I don’t know about you but winter is my absolute least favorite season. I hate the cold, rainy slush we get in Texas, and I’m definitely not cut out for the heaps of snow other parts of the country get. But this year, we were lucky enough to have the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil prediction an early spring. So in celebration, I’m highlighting a few of my favorite books for the season of resurrection, magic, thunderstorms, flowers and sunshine.
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
“Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.”
The atmosphere in Clayton’s debut fantasy is absolutely breathtaking – flowers and fantasy and everything in between. It’s truly beautiful – and not just because of the Belles making it so. Oh and there’s teacup animals. Perfect for springtime!
Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave
“Sunshine Mackenzie is living the dream—she’s a culinary star with millions of fans, a line of #1 bestselling cookbooks, and a devoted husband happy to support her every endeavor. And then she gets hacked.”
This author’s voice is everything light, bright, fresh and fun! There are sweet friendships, delicious cooking and just enough pain to tug at your heartstrings without souring your mood. Take it to the park with you and enjoy the sunshine!
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
“Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.”
The cover of this fantasy may not look very spring-like, but it’s actually set in the Spring Court of the faeries! It’s got romance, adventure, danger – and the full series is literally my favorite of all time, so you should read it based on that alone!
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
“When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen…”
A true classic where an unhappy child can escape into her imagination: a hidden but mysterious garden in her uncle’s gloomy manor. I haven’t read this one in a while, but you can’t have a list of spring books without it, am I right?
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
“The play complicates, then wonderfully untangles, these relationships.”
To be honest, I am not the biggest Shakespeare fan, but this is by far my favorite. A tale of mistaken identities gets so fun when only you as the reader knows the truth. The shipwreck at the beginning feels like a true Spring storm! One of my favorite movies, She’s The Man, is also based on this tale, so if you haven’t watched it, go do it!
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
“As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage?”
This book saw a resurgence in popularity with Netflix’s adaptation, but it was a true classic in my childhood. Absolutely no one can damper Anne’s optimistic, sunshine-y, fresh perspective, and I honestly wish I was more like her. Talk about a book to brighten your outlook on life.
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
“Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men.”
A second chance romance to top them all! The concept of this book is so fresh and fun, and the characters are near and dear to my heart. Since Spring is a time of rejuvenation, this was a natural fit.
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
“In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this luminous debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it.”
Allen’s writing has a gorgeous lyricism to it, and her stories are always imbued with the perfect dash of magic. A story about the women who tend trees seems just right for warmer weather, and the characters in this novel bloom right along with it.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
“A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life… I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.” —PopSugar
Winter absolutely crushes my creativity, so now that spring has sprung, this book is the perfect solution to fill that well back up! It’s all about fulfilling the live you’ve always dreamed of, and I think I can speak for all of us that it’s goal number one. So why not take advantage of the sunny weather and start strong!
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
“For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12 “Cupid Day” should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is until she dies in a terrible accident that night.”
Another tale of second chances, this one has stuck with me for years. Samantha must relive the day she died until she gets it right. It has its own tragic moments, but in a time of resurrection, it’s a perfect takeaway to live every day as if it were your last.
Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
“Ruth Reichl, world-renowned food critic and editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, knows a thing or two about food. She also knows that as the most important food critic in the country, you need to be anonymous when reviewing some of the most high-profile establishments in the biggest restaurant town in the world–a charge she took very seriously, taking on the guise of a series of eccentric personalities.”
I truly don’t know why this feels like a springtime book except that it’s truly delightful. I don’t read a lot of nonfiction but I enjoyed this look into the life of a food critic immensely.
Stay by Allie Larkin
“After the wedding of best friend and love of her life, Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any heartbroken woman in her situation would do: She impulsively buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.”
When your heart is broken, it’s a natural go-to for women to buy a dog. I did it too. But it’s not so normal to accidentally purchase a dog who needs to be shipped across the country and only responded to Slovak commands. This story of a woman recovering from heartbreak only to find the new love of her life is as sweet and wholesome as can be.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
“Far beneath the surface of the earth, upon the shores of the Starless Sea, there is a labyrinthine collection of tunnels and rooms filled with stories.”
Morgenstern has a knack for transporting you to another time and place with her writing, and this book is no different. A compilation of stories about bees, owls, pirates, masquerade balls, and the moon is intoxicating and timeless. The perfect epic story to curl up with a cup of tea and waste away the day!
So now that I’ve filled your reading list – and hopefully your Amazon cart with books – tell me… Did I miss any? What books are you planning to read this spring? Share in the comments!