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As college students, when we go on any kind of break from school, reading should probably be one of the last things on your mind. Personally, I find myself reading even more during breaks considering I have more time on my hands. The following books are all classic books that you may or may not have read. Some of them are required reading in schools, but I think each of these books have stories that need to be picked up. So this break, I dare you to get lost in a classic novel and embrace the lessons and the stories they tell.

1. A Confederacy of Dunces

This is a hilarious book that will most definitely make you laugh like crazy over your break. In my opinion, this should be required reading. Ignatius J. Reilly is one of the most memorable characters in literature and it isn’t hard to guess why. He’s 30-years-old and still lives with his mom and he is seriously over-dramatic in the most amusing way. He has a lot of flaws, but that’s part of the charm that made people love this book in the first place.

2. The Bell Jar

This is probably not the most uplifting book to read during the holidays. However, this is an extremely important story that pretty much everyone should read at least once, so why not read it now? Sylvia Plath was a beautiful writer and this story is by far one of the most personal and touching stories I’ve ever read. It’s not easy, but reading it is worth it in the end.

3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

I know this being on here might be surprising considering it’s not all that old, it was published in the 90’s. However, it still deals with an extremely important topic. The main character has Asperger’s and hearing his story through his perspective makes for an incredible and unique story that will stick with you long after you put it down.

4. Fahrenheit 451

If you somehow missed reading this one in school, pick it up as soon as you can. It’s a relevant book about censorship. This is one of those books that messed with my mind in the best possible way. It caused me to think about things that I never had before. It’s one of my favorite books of all time and yeah, it’s not for everyone, but it’s worth at least giving it a shot.

5. A Separate Peace

A Separate Peace is probably the one book on here that is most appropriate for college students since it deals directly with school. The characters in this novel attend an all boys’ boarding school is New England during the early years of World War II. The story is an addicting, heartbreaking, and beautiful one that deserves more recognition than it gets.

6. A Farewell to Arms

Personally, this is by far my favorite Ernest Hemingway novel. This one also takes place during a war, and these two characters are right in the thick of it. It’s during World War I and Lieutenant Henry and Catherine Barkley have a complicated and treacherous kind of love that’s endlessly fascinating to read about.

7. The Princess Bride

I highly doubt that there is a person out there that hasn’t watched the classic movie that was adapted from this book. However, I don’t know all that many people that have read the book. I’m one of those people who believes that books will always be better than the movie. But the magic that is The Princess Bride, is a film that actually comes pretty close to the story. If you haven’t read it though, you need to. Everyone should experience this adventurous and breathtaking fairy tale at least once.

8. This Side of Paradise

Obviously, people seem to prefer the wildly popular novel that the majority of high-schoolers are required to read. Despite this, I seem to be drawn to this unforgettable book. Like Gatsby, it also centers around a wealthy playboy protagonist and his upper class lifestyle. This is a story that shouldn’t be forgotten due to the beautiful prose from Fitzgerald. It also has some ridiculously quotable lines in it that have totally stuck with me since the first time I read the book.

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