Published: March 20, 2018

Spring break is an ideal time to relax, refresh...and read! Consider picking up a book to read over break. Rediscover the joy of reading something that isn’t on a syllabus, something you choose to read for pleasure!

The University Libraries are so associated with research help and academic resources that you can easily forget we have popular novels, too! Our browsing section, full of popular fiction and non-fiction choices, is located to the right of Norlin’s Circulation Desk, and below is a small sample of the current options for your perusing pleasure:

Book cover of My Own Words by Rush Bader Ginsburg

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993—a witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women’s rights, and popular culture.

 An Oral History

The Daily Show: An Oral History by Chris Smith
Still missing the humor of Jon Stewart every evening? This collection shares seminal moments from the show's stars, writers and creators.

book cover of No Time to Spare

No Time to Spare by Ursula K. LeGuin
A month before her death in January 2018, Le Guin published this collection of blog posts that presents perfectly crystallized dispatches on what mattered to her late in life, her concerns with the world, and her wonder at it: 

Book cover for Two kinds of truth

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
If you are a fan of detective stories, this is for you. Harry Bosch, exiled from the LAPD, is working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department when all hands are called out to a local drugstore, where two pharmacists have been murdered in a robbery. 

Book cover for Lab Girl

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. This book has won several awards and is an entertaining read even for the non-scientist.

Book Cover for Gwendy's Button Box

Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar
Full of suspense but not horror, this new collaboration is a novella set in Castle Rock, Maine, and will stay with you for a long time after you finish it.

Book Cover I am not your perfect Mexican Daughter

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
Funny and poigant story about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home.

Book Cover The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
A YA novel, a love story, and the perfect beach —or ski trip read!

These are just a few examples of the offerings that the Norlin browsing section has, along with around 300 additional titles, with subjects ranging from graphic novels to politics. So, whether you’re staying in town or heading home for the break, be sure to stop by Norlin to explore our appealing selection of popular reading!

All libraries will close this Friday, March 23, at 5 p.m., for the weekend. Norlin and the branches will reopen on Monday, March 26, with reduced hours through Thursday, March 29. Check out our website for more information on library hours during spring break.