Let’s face it, with jobs/internships, classes, clubs, sports/the gym, maintaining a social life, keeping a sleep schedule (eek!), and everything in between, we don’t exactly have much time to spare for reading for pleasure. Winter break, however, is the perfect time to catch up on all of those books you've heard about but never actually got a chance to feast your eyes upon! Check out my top picks:
1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Bottom line: If it’s written by Amy Poehler, you know it should be on your bookshelf.
2. Bossypants by Tina Fey
Refer to description #1.
3. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
You love her on Girls and now you’ll be sure to love her as an author, too! “Refreshingly honest” is the best way to describe Dunham’s work, and you will learn quite a bit about life along the way.
4. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Inspirational and encouraging, this book will shock you, intrigue you, and motivate you to achieve your dreams. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do but your self-doubt and insecurities are holding you back, look to this book by a woman who went from delinquent to millionaire-status (ever hear of a little online retailer called Nasty Gal?! Because I sure have!) for incredible support.
5. Night Blindness by Susan Strecker
Written by a local author, this story challenges the idea of love in all of its forms: romantic love, familial love, friendship, love of life, and self-love. If you’re looking for a book that’s just begging to be read while you drink hot chocolate, curled up on the couch next to your dog with your family all around you, this is the one!
6. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
An accident. A really, really smart guy. Death. A mystery. New York City. A painting. If any of this appeals to you, you will go crazy for this book. Set large chunks of time aside for reading because you honestly won’t want to put it down!
7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Another mystery story, but this time one notch higher on the morbidity scale. On Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing. But how can Nick prove his innocence? Or is Amy still alive? “Expect the unexpected” is a cliché for a reason, friends, and it certainly applies to this book!
8. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
What?! Don’t arch your eyebrow at me like that! The movie is coming out in February, and everyone knows you just have to read the book before the movie comes out. Think: If Twilight was rated R, the protagonist is in college, and the plot is a whole lot less vampire-y but more…erm, bossy.
9. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
This story, which takes place in Paris, France, is haunting and profound in so many ways. The way in which the two protagonists come together, a precocious 12-year-old girl and a brilliant concierge in the girl’s apartment building, is truly outstanding. The philosophical, psychological, and the spiritual intertwine to make for a novel that will be sure to stay with you long after you’ve read it.
10. Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg
Even if you’re not graduating in the Spring, this book is ideal for anyone who currently is or will be looking for a job or internship in the near future. The advice is practical and on-point; you’ll feel confident and secure when it comes time to bring your career to the next level.
What's on your bookshelf?