5 good books to read during spring break | Momaha



By Shea Saladee

Those long days indoors can make us want to escape. And until the hot summer days return, I don’t think there’s a better way to escape than with a good book.

So if you’re looking to be swept away by a good story, grab a fluffy blanket, a cup of coffee, and one of these five recommended reads:

Shea Saladee lives in Papillion with her husband, Brent, and their three children. She works as a teacher at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


1. “Malibu Rising” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. A recent release, but easily one of my top five books of all time. Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down. Reid masterfully weaves the past with the present to speak of family, love, addiction and loss. Classified as historical fiction and making appearances on many Best of 2021 lists, this book is storytelling at its best. I was completely mesmerized and it made me want more.

2. “People We Meet on Vacation” by Emily Henry. Also making appearances on “Best of 2021” lists, Henry’s book is the ultimate summer beach read. One of the best love stories I’ve read in quite a while, this book follows best friends Alex and Poppy through 10 years of summer vacation. You’ll be swept up in the adventures of their travels while experiencing the deeply moving and incredibly witty dialogue.

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3. “Can You Keep a Secret” by Sophie Kinsella. If I’m in the mood for a fun, seductive, heartwarming read, Sophie Kinsella is my favorite. This book is one of my favorites from her. He did not disappoint. It brings the typical humor and warmth of Kinsella’s novels. “Can You Keep a Secret” is the story of Emma Corrigan, who reveals all her secrets to a handsome stranger on an airplane – until that handsome stranger turns out to be the CEO of her company.

4. “Normal People” by Sally Rooney. A modern exploration of love across social classes, Normal People is the second novel by Irish author Sally Rooney. This book made an appearance on President Obama’s Recommended Reading List in 2019. A coming-of-age story, main characters Connell and Marianne explore relationships, social norms, and belonging. Wickedly clever and at times heartbreaking, this book shines a light on first love without the sentimentality.

5. “High Fidelity” by Nick Hornby. An oldie but a goodie, Nick Hornby is one of my favorite authors of all time. And in this book, it also happens to combine some of my favorite things – the music, the relationships, and the witty storytelling. Originally written in 1995, it has been adapted into a film, a Broadway musical and more recently a television series. Hornby has such a compelling way of bringing characters to life.

My husband’s choice: “Calypso” by David Sedaris. Storyteller and social commentator David Sedaris released “Calypso” in 2018 as a collection of 21 semi-autobiographical essays. My husband has read (and enjoyed) almost every work in Sedaris, but chose this one as a standout. Dealing with aging and mortality, this book is darkly funny and deeply personal – as are most of his books. If you like this kind of ironic and gritty storytelling, pick up this book.

Shea Saladee lives in Papillion with her husband, Brent, and their three children. She works as a teacher at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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