While the idea finding the time to sit down and relax with a good book may seem crazy with the constant bombardment of homework, essays, and tests, the books on this list are worth the break. So close those laptops and escape into one of these amazing books….
Divergent by Veronica Roth
In Veronica Roth’s dystopian society, everyone has a place. Society is divided into five factions, based on personality, which also determines everyone’s way of life. Tris Prior doesn’t fit the mold; she’s declared Divergent, a secret she must keep hidden in order to stay alive. But once her time to choose her factor arrives will she choose to follow her family or her heart?
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Nothing is as it seems in Gillian Flynn’s third book, a mystery-thriller that will leave you devouring each page. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy disappears suddenly. All signs point to Nick as the suspect behind his wife’s disappearance, but is he really guilty? You’ll just have to read the book to find out.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
If you haven’t read John Green’s latest book, drop whatever you’re doing and read it. A new medical treatment has prolonged Hazel’s life but her fate is certain as she is diagnosed with stage IV cancer. But her life begins to change when she meets August Waters at a cancer support group. Their similar sense of human and a shared obsession with the book An Imperial Affliction causes the two to fall in love. This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and ultimately you’ll come away better for it.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Every good “Game of Thrones” fan knows that the TV series is epic. So if you’re a fan of the show (or even if you haven’t seen it), pick up this book right away. You’ll enter George R.R. Martin’s Westeros where the cruelest game is the game of thrones. A bonus to reading the series? You’ll know when shockers are headed your way and maybe you wouldn’t have cried so much during the Red Wedding….
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna isn’t exactly thrilled when her father decides that she should spend her senior year of high school in Paris. But the one thing that might her year better? Etienne St. Clair, the beautiful Parisian/British/American boy (who only really exists within the realm of books) who captures her heart. The only problem is that he’s taken. As the year progresses Anna and Etienne’s relationship deepens as Anna also learns more about her self. Will their year end in the perfect French kiss? Read to find out…
P.S. If you fall in love with this book like I did and want more of Anna and Etienne read Perkins’s second novel, Lola and the Boy Next Door, as they are featured as minor characters.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
If you love Mindy Kaling from her role as Mindy Lahiri in “The Mindy Project” or just love her because she is a fantastic human being, make sure to pick up her hilarious memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). In this book you’ll get an inside view on how Mindy got to where she is today as well as learn her views on life’s very important questions like what makes a best friend. This book will leave you laughing aloud and feeling like you and Mindy are really best friends.
Just One Year by Gayle Forman
Allyson has always been a good girl. She’s orderly, responsible, and has always done what has been expected of her. But all of this changes on one of the last days of the European tour that her parents gifted her as a graduation present. In London she meets Willem, a spontaneous, wandering actor. A series of coincidences leads to Willem inviting Allyson to spend a day in Paris. Just one day, just 24 hours will change Allyson is so many ways that she’ll no longer be the same girl who left for Europe just a short while ago.