Reading is one of the best vacations we can think of; it doesn’t cost much, you can go anywhere, do anything, and all from the comfort of your own quiet reading space. Regardless of whether spring break takes you away on vacation or home on a staycation, you can still use the week-long unofficial holiday as a good excuse to pick up a fun new book.
We’ve scoured recommended reading lists to gather 12 titles that piqued our interests. Family drama, war-torn love, literary lust, the benefits of swearing, and how trees talk are just a few of the topics tackled in these book titles. Our spring break packing list will definitely include at least one of these; we can tuck a good book into our carry-on or our beach bag, or leave it right on our bedside table for a literary escape while we’re home on a staycation.
12 Spring Break Book Recommendations
1. The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben
(Nonfiction) Peter Wohlleben has uncovered the hidden family life and dialogue – if you will – shared between the trees, and uses his newfound understanding to address how to foster a healthier, happier community, from the trees to the whole planet, even between humans.
2. Modern Lovers, Emma Straub
Three friends once shared a rock band, then they grew up, started families, and grew older. Now facing middle age, this trio of friends is still together, facing the challenges of raising children and their own aging ambitions.
3. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
Saunders takes a unique perspective on a very real and tragic moment in the life of President Lincoln. The president’s family tragedy, the loss of a son, is the backdrop for an exploration of how all of us struggle with love and loss.
4. We Shall Not All Sleep, Estep Nagy
We Shall Not All Sleep is a story of social class, loved ones lost, and familial strife. The small New England community where the story takes place is on the cusp of a dramatic change, reflected in the story of one family and how they confront the conflicts of their past and present.