It’s been a stressful couple of months, but spring break is finally here. If you’re anything like me, you can’t wait to sleep in past eight am. But the real wonder of having ten glorious days off means that I have time to read. Now I know what you are all thinking: why on earth would I want to read on my time off?! I know it sounds crazy, but when I’m not reading Freud or analyzing Oscar Wilde’s work, I do enjoy the occasional novel. There’s really nothing better than reading for pleasure and it’s actually a great way to de-stress. So in honor of Spring Break, I’ve put together a list for all of you readers out there that you can pack into your beach bag or save for the plane ride to your sunny destination.
Looking For Alaska by John Green: John Green is one of my favorite authors on the bookshelves right now. He might write about teenagers, but I guarantee college students will relate to the issues he talks about as well. Set in the narrative of a teenage boy named Miles, he decides to leave his hometown behind and attend a prestigious boarding school in Alabama. While there, he meets some colorful characters, including the spontaneous and illustrious, Alaska Young. John Green will have you reliving your teenage years as Miles and his gang of friends pull well thought out pranks, fall in love, experience loss, and learn the value of friendship.
Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling: I pretty much idolized Mindy Kaling after reading her tell-all memoir. Not only did she portray Kelly Capore on The Office but she’s also a rather cool chick in real life. Kaling will take you through her childhood and what it was like to grow up as an Indian girl in Boston, how she gained an interest in comedy, and the tiny apartment she shared with her college roommates while they tried to make it big in New York City. I guarantee you’ll be laughing out loud as she shares the stories that made her famous today.
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult: Picoult writes the type of novels that you will start and finish in one day because you just can’t stop reading. You might have seen the movie that came out a few years back, but I guarantee you, the book is much better. Picoult writes about the difficult choices a family must make for their daughter who is suffering from a rare type of leukemia. She portrays the importance of sisterhood, the feeling of neglect, and a mother who would do anything for her children. This book deals with court cases and law suits, the ethics behind genetic planning, and the struggle to keep a family from falling apart
It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini: This story might deal with depression, but it’s the least depressing novel you will read. Teenager Craig has been smart his whole life. When he gets into a prestigious school in New York City, he doesn’t know how to deal with the pressure of it all. Suddenly he finds little purpose in his life and checks himself into a psychiatric hospital. There, he meets patients that show him what life is really all about. Vizzini writes about touching stories with an added twist of humorous dialogue.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton: This is one of those hidden gems that you may have remembered reading in middle school. It’s a classic novel and once you read it, you’ll find new and creative ways to use the phrase, “Stay gold, pony boy.” Even though the novel is targeted towards the youth, it’s a pretty timeless story that you can appreciate at any age. Told in the voice of Ponyboy, he narrates the life of the greasers and their tumultuous relationship with the socs. This novel takes a dramatic turn after Ponyboy’s friend Johnny kills a soc and we learn exactly what it’s like to be a teenager living on the wrong side of the tracks.