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Let’s be honest: we’ve all seen or heard of a book that we were interested in, saving the title in the back of our minds for future use, but never ended up getting around to actually reading it. We’ve maybe even gone as far as purchasing the book! But only to have kept it in the corner of our rooms, with the rest of the of our unread books in a stack that shouldn’t be there. We’ve all been there, and it’s ok! But this winter I’ve made it my mission to finish my list of unread books. Below are five books—yes five, lets’s not get ahead of ourselves here—that I plan on reading and ACTUALLY finishing, that I think you should consider doing as well.  

1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart  

A young-adult novel that I had actually read in middle school, whose story impacted me so much I had to go out,  buy and read it again. I just recently finished reading it for the second time and boy did it hit me just as hard in the feels as it did the first time! This novel follows a teen girl who suffers from a head injury, trying to uncover what really happened at her family’s private island two summers ago.  

2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson 

That blunt friend that tells you like it is, but in the form of a book. A slap in the face that we all need once in a while.  

3. Between the World and Me by Ta- Nehisi Coates 

This non-fiction book is a father’s letter to his son about what it’s like being Black in America. I think this is a great book to open our eyes, become more aware and empathetic.

4. Nickle Boys by Colson Whitehead 

A real-life story about exposing the history of a Florida School. As bad as it sounds, I’m a sucker for true crime and untold secrets, so I’m really excited to read this one!   

5. The Defining Decade: Why your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of them Now by Meg Jay 

With my twentieth birthday coming up, I had to add this to my future reading list! Clinical Psychologist Dr. Meg Jay, writes about how the twenties are the most defining years of a person’s life, and what you should do in order to make the most of them.  


Loyola University Maryland '23
Peyton Skeels is a senior at Loyola University Maryland studying Economics with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She is an RA, member of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society, and currently serves as a co-Campus Correspondent and the Editor-in-Chief for HC at LUM. When not studying, you'll find her gazing through her camera lens, listening to a podcast, or working on her blog, Patience and Pajamas.