Winter Break Reading List

Unless you’re taking a J-term class, you’re likely to have almost an entire month free from class. Although it’s tempting to do as little as possible, you’ll feel better about your break if you get at least something marginally productive done.

One of the best ways to keep your brain working over your winter break is to read a book. While it’s best to make your own winter break reading list, you can start with one or two of the following suggestions.

1.  Freakonomics.


Although the idea of reading a book about economics and causality sounds like a terrible idea right now, you’ll find within the first few pages of Freakonomics that this is one of the most fun and interesting books that you could read over your break.

Two economists explore “the hidden side of everything,” and delve into some of the modern world’s mysteries that you may or may not have heard of. It’s a bit of a leap of faith to pick up this book, but you won’t be disappointed. In fact, you’ll probably want to read it again!

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2. The latest Harry Potter book.

Harry Potter series

The Harry Potter series is hugely popular among college students, probably because of its less-than-seriously-challenging reading difficulty and engrossing story. These books are notoriously difficult to put down and will keep you up late at night.

With all of the people out there that have read these books, it’s likely that you too have read at least one—and now that you have a month off of class, it’s time to catch up! Read the latest one and make sure that you’re caught up with the movies (because it’s a lot less fun to read the book after seeing the movie).

3. The Onion.

the onion

This isn’t a book, but it’s still a college reading necessity. If you’ve never read a copy of The Onion before, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how funny it is. It’s one of the best modern satires available, and will keep you laughing from the first page to the last.

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If you’re feeling slightly more motivated, pick up either Our Dumb World or Our Dumb Century, both books put out by the crew at The Onion. These are two of the funniest pieces of work that you’ll be able to get your hands on.

Final Word

Whatever you decide to read over winter break, make sure that you have fun reading it.

Reading something light is a good way to enjoy your reading, but you may also find yourself inclined to pick up a piece of classic literature; just because it’s old and may be slightly difficult to read doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun!

Sit back and relax with whichever book you’ve chosen and enjoy your winter break reading list.