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My Spring Break Booklist

With spring break just around the corner, I’m looking forward to suntanning, sleeping in, and cuddling up with a good book. Since I’m the type of person to read one book a day, I’ve made myself a booklist so I can make sure I can hit the ground running as soon as school gets out. Here’s what I’m wanting to read during my free time. 

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  1. “The Lost Coast” by Tim Bowling

A book I found in a stack of free textbooks from the English department at CU, this novel has been sitting on my desk for months. An environmental memoir of Bowling’s experience growing up in a fishing village, this sounds like the perfect book to read in my hammock on a sunny day. 

  1. “It Starts With Us” by Colleen Hoover

I am yet to join the Colleen Hoover craze, so spring break is the perfect opportunity for me to dive into this popular romance novel and see what the hype is all about. 

  1. “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson

Yet another book I’ve had access to for months but never read, this self-help book (which my mom so kindly emailed me a PDF of) is the third book I hope to read, or at least skim, this break. I’ve read a few sections already, but want to read it all the way through. 

  1. “Finding Me” by Viola Davis

Star of “How to Get Away With Murder”, Viola Davis opens up about her violent upbringing in her memoir. Although not the most light-hearted story, this has been on my must-read list for a while. 

  1. “El amor en los tiempos del cólera” (“Love In the Time of Cholera”) by Gabriel García Márquez

To keep up my Spanish skills outside of school, I want to read “El amor en los tiempos del cólera” (¡sí, en español!). This has been on my book list for years, but with all of the Spanish reading I do in my classes, I usually stick to English books in my spare time. Ahora necesito practicar mi comprensión afuera de mis clases. 

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Of course not everyone sees spring break as an opportunity to read casually, but personally, I am looking forward to putting down the textbooks and immersing myself in stories I actually want to read. 

Lanaya Oliver

CU Boulder '24

Lanaya is originally from Colorado but has lived all over the world. She loves to play sports, paint, write, and bake. She is double majoring in Psychology and Spanish and dreams of becoming a sports psychologist!