As if to remind me that I am not going anywhere for Spring Break, I got my Oprah email today that bestowed upon me 18 books for that beach vacation I'm not taking—all ethereal or erudite, and all of which I am sure will make you a better person and 15 pounds lighter if you read them.
Then there’s my list—the books you want to read either because A) You’ve got the required amount of time to knock off a novel instead of a magazine article; B) It’s for book club; or C) It’s been on your bucket list and there’s no better time than the present.
With that in mind, I’ve got a few suggestions I think are just this side of smart or sassy, all well worth the time:
The “It might win the Pulitzer this year” books:
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
This is a fantastic book, full of love and tragedy and self-loathing and dysfunction. Lotto and Mathilde are everything that makes a relationship that's simultaneously regrettable and enviable.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
If you're thinking, "This is the week I take down a doorstop book and make it beg for mercy," run, don't walk, to get A Little Life. If the Pulitzer committee cared for my opinion, I'd give this all the votes. It's been months and months since I've read this and I still miss having Willem and Jude in my daily life.
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Full disclosure: I have not read this yet, but it's on my list to read before the Pulitzer is announced, if nothing more than to see if I like it more than "A Little Life." It's the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award winner and is getting blazing hot reviews.
There's nothing like a thriller ...
The Widow by Fiona Barton
It's up to the reader to discover whether or not Jean Taylor is another victim in this tale of strained relationships, child abduction and life under the media microscope.
The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
When a bachelor party goes south REAL quick, readers get to tag along as a husband tries to make amends and a stripper tries to stay alive.
Finders Keepers by Stephen King
Read it now so you're ready when King's third book in this trilogy, "End of Watch," comes out in June.
Time to Get Inspired ...
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Destined to be one of this year's "it" books, and on my bucket list, this book could be the perspective changer you've been looking for when it comes to lives well lived.
The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan
Don't let anyone else tell you differently—gratitude is hard work. This former Parade editor made a concerted effort to explore everyday gratitude, every day. For a year. Another great perspective-changing read.
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