"Dubliners" by James Joyce, $11, penguinrandomhouse.com.
Rebecca Deczynski, editorial assistant, @rebeccadecz
Page Count: 152
Why You'll Love It: James Joyce's 1914 collection of stories about his native city, Dublin, is not an idealistic work of fiction—it shows the Irish middle class in the frankly naturalistic style of modernism. But that's not to say that it's not beautiful. With his attention to detail and his affinity for pinpointing the intricacies of the human condition, the Ulysses author creates a world that's simultaneously harsh and wholesome.
Favorite Quote: "His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead."
"I Want to Be Calm" by Harriet Griffey, $13, barnesandnoble.com.
Nicola Dall'Asen, editorial intern, @nikkidallasen
Page Count: 144
Why You'll Love It: This pocket-size book offers both immediate, temporary solitude during overwhelming weekends and advice for remaining mindful that will stick with you far past your return to normality. If the deep-breathing and emotion-management techniques don't make you your calmest, coziest self, the peaceful imagery and light-blue hues of its full-page illustrations will—all while keeping you page-turning for hours.
Favorite Quote: "Every thought you produce, anything you say, any action you do; it bears your signature."