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Although there may not be a formalized spring break this year, it’s a tradition that all students need some sort of mental repose during the long spring semester. After working hard in all of our classes, we all need a break to relax and reset, no matter how long the school may designate it to be.

One of the things that have helped me most with my spring break-ing is some fun leisure reading in my spare moments. This semester, I’ve been hard-pressed for time, but a good book is something that only occupies a few minutes at a time and distracts you from your surroundings in the best way. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite (romantic comedy) reads this semester, and I highly recommend checking them out if you’re looking for an easy way to relax.

Small Sidenote: Since libraries are closed this semester, it can be hard to come by a way to get free books. I use the app “Libby” to read all my favorites; just register with your local home library and you’ll have access to a wealth of books. Apps like “Overdrive” and “Amazon Reads” can also offer easier options for those looking to track down books as well.

1. Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

This book is the first of a series that describes the romantic trials and tribulations of three women in a small town who come together to find strength and power through their identities and stand up to the men in their lives. It’s a cute read with a cool empowerment theme that you won’t be able to put down when you start.

2. You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

Currently, I’m in the middle of this book about two almost-married singles who are desperately trying to get out of their engagement without being the one to break off the engagement. This battle of the sexes is a fun read that I would recommend for anyone looking for something funny and light-hearted.

3. Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

I’m not usually one for period reads but this book was so cool to me. Through some themes of women empowerment in the early nineteenth century, this book appeals to a wide variety of audiences.

4. Well Met (Well Played) by Jen DeLuca

 Also not typically a read I would enjoy, but the Renaissance Fair aspect actually made this book one that I loved. There was an unexpected dynamic that led to a wide variety of turns throughout the story and lent itself to a really interesting story.

5. Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne

This story takes an atypical twist on a tried-and-true girl friendship series. I loved learning about all the original characters through this New York-based series that encompasses all types of women and their approaches to life and love.

6. Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho

This book had been on my hold shelf for almost six months and I’m so glad I got to read it. This story about a workaholic trying to balance cultural norms with job expectations was one that I could not put down.

7. The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

This book encompasses so many cultural and feminine empowerment themes through the eyes of a black woman trying to make it in the cutthroat tech industry and simultaneously falling in love with someone who could threaten her entire career. The balance of necessary conversation and lighthearted dialogue was great to read and I enjoyed every moment.

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