It’s that time of year: No matter how much you resist, there is no way to escape impending prelim season. During these stressful days, there is nothing better than unwinding with a good book. Here are some suggestions for some fun easy reads to take your mind off of your tests.

You’ll Grow Out of It, Jessi Klein

This book will keep you laughing (and I promise you will not be able to put it down). Klein, one of the lead writes for the TV show Inside Amy Schumer, writes about her life – from childhood to adulthood. Her anecdotes are funny yet poignant, and this book is as raw as it is relatable.


One More Thing, BJ Novak

BJ Novak’s book of short stories are another perfect “de-stress” read. Not only are these stories the perfect length for a short break from studying, Novak also creates bizarre and interesting scenarios, drawing the reader in. One highlight in particular is a story about a boy visiting his grandma in heaven, and realizing that she has no time for him amidst her busy life.

Bossy Pants, Tina Fey

Bossy Pants is an incredibly funny memoir by Tina Fey. It is impossible to read this book without laughing out loud. Fey discusses everything from growing up, her awkward college years, and her path to comedy and SNL. Full of jokes and some wisdom, Fey’s book will not disappoint.

The Alchemist, Paul Coelho

One of my favorite books of all time, the Alchemist is a must-read. In this book, Coelho explores themes of self, the meaning of life, and the quest for fulfillment through an extensive allegory.  This book will make you think, as well as create a sense of calm.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy Schumer

Schumer’s debut book is a fun and enjoyable read. Filled with her characteristic sarcastic and cutting humor, Schumer divulges her life experiences. A very entertaining read, this book will make you love her even more.


The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin

For anyone looking to find more happiness in everyday life, look no further than the Happiness Project. In this “stunt fiction” book, Rubin combines social psychology and real-life experience to add happiness to her everyday life. Insightful and eye-opening, this book will help you appreciate the little things.


These books are just a small-sampling of fun enjoyable reads for this prelim season. If school has you down, pick up one of these reads. You will not only be entertained, but may also learn some wisdom.