Relax and Read: Book Recommendations to Get You Through Midterms

With midterms rolling around, I’m sure the last thing on anyone’s mind is adding more reading material onto their plates. But did you know that reading for fun can actually reduce stress and boost your mood? With all of the chaos and negativity associated with midterms, it can be nice to find a good half hour of free time to devote to a good book. Here are some of my favorite book recommendations!

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The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

In 2016, Carrie Fisher released her last memoir chronicling her experiences on the set of Star Wars: A New Hope at the age of 19. This is not only a hilarious book, but it is also culturally relevant and has some incredibly touching moments. It’s perfect if you’re looking for something quick and easy to read, but you also want to laugh out loud.

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Season 2 of the Hulu show that’s sweeping the nation is just around the corner, so why not read the book that started it all? Margaret Atwood’s hit dystopian novel is short and addictively complex. It’s a great read if you’re looking for something political and emotionally raw (or if you’re a fan of Alexis Bledel).

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The Martian by Andy Weir

This book has everything: it’s scientifically accurate, it’s hilarious, it’s suspenseful, it was made into a critically-acclaimed film, it takes place in SPACE!tumblr_n6205am5u41qhd14co7_250.gifFor real, though, this book is amazing in its portrayal of human determination in the face of adversity, and it may be a comfort to know that if a man could feasibly survive on Mars, we might just be able to survive midterms.

It’s a crazy time of year–take some time for yourself to allow your brain the relaxation it deserves. Whether you read romantic novels or memoirs or self-help books or just some fun fiction, reading can allow you to better yourself while also giving you something to think about that isn’t tests.

Good luck on midterms everyone!

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