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Spring reading list


Clare Weisenfluh, Staff Writer

Springtime has finally arrived! With the warming weather comes the concepts of change, renewal, fresh starts, and chances to turn things around for the better. Here’s a reading list to bring hope, offer wonder, and instill gratitude as the semester winds down.


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

When Rachel Chu, a humble economics professor living in New York, is asked by her boyfriend Nick to meet his family in Singapore, she has no hesitations. That is, until she arrives in Singapore to discover that he belongs to one of the top 10 wealthiest families in Asia and they are none too pleased by Rachel’s middle-class status. Crazy Rich Asians was adapted into an award-winning film in 2018, and fans of the movie will find that the book reflects the same heartfelt message—never judge a book by its cover.


Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Young Marji spends her adolescence smack in the middle of the Iranian Revolution. As she grows older and spends some time in Europe, she struggles with her loyalty toward the homeland she loves, her fear and frustrations with its political unrest and expectations for women, and her own inner turmoil. The only constant in Marji’s life is change. Satrapi created Persepolis as a graphic memoir, using its black-and-white comic-strip format to bring her story to life.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Ari is a friendless teen with a tense home life. When he meets Dante, he thinks he has nothing in common with the intellectual loner. But slowly, the two begin to build a relationship that will change both their lives forever. Aristotle and Dante is a story about self-discovery, about bravery in the face of adversity, and fighting to hold on to the people who mean everything.

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Anne Elliot, the daughter of a wealthy baronet, was persuaded to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth because of his lack of fortune and connections. Seven years later, the Elliots have fallen on hard times, and Frederick has become a rich naval captain. Their statuses are star-crossed, but their love never faded across the years. Persuasion may be one of Austen’s lesser-appreciated works, but it is certainly her most mature, and it can make anyone believe in second chances.


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

After his wife’s death and forced retirement, Ove becomes obsessed with routine and order, and he’s not afraid to tell his neighbors when they’re not living up to his standards. But when an unorthodox young couple and their boisterous daughters move in next door, he’s faced with the challenge of forcing them to adapt to his rules of the neighborhood—until he finds his heart softening towards them. A Man Called Ove is a story of the shift in one man’s perspective to find meaning in a new chapter of life.