5 books to read during the winter holidays

Winter break can be a time for students to relax and catch up on reading after a busy semester. Here are some short novels to get you through the hiatus.

“In five years” by Rebecca Serle (255 pages)

“In Five Years” follows Dannie Kohan and his life in New York. Kohan has the perfect job, the perfect friends, and most recently the perfect fiancé. That is until Kohan wakes up one morning next to a completely different person, in a different apartment with a different ring on his finger.

Kohan was cast into the future five years later with only an hour to spare before waking up in her original apartment to resume her normal, perfect life and pretend nothing happened.

Back in the present, Kohan pushes that hour back in her mind until four years later, when she meets the man of her future. This book is perfect for those who want love and heartbreak in their reading.

Lucy Foley’s “Guest List” (330 pages)

This book is a murder mystery and involves a wedding that takes place off the coast of Ireland.

As the festivities begin and people begin to drink, the guests notice a corpse, but have no idea who is responsible.

The main suspects are the bride, the plus-one, the witness, the wedding planner and the bridesmaid. This book is for fans of Agatha Christie and detective novels.

“Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid (310 pages)

Alix Chamberlain is a mother who decides to hire a babysitter for her child, not expecting the turmoil to come.

When 25-year-old babysitter Emira takes Alix’s child to the grocery store, she is confronted by a security guard who thinks she, as a black woman, has kidnapped the white child.

Video of the confrontation is uploaded and Alix and Emira’s lives change dramatically as they confront the racism and trauma within and between themselves.

“One Day in December” by Josie Silver (393 pages)

Laurie thinks love at first sight is just a movie trope until she sees a man as she gets on the bus and realizes it’s him. They meet their eyes until her bus pulls away and she fears she’ll never see him again.

She searches all over London without finding him, until he shows up at the same Christmas party as her, but is introduced as her best friend Sarah’s new boyfriend.

The next ten years follow them through love, heartache and friendship.

“Normal People” by Sally Rooney (273 pages)

Connell is popular and the star of the soccer team, and Marianne is a lonely and private girl. At school, they pretend they don’t know each other, but when Connell comes to pick up his mother from Marianne, they bond.

A year later in college, they changed roles and joined different circles, but are still close.

“Normal People” follows Connell and Marianne through the years as they explore status, family, friendship, and the excitement of first love.