Required Reading: Top Five Winter-Break Books

As the semester comes to a close, it’s time to put away the textbooks and dive into one of these leisurely reads.

For the hopeless romantic…
The Best of Me, Nicholas Sparks’ newest novel, tells the story of two former high-school sweethearts who are both called back to their hometown for a funeral — a reunion that tests whether true love can rewrite the past. If you found yourself crying while watching The Notebook, this book is sure to bring you to tears once again.

For Apple lovers…
In a world of iPhones and MacBooks, it’s obvious that Steve Jobs left his mark on the world. Walter Isaacson’s exclusive biography of the late Apple CEO, titled Steve Jobs, shares the story of his life and personality, compiled from countless interviews with friends, family and Jobs himself.

An oldie but goodie…
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, The Great Gatsby, might be worth another read over the break as the second film adaptation, staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, is set to be released in 2012. The novel takes place in the 1920s and tells the story of the mysterious and wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan.

An underrated favorite…
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer tells the story of a 9-year-old boy trying to find the lock that matches a key left by his father who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Sure to make you laugh and cry, this quirky and touching novel is a must-read. The soon-to-be film adaptation, starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, hits theaters in January.

To get in the Christmas spirit…
Holidays on Ice, a compilation of six stories by David Sedaris isn’t the obvious choice, but it’s sure to change the way you think about Christmas books. This satirical read includes “SantaLand Diaries,” made popular by NPR, which tells of the author’s experience as a Christmas elf at Macy’s.

Have another book in mind to read over break? Let us know in the comments!

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