Best Spring Reads

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     Spring is often a busy time, between meeting deadlines for school, preparing for final exams, and finalizing summer plans. However, it’s important to leave time for oneself in order to avoid burnout, and a great way to do so is by reading. Setting even just 15 minutes aside to read each day can be an enjoyable, fun activity, and here are a few reads to consider for this spring.

      Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins // These three different YA books, all focused on teenagers falling in and out of love, share common characters and ultimately intertwine in Isla and the Happily Ever After. Each storyline varies greatly, yet somehow Perkins weaves it all together by the end of the trilogy. The characters are lively and realistic, and the settings of Paris, New York City, and San Francisco draw the reader in. The books are extremely fast reads with exciting plots that consistently keep you guessing.

     The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows// This novel, released in 2008, is truly coming full circle this year, due to its movie being released on Netflix on April 20th. This fast-paced read is centered around the British island of Guernsey after World War II as the island recovers from German occupation during wartime. The novel is written as a series of letters from an author looking for her next big story to a man on the island, and each correspondence describes more and more about all the war and peacetime happenings on Guernsey.

     13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher// Although the Netflix show was released just last year, this novel has been around for over ten years and is well worth the read. The book takes place over a single night, in which Clay, an acquaintance of the protagonist Hannah, listens to all of the reasons why she committed suicide on tape. Despite the heavy subject matter, it’s a fast read and has the reader hooked at every turn. If you’ve already watched the show or want to watch it and haven’t read the novel, I highly recommend reading it because it is every bit just as important as the show in showcasing the effects suicide has on a community and what consequences each little action has. Both the book and the show will have you feeling a much greater importance to be kind to everyone, no matter the situation.

      Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell// Lots can be said of this lengthy novel, from its interesting Southern perspective of the Civil War to its cold, calculating main character, Scarlet O’Hara. It’s the classic Southern novel, showing a side to the Civil War that history books typically don’t display. Its pages contain several deaths, many interesting characters, and gorgeous descriptions of the Georgia soil the novel takes place on. The novel is over a thousand pages long, which means setting aside time to read it each day can be its own sort of enjoyable project. No matter the length, the book is a staple of American history and well worth the read.

     Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow// America’s most troublesome yet most inspiring Founding Father has been the subject of much interest in recent years due to the hit Broadway musical about his life. Hamilton didn’t come from the wealth or status of the other Founding Fathers, and this biography showcases his rise from penniless orphan to the first United States Secretary of the Treasury. Although reading a novel of this length and content outside of class can be tedious for some, for history buffs, this novel provides an interesting overview on the life of one of the Founding Fathers.