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10 Recommended Books Perfect to Read during Spring Break 2022

10 recommended books perfect to read during Spring break 2022

Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of 10 recommended books perfect to read during Spring break 2022

10 recommended books perfect to read during Spring break 2022

We can’t believe it’s already time for spring break. Well, we sort of can – it’s been a long, slow winter. No matter where you are, we’re sure you’re looking forward to some rest, some sun, and especially some rest and relaxation.  And nothing goes as well with rest and relaxation as the company of a good book.

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In fact, a good book can make even a weekend at home feel like spring break – that’s the magic and escapism of reading. So, no matter how you’re spending these first few weeks of spring, we want to supply you with some shiny new book recommendations. Throw one in the carry-on bag for your upcoming trip, or in the tote bag for your afternoon at the park.

These ten new reads all came out in early 2022 (or will be out by the end of next month) and they’ve got the works: murders, heists, sisters, mother-daughter relationships and more – everything you need to sweep you away this season.

10 recommended books perfect to read during Spring break 2022

1. The Perfect Escape by Leah Konen

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If this spring break includes a girls’ weekend, perhaps you want to read a book about… a girls’ weekend? Sam, Margaret, and Diana are best friends, excited for the weekend getaway they’ve planned to celebrate their divorces. But when their car breaks down and strands them in the middle of nowhere, some long-held resentments begin to come to light – and then Diana disappears. As her friends search for her, they have to wonder: how well did any of them really know each other in the first place?  This book seems tailor-made for spring break – that is, if you can handle the suspense.

Out now.

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2. Cherish Farrah by Bethany C. Morrow

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Another thriller, because for many of us, spring break reads need to keep our hearts pumping – and the pages turning. Farrah is one of only two Black girls in her country club community – the other is her best friend Cherish, who was adopted by white parents. When Farrah finds herself getting closer and closer to Cherish’s family, her parents warn her to stay away – strange things are happening in Cherish’s house. Will she listen to them before it’s too late? Described as social horror, this is one of those books you won’t be able to stop reading – which makes it the perfect pick for spring break.

Out now.

3. Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

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We’re calling it now – this is going to be one of the best new releases of the spring. And we can’t wait to dive in. Will Chen is an art history major at Harvard, whose life is forever changed when a mysterious benefactor presents him with a mission: steal back five historic Chinese sculptures that were looted from Beijing, and he will receive fifty million dollars. Can he do it? With the help of an incredible team, his chances look good – but the stakes include something more complicated than money. If Will and his team fail, it will be another reminder of all that colonialism has stolen. There’s nothing quite as perfect as a book that is as thoughtful and serious as it is fun and readable, and Portrait of a Thief sounds like it has it all.

Out April 5th.

4. The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart

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In the distant-but-maybe-not-distant-enough-future, the world has cracked the key to time travel, and – perhaps unsurprisingly – it’s a total tourist trap. But it might be more dangerous than anyone realizes. The novel is told from the perspective of January, head of security at the Paradox Hotel – a place where many time travelers come to stay before their temporal journeys. But January has a secret: all of her own time traveling has started to mess with her head – as has the recent death of her girlfriend, Mena. When someone attempts to murder the attendees of a hotel conference, can January find the culprit before it’s too late – and before her sense of reality is completely gone?

Out now.

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5. The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont

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Mystery? Historical fiction? Sign us up! In this case, the Christie refers to Agatha Christie – and the time she famously disappeared for eleven days. This book peels back the imagined layers of what is perhaps Agatha Christie’s most fascinating mystery of all – the mystery of her real marriage, and what it might have to do with those famous eleven days.

Out now.

6. I’ll Be You by Janelle Brown

Books about imaginary movie stars are the latest trend, and we have to say – we can’t get enough of them. Here’s another that we’re excited to get our hands on. Sam and Elli are inseparable as children, and it’s not just that they’re identical twins: they’re also child actresses, who often end up playing the same role. But as adults, their paths have diverged – Elli has settled into a quiet, stable life, and Sam has used drugs and alcohol to cope with her Hollywood past. So when Sam finds out that Elli has disappeared, she’s shocked. She thought her sister had everything under control. She will have to figure out the truth, if she wants to bring her sister home.

Out April 26th.

7. The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

Ray has always dreamed of becoming a famous violinist, and against all odds, he is about to make those dreams come true. With his great-great-grandfather’s violin in tow, he is about to perform in a pivotal Tchaikovsky competition, and then he discovers the violin has been stolen – and a ransom note left in its place. Can he solve the mystery before it’s too late?

Out now.

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8. Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

If you’re interested in a spring break book that is readable but still packs an emotional punch, we present to you Reminders of Him, one of the buzziest books of the year. (And yes, you may have seen it on Tik Tok). Kenna is a young mother, who has recently served time in prison for a tragic accident. After her release, she wants to reconnect with her young daughter, but everyone tries to keep them apart. No one trusts her – except for Ledger, the owner of the bar in their small town. For a story about redemption that will heal your heart – but only after breaking it – this is the one for you.

Out now.

9. Like a Sister by Kellye Garrett

When disgraced reality TV star Desiree is found dead the morning after her 25th birthday, everyone assumes it was an accident. Everyone except her half-sister Lena – Lena, who hasn’t spoken to Desiree in years, but who still knows that something is amiss. In spite of their rocky history, Lena steps back into her sister’s life, determined to find justice – whatever it takes.

Out now.

10. One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

After her mother’s death, Katy is beyond devastated – her mother was her confidant and best friend. When the time comes for the mother-daughter vacation they were supposed to take together, Katy decides to go it alone, even though she knows how hard that will be. But when she arrives in Italy, she is met with a strange vision: her mother. Except her mother is a young woman, and not at all the person Katy remembers. Over the course of the summer, Katy will get to know her mother as a thirty-year-old finding her way – and hopefully start to heal her grieving heart.

Out now.

10 recommended books perfect to read during Spring break 2022

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Abbie Martin Greenbaum grew up in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, where she drinks a lot of coffee and matches roommates together for a living. At Oberlin College, she studied English and Cinema, which are still two of her favorite things, along with dessert and musical theater. She believes in magic.

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