Whether you’re headed off on spring break, or just so ready for winter to be over, spring is an excellent time to shake off some of the winter weather with some light and enjoyable reads.
Here a just a few books that are great to pick you up and pull you out of the winter slump!
1. The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson
Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts is a really inventive good. It’s a romance at heart, following Nelson’s account of falling in love with artist Harry Dodge and her journey with pregnancy and family-making. At the same time, get ready for some really complex and interesting reading, as Nelson’s book flirts with different genres and ways of thinking.
2. Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen
You may already know this was one of my favorites, but I would highly recommend digging in with the Waverley family and their bizarre family legacy of magical properties. This simple family drama is articulated with just the right amount of magic – and it’s the start of a series that can take you all the way into the warmer months!
3. Bridget Jones’ Diary, by Helen Fielding
Spring is a great time to revisit some old favorites, and Bridget Jones’s Diary is definitely an old favorite! This hilarious and sweet and silly book will keep your mood up, and get you inspired to meet the spring and summer with the best of spirits. Of course, you can always make this into a double feature by pulling out the film for a re-watching when you’re done.
4. Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes
It’s always easier to work through those winter months with a really truly beautiful book, and Jojo Moyes really delivers. I’d recommend starting with Me Before You, a romantic novel following an unlikely pair who end up helping each other far more than they ever anticipated. Just get ready for some tears.
5. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
If you haven’t picked up this book yet, do it now. Niffenegger’s take bends a traditional romantic story line in a warped and heartbreaking path as Clare watches Henry jump around in time. Full of harrowing and amusing side stories, this is definitely a book that will keep you going.
6. Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, by Tom Robbins
I recently defended this book over on Emily’s #Weirdathon as the strangest book I have ever read. The spring months would be a great time to get a little lost in this truly special novel – simultaneously self-aware and very very strange. Follow a small-town heroine with a very unique skill through some wild and crazy adventures.
7. Where’d You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple
Perhaps one of the most fun and interesting books I’ve read in the past few years, Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a fun adventure and mystery woven into one. Following the disappearance of Bernadette Fox, her daughter Bee begins piecing together the events and actions that led to this mysterious turn of events. It’s a touching and very very readable novel.
8. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan
This contemporary fiction is a fun read at heart. There’s a dash of mystery and a dash of romance, but more than anything it’s a book lovers fantasy. Set in a mystical broken down used book store, you’re introduced to an unsuspecting hero destined to discover the secrets held within. It’s a fun and face-paced read perfect for spring!
9. All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost, by Lan Samantha Chang
I’ve heard countless people attempt to describe their experience reading this book, and I have to say, I’m equally speechless. This deceptively short novel will not leave you wanting – look forward to philosophical questions, nuance, and complexity. Some warning, this is a book by a writer about students aspiring to be writers, and it tends to provoke a love/hate reaction.
10. This is cheating, but anything from Diana Gabaldon’s Methadone list.
You’re likely to recognize Diana Gabladon from Outlander (read our review here). She’s one of those people who gets nagged and nagged about when her next book is being released, so to tide people over, she has this list called the methadone list where she refers people to a wide variety of titles. You can broadly categorize these as books with, as Gabladon says, “Deeply Interesting Characters, Excellent Plots, and good grammar.” I’d say that lines up with the standards of spring reads!
What is on your TBR list for the next few months? Cannot wait to hear in the comments!