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10 Classic and Not-So-Classic Books to Read This Spring

The great thing about a good book is that it will stay with you long after you have turned the last page. So if you've recently been on the prowl for reading material, check out this list of books that will make you laugh, think, and cry all at once.

The View From Castle Rock by Alice Munro

This collection of short stories earned Alice Munro the Nobel Prize in 2013. Based loosely off of Munro’s family history, the stories are all raw, interesting, and grippingly honest.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

If you’ve never read an Agatha Christie mystery before, this would be the one to fuel your lifelong addiction. Set in a gloomy house on a faraway island, the book leaves you trying to figure out who is the murderer as the guests to the house start getting killed one by one.

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

In Mistry’s second novel, four different characters are brought together in mysterious ways after a State of Emergency is declared during Indira Gandhi’s rule in India. Powerful read.

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Even though you already read The Catcher in the Rye in high school, this is defnitely a classic that’s worth rereading a second time. Follow Holden Caufield around on his New York City escapades and see just how many hilarious parts you missed when reading about them for the first time.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

When poor farmer in Afghanistan decides to give up his only daughter to a wealthy couple, his decision sets off a chain of events that spans continents and generations. This book is yet another masterpiece by the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

You’ve probably heard of the Shopaholic series, but this is another one of Kinsella’s books that ‘s just as funny. Lawyer Samantha Sweeting makes a mistake at work, decides to run away, and finds herself being mistaken for a housekeeper interviewee. Hilarity ensues.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

After poor milkmaid Tess discovers that she is a descendant of a noble family, she sets on journey to meet her family and change her life. Encountering many injustices on her way, Tess starts to wonder on the role that both fate and choice play in one’s life.

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Another Nobel Prize winter, Song of Solomon follows the story of Macon “Milkman” Dead III throughout his life. The modern masterpiece explores how one man’s decision to flee a life of oppression will ultimately affect those that he leaves behind.

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Dubbed one of the most important African writers of our time, Adichie tells us the story of two sisters who grow up during the Biafran War. It is considered a masterpiece not only for its riveting sketch of the longstanding consequences of colonialism, but also for its raw portrayal of the intricacies of human relationships.

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Poking fun at the stringent social obligations of Victorian England, Wilde’s play will make you laugh out loud as protagonist Jack Worthing makes up an imaginary brother named Earnest in order to win over the love of his life.