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5 Good Books for Your Beach Vacation

Tuesdays with Morrie

A compelling tale about the power of a good teacher, Tuesdays with Morrie follows the life of a Mitch as he graduates college and loses sight of what’s important in life. When reconnected with his college professor, Morrie, who has Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Mitch learns life lessons that change his outlook on life. Tuesdays with Morrie will make you cry and laugh and will leave you with life long lessons and advice. A quick read and a page turner, this book is now one of my all time favorites!

Tiny Fires Everywhere

An engrossing story of the Richardson family, who’s perfect world is turned upside down when a single Mother and her teenage daughter move into the families rental cottage.  Many complex relationships between siblings, parents and friends are intertwined as the teens are coming of age. With very rich characters this is a compelling story about relationships, love, and family. “Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood—and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert danger” (Penguin, 2017).  I devoured this book wanting to uncover the buried secret.


Wonder focuses on the life of 10-year-old “Auggie” Pullman who, born with major facial deformity, is about to start middle school. I love this book because, well, we’ve all been the new kid at some point and know how hard it can be. This book not only tackles the hardships faced in middle school but also challenges stereotypes and explores the importance of kindness. Looking beyond what you see, strength in compassion and the importance of family, are just some of the major topics this book explores.

Where’d You Go Bernadette

Where’d you Go Bernadette is a comedic novel that focus on the life of Bernadette Fox and the family struggles she encounters. In this thrilling novel, told by a series of documents, emails, transcripts and newspapers, readers learn about her disappearance and try to uncover her reasoning behind her disappearance. Looking at the themes of anxiety, family relationships and abandonment, the novel explores these complex relationships and themes. I personally, loved the humor in this novel and it’s ability to convey such an interesting, relatable and powerful message.

All The Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See is not your typical romantic novel. Focusing on a blind French girl and a German boy, who’s paths collide during WWII, this novel deals with the challenges and tragedy of war. I love the characters in this novel as well as the important lessons about the tragedy of war, how worlds collide and the power of love overcoming any and all obstacles.

Hi, My name is Olivia Reynolds! I am a sophomore at St. Lawrence University and pursuing an English major with a double minor in Economics and Education.
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