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I always like to read at least one book over our longer breaks. And as I compile my Christmas list, I’m adding a bunch of new titles to the list, all while remisicing about some good ones I’ve already read. Need a suggestion for your next read, check out below!

If You’re Looking for a Cute Holiday Romance

One Day in December has to be a good place to start. Picked for Reese Witherspoon’s book club a few years ago, it follows a romance of a two people falling in love at first sight…at a bus stop. Of course, you need some drama, so the bus pulls away before they could actually meet. They meet us years later, but do they get together?

I don’t know, I haven’t read it, but it’s certainly on my list for the first real Christmas snowfall!

If You’re Looking for an Undeniably Good Love Story (or an LGBT+ One)

Call Me by Your Name and its sequel, Find Me, are the CUTEST reads you’ll ever endure. Already a beloved movie, starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, is such a great read too! It explains all the emotional depths of Elio’s (Chalamet) coming of age and coming into his sexuality while falling in love with Oliver (Hammer), an American graduate student.

It has certainly become one of my favorite novels and movies, and I highly recommend it to anyone.

If You’re Looking for a Good Memoir (or Two!)

Who doesn’t love a good memoir by a badass woman? I highly recommend reading My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Not only is she one of my icons, but the amount of things she’s done for women is astronomical. Since her recent death, what’s a better time to pick up her first memoir than now?

Another memoir I would recommend is Know My Name by Chanel Miller, the Stanford rape victim. I recently read her victim statement for a class I’m in and fell in love with her writing. Her book is definitely on my list to read over break, and her narrative is incredibly important to read and understand and embrace.

If You’re Looking for a Good Throwback

The Hunger Games is one of my favorite series I’ve ever read. I just recently picked it up again, and although the writing isn’t a good as I remember, the story is still there. A quick, but exciting read. She even has a new one about in the same universe to check out too!

If You’re Looking for a Fantasy Series

The Raven Cycle is AMAZING. It’s made up of four books and you’ll instantly fall in love with the nerdy, but insanely rich, Gansey and his crew. It’s absolutely one of the best series I’ve ever read and all four books are page turners.


If You’re a Fan of the Crown, but Also Sappy Love Stories with Happy Endings

Red, White, and Royal Blue blew my mind with how cute it was. I read it in just a few days and I cannot believe how good this debut novel is. The First Son and a Prince following in love in a secret romance after being arch nemesis for how many years? Love that shit. And anything with royalty in it has my name written all over it.

All in all, with an extended Christmas break, you might as well get into a good book. With the probable foreseeable future of spending more time indoors this holiday season, what better way to pass the long quarantine hours than a good book?

Alyssa Guzman is a Senior at Siena College, and is the Editor-in-Chief for Her Campus Siena. She is currently Double Majoring in English and Communications Journalism with a minor in Writing and Communications. She hopes to one day be a New York Times Bestselling Author in Fiction, but plans on starting in the journalism world with dreams of writing for Cosmopolitan or the New York Times. In her free time, she enjoys fashion, writing, and listening to the newest Taylor Swift release. 
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