I am definitely a seasonal TBR person, but, for some reason, I do not find that this is not true for spring. In the fall, all I want to read are witchy, atmospheric, spooky novels and in the summer I want light romances, and even in the winter my reading changes and I am more open to longer reads and more fantasy. I cannot say that I have ever noticed a pattern in my spring reading! That is mainly because I live in Northern Ontario and we don’t have much of a spring here. It is not unheard of for us to have snow in May, so I just never get into that spring mood!
I would love to know if you are a seasonal reader and/or what a spring book means to you?
For all these reasons, there is no theme to my spring reading- these are simply books that are calling out to me!
The Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist was announced recently and it was quite a surprise! There were only a few books I had actually heard of and only one I have actually read- The Final Revival of Opal and Nev. I have two of the books on my shelves already, so I want to prioritize those before deciding if I want to dive deeper into the list. I have been curious about The Sentence since it came out and I have this feeling that Louise Erdrich is going to become a favourite author. Penguin Random House Canada sent me a finished copy of The Book of Form and Emptiness and I was so thrilled! I know that Ruth Ozeki is a beloved author and this book sounds so unique. I was excited to see both of those books longlisted!
Sarah Winman is an auto-buy author for me and I love how varied her books are. Tin Man will always be a favourite, and Still Life sounds quite different, but I already know I love Sarah Winman’s and will read whatever she writes. I think a lot of people were surprised that it wasn’t longlisted for The Women’s Prize!
If We Were Villains has been on my TBR for years, but I just recently bought a copy. Typically, this would be more of a fall read, but I just cannot wait until then! I know that this is a favourite among dark academia lovers and is often compared to The Secret History. I cannot wait to experience that for myself!
There are four YA novels that I would love to get to within the next few months, starting with A Clash of Steel. This is a Treasure Island retelling following lady pirates and has a sapphic romance. This is part of the same series as So Many Beginnings, which is a Little Women retelling I read earlier this month and absolutely fell in love with. Each of the books is written by a different author and the next book is a Robin Hood retelling!
Salt to the Sea is one of the books that has been on my TBR the longest and I am determined to finally read it this year. I just know I am going to love Ruta Sepetys and I would like to try more YA historical fiction. I don’t think I have ever seen a bad review for this book and I have been hearing amazing things about her newest release as well.
I have an ARC of Blood Scion and I am sad that I didn’t get to it before release day! It is still calling to me and I read the first few chapters and was definitely intrigued. The tagline is so memorable to me- “This is what they deserve. They wanted me to be a monster. I will be the worst monster they ever created.”
I had never heard of Dreams Lie Beneath before it was one of the books chosen for my 12 Challenge, but I can’t stop thinking about it. Not only does it have a striking cover, but the premise is also fascinating. I have been hearing about Rebecca Ross more and more these days, so I am hopeful that I will fall in love with her work.
I wanted to try and wait to read Hook, Line, and Sinker on the beach during the summer, but I just don’t think I can wait. I absolutely loved It Happened One Summer and have been anxiously waiting for Fox and Hannah’s love story. I am always up for a sweet friends-to-lovers romance and I already know I love the setting.
My best friend bought me a copy of The Ballerinas for Christmas and he keeps asking me what I thought, so I really should get to it! I am also just excited about it. I am drawn to any form of media that focuses on the dark side of ballet– I did grow up in the age of Center Stage after all!
It is no secret that Kazuo Ishiguro is one of my favourite authors and I tend to read one or two of his books a year. I just bought this stunning copy of An Artist of the Floating World, which is the book of his that I haven’t read that is recommended to me the most.
I have both Mythos and Heroes on my shelves and have been dying to read them. I also have them on audio because I have heard that listening to the audio while also reading the book is the best way to take the story in. I am in the mood for Greek myth retellings again!
I received a gorgeous edition of Daughter of the Moon Goddess from Fairyloot, and I already had an edition of the US version on my shelves. Both are stunning! I am hoping that I end up loving this and will be happy to have both editions. I have been hearing mixed things, but my gut is telling me it is going to work for me.
I have been known to love a good Pride and Prejudice retelling, and I love the idea of Mary being the main character. She is so often ignored, so I am ready for her to have the spotlight. I have heard incredible things about The Other Bennet Sister!
What are you planning to read in spring?