7 Books to Add to Your Spring Reading List

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My parents always tell me to do something productive when I'm bored. Yes, I'd rather watch anime and listen to B.T.S, but reading is a great thing to do if you're bored. The power that comes from a great book is something that you may never forget, and these 10 novels are full of adventure, inspiration, fantastic morals, and everybody can read it. Comment some of your favorite books to read when you're bored!

1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The all-time classic, and also one of my favorites. It may seem like a long and challenging book, but time is not of the essence, and the adventure that is packed into the book makes all the time spent worth it. The book follows the story of the Finches (father Atticus, son Jem, and daughter Scout) and their experiences with small-town prejudice and injustice. Scout and Jem find themselves caught up in one of their father's cases (Atticus is a lawyer), and they are soon exposed to the racial injustices that went on in their time. It's an incredibly well-written novel and a must-read young adult classic.

2. Hidamari ga Kikoeru by Yuki Fumino

For those who like to stick with the cartoons and pictures, this manga is a must-read. Even those who don't read manga on a daily basis can enjoy this, because I know I certainly did when I first read it. This manga follows the story of Taichi and his friend Kouhei, whom is nearly deaf in his ears. Taichi (literally) falls onto Kouhei upon their first meeting, and their relationship of tutor-mentor begin to develop. However, after a series of events, they begin to drift apart and their friendship gets a turn for the worse. This novel is a rollercoaster ride of emotions, tears, and friendship.

3. Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

A well-known inspiring novel by Sharon Draper, this book follows Melody and her struggle with cerebral palsy, a disorder that refrains her from controlling her movements, walking, and talking. Because of this, students at her school think of her as nothing but dumb. However, Melody is an incredibly intelligent girl, and she becomes a member of her school's quiz bowl team despite being in the special education class. Her determination and resilience make this novel worth reading. This book is personally one of my favorites. :)

4. A Little In Love by Susan Fletcher

In this beautiful and heart-rending retelling of the classic Les Miserables, Eponine struggles to find a reason to live. Growing up, Eponine was forced to use her sweet face and to steal for her family. She had never known kindness except once from her family's slave, Cosette. After an unfortunate turn of events, Eponine and her family are kicked out of their home and they become homeless. Through all the struggles and hardships going on at home, a boy comes into view and feelings are created. This heart-wrenching and emotional novel will never make you put the book down until you finish it. It is truly a beautifully-written story and book.

5. The Pigman by Paul Zindel

I can proudly say that there is nothing to hide in this book. This book exposed real-life problems that do happen: alcohol, abuse, finance, partying, and much more. There's nothing to hide behind in this novel, and with these real-life problems comes an inspirational story of friendship and betrayal. Lorraine and John, two troubling teens, befriend a jolly widower named Mr. Pignati. He is nicknamed "The Pigman" by the two teens because of his love for animals and pigs, which he has in large quantities at his house. With the friendship comes homemade wine, popcorn and peanuts, and hardships. Lorraine and John learn about Mr. Pignati's troubling past, and there are table-turning events that will make your heart throb. This young-adult novel is a must read!

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6. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

By far one of the BEST ADVENTURE/FANTASY series you will ever read! Anybody can read it, and this series follows the story of Percy Jackson, whom is a demigod (the son or daughter of a Greek God). Reading it will let out your inner Greek, and the novel is full of adventure, plot-twists, and comedy. After I finished the series, I felt as if I had a personal connection with all the characters because of my "journey" along with them. If you enjoyed the first book, go ahead and finish the series. It's worth it!

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7. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

Amy Chua tells of her extreme tiger parenting in this novel named Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. It gives the reader a new view on things they may have never thought about before, and I found this book quite interesting and have reread over 10 times now. Tiger parenting is the strict parenting where parents (especially Chinese or Asian) enforce strict rules on studies and music. Chua's two daughters, Sophia and Lulu, are both raised to become the best they can be, and Amy has high expectations for her two daughters in both the music and academic industry. Reading this will give a big glimpse into the world of many students out there, and getting a glimpse of the big world is never a bad thing :).

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Anime, Kpop, animal, and Kim Taehyung enthusiast, and I like almost everything except for cheese and guided tours. I also enjoy reading manga and playing volleyball in my free time:). Thank you for stopping by! :D