10 Books for Spring Break

Beach Reading

Spring Break is the perfect time to pick up a book for pleasure. Whether you are flying somewhere, driving somewhere, or just staying at home, you’ll have plenty of time to finish one of these.

I tried to select a balanced list of fiction/non-fiction, but I think they all tell great stories and are relatively quick reads.  I tend to like adventurous novels, page-turning true stories, and stories that blend nostalgia with a reminder of a simpler time.  Hopefully you find them as enjoyable as I did!

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

I can’t imagine someone suffering more. But it’s a great inspirational biography about an Olympic runner turned war hero.

The Martian by Andy Weir

It’s a little bit techy, but not so much that you can’t imagine it well.  The plot develops at an addicting pace as the main character must make the right decisions to survive while stranded on Mars alone.

The Risk Pool by Richard Russo

This might be my favorite father/son, coming-of-age novel ever. Russo creates a memorable setting and colorful characters, including a father, son, and grandfather who you swear you’ve met before.

An Innocent Millionaire by Stephen Vizinczey

I couldn’t help imagining myself as the main character. Finding a sunken treasure in the Virgin Islands becomes an obsession worth risking everything for.  It’s witty, adventurous, and painful all at the same time.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

He makes you appreciate a very long walk through the woods. It’s a quick read, but you feel like you are walking through the Appalacian Mountains with him every step of the way.  His sidekick Stephen is awesome.

The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey

This book is dedicated entirely to gigantic waves in the ocean as they relate to ships and surfers. She relies on extensive research and interviews to write a gripping narrative.  Capsizing tankers, surfers chasing 100-foot waves, and mega waves wiping out entire forests are the stars of this book.

The Flamingo Rising by Larry Baker

Such a clever plot with hysterical scenes. A family who runs a drive-in theater on the Florida coast tries to out do a family who owns the adjacent mortuary.  You want to jump into the book just to add your two cents to the rivalry.

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas G. Carr

Tells us how the internet is actually causing our brains to function differently. It might be a little bit on the conspiracy-theory side, but it’s entertaining and worthwhile nonetheless.  Just make sure you order the print copy.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

A heartfelt yet mesmerizing story of a nine-year-old boy living in a post-9/11 New York City. You can’t help but root for him on his quest to locate an unknown keyhole for which he has the key.  It’s an emotional journey as he tries to understand the death of his father by unlocking the mysterious lock.

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris

Whether you are a student or work 40-hours a week, this book is a must-read for financial and lifestyle reasons. We’re all capable of working less and living more.  This book provides motivation and the resources to help make it happen.