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8 Books to Add To Your Spring Break Reading List

Whether you’ve booked a tropical trip or you're hanging out at home, Spring Break is a time to sit back, relax, and enjoy a week hiatus from classes.  In case you have chosen the latter, here are 10 books that should be a the top of your to-be-read pile. 


1. Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

Young Adult, Historic Fiction

A new release from January 2019, this YA novel combines the worlds of Mean Girls and The Tudors as author Hannah Capin cleverly rewrites the history of Henry VIII and his wives as though they were all high school relationships. 

2. The Selection by Kiera Cass

Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction

Kiera Cass melds the worlds of The Bachelor and The Royal Family in her Selection series. In the dystopian world, thirty five girls from various social standings are chosen to join the enviable Prince Maxon in the royal castle for the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity offers girls to be swept into lives of crowns and gowns, if, and only if, they win the heart of the prince.

3. A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell

Fantasy, Fairytale Re-telling

This is the first book in Liz Braswell’s ongoing series of twisted Disney tales.In this twisted dystopian world, imagine what would happen if Jafar got the magic lamp instead of Aladdin in. Chaos would ensue, and the happily-ever-after fairytale that we all know may not work out just as we had once imagined.

4. On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

Young Adult, Contemparary 

Sixteen-year-old Bri has one dream: to become one of the greatest rappers the world has ever seen. But when life challenges get in the way and the world tells her "No," she must stay true to herself and fight for her dream.

5. You by Caroline Kepnes

Mystery, Thriller

The hit Netflix show You took the streaming service by storm with its intense plot of romance, mystery, and murder. If you are ready to take your spring break to the next level, add You to your bag.

6. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones

Fantasy, Mystery and Romance

Cole Sear is not the only person to see dead people. Charlotte Davidson has a profession as a private investigator and, as a full time duty, is the grim reaper.  A large chunk of her life is spent trying to convince the deceased to pass over into “the light”, but when their demise was a result of unideal circumstances (say murder), Charley has a to combine her part time profession with her duty to bring justice to the deaths of those who pass through her.

7. Can You Keep A Secret by Sophie Kinsella

Romance, Humor

Secrets are someone’s most prized possession. They're something they keep private for a reason — everyone knows that. Yet, when Emma Corrigan experiences turbulence on her flight, she spills all of her secrets the handsome man next to her, only to later find out that he is her company’s CEO. How does one continue their life working under someone who knows ever embarrassing secret they keep?

Although I specifically mention Can You Keep A Secret, any book by Sophie Kinsella is a read worth your while. Humor does not even begin to cover the quirk and relatability of the characters that come to life in this novel and Kinsella’s many others.

8. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

Memoir, Humor

In her memoir, Internet sensation, Issa Rae recounts the tales of her witty and relatable life growing up and finding her truth as an “awkward black girl”. As a comedian, she makes light of her past and regards her personality as uniquely astounding.

Happy reading!

Cecilia is a double major in Publishing Studies and Writing Studies Major. Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, she has a small addiction to sweet tea and online shopping. On campus, she is a member of the Hofstra English Society, Working Title, Overbooked, and Her Campus (essentially all the English clubs). She is also a tour guide, a writing center tutor, and an intern at Simon & Schuster.
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