CM’s Top 10 Winter Break Reads

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In between sledding and partying with friends, cozy up with one­ – or all ten – of these great reads this winter break:

1.) Your Voice In My Head by Emma Forrest

A modern Catcher in the Rye, Your Voice in my Head is a memoir about self-destruction and turbulent romance that a young author experienced living in New York City. It may sound like a drag, but the book also describes the therapy Forrest undergoes that helps her rebuild her life and relationships. Mixed with witty banter, a few tears and a hilarious British mother, you’ll be sure to finish this one in three days like I did.

2.) Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler

The hilarious blonde is back – and she’s brought her whole family with her. Lies that Chelsea Handler told me is a collection of cringe-worthy, laugh out loud stories from Handler’s coworkers, friends and family. The gang comes together to discuss how Handler has affected their lives with her crazy antics and unbelievable lies.

3.) The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

If you haven’t already, you need to read The Hunger Games series. The first two books of the series were on The New York Times Bestseller list and in March, this popular book trilogy about a post-apocalyptic world is heading to the silver screen. The movie, starring up-and-coming starlet Jennifer Lawrence, will be completely action-packed (and no vampires I promise). It hits theaters in the spring, which gives you just enough time to freshen up on the books.

4.) Be Your Own Best Publicist by Jessica Kleiman and Meryl Weinsaft Cooper

Although it may not be an emotional novel, why not do some career reading while on break? This book is a quick, easy read and teaches you how to use PR techniques in order to stand out and get hired (hello internships!). The book applies to any major and any career, so take notes and read closely because the authors really know what they’re talking about.

5.) Lunatics by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel

This humor novel releases in January, and is sure to be hilarious given its well-known authors. Lunatics follows two men (one of whom wears a Chuck E. Cheese costume) who continue randomly meeting until one day their paths cross at a time where they must escape death.  The book is a whirlwind of events that leads up to a very comical climax.

6.) A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson

This southern belle book to hit shelves in January takes place in Mississippi, where a family is cursed with accidental teenage pregnancies. Mosey, the protagonist, is the daughter of Liza, who gave birth to her at age 15. Mosey’s grandmother had her mother at age 15 as well. Now that Mosey is 15, her family worries she will have the same fate, but the family soon finds out their misfortune goes beyond teen pregnancies.

7.) Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

In memory of the man and innovator, read up on him in this exclusive biography. The author, who has also written about Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, interviewed Jobs over 40 times in the span of two years to complete the biography. The amazing details in this book certainly reflect the work put into it.

8.) A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard

Dugard, who was kidnapped from her school bus stop at eleven years old in 1991 and was held captive for over eighteen years, wrote this memoir. For years, Dugard lived in a tent behind the home of Phillip Craig and Nancy Garrido, and her book describes the entirety of the young woman’s abduction. In this teary read, Dugard reveals her experiences and shows an immense amount of courage and spirit.

9.) The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

What’s winter break without a great Nicholas Sparks novel? In true Sparks form, this book takes place in the south – specifically Oriental, North Carolina. In 1984, Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole, two high school students, fall madly in love but are soon torn apart by unexpected circumstances. Twenty-five years later, the two are reunited in their hometown by the funeral of their high school mentor, who leaves instructions for them to relive the past. Can the two rediscover their love while facing painful memories of the past?

10.) Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes

This humorous read is a witty bedtime story for adults, complete with illustrations. The book depicts real-world rhymes for those who no longer believe that the cow flew over the moon (come on, it’s just not logical). The story doesn’t hold back and makes sure to include enough profanities to keep you laughing. For full effect, read it in Samuel L. Jackson's voice. Allow me to help make that much easier for you:

 

 
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