Books to Read in Spring 2023
As the weather turns and it feels like we’re well and truly entering Spring, I thought I would share a list of books to read in Spring 2023.
Books to read in Spring 2023
If you’ve never read Anne of Green Gables, you should. The story follows a talkative orphan, adopted by the Cuthberts on Prince Edward Island and lives at Green Gables farm. Anne often gets into trouble for her fiery temper and her beautiful imagination. The descriptions of the island and the changing seasons are particularly beautiful, and perfect for Spring.
Springtime is when many – not me, I will admit – get into the garden. This descriptive narrative non-fiction is a classic. Elizabeth Van Armin owned a home in Germany, shortly before the war, and this is her journalistic description of her time in her beautiful garden.
Another classic that often gives me spring vibes, is Emma by Jane Austen. This is my favourite Austen classic as the heroine is innocent but cheeky, and gets into trouble by meddling in everyone else’s affairs, as she believes herself to be a matchmaker. Her love story with her neighbour Mr Knightley is the original friends-to-lovers romance, and the glowing descriptions of the quaint Hertfordshire village are idyllic.
If you like animals, mischief and children’s stories then you’ll love this children’s fantasy. It’s beloved by many generations for various reasons, but I think there’s a particular love of Toad of Toad Hall and his loud-popping motorcar.
Is there a more springtime book than The Secret Garden? This was my favourite classic growing up, and the descriptions of the flowers in the secret garden of Mistlethwaite Manor make it especially enchanting. Mary is very contrary – as per the nursery rhyme – but as she spends more time in the garden, outdoors with her cousin and friend, she becomes a happy, loving child.
This is a book I recently published at Bonnier Books UK, but it really suits this list. The story follows a set of characters post-World War Two, including soldiers who have returned and their wives. Set primarily within a walled garden at Oakbourne Hall, we follow Alice who is struggling to reconnect with her scarred husband and who undertakes a forbidden affair whilst working on the garden as she tries to save her home, husband and herself.
What books would you recommend for springtime? Let me know in the comments below.