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December 15 2016

Finally, Reading For Fun! 8 Great Reads for the Holidays

Winter break calls for more sleep, more tea and more books. Whether it’s reading in your bed with some tea as it snows outside, or simply reading on the long flights home/abroad, books are a luxury most students don’t find the time to indulge in.
So it’s time to take advantage of this rare moment of freedom, and let yourself read away to your heart’s content!!
Of course, you can’t miss She’s Fit To Lead’s first book, The Career Chronicles, but once you’ve checked that out, kick back and enjoy these as well:

1. The Sky Is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson

A classic but captivating young adult novel, this story follows the journey of Lennie Walker, a high school girl navigating books, poems, musical instruments, boys and the death of her older sister. As Lennie struggles to come to terms with her sister’s passing, she finds herself in the middle of a love triangle that challenges her to not only find herself, but also to learn to accept that she may not find other people. Read this for: a fast, emotional and youthful fling.

2. The Pleasure Trap, by Douglas J. Lisle
An interesting and refreshing non-fiction book that offers insight into the biological and intellectual elements of our very nature, and how our rationale ties us into dietary traps, such as sugar, caffeine and junk food. Read for: a revolutionized, honest approach to tackling your dietary addictions from the mind, out.

3. We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart
A highly-acknowledged and awarded young adult fiction novel, We Were Liars tracks the relationships betweens cousins and friends that escape every summer to a family island full of manipulation, secrets, mind games and torment. Read this for: a great plot-twist ending.

4. The Starch Solution, by Dr. John McDougall
A thorough, step-by-step explanation and guide as to how and why to adopt a plant-based, high carb, low fat diet within your life, as well as its ability to cure chronic disease and restore your body to its natural, prime level. Read for: unspoken health studies and motivation to take control of your diet, health and lifespan.

5. Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
A simple yet romantically youthful story that follows the awkward beginnings of a young relationship, whilst navigating deeper familial issues, touching upon domestic violence and assault. Read for: a gripping, gut-wrenching quick read that will leave you feeling a thousand different ways at once.

6. Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur
A book full of prose and poetry, divided into smaller chapters, each telling their own story. The poems tackle the issues of love, loss, violence, femininity and sexuality. Read for: a lyrical, empowering journey.

7. Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
It’s been out for a while, but if you haven’t read it, don’t miss this great read.  A captivating, gripping, enthralling mystery/thriller – follow along as you attempt to piece together the pieces of not only the criminal case, but also the mental state of characters as you attempt to place yourself into their fictional reality. Read for: a page-turning book that will have you on the edge of your seat.

8. Swing Time, by Zadie Smith
This story follows the friendship of two young girls who dream of being dancers – one with talent, the other with ideas. As their friendship fades away, the girls continue to live their lives in the shadow of one another. Read for: a gentle story that touches upon deeper, more serious racial and societal issues of today.

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!!

Annie Hickey

About Annie Hickey

Hello! My name is Annie, and I’m a Sophomore at USC in Los Angeles! I’m actually Australian, from Sydney, but my family live in Manhattan, New York, so I spend most of my time jumping from coast to coast over here in America! I’m a Creative Writing major at the moment, & I LOVE sports, travel, blogging and health – particularly running & clean, vegan food! (If you know any quirky vegan cafes in LA or NYC, let me know!!!). I love getting in touch with people, so feel free to reach out to me with questions, comments or anything at all! x

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