Spring Favorites


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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

13 thoughts on “Spring Favorites

  1. I still need to get a copy of THE SHADOW LAND.
    I read three true crime / memoirs rather by coincidence. THE FACT OF A BODY was gripping and well-written but so upsetting. TRUE CRIME ADDICT is about a writer who becomes obsessed with solving a cold case. MURDER IN MATERA was probably my favorite of the three because it involved going through dusty archives, which I love.

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    1. I’ve read them all. The Historian is still the best, in my opinion, but the others are still great. The Swan Thieves is the slowest (least thriller-like), but still enjoyable. This one was a nice mix of slow historical fiction and thriller.

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  2. Exit West was so, so good. I was thinking about it long after I took it back to the library.

    I’ve heard a lot of buzz about We Were Villains, but I am hesitant to pick it up because everyone compares it to The Secret History. I might be the only reader alive who didn’t love that one. Do you think it’s a fair comparison?

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    1. There are definitely similarities, but I liked We Were Villains so much more than The Secret History! I struggled to get through The Secret History (I liked it, but definitely didn’t love it), but I flew through We Were Villains. The characters and plot were just so much more interesting, and I honestly think the writing is better. I also really loved the backdrop of Shakespeare and how it tied into the story.

      If you’re anything like me, We Were Villains might be what you wanted from The Secret History. I wasn’t expecting much (partly because of TSH), and it totally blew me away.

      And I’m totally with you – I’ll be thinking about Exit West for a very long time.


    1. I liked The Secret History, but not nearly as much as everyone else seems to. If We Were Villains was a lot better in my opinion. And there are some similarities, but they are definitely not the same book. You might like it if you’re into crime books. And Shakespeare. It’s a must-read if you love Shakespeare.


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