Published: March 21, 2019

Before you leave for spring break, consider packing a book from the Libraries’ Popular Reading Collection or downloading one of our eBooks!

Located near Norlin's circulation desk at the west entrance, the Popular Reading collection offers a break from scholarly reading, with subjects ranging from graphic novels to politics. Here are just a few samples:

Book carousel highlighting the cover of One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
"The Breakfast Club" meets "Pretty Little Liars," One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. A fun page-turner with some deeper themes.

Book carousel highlighting the cover of the nonfiction book The Nature Fix

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative by Florence Williams
The perfect read to finish off a day spent hiking in the mountains, skiing the slopes or swimming in the ocean. The Nature Fix demonstrates that our connection to nature is much more important to our cognition than we think and that even small amounts of exposure to the living world can improve our creativity and enhance our mood.


Book carousel highlighting a biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life by Jane Sherron de Hart
In this large, comprehensive, revelatory biography, Jane De Hart explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg's passion for justice, her advocacy for gender equality, her meticulous jurisprudence: her desire to make We the People more united and our union more perfect. 

Book carousel highlighting the cover of How to Stop Time

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
A mix of science fiction and historical fiction with a dash of romance. The main character Tom Hazard has a rare condition that has allowed him to live for centuries. He moves back to London to become a high school history teacher--the perfect job for someone who has witnessed the city's history first hand. Better yet, a captivating French teacher at his school seems fascinated by him. But the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love.

Book carousel highlighting the cover of Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
Currently on the NYT Best Seller List, Atomic Habits offers a framework aimed at making small changes that have an enormous impact on your productivity and happiness.

These are just a few examples of the offerings that the Norlin popular reading collection has, along with around 300 additional titles—including the titles seen above next to the ones we highlighted! The Business Library in Koelbel also offers a Biz Light selection of popular reads, and Gemmill Library has a display of popular science books. So, whether you’re staying in town or heading home for the break, be sure to stop by one of the Libraries to discover your next favorite book!

You can also suggest titles and let us know what you would like to see in this collection by emailing us at!

Finally a reminder: all libraries will close this Friday, March 22, at 5 p.m., for the weekend. Norlin and the branches will reopen on Monday, March 25, with reduced hours through Thursday, March 29. Check out our website for more information on library hours during spring break.