Spring Break Book Recs

My students (current and former) came through again with some great recommendations for anyone hoping to get lost in a book this Spring Break. Since I know that includes ALL of you, I’ll waste no time getting to the list. Happy reading!



The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

“It is an inspiring autobiography that is meaningful and very funny.”

— Mason, 11th grade

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
“I recommend Smoke Gets in Your Eyes because it explores the ways we as a society, as well other societies, view death – something I feel is never talked about enough. Caitlin has a way of making a topic as scary as death and dying high key enjoyable through her different, sometimes comical, encounters with it over the years. Her story of becoming a female mortician in a male-dominated business is also super interesting (yay women!!!), and she shares a lot of intriguing death-facts that are fun for the whole family! You might think I’m crazy for recommending a book about death to read for fun, but trust me when I say YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE!”
— Allison, former student (current friend)


Lockwood & Co. Series by Jonathan Stroud
“It’s one of my favorite book series I have ever read! They’re super entertaining and well written, and if you get hooked, they’re fast reads.”
— Emily, 10th grade
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
“I’m reading it because I’m craving adventure in this season of slushy roads and grey skies. I love books about self discovery, and I’m in dire need of personal motivation to finish these last couple months of HS.”
— Kylie, 12th grade

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Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
“It was a book I couldn’t put down. The main characters were in high school so it was a book I could relate to.”
— Lauren, 11th grade
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The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
“I’ve only just started the series and I’m absolutely in love with it. It combines modern ideas with the old supernatural ideas. Super well written and I recommend it to anyone I can.”
— Dexter, 11th grade
The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer
“It’s a really exciting blend of science fiction and retellings of fairytales.”
— Mikaela, 11th grade
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
“I don’t really know why, but for me this is one of those books that you just can’t put down.”
— Mahlet, 10th grade
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
This is my recommendation. I listened to the audiobook on a road trip to the Black Hills with my mom and sister several years ago and it might be my most poignant memory of the trip because all three of us were so into it – pausing to laugh, rewinding to listen to parts we’d missed (because we were laughing so hard). It’s a bit like the vacation version of Big Little Lies because there’s a mystery to solve but it’s not quite as intense. I found it hilarious, surprising, and perfect for binge-reading (or listening, in our case). Plus, you can read it and then compare it to the movie (due out in October 2018) directed by Richard Linklater and starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, and Judy Greer.
Thanks so much to everyone who contributed a recommendation and very special thanks to Allison Thompson, who works wonders with a gum wrapper and rollerball pen, for the very cool Spring-themed drawing.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. The book about death sounds like exactly what I need to read right now. 😂


    1. Haha, I know! Maybe I’d better wait until a few days into Spring Break


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