Despite the important and very serious causes for celebration that inspire them, three-day weekends are often mini-benders of debauchery or, at least, fun. There's one more night to go out, one more midday to brunch, one more afternoon to bless with a nap. While you might look forward to a three-day weekend to accomplish more, the truth too often is that you realize just how hard it is to be during unstructured time. Fortunately, there's something that can help bring order and a sense of satisfaction to your next three-day weekend: reading a novel.
"Style — local features of language and syntax — is not only what we pause over; it can also be the engine to make us read forward breathlessly — to reach the end of a Faulknerian period as much as to fulfill the promise of a parallelism in Dickens. Syntax is as much a strategy for manipulating readers’ curiosity as a serial installment’s suspenseful chapter ending."
Want to feel like you've really done something valuable over your next three-day weekend? Pick up one of these seven novels.