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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at DCU chapter.

Many of us may associate reading with school or college work, but in reality, sitting down and reading is so refreshing and a great way to take a moment away from how hectic life can be. With that being said, it’s easy to give up on a book that may be slow-paced or boring at the start, for fear of wasting time on a dead-end. To avoid this, here are list of books that are great,easy reads for non-readers or readers alike!


‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ by Cheryl Strayed

Filled with people asking for help and advice on everything life throws at us, ‘Tiny beautiful Things’ responds to these cries for help with compassion, experience, and wise words through the author who refers to herself as ‘Sugar’. The novel has the ability to flood eyes with tears, hearts with warmth, and grant you comfort that you are not alone with your problems. Each chapter tackles a different person’s story ranging from miscarriages and childhood traumas to uncertainties in relationships.  The author takes on a very different approach to the traditional ‘Agony aunt’ and includes past experiences and stories of her own. A great book for someone who might feel alone in the world and want re-assurance or even someone who wants to open their eyes to the realities of life.


‘Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling’ by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

After winning third best selling book of the decade in Easons, you can trust me on how hilarious and typically Irish this book is. The main character, Aisling, lives a boring, vanilla life in the countryside, and decides to move to Dublin, “the big smoke”.  The familiar bars and streets mentioned in Dublin make it all the more of a special read. The main character is someone we all can relate to, making it interesting to follow her life in this new big city. The storyline brilliantly tackles heavier issues that occur in Ireland also, which can be a good eyeopener. Good read if you want to laugh out loud and have a giggle about the stereotypical ways of Irish living.


‘The Stranger’ by Harlen Coben

The gripping plot keeps the reader on edge leaving them craving more, a great attribute for those looking to get into reading. The novel is based around a woman in her 20’s who stalks people, finds out their secrets, and threatens their family or close friends with revealing them in demand for money. She approaches the protagonist and tells him that his wife faked her pregnancy, which leads to a spiral of unpredictable events afterward. Each chapter ends on a cliffhanger, making the book impossible to put down. A great book for someone who might have been a reader in the past and is looking to get back into reading.


‘Good Vibes, Good Life’ by Vex King

‘Good Vibes, Good Life’ is a self-help book that is taking over social media right now. Filled with motivational quotes, the book touches on so many important aspects of your life that we neglect, including self-love and care. King draws on his own personal wisdom and experiences and shows you ways to transform negative emotions into positive ones, how to love yourself, and how to overcome fear. I truly recommend this book to anyone who wants to live a more beautiful and meaningful life.


Reading is a liberating experience and a great way to unwind and de-stress. So get to your nearest library or bookshop, and pick up one of these books. Put the kettle on, get the digestive biscuits out and have a relaxing read.

-Communication studies student
BA in Economics, Politics and Law DCU. Currently studying European Union Law in The University of Amsterdam. Campus Correspondent for Her Campus DCU 2020/2021!