Frustrated with life? Weike Wang’s first novel Chemistry tells the story of an aspiring scientist whose work is a dead-end and relationship a wreck. She’s seriously struggling… and seriously relatable.
No elaborate travel plans? Julia Gregson’s novel East of the Sun whisks readers away to British occupied India. It’s the perfect read if you’re stuck at home over break.
Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing is also a great escape. Journey to Africa and back while experiencing years history from the viewpoints of the descendants of African half-sisters who were separated at birth. Their legacy spans centuries; each chapter is a new generation.
Feeling sentimental? The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, a phenomenal novel co-authored by Annie Barrows & Mary Ann Shaffer, introduces tangible characters that you can’t help but befriend. The novel entertains while exploring the nature of relationships and ideas of friendship and love.
Looking for some magic? The Princess Saves Herself in this One is Amanda Lovelace’s debut poetry collection. Trust me; it lives up to its title. I picked it up, and I could not put it down; I read it sitting cross-legged in a Barnes & Noble. I’d recommend making a bath, lighting a candle, and enjoying.