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5 Book Recommendations To Get You Through The End Of The Semester

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

As you may already know, we’ve entered the toughest point in the semester: the last few weeks. The end feels so far, yet it will be here before we know it. Below I have collected 5 of my favorite fun books that may help you to relax during this difficult time!

1. The seven year slip by ashley poston

If you’re looking for a unique, fast-paced romance, then The Seven Year Slip is the book for you! This book follows a romance through a magical apartment that transports people through time, queue “Timeless” by Taylor Swift, and how love has no bounds. This book is beautifully written and a perfect weekend read for when you’re taking a break from all that homework and studying.

2. Happy place by emily henry

It wouldn’t be a list of recommendations written by me if there wasn’t an Emily Henry book on it! Happy Place is a beautiful exes to lovers novel that flashes between the current time and back when the main couple was originally dating. If that doesn’t already catch your eye, the subplot follows a “found family” trope of college best friends who spend a week every summer at a lake house. If you haven’t already started daydreaming about summer and vacations, then this book is a wonderful place to start!

3. I’m glad my mom died by jennette mccurdy

If you have TikTok, you’ve definitely heard of the latest popular documentary: Quiet On Set. If you haven’t already watched it, I highly recommend. Jennette McCurdy’s book, published in 2022, discusses her time on Nickelodeon. I read this before watching the documentary, and I really enjoyed getting multiple actor’s perspectives on the things that happened at Nickelodeon. Beyond its relevance to television, I’m Glad My Mom Died is a wonderful, powerful reflection on life, childhood trauma, and eating disorders (trigger warning!). McCurdy is a wonderful writer, and her story really involves you in a way that I don’t see in a lot of autobiographies.

4. expiration dates by rebecca serle

Rebecca Serle wrote one of my favorite books of all time, One Italian Summer (which I always recommend, as well)! Expiration Dates is her newest novel, and it’s next on my list! I trust her enough that I will recommend it before I have even had a chance to pick it up. The main character in this novel receives a piece of paper whenever she gets in any relationship with how long it will last, until she meets a man with no expiration date. This book sounds so romantic and beautiful, and I am so excited to pick it up! There is nothing I love more than a romance with a “supernatural” plot!

5. Picking daisies on sundays by liana cincotti

I stumbled upon this book on Goodreads, and I am so glad I did! Poetically written and adorable, Picking Daises On Sundays follows a girl who enters a fake relationship with her childhood best friend (who was also her first love)! If that doesn’t already draw you in, then I don’t think we can even be friends. What’s better than a fake relationship, friends to lovers romance novel? Nothing is the correct answer.

I hope some of these books draw your eye and help you to get through finals week! Happy reading!

Mallory (she/her) is a first-year KU student studying Psychology. Mallory's main interests include Taylor Swift, her dog, Bert, and reading as many books as she can get her hands on. Mallory also writes for kYOU magazine and is the Social Justice Chair for Feminist Campus at KU.