I’m sure that by now you know that each season I make a series of post about that season. Spring nails, summer candles and so on. Well today it is time for my Spring Reads post. Just in case you have no idea what this post is going to be about, basically my ‘Reads’ posts are a collection of all the books that I have read and loved throughout the season, sometimes they are set at that time of year, some have a feel of that season, others are just ones that I have really loved. Basically, it is a type of recommendation post. So yea….that probably didn’t help, oh well. Lets move on. Spring is the only season in which I don’t really have a specific genre/type of book that I like to read. This is the only time of the year that I really don’t have a preference, I just pick up anything and everything that appeals to me. So, there isn’t really any theme to my Spring Reads. But, lets stop talking and get down to the actual post.
Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
This is a stunning YA contemporary that follows two teenagers, Maggie and West, as they both struggle to come to terms with losing a parent. The pair connect over their joint experiences and slowly fall for each other. This is a beautiful story about loss and love, friendship and trust, and the idea that no two people experience the same thing, in the same way. It is honestly such a good book. It is beautifully written and you will instantly fall in love with the characters and the story. It is the first in a series of companion novels titled ‘The Field Party’ and they are well worth a read.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
This book is essentially the YA equivalent of The Night Circus. It is beautiful, magical, imaginative and quiet dark. The story follows sisters Scarlet and Tella as they venture into the game of Caraval, looking for an escape from their abusive father and dead end lives. They are thrown into a world of deception, mystery, love and joy. This is one of those stories that you will instantly fall in love with. It will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time, you never know what way that it is going to twist next. You never know what is real, and what isn’t. I truly love this book.
It’s Not Me, It’s You by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Do not be put off by this books cover. I know I was, and honestly, I wish I hadn’t been. This book is very good. Set out like a oral history paper, you follow 18 year Avery as she interviews all her old boyfriends, and several classmates to try to understand why she always ends up single. This book is incredibly funny, I laughed out loud on a train while reading this. It is sweet and funny, and although it is kind of predictable, I really enjoyed it. I feel like more people should be talking about this one. It is the perfect light, fluffy read for spring.
A Darker Shade Of Magic by V E Schwab
This multi-verse trilogy puts a whole new spin on the magical universe. It is fast paced and dark, sexy and funny, and full of incredible characters. You follow a magician called Kell as he finds himself on a deadly adventure with an unlikely ally in the form of a young cut-throat called Lila. You cannot help but love this trilogy. It keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. This is one of the best magic based stories that I have read in a long time.
Generation Next by Oli White
In this story you follow a group of teenagers as they create a new media platform and are thrust into the spot light. This book is chocked full of friendship and drama, relationships and heartaches. this book creates this very realistic group of friends and environment that you cant help but feel connected too. It is also set during the spring and summer, so it is the perfect book to read this time of year.
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
This is one of my new favourite trilogies. Think Red Queen meets The Sin Eaters Daughter. This is a truly incredible series. I can definitely see why it is so popular. In this story you follow a teenage girl, Adelina, as she struggles with who she is and how the world sees her. There are some deep messages mixed into this book, and the whole thing will have you on the edge of your seat. You never know what is going to happen next. It always has you guessing. This is a truly wonderful story.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I love this book. It is the best Wonderland retelling that I have found so far. In this story you follow Kath, the future Queen of Hearts, as she discovers who she is and who she wants to be. You watch her fall in love with someone she cant ever have and discover how she became so heartless. This is a really fun, all be it, mildly devastating, story full of love and friendship, cute couples and a lot of whimsy. I would highly recommend the audiobook for this one as it really makes the book.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
if you are only going to read one book this year, it needs to be this one. This incredible YA contemporary follows 16 year old Starr as she witnesses her best friend get murdered by a cop, and the aftermath of this event. The whole book is themed around the black lives matter movement and is such an important read. But not only is a topic that we all need to focus on and tackle more, the book itself is incredible. You are instantly so connected to the characters and you want justice for them. Honestly, everybody needs to read this book.
Strays by Emma Kendrick
This isn’t your standard romance novel. In this indie book you follow a twenty something girl and her best friend as they find themselves getting mixed up with a motorcycle gang and the chaos and lust that follows. This is the first book in the Red Kings Motorcycle Club series and is a brilliant read. I couldn’t put it down. It is such a good debut novel and is well worth a read, especially if you are after a nice, easy, addictive read. It is the perfect book to lose yourself in during spring.
Paper Towns by John Green
Paper Towns is the perfect spring contemporary. Set in May, follow Q and his friends as they try to unravel the mystery that is Margo and find out where she has gone. This is a brilliant story about love, isolations, friendship and adventure. You cant help but fall in love with it. It is sweet and funny but also dark and it tackles some serious topics. It is one of those books that you want to read in one sitting. It is perfect to curl up with during spring and just lose yourself in.
And those are my favourite reads from Spring, so far. I swear, everything that I have read lately I have absolutely adored. I seem to be on a major run of incredible books recently. Side note, I have also been reading and loving The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and The Sin Eaters Daughter trilogy by Melinda Salisbury, but since I have mentioned them in past ‘Reads’ posts, I decided not to mention them again, but they are well worth a read. What have you been reading so far this spring? Anything I should give a try? I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and I will see you all again very soon.