Esra: Books to Read Over Break

I know what you’re thinking: Esra, why would we want to do readings over break?!

Reading may be the last thing on your mind considering the never-ending scholarly articles, textbook chapters, etc. that you have assigned for your classes, BUT that shouldn’t scare you away from the amazing books out there. I’m personally a huge book nerd and even still I barely read anything non-school related during the semester because honestly there isn’t enough time. While you’re relaxing at home over Thanksgiving, and then winter break, enjoying doing absolutely nothing, consider checking out these books.

If you liked The Hunger Games…

Try: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.

I’m a huge fan of futuristic/dystopian/utopian novels. This is the first book in the trilogy and I think it’s one of the most unique in its genre (you know how some books seem super similar to others in terms of plot, characters, etc?). It follows a girl named Juliette who can’t touch anyone — the last time she accidentally did, the Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why her touch is fatal, but she has now intrigued the higher-ups as a potential weapon.


If you like romance novels…

Try: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover.

This isn’t your average romance novel, which is why I think I liked it so much. One of the main characters is a deaf musician and it talks a lot about how he taught himself to play guitar. It’s a beautiful story that makes you feel for all the characters.


If you need some inspiration for life…

Try: Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke.

My mom recommended this book to me, and it’s applicable to absolutely everyone. It takes life lessons, if you will, and breaks them down to you in a really understandable way through mini stories. It’s one of those books that you can read multiple times and take away something new each time.


Happy reading!

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