“Everything is new in the spring…. Springs themselves are always so new, too. No spring is ever just like any other spring. It always has something of its own to be its own peculiar sweetness.” L.M. Montgomery
Springtime is here and while we may be quarantined inside, we still have our books. If you’re excited about the beauty that spring has to offer, these books will get you in the perfect springtime mindset. Brush up on some favorite classics and discover new favorites with these perfect spring reads.
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery: One of my all-time favorite books and literary figures, Anne with an E. There’s no author that describes spring such as L.M. Montgomery. If you haven’t read the entire Anne Shirley series yet, you’re truly missing out. Hey, we’ve got some time, why not give it a go?
- Middlemarch by George Eliot: George Eliot loved the country and all of her books take place in the beautiful countryside. This book is a beloved classic for a reason. She explores many themes across her work, including the status of women, the nature of marriage, the importance of education, religion, and more. But what makes Middlemarch a perfect spring read is the imagery. Many of the characters enjoying leisurely strolls, brisk walks, and carriage rides in the spring sunshine.
- Onward and Upward in the Garden by Katherine S. White: What began as a column in The New Yorker in 1958 entitled “Onward and Upward in the Garden,” Katherine S. White explores the history and literature of gardens, flower arranging, herbalists, and developments in gardening. Her work was later combined into the book and the result is a green world of growing things, of the aesthetic pleasures of gardens and garden writing, and of the dreams that gardens inspire.
- The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur: While it’s not your typical spring setting, Rupi Kaur’s book of poetry is a vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing, ancestry and honoring one’s roots, expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself. The Sun and Her Flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming.
- Leaves of Grass By Walt Whitman: It’s hard to read Leaves of Grass and not feel the spring breeze on your face and warm grass under your feet. These poems emphasize the never ending cycle of the seasons, with spring’s return just as inevitable as winter’s harshness. In Leaves of Grass, spring is an eternal promise and an unalloyed joy.
- The Beginning of Spring By Penelope Fitzgerald: The title says it all, but this slim novel is packed with spring goodness. This book is surprisingly comical even though the setting is pre-Revolutionary Russia.
- The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Armin: Spring in Portofino? This book will have you booking a trip to the Italian Riviera (you know, once quarantine is over!).
- A Room with a View by E.M. Forster: Another classic that every bibliophile must read. Spring may as well be a character in this romantic comedy set in Italy and England. As Lucy Honeychurch, a proper young Edwardian lady destined for a respectable marriage, explores verdant Tuscany with her genteel chaperone where she finds the intoxicating atmosphere of spring and the allure of unsuitable (but kind and soulful) George Emerson surprisingly intriguing.
- The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh: After growing up in foster care, Victoria Jones is now on her own. She sleeps in a park, and spends her time planting a garden until a local florist takes her in to nurture her natural talent for growing things. In Victorian England, each flower had a different symbolic meaning. Victoria keeps this symbolism close to her heart, even after she finds a new way to speak.
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