I love spring.
Even after a year like this when we had almost no winter in DC, I look forward to those blissfully warm days before the humidity of summer comes back. On those days I love to work outside all day, then grab a beer and watch some baseball. And I read, of course. I read outside in the sun, and when the pollen counts get too high I read inside with a box of tissues.
Here are my top ten books for spring reading!
Books that make you want to dig in the dirt
2. THE FOOD-LOVER’S GARDEN BY ANGELO PELLEGRINI
If you want to read this one you’ll most likely have to hunt down a used copy, but it’s so worth it. Pellegrini is an Italian immigrant who dug up his Seattle yard to grow food way before it was the popular thing to do.
3. THE BACKYARD HOMESTEAD BY CARLEEN MADIGAN
My husband knows there’s going to be trouble in the yard when I pull this book off the shelf. This book is the reason I decided it would be fun to grow kiwi on my tiny lot. If you want to take your garden to the next step this year, start with this book.
Books that will make you excited for opening day
4. SHOELESS JOE BY W.P. KINSELLA
Field of Dreams is an awesome movie, and this is the book that it’s based on. We know what that means, right?
5. FAITHFUL: TWO DIEHARD BOSTON RED SOX FANS CHRONICLE THE HISTORIC 2004 SEASON BY STEWART O’NAN AND STEPHEN KING
Feel free to substitute a book about your favorite team’s miraculous win here. During Spring Training anything seems possible, am I right?
Books you should take with you on Spring Break
6. THE TRAVELERS BY CHRIS PAVONE
This is the best type of book to pack in your suitcase. Fast paced, fun, doesn’t make a lot of sense, but a fun ride.
7. THE THORNBIRDS BY COLLEEN MCCULLOUGH
This is a doorstop of a book with failed love affairs throughout three generations. It’s perfect for reading by the pool or on the beach. My personal copy permanently smells of sun block.
And two for the kids!
9. A COTTAGE GARDEN ALPHABET BY ANDREA WISNEWSKI
The pictures in this book are glorious. I could stare at them for hours. Perfect for a rainy day when you can’t get outside to play in the yard.
10. RICHARD SCARRY’S BUNNIES BY RICHARD SCARRY
This is another kid’s book where I like the pictures as much as the kids. It’s a board book, but my kids still like it for story time in the spring at ages 6 and 8. It starts with glorious pictures of different breeds of rabbits, and ends with some fun Richard Scarry bunnies dressed up in clothes.