Published: March 17, 2023

The University Libraries has a number of recreational reading options available through our popular reading collections, Children’s and Young Adult collection and literary fiction, foreign language and graphic novel sections in the Norlin Library 3rd floor stacks

Unwind this spring break with one of our curated reading recommendations. Find these titles and more through our spring break book display or visit our pop-up at Norlin Library’s east entrance on Thursday, March 23 between 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. to grab a recommendation or share a recommendation with one of your peers!

Bonus! Attending the pop-up and browsing the collection earns you two squares on Libraries BINGO.

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The Libraries will have limited hours during spring break, starting March 25 until April 2. 

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What’s on our reading list

Riverman by Ben McGrath

Riverman is about the riveting true story of Dick Conant, an American folk hero who, over the course of more than twenty years, canoed solo thousands of miles of American rivers—and then disappeared near the Outer Banks of North Carolina. - Publisher

All this Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Matthews

A beautiful and capacious novel rendered in singular, unforgettable prose, “All This Could Be Different” is a wise, tender, and riveting group portrait of young people forging love and community amidst struggle, and a moving story of one immigrant’s journey to make her home in the world. - Publisher

Violeta by Isabel Allende

This sweeping novel tells the epic story of Violeta Del Valle, a woman whose life spans one hundred years and bears witness to the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century. - Publisher

The Puzzler by A.J. Jacobs

A.J. Jacobs, journalist, lecturer and human guinea pig, goes on a rollicking journey to understand the enduring power of puzzles: why we love them, what they do to our brains, and how they can improve our world. - Publisher


Half Baked Harvest Super Simple by Tieghan Gerard

There’s something for everyone in these 125 easy, show-stopping recipes: fewer ingredients, foolproof meal-prepping, effortless entertaining, and everything in between, including vegan and vegetarian options! - Publisher

Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard

From the world’s leading forest ecologist who forever changed how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest—a moving, deeply personal journey of discovery. - Publisher

Black Panther Vol. 3 by Ta-Nehisi Coates

For years, T’Challa has protected Wakanda from all invaders. Now, he will discover that his kingdom is much bigger than he ever dreamed. Prepare to journey to the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda! - Publisher

Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo

Welcome to Neo-Tokyo, built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by a blast of unknown origin that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, making him a target for a shadowy agency that will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe like the one that leveled Tokyo. At the core of the agency’s motivation is a raw, all-consuming fear of an unthinkable, monstrous power known only as Akira. - Publisher


Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Woman of Light is a transfixing novel about survival, family secrets, and love—filled with an unforgettable cast of characters, all of whom are just as special, memorable, and complicated as our beloved heroine, Luz. - Publisher

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Alabaster Tenring—madman, world-crusher, savior—has returned with a mission: to train his successor, Essun, and thus seal the fate of the Stillness forever. It continues with a lost daughter, found by the enemy. It continues with the obelisks, and an ancient mystery converging on answers at last. The Stillness is the wall which stands against the flow of tradition, the spark of hope long buried under the thickening ashfall. And it will not be broken. - Publisher

My Broken Language by Quiara Alegría Hudes

The Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright and co-writer of In the Heights tells her lyrical story of coming of age against the backdrop of an ailing Philadelphia barrio, with her sprawling Puerto Rican family as a collective muse. - Publisher

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

An epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America's most defining eras-the Great Depression. Texas, 1934. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance. In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli-like so many of her neighbors-must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. - Publisher