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Best Light Reads for Teachers

Use this list of best light reads for teachers to find your next great book.

This list of the best light reads for teachers is perfect for those who want to unwind and relax after a long day of teaching. 

While sometimes, it’s necessary to settle down with a serious, heavy, and thought-provoking book with multiple themes, characters, and plot points, other times, our brains need a bit of a break, and it can be nice to cozy up with a light read – especially when you’ve spent the entire day teaching and just looking for a way to relax. 

Whether it’s light-hearted fiction or fun romance, after a long day of teaching, my mind is not ready to delve into hard topics and heavy stories. These best light reads are the books I read to give my mind a break from the day-to-day and help me settle down for the evening. There are stories of enemies-to-lovers, fake dating, and even otherworldly surprises.

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Best Light Reads for Teachers

If you enjoy reading chick-lit, rom-com, or beach reads, this list of best light reads is sure to have something for everyone. Save your literary fiction for the days you can concentrate and pick up a book you can devour in a few days without having it weigh on your mind.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

This enemy-to-lovers romance follows unlucky Olive as she is forced to endure 24 hours of wedding festivities for her very lucky sister, Ami. Olive’s luck is turned around after the wedding party contracts food poisoning, and an all-expenses-paid honeymoon is up for grabs. However, the only other person not sick is Ethan, her sworn enemy (and best man). Can they put aside their mutual hatred for a free vacation? 

In a New York Minute by Kate Spencer

Franny is having a very bad day, and when she ends up ripping her silk dress in the doors of the subway, Hayes comes to her rescue. When someone ends up recording their interaction and shares it on social media, Franny and Hayes become social media sensations. Even though they have nothing in common and make a disastrous match, they keep running into one another. Could they ever learn to enjoy each other’s company?

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand

In the 1920s, the Hotel Nantucket was the place to be – until an accident happens and 19-year-old chambermaid Grace is killed, leaving the hotel to fall to ruin. Billionaire Xavier Darling purchases the hotel and renovates it, hiring Lizbet to be the general manager. They, along with a cast of characters who make up the staff, are determined to bring the hotel back to its former glory. 

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

Millie Morris is one of the guys, and one night, in a drunken stupor, she ends up hooking up with one of her guy friends. As they decide to keep their relationship strictly platonic, Millie sets up a fake online dating profile, which sets her up with none other but her one-night stand, who has no idea it’s Millie on the other end. 

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Olive Smith is a scientist who doesn’t believe in love. Needing to convince her friend Anh that she is, in fact, dating (and to get Anh off her back), Olive kisses the first guy she sees, who turns out to be Adam Carlsen, a grumpy professor and kind of a jerk. They decide to start fake dating, and the real experiment is them trying not to fall in love with each other. 

Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

When Nantucket novelist Vivian is struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident, her new home becomes the Beyond, where she is allowed to watch her family from afar for one last summer. She is given three chances to change the outcome of events over the summer and will have to hope she makes the right decisions while her family learns to live without her. 

The Secret Path by Karen Swan

Tara Tremain wants nothing more than to be outside of the grasp of her very rich family. A doctor in training, she goes on a trip to Costa Rica to the last event she hopes to attend that is thrown by her family. She is then thrown in the path of a young boy needing medical help and is assisted by the man who once destroyed her life. 

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

Rhiannon is all about romance in the digital world with her created dating app, but she shuns dating in real life. She’s happier to move on with her career and have a multitude of one-night stands than an actual relationship. When her app leads her to hook up with Samson, a pro football player, she never thought she’d have to question her prior dating rules. 

The Stand-In by Lily Chu

Gracie Reed thinks she’s holding her life together and is doing fine until she’s offered a proposition that could change it. One of Chinese cinema’s most famous couples sees her on the street, and the actress Wei Fangli wants to pay her to be her stand-in. Soon, Gracie is moved into a world of luxury that she has never known. Will she be able to keep up with the act of deception?

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Nora leads a bookish life with her job as a literary agent, but she is not your typical bookish heroine. She agrees to go on a sisters’ trip to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina, with her sister, Libby, who dreams of a small-town transformation for her sister. While there, Nora keeps running into Charlie, a bookish editor from the city whom Nora has never gotten along with. Could she have her transformation after all – or will they continue to butt heads?

The Matzah Ball: A Novel by Jean Meltzer

Christmas romance novelist Rachel loves Christmas, but when her editor wants her to write the next bestselling romance, she’s disappointed that it will be about Hanukkah, which Rachel believes isn’t as romantic as Christmas. While researching Hannukah, she runs into an old enemy and starts spending more time with him. Will this lead to romance? And will Rachel find the romantic side of Hannukah? 

I hope this list of best light reads helps you find a great book to cuddle up with. Casual, light-hearted reading is where it’s at when you’re a busy teacher, and it’s even better when your reading can make you laugh, feel cozy, and give your brain a bit of a mental break. 

Are you looking for more books recommended for teachers? Here are some more recommendations for books that are great for when you want to take a break: 

This blog post, Book Recommendations For Teachers, offers more recommendations and even some professional development books to read. 

If you’re looking for Middle School or High School book recommendations, check out these two blog posts: Best Middle School Book Recommendations and High School Book Recommendations.

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