy.

Here are some other suggestions if the books above don’t spark your interest! These are some of the best books I’ve read in the past!

If you like nonfiction…

  1. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  2. The Richer Sex by Liza Mundy
  3. The Best Advice I Ever Got by Katie Couric
  4. The Social Animal by David Brooks
  5. The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine
  6. The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine
  7. The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz
  8. Think by Lisa Bloom
  9. The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker
  10. Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs

If you like literature…

  1. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
  2. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  3. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  5. Persuasion by Jane Austen

If you like historical fiction…

  1. Mademosielle Boleyn by Robin Maxwell
  2. The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields
  3. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  4. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  5. The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee

If you like rom coms or light reads…

  1. The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot
  2. Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
  3. The Love of Her Life by Harriett Evans
  4. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  5. Hope in a Jar by Beth Harbison
  6. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
  7. How To Be Single by Liz Tuccillo
  8. Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch
  9. Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger
  10. Loose Lips by Claire Berlinski

So put your phone on silent and pick up a good book. It might be just what you need to help you finish out the semester!


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