Happy Spring! Even though I’m a bit bummed that winter is officially over, I am excited about the changes that come with a new season. The weather is getting warmer, it’s light outside longer in the evenings, and people are happier! In honor of the first day of spring, I’m sharing a few spring books with you today. These books aren’t necessarily set in spring, but their stories either take place in nature or they feature themes of rebirth, flourishing, and discovery.
And now, on to the books!
The Awakeningby Kate Chopin
This is an old and shocking story about a young woman who decides to take her life into her own hands. Along the way, she discovers things and people that actually make her happy and builds a life she loves. This is a pretty quick read with a shattering ending.
Emma by Jane Austen
To be fair, any of Austen’s books would be appropriate to read in the spring. Emma features lots of walks in nature, conversations about young love, and happiness, even more so than other Austen novels. I’ve written about Austen in this post. Emma is a lovely story and provides a great excuse to rewatch Clueless!
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
This is the first book in a fun historical fiction/romance series about an American grad student researching British spies. I thought this book was especially fun as it alternates between the past and the present as we follow our protagonist’s discovery and the flourishing espionage career of the Pink Carnation.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This is a fun YA book about a closeted gay teen being blackmailed over his sexuality. I realize that sentence doesn’t sound happy, but I promise this book will have you laughing out loud as Simon discovers who he truly is and learns how to celebrate himself, rather than hide away. They’ve adapted this into a movie, Love, Simon, that’s been really well reviewed and is out now!
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
And last but certainly not least, we have another YA read! This is a beautiful coming of age story about young Francie that will have you laughing, crying, and cheering for our young hero. I highly recommend this book, no matter how old you are.
That’s it for today! What books do you love to read in the spring?
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