Ah, spring. The dogwoods burst into color, the temperature rises and students crack open good books simply for the pleasure of leisure reading. OK, maybe not. But if you do find yourself with a bit of spare time, check out one of these titles to embrace all the springtime atmosphere that literature has to offer.
For the poetry lover: "Selected Poems" by E.E. Cummings
Sure, we have all likely read an E.E. Cummings poem or two in our lives, in particular "i carry your heart with me." However, the poet has more up his sleeve. Often dealing with imagery of nature, Cummings' poems are the ideal way to lie back and enjoy the warming weather in a thoughtful, introspective manner. From poems titled "Spring is a perhaps hand" to "life is more true than reason will deceive," this collection of poems is full of opportunities to rethink rebirth in the season.
For the psycho-analytic: "Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls" by Matt Ruff
In his novel, Ruff explores the mind of Andy Gage, a young man whose tortuous past has led him to develop multiple personality disorder. The book explores the structure of the "house" inside Andy's mind that keeps his everyday life running smoothly until he meets a young woman with the same disorder, though not all of her personalities are aware of their situation. Though fictional, "Set This House in Order" delves into the disorder in a probing yet thoughtful manner.
For the music lover: "Just Kids" by Patti Smith
This book has been raved about as one of the greatest music memoirs to be written in the last decade; however, Smith writes about more than just her music career. In fact, it's hardly a part of it. Instead, she discusses her relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe, her poetry and how to live in New York City as a struggling artist. Despite her lack of music talk, reading "Just Kids" allows fans to understand where Smith came from that inspired her own music as well as other musicians and artists who came out of 1960s New York.
For the traveler: "Into the Wild" by John Krakauer
You may have seen the movie or already heard how it ends. Reading the full story though, along with Krakauer's commentary, could tap into you wanderlust. While the ending is not the happily ever after many of us may hope for, Chris McCandless's story of giving up everything to travel America's wilderness is sure to spark that need to travel, helping you daydream of the roadtrips or hikes you can take as soon as you finish that last exam.
For the pop culture fanatic: "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman's Prison" by Piper Kerman
As those of us that are boiling over with excitement as we wait for Netflix's second season of the hit show, we can get ahead of the curve. Kerman's memoir shows a less dramatized, realistic version of the show. While maybe not as "fun" as the constant conflict in the show, reading the memoir is a chance to be shown what a year in a woman's prison is really like as well as helping us cope with the long wait.