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7 must-read books for your spring reading list

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As the days grow longer and the flowers begin to bloom, there’s no better time to refresh your reading list and embrace the spirit of spring. Whether you’re lounging in the park, sipping a refreshing beverage on your porch, or simply curling up on the couch, a good book can transport you to new worlds and ignite your imagination.

With the abundance of literary treasures awaiting discovery, I’ve curated a list of seven must-read books to add to your spring reading list. These books embrace the season of renewal, new beginnings, and warmer days ahead. Get ready to feel inspired!

1. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover, a TikTok sensation, tells the story of Lily, who faces tough choices about love and abuse. The book is inspired by the author’s own family experiences. Lily has to decide between Ryle, a good-looking but distant surgeon, and her first love.

Hoover masterfully navigates themes of love, resilience, and self-discovery, leaving readers questioning the boundaries of love and the true meaning of strength.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, It Ends With Us is a heart-wrenching story and an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

If you enjoy this book, don’t miss It Starts With Us, the sequel to this bestselling novel.

2. Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Braun

How much have society’s expectations really changed for wives? Karma Brown’s novel, Recipe for a Perfect Wife, follows two suburban New York women whose domestic lives have a lot in common, despite being separated by more than 60 years.

In this captivating novel, a modern-day woman finds inspiration in hidden notes left by her home’s previous owner, a quintessential 1950s housewife.

As she discovers remarkable parallels between this woman’s life and her own, it causes her to question the foundation of her own relationship with her husband–and what it means to be a wife fighting for her place in a patriarchal society.

In Recipe for a Perfect Wife, everyday life blends with an intriguing mystery. The story delves into marriage and women’s struggles for independence. With well-developed characters and unexpected turns, Braun offers insights into modern relationships.

Recipe for a Perfect Wife is a thought-provoking book that leaves readers thinking about love, power, and finding happiness.

@hcharkins

This was a good palate cleanser after a really disappointing poetry book… what’s your most recent 5 star read? #recipeforaperfectwife

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3. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

In City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, readers are transported to 1940s Manhattan, where they meet nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris, a rebellious young woman who has just been expelled from Vassar College. Sent to live with her eccentric Aunt Peg, who owns a small theatre, Vivian is introduced to a vibrant world filled with colourful characters. However, a personal mistake leads to a scandal that changes Vivian’s life path in unexpected ways.

As she reflects on her past at the age of ninety-five, Vivian recounts how these events shaped her understanding of life, love, and freedom. With vivid storytelling and a compelling narrative, “City of Girls” offers a captivating glimpse into the excitement and challenges of 1940s New York City.

4. Happy Place by Emily Henry

Emily Henry is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers, People We Meet on Vacation, and Beach Read. Her new bestselling novel Happy Place is an inspirational story about self-growth, friendship, growing up, changing and grief.

Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college, but they broke up six months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends. For one final trip to coastal Maine, they decide to keep their recent breakup secret from their close-knit friend group.

This story is about second chances and reunions, and it’s one people need to read. It’s a story about finding the place you fit the best. It’s about friendship, loss and adulthood.

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5. ROAR by Cecelia Ahern

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The must-read book for every woman! From the bestselling author of “P.S., I Love You” comes a captivating story collection that delves into the diverse experiences of women navigating today’s world.

In this singular and imaginative story collection, Cecelia Ahern explores the endless ways in which women blaze through adversity with wit, resourcefulness, and compassion. Ahern takes the familiar aspects of women’s lives—the routines, the embarrassments, the desires—and elevates these moments to the outlandish and hilarious with her astute blend of magical realism and social insight.

Cecelia Ahern’s “Roar” offers a unique blend of fantastical elements and social commentary, shining a light on the resilience, womanhood, and compassion of women from all walks of life.

6. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is a novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and its beautiful lead singer, including details of the band’s mysterious breakup. Set against the backdrop of late-sixties L.A., Daisy embarks on a journey of self-discovery, navigating the vibrant music scene of the Sunset Strip and harbouring dreams of gracing the stage at the iconic Whisky a Go-Go.

With a narrative pulsating with energy and emotion, “Daisy Jones & The Six” offers readers an enthralling glimpse into the tumultuous world of music and fame, shrouded in mystery and intrigue until its gripping conclusion.

7. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Last but not least in this list is a timeless classic story about Anne of Green Gables. In this cherished novel, readers are taken to the lovely world of Green Gables, a pretty farm in the quaint town of Avonlea. Here lives Anne Shirley, an imaginative orphan girl of eleven. Set against the backdrop of Prince Edward Island’s beautiful scenery, Anne’s adventures unfold, touching on themes like resilience and finding a place to belong.

Through Anne’s experiences, readers see the joys and challenges of growing up, all wrapped in a tale of friendship and love. “Anne of Green Gables” isn’t just a story; it’s a heartwarming journey into the past, filled with charm and emotion.

I hope you find these books as delightful companions during the spring season! Let me know in the comments if you have read any of these – I’d love to hear about your reading experiences!

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