I know those of you in colder climates are probably a lot more excited about this than I am, but tomorrow is the first day of spring! Generally, I like spring. I don’t like that it means summer is coming because I don’t do well in the heat, but spring is nice. It’s also a great time to start something new or read some new books. So, today, I thought I’d share ten of the books I am planning on this spring.
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
Last year, I read and loved Get a Life, Chloe Brown. And just last month, I read and loved Take a Hint, Dani Brown (maybe even more than the first one). So I obviously need to read book three. I was honestly not super excited about picking it up after my reading seven romance books in seven days post went so… badly? weirdly? But I’ve been staring at it on my shelves for a while, so I think it’s time.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
One of my most anticipated books of the year! I love Taylor Jenkins Reid, and I am very excited to read this one. I actually got an early copy, so I’ll be reading and sharing my thoughts on this one before it is released on June 1st. And I can’t wait.
Katharine Parr: The Sixth Wife by Alison Weir
I feel like I talk a lot about how much I love the Six Tudor Queens series by Alison Weir. And I can’t believe it is finally ending. I just adore this series, and I’m very curious about this one because Katharine Parr was queen when Henry VIII died. Basically, she survived him without be accused to terrible crimes so he could marry someone new. I’m pretty curious. It’s also just a great series, so I’m looking forward to reading the last book.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
I know I’m not the only one highly anticipating this one. And sadly, I was not able to get my hands on an early copy of this one, so I have to wait like everyone else. Which is even worse since I’ve known about this book longer than most people – I went to a signing of Red, White, and Royal Blue in June of 2019 and Casey McQuiston told us the plot of the book she was currently working on… which is this one. But the wait is almost over! And I will definitely be getting this as soon as it comes out. Okay, I’ll probably preorder it from an indie bookstore to support them, so I’ll get it soon after it comes out. Which is fine.
Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia
I honestly had never heard of this one, and it isn’t exactly the kind of book that I usually pick up, but I couldn’t resist the cover, so I requested an ARC. This is a murder mystery set in 1920s Harlem, and is about a young black woman tasked with helping to find a killer after other young black girls start turning up dead. It’s a debut, and the first in a series, and it sounds intriguing, so hopefully this one works for me.
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
I have been waiting literally seven years for the sequel to this book. And it is finally almost here! The Hidden Palace is slated to be released in June, so, in preparation, I will be rereading this one. Because it’s been a while. Actually, I’ll probably be listening to the audiobook again, because it is extremely well done. I am so happy they kept George Guidall as the narrator for the sequel. I’ll probably be listening to that one as well.
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Pretty much the rest of this list are books I wanted to read last year… but then 2020 happened. I cannot express how much I adored Homegoing, and am so excited to read more by Yaa Gyasi. I’ve kind of forgotten what this one is about, if I’m being totally honest, but I don’t really care. I will read anything Yaa Gyasi writes forever.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
I have not actually read anything by Brit Bennett (even though I’m pretty sure I’ve owned The Mothers since it came out). But I think this one is more up my alley. Plus, basically everyone has been raving about it for the past year. And despite picking up a copy immediately, I still haven’t read it. I’m pretty sure it’s sitting in a pile with the next book on this list.
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
I am fully aware that Freshwater is not the book for everyone. But I loved it. It blew my mind, in the best way. So even though this one sounds a lot more… tame… I’m still excited to read it. I’m sure there’s something a little weird about it, and I can’t wait to find out more.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
So I had not read a single book by Matt Haig until I did that post where I let Buzzfeed decide what I read, and was forced (not really) to read How to Stop Time. And I am so glad I was, because it instantly became a new favorite. And this one sounds even more up my alley, so I can’t wait. I actually picked up the audiobook (Carey Mulligan narrates it), and plan on listening to it very soon!
It was honestly hard to pick ten that don’t spoil any of my upcoming reading experiments, but I did it! So here are basically just a few of the books I plan to read before summer rolls around. I also have a few really fun reading experiments planned, so I’ll be reading a lot of books specifically for those.
But I’d love to hear what’s on your spring reading list! Are there any new releases you’re looking forward to? Or books on your shelves you’d like to finally get around to?