Spring Book Guide

Lauren Conroy, Staff Writer

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Romantic:

“Anna and the French Kiss” by Stephanie Perkins

Although this book adorns a cheesy title, it is anything but. This book follows Anna, a senior in high school through her year at a Parisian boarding school. Not wanting to attend the school in the first place, Anna is reluctant to enjoy anything about it. After meeting the boy of her dreams, everything turns around. Anna’s story will make you long for a perfect French boyfriend and a whirlwind romance.

 

Fun:

“The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling’s unknown novel is a great book to read for fun. It follows the lives of the townspeople of a quaint little village in England. When the head of the city council, Barry Fairbrother, passes away, all the issues that have been building through the years come to surface. The book is light-hearted enough that it is an easy read. It tells the tales of a large variety of the town’s families. Some of the anecdotes are funny, some are serious and all are entertaining.

 

Dramatic:

“Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese

Cutting for Stone is a beautifully written and captivating story about two doctors and their life journeys. Born in Ethiopia to an Indian nun and an English surgeon, the boys come into a confusing life. After their mother dies in childbirth, they are raised by her fellow nuns. The story of their complicated upbringing, the rocky relationship that the brothers share and their paths to successful careers in the medical field make for a wonderfully eye-opening and dramatic book.

 

Inspiring:

“Brain on Fire” by Susannah Cahalan

Susannah Cahalan woke up one day with a horrible headache. Over the course of a month, she lost all sense of reality and became completely insane. Her memoir on the experience is an inspiring read. It takes you through her crazy journey from start to finish and through every unbelievable second. And just when you’ve completely given up on her, you find yourself amazed that such a miraculous recovery could truly happen.

 

Feel-good:

“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

Considered one of the most classic stories of all time, Little Women is the field-good book of the millennium. The story follows the lives of four sisters and the trials and tribulations that they face growing up in colonial America. They suffer losses, struggle with love and learn all about coming into their own. Reading it will make you laugh, cry and more than anything, make you want to be a March sister.

 

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