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Russellville Reads: Try a new title during spring break

It is spring break, and it’s the perfect opportunity to take some leisure time and enjoy a good book. Most people enjoy a nice, quick page-turner for their relaxing beach reads, but instead, why not enjoy a true classic for your spring reading?

There are plenty of excellent modern novels to dive into, but the classics are classic for a reason, and you should really think about checking a few of the notable ones out. You could read these gems a dozen times and still find new things or develop a new understanding.

So before you pick up the latest bestseller, take a look at some of the classics you might have missed or might want to revisit

“Emma,” by Jane Austen

Emma is full of picnics and long walks and fits perfectly into your spring aesthetic. It will pair well with some fresh air and sunshine.

“The Secret Garden,” by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Follow Mary Lennox as she wanders around the countryside smelling flowers and discovering the true magic is in spring.

“Anna Karenina,” by Leo Tolstoy

The novel is a work of realist fiction, telling the life story of Russian aristocrat Anna Karenina in the late 19th century. The novel delves into such complex themes as faith, family and jealousy, weaving a compelling story as it shifts between characters. It might not be the easy read you were looking for, but it’s well worth your time.

“Gulliver’s Travels,” by Jonathan Swift

Swift’s cheeky little adventure is at once a parody of the popular-at-the-time travel novels and a commentary on human nature. While some of the humor might be lost on you due because this was written in 1726, there’s still plenty to amuse you.

“The Count of Monte Cristo,” by Alexandre Dumas

If you are looking for a genuine adventure, look no further than the works of Dumas. A tale of revenge and what revenge costs, it’s a thrilling and captivating read – and a reminder that they don’t write adventure books like they used to.

“Lord of the Flies,” by William Golding

“Lord of the Flies” tells the story of a group of young boys who find themselves stranded on a deserted island and attempt to create some form of governing among themselves. Let’s just say things do not go well … It’s a fascinating read.

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Russellville Reads is written by Russellville Public Library director Ashley Cummins.