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On college campuses around the country, students are finishing up midterm examinations, turning in essays, and preparing to head out for Spring Break. Spring Break is an amazing time to catch up on some self-care and do the things that make you happy, regardless if they fit into your academic career.

For many college students and young adults, spring break vacations allow for a chance to read a book for pleasure. Do you have a book that’s been sitting on your shelf, waiting for this moment? Are you in the market for the perfect spring break read to fit your mood and your vacation? Look no further.

Here at FFL, we’ve compiled some awesome books spanning many genres that would be great spring break reads, whether you’re staying at home, lounging on the beach, or trekking through Europe.


1) Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough


If you loved Gone Girl style books and you’re looking for a mystery to keep you on your toes this break, look no further than this “suspenseful psychological thriller” by Sarah Pinborough. Stephen King says it is “blood brilliant” so what are you waiting for? 


2) The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson


If you love books that deal with a high school appearance that you would see on Gossip Girl and not in the actual halls of Public School XYZ, check out this “kaleidoscopic narrative” by Lindsay Lee Johnson. Set in a wealthy portion of San Francisco, this teenage drama is meant for adults and young adults looking for a gripping read. 


3) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


The book is always better than the movie, so pick up this beloved young adult novel by Nicola Yoon NOW before it hits theaters this May. This book will make you laugh, cry, feel, and feel some more. Take a risk like Maddy and give this book a read. 


4) You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero


Need a little motivation this Spring Break? Want to return to campus revitalized and feeling like well, a badass? Pick up Jen Sincero’s #1 New York Times Bestseller then! It’s not your mama’s self-help book, but it’s funny and it’s encouraging and it will change your life if you let it. 

5) Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield


Did you have to read Pride and Prejudice for school and loved the story, but kind of hated reading a book so rooted in the 19th century? Eligible is the cure to all your problems. Curtis Sittenfeld’s retelling of Pride and Prejudice is refreshing and funny and almost painfully modern. You won’t regret picking it up. 


6) Emma by Jane Austen


If you’re looking to pick up a classic that won’t be quite as heavy as War and Peace this spring break, consider one of Jane Austen’s most beloved novels. This “sparkling comedy of love and marriage” is beautiful no matter your age or what setting you read it in. Supplement it this spring break by watching one of the many film adaptions of the novel, such as Clueless. 

7) Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson


If you’re looking for something a little different this spring break, consider looking to a utopian novel, such as this one by Kevin Wilson. It’ll make you really question everything you know about love, parenting, and families, but you’ll enjoy it greatly! How would it feel to be in an Infinite Family Project? 

8) Hunted by Meagan Spooner 


If you’re excited for the new Beauty and the Beast movie starring Emma Watson but have already read the original French fairy tale, consider trying out Meagan Spooner’s brand new retelling of the Beauty and the Beast tale we all know and love. It’s fresh and exciting and will be great preparation for the movie. 


9) Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female by Ashley McGuire


If you’re looking for a more political beach read, consider Ashley McGuire’s new book that looks at the crazy new worldview attempting to sweep our nations and especially college campuses. Spend your break trying to figure out this “gender insanity” and try and wrap your mind around some of the left’s craziness while you learn how to best refute it. Find it here

10) Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins 


Want something to warm your heart while you warm your skin? Not ready to commit to a full novel but still want some fiction in your life? This book of twelve short stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins, will make the perfect Spring Break read. 


11) Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George


 Are you looking for a cozy read that will remind you why you love books? Would you love your own literary apothecary? Pick up Nina George’s “love letter to books” and go on a journey this spring break. 


12) Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death by Elizabeth Greenwood


Ever wondered what it would take to fake your own death? Ever wondered why someone would do it, or try? This book will pique your curiosities in a way no other book on this list will. It’s one of those books that is tantalizing to even think about, so why not pick it up this spring break? 

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Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member