Winter break is just around the corner, and if you hold on tight enough the semester will be done! We made it y’all. Now it’s time to rest, eat some good food, and be around family and friends. Some of us might be tired of anything related to academia. And the thought of picking up a book on break might make us sick. I wanted to drop some gems for my people who might use reading as a relaxer! We don’t always get to read books that pick our brains the way we want them to in a school setting. And that can sometimes strain our relationship with leisure reading. It’s important to read books that not only benefit us in the classroom, but push us towards self improvement and enjoyment. Below are some books that I have read this past year. These are titles I’ve picked up based on recommendations that I wanted to pass along to the next person. I hope you find a book that sticks out to you!