What Was The Best Book You Read This Spring?


I’m always asking my friends what they’re reading.   I want to know  not only because it’s usually a great conversation starter but also because this way I can be sure to find out about the Next Best Thing! (My friend Beth told me about 50 Shades of Grey months before the New York City papers covered the phenomenon!  And I still didn’t read it!)

So I asked several of my friends what was the best book they read on spring break. Some gave me the best book they read on any spring break, others named books they read this spring and yet others probably blocked my email.

Click through to see what some of my favorite bloggers have been reading this spring and if you read something great, let me know in the comments!  And if you’re looking for some YA  reads that OA (older adults)  will love too, check these out!


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  • The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles 1 of 7
    The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
    Stacy: "I read and loved The Rules of Civility . One, because I was afraid only YA books would keep me reading after Hunger Games. Two, because it's a story of finding your way in the glittering NYC of 1938. And also of losing your way, on purpose, in search of something else. Couldn't put it down, even to get up and swipe more of my son's Easter Candy. "
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 2 of 7
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    Mommy's Martini, "The Book Thief is technically listed as young-adult lit, but it is no children's book, so I hope you're willing to count it. It is a magnificent exploration of the power of words--both for good and evil--as well as of whether it is ever truly possible to remain dispassionate about human suffering. It is by far the best book I've read in months."
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 3 of 7
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    Loukia: "The most memorable for me was Wuthering Heights when I was 15, vacationing in Brighton, and London, England. I thought there'd be no better setting to read that book!"
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey 4 of 7
    Bossypants by Tina Fey
    Amy: "Slightly before spring break I read Bossypants, by Tina Fey. I liked it because now I know not to ask her about her scar when we meet. Very practical."
  • August: Osage County by Tracy Letts 5 of 7
    August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
    Yuliya: " I read Tracy Lett's August:Osage County (and saw our local theater's production of it), I was entertained (and slightly troubled) by the resemblance the Midwestern matriarch, Violet Weston, bore to my own Soviet mother." (Psst! Yuliya also confessed to reading the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, but don't tell her that I told you!)
  • Bonk, by Mary Roach 6 of 7
    Bonk, by Mary Roach
    Alina: "I read and loved Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science and Sex , by Mary Roach. Not only did she do a thorough and exhaustive overview through the centuries of local and international sex research, but, rather than being a dry, academic read or even a prurient exploitative one, the book was not only informative and eye-opening - it was laugh-out-loud funny! And if you can't laugh at sex, what can you laugh at?"
  • The Dirty Parts of the Bible, by Sam Torode 7 of 7
    The Dirty Parts of the Bible, by Sam Torode
    Vicki: "Who are these people who have spring break? That's just inhumane. My favorite book that I read over my not-spring break was The Dirty Parts of the Bible because it is spot-on hilarious in every sentence. Actually I'm still reading it. Because I don't get spring break. "

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