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Books to read during spring break


Antigone Books has many books that will keep you entertained over the break, including the ones shown above.

Looking for a fun list of books to read during spring break? Luckily, Antigone Books has the Wildcats at UA covered. 

At Antigone Books, there is a wide variety of books from fiction to science fiction. Along with their large selection of books, they also vend novelty items like coffee mugs and journals to gift to friends or yourself.

Katrina Eloy, an employee at Antigone Bookstore, said fiction is the most popular genre among college students. She said the bookstore has been open since 1974 and has been running for 43 years. Throughout the store, there are tables and shelves of books that are either best-sellers or belong to a specific genre.

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Every week, Antigone Books provides meetings for book groups, such as the Mocha Girls Book Group which focuses on African-American women literature. They also have a Steampunk Book Group, Feminist Book Group and a Mystery Book Group.

Antigone’s Feminist Book Group is based on Emma Watson’s recent feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf. Watson’s book club is an online bookclub to join for free membership on

In a short list from the variety of books found at Antigone, here are a few novels that may spark the interest of UA students during break:

1. “Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls” by Jes Baker

A blogger and writer who resides in Tucson, Jes Baker, writes to women of all shapes to be proud of their body types. At Antigone Books, the Feminist Book Group will be reviewing this book on Saturday, April 1, at 3:30 p.m.

2. “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero

A book that dives into the self-improvment genre, “You Are A Badass” is an inspiring and charming read for all students to enjoy over break. College students find this witty and relatable read amazing.

3. “The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter- and How To Make The Most of Them Now” by Meg Jay

Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist and writer, explores why the twenties are the most crucial period in defining a person’s life. She argues that the most growth does not occur in childhood, but in the twenties.

4. “The Book of Wanderings” by Kimberly Meyer

“The Book of Wonderings” is a novel about a mother and daughter rekindling their relationship by traveling the world together. As they travel to various unknown parts of the world, they are able to create a bond that was not there before.

5.  ”Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn

A novel published in 2009 but still carries its popularity, “Dark Places” is a bone-chilling mystery novel that involves satanic cults found in rural America in the 1980s. The book tells the story of Libby Day who had been a victim of a massacre in Kansas involving satanic sacrifices. Eventually, the protagonist finds the courage to find justice for the killings by testifying against her attackers in court.

6. “The Futures” by Anna Pitoniak

This novel is about a romance between two young ambitious college students who embark on building a future together in the Big Apple, only to find that adulting and maintaining a relationship may be harder than they thought.

7. “The Gene: An Intimate History” by Siddhartha Mukherjee

If you have a heart for science and genetics, “The Gene” could be a great informational read. Mukherjee shares insight on various ethical issues that arise within the genetics field. The book also explores knowledge about the genetics we have understood so far and the genetics we have yet to discover.

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8. “Behind Her Eyes” by Sarah Pinborough

This novel is a suspenseful psychological romance thriller that will have all romance novel lovers obsessed. It’s a mind game of manipulation and a romance novel all in one.

9. “Seven Brief Lessons on Physics” by Carlo Rovelli

For the UA students who want to keep learning, Carlo Rovelli provides readers with a casual, simplified way of learning some of the most important topics in the world of physics.

10. “The Refugees” by Viet Thanh Nguyen

“The Refugees” is a novel that encompasses the personal stories of immigrants over a period of 20 years. Viet Thanh Nguyen writes about real experiences between immigrants and their newfound futures. Heartwarming and eye-opening, this book will bring up emotions and new thinking.

For more about Antigone Books, their clubs and their involvement in the Tucson Festival of Books, visit

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