Happy spring break everyone! On this, the last school day before break begins, we here at The City Voice thought it was about time to recommend some of our favorite things to binge watch (or read) while school is out. Happy reading, and have a great spring break!
I would highly recommend the Harry Potter series. They are and will always be an all-time favorite of mine. The books are absolutely brilliant and, while most movies don’t live up to the books, the movies are extraordinary as well.
A tale I recommend purely for being one of the strangest books I’ve ever read, Gideon the Ninth is about, honestly, I could not even tell you. I mean look at that cover. Between Gideon’s acerbic wit and Muir’s peerless worldbuilding, the ongoing Ninth Quartet is perfect for fans of Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, and anyone who loves a good genre-bending speculative epic.
I recommend the book Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao. It is an action-packed sci-fi novel reimagining China’s only female Emperor. I recommend the book as it is not super lengthy, but definitely entertaining for long car rides many of us are going on this spring break, and the book is paced very well. Have a great spring break everyone!
With all these modern books guaranteeing the same sci-fi plots and futuristic characters, it’s always a great idea to turn back to a classic, especially “Romeo and Juliet.” Love and hate, darkness and light, youth and seriousness, excitement and drama; this play has everything you would expect of a great playwright like Shakespeare.
Gallant by VE Schwab is a great place to start any Spring Break reading! It follows the story of Olivia as she explores a house that is more than it seems and an old family secret that could change the fate of the world as they know it. It is a poetic take on some of life’s bigger mysteries in true Schwab style and is not one to miss.
I would recommend watching The Lost City featuring Sandra Bullock, Daniel Radcliffe, and Channing Tatum. Such a great movie!
Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. It’s a spiritual journey, highly influenced by the life of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) himself. It’s a lot like Life of Pi and I definitely recommend reading this over break!
Scythe is a 2016 young-adult novel by Neal Shusterman and is the first in the Arc of a Scythe series. It is set in the far future, where death by natural causes has been virtually eliminated thanks to advances in technology, and an advanced computer system known as the “Thunderhead” controls society. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it for an entertaining light read.
A great book to read this spring break is Lord of The Flies. It’s exciting, humorous, and bound to keep you invested in the plot.