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10 Books to Take Your Mind Off Things

This pandemic is becoming increasingly more scary as the days move forward. Sometimes we need a break from the internet and what is going on around us. My favorite thing to do when I need an escape from the world is to get comfy and grab a book and read. Some of my favorite books include:

  • Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Evil is the first book in a 4 book series written by Wendy Higgins. This is one of my favorite book series of all time. It is about demons on earth and their kids. The story follows a young girl Anna and a young boy named Kaiden who are both children of demons.

  • Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Tell Me Three Things is about a girl who recently lost her mom to cancer. She moves with her dad to LA to move in with a new woman that he fell in love with. It shows her struggles with grief and moving to a new place. In the book someone starts anonymously messaging her to help her get through her new school. She ends up falling for the person who is texting her, but will they love her back?

  • To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Hann

You may have heard of this one as it has become a widely known netflix movie. This book is part of a trilogy written by Jenny Hann. It follows a highschool girl Laura Jean and her love letters that were sent out to all the boys she has ever loved. It is a super cute love story 

  • Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

This is another one of my favorite books. It follows a girl named Maggie and shows the trauma that she has gone through which keeps her from speaking. She moves in with her aunt and uncle in a little southern town. There she meets football player West Ashby who is going through struggles of his own, watching his father battle with cancer. Maggie and West form a connection and end up helping each other. This story is very real and raw and will make you cry and laugh through it all.

  • The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

In this book Macy has just recently lost her father. She seems lost and her and her mother grieve in silence. Until she starts working for a catering company called Wish. This job is chaotic and the people she meets make her feel alive, especially a boy named Wes. 

  • Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Lina gets sent to Italy after her mom dies to live with one of her mom’s friends. Lina has a journal that her mom left her to from when she lived in Italy. At first she really wants to go back home, but then Italy starts growing on her. She starts to make friends with a cute guy named Wren and they start to uncover more about her past and Lina starts to discover more about herself.

  • The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

This book is a super cute easy read. Caymen and Xander come from very different backgrounds. They end up falling for each other, but they don’t know if they can get past their differences. 

  • The Siren by Kiera Cass

Kahlen is a siren who is forced to serve the Ocean and Her cause. Kahlen’s voice is deadly and any who hear it will drown to their death. One day Kahlen meets a boy Akinli who makes her smile like no other. But she can’t be with him or talk to him so she feels lost. The story follows her to see if she is willing to risk it all for him. 

  • After by Anna Todd

After started out as a One Direction fanfiction but has turned into the first book of five. It has recently become a Netflix movie series. The book is about Tessa and Harden and their complicated love story in college. It is a great read that shows real life relationship struggles.

  • Matched by Ally Condie

Matched is the first book in a trilogy about a society where the government controls everything; the music you listen to, your job, who you love. When Cassia gets matched with her best friend Xander she is super excited. Until she gets his microcard and the face that is shown is not Xander, but another boy named Ky. This leaves Cassia confused and frustrated with the world she lives in, so she decides to fight. 


I hope you all enjoy these books as much as I did. Stay safe. 

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” -Mason Cooley


Casey is currently at Senior at the University of New Hampshire. She is studying English and Psychology.
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