Spring (not Summer!) Reading

Spring break is around the corner. Maybe your plans will take you on a cruise, to the mountains, or even to your own backyard deck. Whatever the destination, be sure to take with you a good “spring read”!hammock

flowerJust as all manner of spring flowers stretch toward the sun after winter’s hibernation, so, too, are our minds ready to stretch at this time of year. Spring is a great time to tackle a topic unfamiliar to you or try a genre you may not typically read.

Notre Dame Prep’s own librarian Anne Wisniewski offers these “Seven Spring Reads” to get you started on your own “spring reading.”

(NB: all descriptions provided by Goodreads.com)Circus mirandus

  1. Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley— “Fans of Big Fish, Peter Pan, and Roald Dahl will fall in love with Circus Mirandus, which celebrates the power of seeing magic in world.”
  2. Calpernia TateThe Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly—read how 11-year-old Calpurnia Virginia Tate “navigates the dangers of living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century.”
  3. Fish in a treeFish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt— “an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel…that speaks to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.
  4. I kill the cmockingbirdI Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora— “How three students conspire to get their town to read To Kill a Mockingbird and the mini-revolution their exploits start.
  5. Mr. PenumbraMr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane— “The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.”
  6. Since You've Been GoneSince You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson— “It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.”
  7. Storied LifeThe Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin— “In the spirit of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books–and booksellers–that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds.

Do you have a special book you would like to recommend? Bluenote wants to know!

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