By Taylor Mackey

As the days lengthen and March approaches, the best time of the year is nearly here: spring break! It’s finally time to leave the frozen tundra of Michigan and head to a warm beach, the wooded wilderness, or back home to your favorite meals and quality time with your cats. Whatever your spring break destination, here are some of our favorite books to enjoy on your (well-earned!) vacation.

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher:

Our favorite princess may be gone, but she leaves behind a sharply witty and intimate portrait of her time on the Star Wars set. Excerpts from her hand-written diary show a 19-year-old navigating the world of sudden celebrity as a child of a Hollywood celebrity. You’ll laugh and cry and feel incredibly thankful that the world got to have Carrie Fisher, no matter how brief a time. Make sure you have tissues and a margarita nearby for this one.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly:

The novel that inspired the critically acclaimed film, it’s the true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations contributed to some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Relish in the incredible force of the women who overcame every obstacle to do their job and send the first man into space. It’s the perfect book to read for the motivation to finish that paper that’s due after break.

Emma by Jane Austen:

It’s always a good time to revisit this classic that transformed into everyone’s favorite Friday night flick, Clueless. Emma Woodhouse is a girl who delights in playing matchmaker and spends her days dreaming up the next couple. With an imperfect but charming heroine, Austen sweeps us away from the parties of Daytona Beach to the hushed English countryside of tea-time and garden strolls.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simpson:

If you’re looking for your next literary rom-com, this is it. Follow Dan Tillman, a brilliant but socially inept genetics professor, as he decides it’s time he finds a wife and ultimately learns that you don’t find love, it finds you. It’s The Big Bang Theory meets Love, Actually in a heart-warming novel you can’t put down.

Visitation Street by Ivy Pochanda:

It’s summertime in Brooklyn, and two teens take a raft out onto the bay at night…but only one comes back. Suspicion grows as the cast of neighborhood characters navigates the event’s aftermath. It’s a riveting mystery on par with Sherlock Holmes and “who ate my leftovers?”

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