April 19th, 2022
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?