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Towards the end of the fall 2022 semester, Andrea Bee of the Gryph Reads Committee felt that some chillout time was in order, and as such compiled a collection of Chill Reads for library visitors.  

The goal of the collection is to encourage patrons to pick up page-turner titles that are leisurely, funny, and invoke light-hearted themes which allow readers to kick back and simply enjoy. After all, during this chilly season, we could all use a little bit of warmth and lightness, which are what this collection intends to offer. 

Titles in the Chill Reads collection can be found on the library’s first floor display atop the Gryph Reads shelves, or virtually on library’s featured collections page as Chill Reads 2022. Below is a sampling of some notable titles (descriptions from the library catalogue):

  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang: “Prince Sebastian hides from his parents his secret life of dressing up in women's clothes as the hottest fashion icon in Paris, the fabulous Lady Crystallia, while his friend Frances the dressmaker strives to keep her friend's secret.” 
  • Tacky: love letters to the worst culture we have to offer by Rax King: "TACKY is about the power of pop culture -- like any art, low or high -- to imprint itself on our lives and shape our experiences, no matter one's commitment to "good" taste. These fifteen essays are a nostalgia-soaked antidote to the millennial generation's obsession with irony, putting the aesthetics we've learned to hate to love -- frosted tips and glosses, Sex and the City, The Cheesecake Factory -- into kinder and sharper perspective.” 
  • The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel: “From the author of Fun Home, a profoundly affecting graphic memoir of Bechdel's lifelong love affair with exercise, set against a hilarious chronicle of fitness fads in our times.” 
  • Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren: “New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren...tells the story of two people who are definitely not dating, no matter how often they end up in bed together.” 

The collection provides library patrons with the opportunity to grab some light reading material for study breaks or quiet moments that emerge during the busyness of daily life. If you need to de-stress, grab a Gryph Read and chill out anywhere, anytime. 

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