I had so much fun leading our last book club discussion for Where’d You Go, Bernadette. (If you missed out, you can still read the live chat transcript here.) I thought it was a great read, and I hope you all enjoyed it too. I’ll be choosing our next book club selection soon, but in the meantime I thought I’d share a list of 10 worthy reads to pick up this season. Especially if you’re taking a spring break trip or spending some time by the pool, spring is a great time to do a little reading. In winter I tend to choose more serious books and brush up on my favorite classics (The Great Gatsby, anyone?). But once the sun starts to shine again, I look for fun books and real page-turners that I can devour in a few days.
With that in mind, here are 10 books that are on my reading list this spring. I can’t promise that I’ll get through them all, but I’m hoping to find time for at least a couple!
1. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth
As I’m sure you’re all well aware by now, the first Divergent movie is now in theaters. I always like to read the book before I see the movie, so Divergent is the first book on my reading list. I’ve heard people call this series ‘the next Hunger Games,’ so I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.
2. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
A couple of my Team LC editors recently picked up The Goldfinch, and they both said it was a must-read. I won’t give too much away, but the plot involves a young boy’s miraculous survival of a tragedy, an art heist, and New York City society.
3. Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
I’ve heard great things about Skippy Dies, a tragicomic portrayal of an all-boys Catholic prep school in Dublin, Ireland. Be prepared to laugh and cry all at the same time.
4. Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois
Cartwheel was names one of the best new books of 2013 by The Washington Post, Cosmo, Buzzfeed, and more. It’s loosely based on the case of Amanda Knox, the American foreign exchange student who was accused, convicted, and acquitted of murdering her roommate in Italy. Sounds intriguing…
5. Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler’s books are always hilarious, and her newest tome sounds as funny as ever. In this book, Chelsea recounts her misadventures in Africa.
7. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
When I asked for reading suggestions at the end of my last book club chat, many of you said The Glass Castle. It’s the memoir of a girl growing up in a very eclectic and cash-strapped family.
8. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
I loved The Secret Life of Bees, so I’m definitely going to check out this latest novel by the same author. It’s a work of historical fiction about two unforgettable young American women fighting against slavery in the 1830s.
9. Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro
Named one of the “30 Books You Need to Read in 2014” by Huffington Post, this book takes place over a summer weekend at a beach house, where a group of 30-something friends meet.
10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I’ve been meaning to read and see the movie of The Book Thief for a while now. I’ve heard great things about the story of a young girl set during the Holocaust.
What do you think—should we read one of these for our next book club?
Leave your pick in the comments.