It’s time for my seasonal favorites post! I read quite a few good books this spring, but there were only a handful I truly loved. Every book on this list is one that I really enjoyed reading, and haven’t been able to get out of my head since.
Click the links below to see my monthly wrap up for each of the months included in this favorites post. Any reviews I’ve done for these books are also linked.
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. This is one of the most quietly powerful books I’ve ever read. It it the perfect blend of magic and reality, and I absolutely loved it! There is something truly special about Hamid’s writing – I definitely need to read more – and this book still pops into my head, months later. 100% worth the hype. And I don’t say that lightly.
- If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book, but what I got was incredible writing, a thrilling story, and a chance to geek out about Shakespeare for a few days. I loved this book so much that I ordered the UK edition, even though the publisher had already sent me a finished US hardcover. Because both covers are beautiful, and you can never have too many copies of a favorite book, right?
- The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova. It’s been a long time since I’ve read one of Elizabeth Kostova’s books. She was a favorite of mine in college, and I was hesitant to pick this one up, because I was worried it wouldn’t live up to the memory of her other books. But it did, and it was amazing! I will say I didn’t love it quite as much as The Historian, but I was still blown away by how Kostova crafts stories.
- Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen by Alison Weir. Alison Weir is another author I read in college, but haven’t gone back to since. Not because I didn’t like her writing, but because I had moved on from my Tudor historical fiction obsession. This book reminded me why I was so in love with the Tudors all those years ago, and why Alison Weir was one of my favorite authors.
- Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir. Ditto. Plus, I adored how she portrayed Anne Boleyn in this book! It was so different from anything I’d ever read, and I loved it. I don’t think I will ever forget the ending.
What’s the best book you read this spring?