I don’t know what you, but I really need some Spring reads in my life right now. Having overcome the cold and nostalgia of winter days, I am now fully ready to step into the warmth and hopefulness that Spring comes with. There is no season I find to be more uplifting and peaceful than Spring, and that is why books that remind me of it tend to have a special place in my heart.
I have compiled a list of Spring reads to guide you through the transition from the winter’s coziness and melancholy to the everlasting beauty and vitality that Spring brings when it arrives. These books seem to me to simply emanate this magical season, having that beautiful mixture of beauty and longing interwoven in their pages.
1. Anne of Green Gables
When it comes to spreading joy and hope, no one does it better than the spectacular heroine of this well beloved classical novel.
Anne of Green Gables tells the story of a little orphan girl that is accidentally adopted by two elderly brothers- Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert- that intended to get a boy from the orphanage. By a lovely twist of fate, Anne is brought to them instead, and so begins the wonderful journey of finding a home and a family for this little young girl. She is brought to live in a house in the countryside of Canada, right in the idyllic Prince Edward Island, a place full of ethereal beauty.
By her amazing wits and creativity, the Canadian author waves a magical tale found in the simplicity of appreciating all the gifts that the world has bestowed upon each and every one of us. After all, there is wonder and amazement in the everyday life as well, if only one takes a moment to look close enough.
2. The House in the Cerulean Sea
This amazing LGBTQ+ novel paints a heartwarming tale about the beauty of finding a home and learning to be acceptant of everything strange or peculiar, for it is in diversity where splendor always lies. It tells the tale of Linus, a Social Worker who is working for the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, and due to his great loyalty to the organization, he is sent on the secluded Marsyas Island Orphanage.
But beyond the hills, right next to a cerulean ocean, there lies a magical place, with fantastic children just as willing to be loved as any other ordinary ones: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Under the guidance of the orphanage’s governor Arthur Parnassus, Linus will get to know the children up close, learn their fears and their dreams, and understand that the only thing that any child truly wants is having a place to call home.
Linus will find that having a family may actually be the only thing anyone needs in order to be happy at last. The beautiful scenery as well as the innocence of the children and the hope of a new love make it stand out between the best Spring reads out there.
3. A Court of Thorns and Roses
Don’t get me wrong, reading this series is always a brilliant idea, no matter the weather outside. But there is simply something so utterly memorable in starting to read this series in Spring. You will get to follow along as the main character, Feyre Acheron is taken away to live in the Spring Court of the Fae High Lord , bringing love and hope back to a place drained of color and laughter. As far as I am concerned, it is truly one of the best Spring reads out there.
Being a loose retelling of the Nordic fairytale East of the Sun, West of the Moon, you will see Feyre grow accustomed to the beauty and magic of the Fae’s world, as she fights the injustices of their world, and finds that having a human heart full of love and kindness may be a blessing after all.
Moreover, if you start reading one book of the series each season, you will get to celebrate Yule with these charming faes in Winter time. Not only that this book is engaging and amazingly captivating, but Feyre Archeron is a sight to behold with the pureness of her heart and amazing bravery.
4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Now a successful movie series adaptation on Netflix, To all the boys I’ve loved before is a paragon of youth, cuteness and hope, seen through the eyes of a half-korean high school student that will win your heart from the first sentences. You don’t need to enjoy romances or chick-lits altogether to enjoy this book, as it is simply so much fun. It has been a while since I have read a book that I enjoyed so much, having been laughing out loud and tearing my heart apart over and over again. It truly incorporates all the beauty of being young and in love, which makes it one of the most remarkable Spring reads of its genre.
Beginning with a hilarious premise- a girl accidentally gets her secret love letters that she has written in the past, sent to all the boys she has addressed in them. Be sure to get yourself comfortable before starting this gem, as it is sure to make your heart beat faster, . Don’t forget to prepare the second volume ahead. You will need it soon enough.
Being one of the most emblematic works that follow children’s innocence, Pollyanna will always be my to-go book when I need a breath of joy and hope. I will never tire of revisiting this book when I need a happiness boost. It graciously waves the tale of the little orphaned young girl, Pollyanna, that is sent to live with her only relative alive, aunt Polly, after the death of her most beloved father.
Despite all the hardships and sorrows that Pollyanna had to face from such an early age, she has always braced every unhappy event as a blessing, trying to find something to be glad about in every single aspect of her life. She and her late father called that the glad game. And it is that very game that is about to change all the villagers’ lives following the innocent and kind hearted advices of this very small girl. It is a great example about the way positive thinking can impact our lives, and about how a small ray of hope is enough to make the darkness fade away.
I think Pollyanna can be read in every season, but I will always think of it as one of the best Spring reads out there, as it truly reflects the beauty of the season: the little village comes alive with love and hope after so much sadness, under the influence of a memorable bubbly child, just like Spring erases all the cold of Winter, so we can all start living again.
If you loved this Spring reads list and need some amazing book series to binge-read in your flower garden, don’t forget to check out this list.