5 great reads for springtime

March is one of those months where some days are nice enough to spend in the sun and others are better spent curled up on the couch with a good book. For those days better spent under a cozy blanket reading, here are five books you should read this month.

1) "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn- This past fall Gone Girl was adapted into a movie, and while the movie is good, the book is even better. The book features a husband plagued by his wife’s random disappearance. Suddenly, while trying to cope with the fact that she is missing, he finds himself a prime suspect in the investigation of his missing wife. This book is a page turner with an unpredictable ending that will keep you reading from the moment you open the book.

2) "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green- After the movie came out everyone seemed to go crazy about "The Fault in Our Stars." This book has the perfect combination of literary elements that will keep the reader thinking while still providing a plot that keeps the reader very interested. While not everyone has dealt directly with the problems which the books characters face, they are still very likable and well developed. Sophmore and social work major Becca Luth from Eastern Michigan really enjoyed the book as a simple pleasure read.

“As a kid that was my favorite book. It was that time when all I wanted was someone to like me, and by loving me I mean holding my hand and sharing milk shakes” said Luth.

3) "1984" by George Orwell- 1984 is a classic and an amazing read. While going through this book the reader will find themselves relating many of the books problems to issues which are going on currently in the world. This book will keep the reader interested as they compare this satirical book to the world which we all live in today!

4) "Ethan Frome" by Edith Whaton- While it may seem to be a book that would never be picked up outside of class, "Ethan Frome" is a great classical read. The book follows Ethan, a husband tired of caring for his ailing wife. This book may be a bit slow to start but any literature fanatic can appreciate the incredibly ironic ending as did Gus Schmidt, a senior at Bedford high school and perspective student of Eastern for the Fall semester.

“We’re learning about the literary devices in my English class this year. The ending of Ethan Frome was so tragically ironic, it was almost funny” said Schmidt.

5) "A Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley– "A Brave New World" is similar to Orwell’s 1984 in that it is also a satirical peek into the future, or dare one say, the world we live in today! "A Brave New World" follows multiple characters as they struggle to find true happiness in a world which values sameness and routine.

Between reading for classes and studying for exams, many college students have a hard time trying to find time to read simply for pleasure. Do yourself a favor this month, though, and instead of turning on the television when you are finished with your homework, allow yourself to go on an adventure into a completely different world by opening up a book!

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