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Spring Recommendations | Books Perfect For Spring

April 19th, 2022

Hi Readers!

I always get so excited when the seasons change, and I like to switch up my reading accordingly. Spring for me is a time for romance, for happiness, for bright books with bright stories. All these books give a feeling of freshness and warmth, and I wanted to recommend them to you!

Middlemarch by George Eliot
This book is in need of a reread from me, and for some reason I always get the urge to pick it up in Spring. Is it weird to say this book has floral feeling to it?
It’s set in the small (fictional) village of Middlemarch and we follow a lot of characters and plots. But the main one that sticks in m mind is one of two sisters with very different personalities and who go down two very different paths.

Emma by Jane Austen
I think Austen is great for all weathers and situations. But there is something so bright and colourful about her books. Her characters are full of life, her romances are sweet and fresh and destined for a happy ending.

Her books truly feel like a Spring breeze, warming and refreshing and full of life.


Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
In the UK, we’re more likely to get snow around Easter than we at Christmas. So I wanted to pick something that has Springtime, but also Wintery showers so you’re covered for all eventualities.
This might seem like an intimidating read, but I breezed through it four Springs ago, and I hope this Spring I’ll be able to read it. I was shocked by how quickly I sped through it, and it was definitely down to Tolstoy’s gorgeous writing.

Orlando by Virginia Woolf
Honestly I would quite happily recommend any of Woolf’s books for the warm months. Her books just scream Spring/Summer to me. But this one especially is a book that embodies the feeling of Spring.
It’s a season of change and growth and that’s just what we see our main character Orlando go through. It might seem like a bizarre book, but it’s absolutely brilliant. Just let Woolf take you on a journey of a very long lifetime.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgsen Burnett
If there is any book on this list that completely and utterly embodies the meaning of Spring, it is this book. The Secret Garden is about Mary Lennox is finds friends in the flowers, trees and bushes that grow in the garden that surround her new lonely home on the Yorkshire moors. After living under the sweltering heat of the Indian sun her whole life, she’s excited to edxperience her first British Spring.

Heidi by Jonathan Spyri
I haven’t actually read this book since I was a kid so the story is blurry. But when I think of this book I think of beautiful meadows and farm animals and blue skies, and the most heart-warming relationship between a a granddaughter and grandfather. I think Spring would be the perfect time to read this book if you haven’t already.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Need I explain this one? I will try, but I’m sure most of us are already aware of this book and Anne’s love for Spring blossom trees. This book has the most beautiful descriptions of all the seasons, but Anne gets me most excited for Spring time. She’s so full of innocent excitement for it, and it is so infectious! I’m hoping to continue the series this Spring.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I honestly can’t think of a bad season to read this book. But the characters have a warmth to them, and the stories overall message of hope gives it that Spring feel. The characters have all just been through the hardship of WWII and are still feeling the after effects, but their outlook on life is so positive, it’s truly inspirational to read.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
This is actually a pretty recent read of mine, and as I was reading I coulnd’t help but feel I was reading it at the perfect time. It’s one of the cutest, sweetest romances I have ever read. Hazelwood uses a lot of our favourite tropes and made them feel fresh and new.



Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
Another recent read, so maybe that’s why I associate it with Spring. But again I just felt like it was the perfect time to read this. Set in Ireland over April and May, there’s trip to Italy and indepth conversations about adult life, the environment, mental health and romantic relationships.

The Lord Of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
This series including The Hobbit feel like Spring. I feel like parts of them are even set during Spring?
The characters in this series go through so much growth and healing. Their friendships and bonds are heart-warming. Their adventure across middle-earth harrowing. There’s so many descriptions of landscapes and the forests and hills.
So much of this series feels Spring like to me.


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
In the first book of this series the protagonist Feyre is flung from a cold village in the middle of Winter into the warmth and luxury of the faery Spring Court.
I’m sure most of you have read this series already, but if there’s ever a perfect time to read this, it’s Spring

What book do you think if perfect for Spring?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X


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11 Books To Read If You Enjoyed Netflix’s Bridgerton

February 15th, 2021

Hi Readers!

I finally finished watching Sonderland and Netflix’s Bridgerton this week, and now I’m feeling that empty hole in my life that needs to be filled, and I’m sure a lot of you are feeling that as well. To help you get through the wait whilst they film season 2, here are some books that reminds me the Bridgerton.

The Bridgerton Books by Julia Quinn

This is an obvious one. But if you’ve only watched the TV show you have to know that it is in fact based on an eight book historical romance series. Each book follows a different Bridgerton sibling and they all have similar tropes of hate to love or forbidden romances. They’re a lot of fun, I’d highly recommend.

The first season of Bridgerton is based on The Duke and I, but there is also The Viscount Who Loves Me, An Offer From a Gentleman, Romancing Mister Bridgerton, To Sir Phillip, With Love, When He Was Wicked, It’s In His Kiss and On The Way To The Wedding.

Rokesbys Series by Julia Quinn

This is a prequel series to The Bridgertons following the romantic endeavors of the generation before Daphne and her siblings. The first book follows Billie Bridgerton, who would be Daphne’s aunt (her fathers older sister). So if you’ve finished the Bridgerton series but are dying for me, give these a go.

It’s still ongoing, but so far we have Because of Miss Bridgerton, The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband, The Other Miss Bridgerton and First Comes Scandal (just published last year).

Jane Austen

If you fell in love with the regency era whilst watching Bridgerton then you need a bit of Austen in your life. Her writing is equisite and has all the balls, gossip and matchmaking that Bridgerton has. I actually see The Duke and I (which is the book the first series is based on) as a Pride and Prejudice retelling. Although I’m sure Austen would be scandalised by what the characters get up to…

Luxe by Anna Godberson

If it’s the gossip girl vibes you enjoyed, than this series following the high society of the New York scene in the late 19th century is one you should give a go. We follow the young New York societals as they party till dawn and find themselves embralled in scandals and messy hook ups.

Tessa Dare’s Books

I haven’t actually read any of these myself, but if you want more tropey historical romance books I’ve heard great things about her Castles Ever After series.

Vanity Fair by William Thackery

Set in the same time period, Daphne Bridgerton, Becky Sharp (Vanity Fair) and Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice) could have been attending the same balls and trying to snatch up the same eligible bachelors. This books follows Becky as she tries to climb her way up the ranks of society in the most devious of ways. The ITV adaptation of this even stars Claudia Jessie, who plays everyones favourite Bridgerton Eloise.

Longbourn by Jo Baker

If you’re more interested in what’s happening downstairs and want an inside look into the life of a servant, give this retelling of Pride and Prejudice a try. After reading this book, you will feel a lot of sympathy for those maids and carriage drivers!

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Soon to be a Netflix film itself, The Selection is all about the Prince of a dystopian kingdom finding a match amongst a group of thiry-five girls. Think Bridgerton meets The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games.

Bringing Down The Duke by Evie Dunmore

If your favourite character in Bridgerton was Eloise, then a more feminist historical romance might be just what you’re looking for. This one follows Annabelle, the daughter of a destitute vicar and among the first cohort of female students admitted to Oxford University where she finds herself become highly involved in the rising female suffrage movement.

A Lady’s Guide To Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins

What if Lady Whistledown didn’t just report on societal gossip, but also murder? In 1865 Lady Katherine Bascomb is Englands most norotious newspaper columnist and thinks it’s her mission to report on the nefarious and deadly criminals who prey on the fairer sex, when she witnesses a murder herself.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

If you want more of the ‘fake dating’ trope then there is a whole library for you to read, but To All The Boys is my personal favourite.

Hopefully these books will help get us all through the wait for season 2 of Bridgerton!

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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Books To Read This International Women’s Day

International Women's Day Reading Recommendations

Hi Readers!

We are just days away from International Women’s Day 2020 and, whilst there’s never a time when we shouldn’t be celebrating and supporting female writers and their works, this day is a good reminder of how far women have come over the past few decades in terms of equality, but also how far we still have to go.

This international women’s I’m going to be dedicating the entire week to reading women. If those are also you’re plans, here are some books to add to your list.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

It’s so exciting to see a revival of love for this book thanks to Greta Gerwig’s new adaptation (which, if you haven’t seen it yet, would make a great watch for this international women’s day).
Greta’s movie really brought out the feminist themes of this book and the novel itself was so ahead of it’s time. Every reader will relate to at least one of the March sisters, especially Jo, an avid reader with a wild soul.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

One of my favourite classics and Jane one of the best characters. When alive the Bronte sisters wrote and sold their books to help support their family. Their stories largely revolve around governesses and romance.
Charlotte commbines the two in Jane Eyre creating a twisty, gothic tale about an orphan who moves to Thornfield to become the governess of Mr Rochester’s ward.

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Call me crazy, but I think this frivolous romantic novel that Charlotte Bronte apparently hated is just as feminist as Jane Eyre. Hear me out. Yes it’s mostly about women talking about men eligible for marriage but Austen more than once points to the inequality between men and women, particularly when it comes to the Bennet’s lack of a male heir, forcing them to forfeit their home to a distant cousin and the unfairness of it.

The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

Any opportunity I get to recommend this series, I do. Written by an anonymous author these books revolves around a friendship that spans decades, from childhood to old age. It’s characters and their relationships with each other are complex and the setting of an impoverished part of Naples is so vivid it comes to life on the page.

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The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

This is probably the first book on this list that purposely has and explores feminist themes. It’s a dystopia novel set in a future where the fertility rate has dropped exponentially. A new republic, Gilead has come into force to try and fix this issue.
Now women have four roles, a Wife, a Martha, an Aunt and a Handmaid. Offred is a Handmaid and her purpose is to give her Commander and his Wife a baby.

The Power by Naomi Alberman

Winner of the 2017 Women’s Prize for Fiction this explores what would happen were the power between men and women to shift. Teenage girls begin to experience a ‘power’ that can inflict pain and death on others. In this novel it’s the men who need to be protected, who can’t go out alone, who are told they are weak because of their gender.

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

This is such a powerful story. This follows a Dominican girl living in a very religious household who’s struggling to find her identity. She finds a way to express herself and her frustrations in slam poetry. It’s written in prose but don’t let that put you off. If you can’t get into it, I highly recommend the audiobook as it’s narrated by the author and she puts so much passion into her performance.

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Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Everisto

Co-winner of the 2019 Booker Prize and longlisted for this years Women’s Prize, this book is high on everyones raider, and so it should be.
This is a multi-perspective book following mainly British, mainly black, women who each have their own story of womenhood and femininity to tell.

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

Everyone has heard of Henry VIII but the most I ever learnt about his six wives at school was a rhyme to remember how they died. This book gives a detailed and exciting account of who there women were, what their ambitions were and what their lives were like. This book is the best non-fiction I’ve ever read. It’s tense and full of royal court intrigue. It’s 500+ pages but I read it in three days.

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Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

This book is great if you have a little one in the house. It’s a non-fiction with a twist. Telling the stories of extra-ordinary women throughout history in a way that will capture the minds of little girls. A lot of these women I had never heard of so it’s a great starting place to learn what amazing things women can do.

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Thanks For Reading,
Jess X