Whether you’re lounging at the park, enjoying a beach outing, or just cozying up with a good book at the house, reading is a great way to spend a spring day. And if you’re looking for a few new titles to add to your home library, we’ve got some ideas. Here are seven great ones – of all different genres! – to add to that spring reading list.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Contemporary Fiction): Nora Seed is at her lowest point when she discovers a mysterious library, with each book representing a different life she could have lived. Nora gets the opportunity to experience each one, but as she jumps from life to life, she begins to wonder if the grass is always greener on the other side. This is a thought-provoking and heartwarming novel about the choices we make and the lives we lead.
The Survivors by Jane Harper (Mystery/Thriller): In this gripping mystery, Kieran Elliott returns to his hometown of Evelyn Bay for the first time in over a decade. As he grapples with old traumas and secrets, a body washes up on the beach, triggering an investigation that rocks the small community. This book is a thrilling and immersive read thanks to Harper’s masterful pacing and her vivid descriptions of the rugged Australian coastline.
Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean (Young Adult): A heartwarming coming-of-age story with a royal twist, Tokyo Ever After follows Izumi Tanaka, who never felt like she fit in with her small-town community in California. But when she discovers she’s actually Japan’s long-lost princess, her life is turned upside-down. She embarks on a whirlwind journey to Tokyo, where she grapples with her new identity and falls in love with a handsome Japanese pop star.
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Nonfiction / Nature Writing): In this lyrical and insightful book, Kimmerer explores the relationship between humans and the natural world. Drawing on her experiences as a botanist and as a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she weaves together scientific knowledge, indigenous wisdom, and personal anecdotes to create a beautiful meditation on the interconnectedness of all living things.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Historical Fiction): This beautifully written novel tells the story of twin sisters growing up in 1950’s Louisiana. After running away from home at sixteen, the twins go their separate ways. Stella passes as White and leaves her family and past behind, while Desiree marries a Black man and returns to their hometown with a daughter. This book is a powerful and engrossing read exploring themes of identity, family, and race.
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (Science Fiction): From the author of The Martian comes another thrilling space adventure. Project Hail Mary follows the story of Ryland Grace, a lone astronaut who wakes up on a spaceship with no memory of how he got there. As he tries to piece together what happened and why he’s on this mission, he discovers that he’s the only hope for saving Earth from a catastrophic threat. This page-turning sci-fi novel is full of suspense, humor, and fascinating scientific concepts.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Romantic Comedy)Don Tillman, a socially awkward genetics professor, decides to embark on The Wife Project, a scientific quest to find the perfect partner. But when he meets Rosie Jarman, a free-spirited bartender who doesn’t fit any of his criteria, Don finds himself drawn to her in unexpected ways. The Rosie Project is a charming and witty romantic comedy that explores the quirks and complexities of relationships. With its endearing characters and hilarious mishaps, this novel is sure to make you smile.