Now that Spring Break is looming near, many people are thinking about how they can spend their time away from school in a simultaneously productive and entertaining manner. Passing the time in search of a great read, while traveling finding absolutely amazing books to read is the solution. While there are a wide range of great classic and contemporary works at your disposal, the following books are likely some of your best options:
1. The Widow.
When you start to think about what to read during Spring Break, be sure to keep Fiona Barton’s The Widow in mind. By the author of the infinitely popular Gone Girl, this newer work now ranks amongst the top books to read. And for good reason. The story follows the wife of a man who, in understanding that her husband is suspected of murder, maintains quiet support of him throughout the years. When he dies, she is able to tell the truth regarding what happened. However, she’s also learned through experience that she can lead people to believe anything she wants regarding the murder and resulting accusations. The Widow is a provocative psychological thriller that will keep you engaged and excited until the very end.
2. Never Let Me Go.
Written by the Booker Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go is an enthralling narrative that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. The story follows the development of three students who grow up in an exclusive boarding school, Hailsham, located in the secluded English countryside. While enrolled at Hailsham, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy developed deep friendships even as they grew aware of their isolation from the larger world. Categorized as “special” by their instructors, the students maintain an uneasy awareness of their mysterious gift and how it will shape the rest of their lives.
3. The Bluest Eye.
If you haven’t read The Bluest Eye yet, Spring Break is the time to make it happen. Written by Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, the narrative charts the tragic history of a young woman of color who comes of age in a sexist, racist world where her humanity is seldom acknowledged or respected. In addition to being written with seamless, stunningly illustrative prose, this novel sheds much light on the role that communities can play in betraying their members and perpetuating stereotypes that dehumanize everyone within their midst.
4. The Handmaid’s Tale.
The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the most important feminist texts of the 20th century, and it’s the type of book that can be read over and over again. The story is set in the dystopic future and centers the experiences of protagonist Offred. As a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, she serves in the household of a powerful Commander and his bitter wife. Her role? To become impregnated by the Commander. In a world where declining birthrates have made her fertility valuable, she embodies a paradoxical position of dehumanization and cultural esteem. The narrative tracks her ongoing struggle to maintain a sense of self in a community where women are valued as breeders, not people. Readers who love science fiction or a story well told will thoroughly enjoy this brilliant work.
5. All The Lasting Things.
All the Lasting Things is another contemporary must-read. Written by David Hopson, this work follows a modern family residing in Alluvia, New York. While Evelyn struggles to care for her sick husband, their son drinks his life into obscurity. Meanwhile, his sister is forced to grapple with the consequences of a decades-old secret that has recently been unveiled. In reading this novel, the reader is forced to question what type of legacy the family is creating on earth.
6. Go Tell It on the Mountain.
As a recent classic, Go Tell It on the Mountain is one of brilliant writer James Baldwin’s most formidable works. The novel moves back and forth over a space of seventy years, peering into the worlds of multiple characters. The story deftly covers a wide range of controversial topics that gave shape and substance to American society, including the prevalence and primacy of racism in both the Jim Crow South and New York City. Additionally, the homosexual desires of the protagonist, John Grimes, are alluded to with stunning precision. As the opposite of simple, this complex, convoluted work effectively represents the depth and scope of multiple human experiences which complicate identity and alter each individual’s path in life.
Summing It All Up
If you plan on having a great time during Spring Break, keeping a good book on hand is immensely important. To ensure that you can do so, keep this book list in mind as you prepare for your vacation!
The Widow by Fiona Barton, 2016
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, 2005
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, 1970
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, 1985
All the Lasting Things by David Hopson, 2016
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin, 1953