Bookshelf: Seasonal Spring Reads

The three seasons of summer, autumn, and winter always seem to produce long reading lists but, for some reason, spring is often forgotten. This is such a shame since rainy spring days or sunny mornings in the park are two perfect opportunities for a book. Here are eight perfect books to help you enjoy the sunshine, fresh flowers, and rainy days.

Still Life by Louise Penny
A woman is found dead in a small Montreal village. I talk about the Chief Inspector Gamache series a lot because they're very seasonal books. The strange thing is that they feel appropriate for every season because of their focus on nature and food.

The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith
Isabel Dalhousie ponders philosophical mysteries in Edinburgh. I started this series years ago and it's the perfect fit for a rainy spring day.

Middlemarch by George Eliot
The classic novel about the many rich characters in an English village. There's nothing more spring appropriate than the quaint, English countryside.

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
Four women vacation in an Italian villa near Portofino. Enough said.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The Dashwood sisters, very different in their manner, fall for very different men. To me, all Jane Austen novels are meant for spring but this one is especially so.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo Baggins goes on an adventure across Middle Earth. The most lighthearted of Tolkien's Middle Earth stories, I love this for spring because of the relaxed adventure, humor, and nature descriptions.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
A thirteen year old boy survives a terrorist attack on a museum in New York and is drawn into the art world by a mysterious painting. While The Secret History is the ultimate fall book, I somehow think that The Goldfinch works well for spring.

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Two sisters have the ability to cultivate magical plants. One sister uses them in recipes for her catering company while the other is reluctant. This book is the ultimate spring read if only for the descriptions of lavender and nasturtiums.