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Five books to read this spring

A list of five diverse books that will have you welcoming spring with open arms.
Photo Credit: Tess Powell
Copy of Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki

Spring is just around the corner. The flowers are blooming and the weather is clear. Though beautiful, the transition from winter to spring can be an especially harsh one. However, there is no better way to get into the spirit of spring than reading. With that being said; here are five books to get anyone in the mood for the spring of 2024. 

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

If you’re looking for a fun quick read, then this is the perfect spring read for you. ‘Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me’ By Mariko Tamaki is a graphic novel. It tells the coming of age story about Fredrica or ‘Freddy’. Freddy is trying to navigate the frustrations of high school. She is also trying to navigate the ropes of a toxic relationship with the titular character, Laura Dean. Though this graphic novel does tell a deep story of abusive relationships, parts of the story are fun and lighthearted. The pink floral illustrations by artist Rosemary Valero-O’Connell make this story the perfect quick read for spring. On Good Reads you can find where to buy the book and learn some about the author.

A Southern Book Clubs Guide To Slaying Vampires

For people who celebrate Halloween all year round, this book is for you.  The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix. This book is southern charm and Bram Stoker’s Dracula blended into one fantastic novel. It follows the life of Patricia Campbell, a stay at home mother in a small southern town. Patricia’s life is nothing special. She cares for her kids, cares for her husband, and attends her monthly book club. She is feeling bored by her lackluster day to day. That is until a mysterious gentleman moves in across the street. Though she thinks nothing much of him at first, she becomes suspicious of him when local children begin going missing. When Patricia brings up her concerns to her book club, they soon go from reading chick-lits to hunting suspected vampires. “Simultaneously heart-stopping and hilarious, Grady Hendrix is a master at weaving compelling tales of horror and gore with plenty of humor to keep the pages turning.”  Says author Brooke Beyfuss.  Pair this book with a cool glass of iced tea and settle down with it to begin the spring.

Happy Place

Hopeless romantics might enjoy this spring fling novel. “Happy Place” by Emily Henry is about Harriet and Wyn. The two broke up six months ago. But despite this they are having to fake date each other while on vacation with their friends who are clueless about their breakup. For one week the two have to pretend to tolerate each other while on their yearly getaway to prevent from breaking their friends hearts. But can they do it? Emily Henry, a New York Times best selling author somehow finds a way to fit fresh air and sunshine into her books. The emotion and love that come from her characters seems to jump off the page, making her readers kick their feet and root for the love of the characters to blossom like a flower. “I love the romances in her books, they also always make me laugh, Emily Henry’s humor is unmatched” Quotes Gabryelle Chouloute, an avid reader of all books. This is the perfect spring read for fans of the fake dating trope or just a fan of fresh romances. 

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Legends and Lattes

If you prefer to enter spring on the backs of dragons and brewing potions, then a fantasy book may be right for you. Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree tells the story of Viv, an orc who has decided to put her ways of battle behind her and open a coffee shop. This is easier said than done however. Even though Viv has her business, and her coffee to sell, she does have one issue. No one in the city of Thune knows what Coffee is. If you’re looking for a cozy fantasy novel that you can enjoy with a fresh cup of your favorite coffee, Legends and Lattes is it. 

The Secret Garden

If you are looking to go back in time and crack open an old classic this spring you could consider “The Secret Garden” By Frances Hodgson Burnett. When Mary Lennox, the young protagonist of this book who can only be described as ‘bratty’ by modern day terminology, moves in with her uncle after the untimely death of her parents, what adventures will ensue after she finds the door to a bustling secret garden in her very own backyard?  A refreshing classic to enter spring with that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

So if you’re looking for a way to make the transition from winter to spring a little easier, consider picking up one of these books that give off perfect springtime vibes. 


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Tess Powell
Tess Powell, reporter
Tess Powell is an avid member of the Colonia High School family. When she is not participating in a stage production or an academic competition with her school's team (The Juggernauts!), she can be found curled up with a book by one of her favorite authors or watching  a cozy true crime documentary (even though they scare her). Powell takes after her mother, author Brooke Beyfuss, in the sense that she has an immense passion for writing. Powell has written and published many short fiction stories. She has even received a few acknowledgements for her pieces. Despite this she still can’t use proper grammar to save her life. Her favorite genres to write range from horror to romance. After high school, Powell is interested in pursuing a major of writing, literature, and publishing at Emerson College in Boston, MA.     

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