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Quarantine Reads to Spice Up Your Life & Expand Your Mind

“Carry On” by Rainbow Rowell

Do you like expertly paced and fun plots? Are you a sucker for slow-burn enemies-to-lovers romances? Are you nostalgic for a light academica vibe you’ve never even experienced but latched onto upon watching the first Harry Potter movie for the first time?! Well boy do I have the book for you!!!  

I have read Carry On about 5 times (at least) and it never gets old. I swoon, cheer, laugh, and even cry a little bit every single time. I urge you to try it out. It’s a great break from the hyper academic things I’m usually made to read for classes and it never fails to make me feel good when I’m in a slump. 

Check it out here. 

“Little Weirds” by Jenny Slate

A new favorite of mine that has captured my heart and soul. This book is indescribable- something between poetry, prose, and comedy-riddled fiction. It will make you look at the world differently and make you think, “Is my dad a hamburger?” “Is my heart a ruby or a plum?” This best seller is a great escape that reminds you that you are alive.

Check it out here. 

“The Invisible Hook” by Peter Leeson

So this book was actually for my political economy class but I ended up reading the whole thing and genuinely enjoying it. I’ve always had this weird soft spot for pirates, so perhaps that’s why I love this book so much, and it’s also incredibly well written. 

It’s about the economics of pirates – but it feels more like you’re getting the inside scoop into some of the most notorious criminals in history. There are no daunting economy concepts or math, but just enough jargon that you come out of it feeling more knowledgeable. You’ll have plenty of cocktail-party knowledge about pirates by the end of it, and feel more intelligent now that you know what the principal-agent problem is. 

Check it out here.

“The Sun is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon

This one-day romance book (that is also a movie) is effortlessly charming. I zoomed through it my first read and I fell in love with both the characters and the unique, almost poetic, structure of the book. I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance novels that wants a unique spin on a classic love-at-first-sight trope. 

Check it out here.

  “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” by Anita Loos

Did you know that the iconic movie “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” starring Marilyn Monroe is based on a book? This short, snappy and hilarious novel offers a unique look at what it means to survive as a woman in the 1920’s. And if you’ve already seen the movie, don’t worry, it’s absolutely nothing like the book. 

Check it out here.

Ashley is a Senior at the University of Washington, Seattle, double majoring in Political Science and Journalism. She has aspirations to become a lawyer and likes watching movies, finding fun restaurants and hanging out with friends.
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