5 New Books to Read During Spring Break
The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory
When Drew Nichols gets stuck in an elevator with Alexa Monroe, he can’t believe his luck. Desperate for a date to bring to show off at his ex’s wedding, Drew spontaneously invites Alexa, thinking that she will be a good antidote to the awkwardness he expects. But after the two strangers have an unexpectedly good time together, they find it hard to return to their normal lives without each other. This funny and warm debut will have readers rooting for the unlikely couple, even when distance, careers, and pride threaten to keep them apart.
To buy: $12; amazon.com.
The Atomic City Girls, by Janet Beard
In the 1940s, hundreds of women packed up and moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to work factory jobs that they were told would help the war effort. What they didn’t know was that they were actually working on the Manhattan Project, America’s nuclear weapons program during WWII. This fictional story based on true controversial events follows June Walker, who heads to Oak Ridge to get away from home. When she starts a relationship with an older physicist on the project, she begins to realize the truth behind her work and is forced to reckon with her ideas about war and what it means to be a patriot. This powerful novel is great for fans of Hidden Figures.
To buy: $11; amazon.com.
Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella
After 10 years of marriage, it’s easy to assume you know everything about your partner. Things are no different for Sylvie and Dan, who are happily married with fulfilling jobs and five-year-old twin daughters. But when a doctor predicts they will both live to 100—and they realize that means they have decades left as a couple—they create a plan to incorporate more surprises into their marriage. As the surprises are revealed, so are stories and secrets from their pasts that they never previously shared. This heartwarming novel from Kinsella (My Not So Perfect Life) reminds readers that there are always new things to discover about the ones we love.
To buy: $20; amazon.com.
Red Clocks, by Leni Zumas
This dystopian novel, perfect for fans of Future Home of the Living God and The Handmaid’s Tale, imagines a near future in America where abortion is illegal, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and a new Personhood Amendment gives the rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small town in Oregon, five women—Ro, Eivor, Susan, Mattie, and Gin—are all trying to navigate these laws while exploring their own identities as individuals and mothers. This powerful novel questions the meaning of freedom in a society that so tightly controls reproductive rights.
To buy: $18; amazon.com.
The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah
If you aren’t able to take a great adventure of your own this spring, join the Allbright family as they pack up their lives and move to Alaska. It’s 1974 and the world feels uncertain, especially for struggling Vietnam veteran and Allbright family patriarch, Ernt. Searching for relief from his inner demons, he moves wife and daughter, Leni, far off the grid. But the vast Alaskan frontier offers far from a simple, back-to-the-land lifestyle, and the unprepared Allbrights struggle to survive. This epic, atmospheric novel from Kristin Hannah (The Nightingale) examines humans' will to endure the unthinkable.
To buy: $17; amazon.com.