Yesterday was the first day of spring (here in the Northern Hemisphere), which means the weather is definitely getting warmer and I am more inclined to stay inside in the air conditioned house with a good book. Me and heat do not mix well at all (someone get me out of California please).

Something else to know about me: I’m a huge weirdo when it comes to my books and kind of obsessively plan out what I will be reading. It rarely ever goes according to plan, but that doesn’t stop me from creating detailed reading lists (I only share a fraction of them here). So today I thought I’d share some of the books on my reading list for this spring. These are the books that are just giving me all the spring vibes, and I’m really excited to get to them.

Here are the top ten books on my spring reading list this year:

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

I might try and squeeze this one in before the end of March, because it just sounds incredible. It’s about a sidekick who becomes the collateral damage of a superhero and ends up disabled. Which becomes her own villain origin story. As someone which a couple disabilities, I really feel this one. There may or may not have been times I wished I had the ability to transfer my pain to someone who is treating me badly (just temporarily, I’m not a total monster).

Really though, I love the idea of how disability plays into whether you become a hero or a villain (kind of similar to V. E. Schwab’s Vicious, which is one of my favorite books – I definitely don’t talk enough about that one). I don’t usually gravitate towards superhero stories – I’ve only really read comics about girl gangs and space wars – but I need to read this one.

Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim

I haven’t been reading a ton of historical fiction lately. It used to be my go-to genre, so I’m not sure why I haven’t really been feeling it all that much. But I am trying to explore more diverse literature and I do want to focus more on historical fiction. History in general has been so whitewashed and it’s important to read diverse stories.

This one is set in 1917 Korea, and the synopsis is kind of giving me The Night Tiger vibes, which I’m absolutely here for. It’s a fifty-year-long saga intwining the stories of several characters against the backdrop of war. Honestly sounds a little intimidating to my poor, burnt out brain, but it’s only about four-hundred pages, so it doesn’t seem too bad. I might go the audiobook route for this one – if you’ve read/listened to this book, let me know your thoughts.

Matrix by Lauren Groff

I realize right after I said I haven’t been reading much historical fiction, I’m going to talk about historical fiction. Because I am actually currently listening to Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. And so far, I’m loving it. So I’m very much feeling Old English, historical, semi-true stories right now. This one is about Marie de France, who is exiled to an English abbey by Eleanor of Aquitaine after basically being deemed not submissive enough for court or marriage.

You might recall Marie de France from a post I did last year where I read Harvard’s entire summer reading list, which was mostly Medieval literature. It also included The Lais of Marie de France, which are all about courtly love and, despite that very unassuming description, are pretty spicy (there may or may not be a gay werewolf involved, but there are definitely a lot of knights sleeping with pretty much everyone). Anyway, not much is known about Marie, so I know this is mostly fictionalized, but I think it might still be fun to read. Plus, it was one of Obama’s favorite books of last year, which makes me even more intrigued.

The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas

I don’t know why this book feels like a spring read to me other than that there’s a flower on the cover. But after reading The Count of Monte Cristo last year, I am very excited to read more Alexandre Dumas. I was even more excited to see that he had written this much shorter novel so I can read more Dumas without having to jump into The Three Musketeers (I read a lot of large classics last year and honestly just need a break.

The Black Tulip has a lot of the same themes as The Count of Monte Cristo, which I loved, so I have fairly high hopes for this one. I was hoping to read it in March, and I’m not sure that’s going to happen, but I will definitely be reading this one soon.

Pew by Catherine Lacey

I came across this book fairly recently and it’s been in the back of my mind ever since. It’s about a church congregation in a small town who one day finds a stranger asleep on a pew. The person is genderless, racially ambiguous, and refuses to speak. One family takes the stranger in and nicknames them Pew. Pew is then shuttled from house to house in the community. As Pew meets more members of the community, a lot of people start divulging secrets, since Pew cannot speak.

To be honest, I can’t really tell how religious this book is vs. if it’s more about accepting people. So it’s possible that this might be too religion-focused for me, personally (that’s just not my jam). But I’m just too intrigued to not give it a go, so I’ll definitely be letting you know what I think once I get around to reading.

Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

I have been unsuccessfully searching for a good thriller this year. Comfort Me With Apples was wonderfully weird, but took a weird turn I didn’t love. This Might Hurt was super boring and I didn’t care about any of it. I think Lonely Castle in the Mirror was probably the closest I’ve come to reading an exciting thriller that has me up late trying to find out what happens, and it’s not even a thriller.

But I have heard amazing things about this one. It was kind of sort of on my radar, but I think the cover reminded me too much of Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, which I just couldn’t get into. But then Kayla from BooksandLala gave this five stars, which is very high praise. I don’t think I’m expecting it to be a page-turner kind of thriller, but it does look really fun, which just feels like something I could use right now. I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately (just been going through a lot, so haven’t been able to read or blog much) and a fun thriller-y kind of book could be the perfect cure.

Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier

You all know I like weird books. And this one is definitely weird. The synopsis compares it to Convenience Store Woman, which I didn’t totally love (not quite sure why it didn’t hit that mark for me), but I still really liked. I have definitely enjoyed reading from that kind of neurodivergent, slightly dysfunctional, definitely flawed main character, and this one seems to fit the bill.

Pizza Girl is about a pizza delivery girl who is eighteen, pregnant, and grieving her father. She’s avoiding her supportive mom and boyfriend and doing her best to ignore her future. She encounters a single mom, who gets weekly deliveries of pickle-covered pizzas for her son. The two form an unexpected bond, and I think the book is mostly about their relationship. (Kinda got Juno vibes while I was writing that – which sounds fun. And yes, I’m aware that probably makes me old.) It’s funny, short, and just the kind of weird book with mediocre ratings I might love.

Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi

I have a weird relationship with Helen Oyeyemi’s books. I have read two of them so far (Mr. Fox and Boy, Snow, Bird) and gave them both three stars. I liked them, but didn’t love them. But the weirdness of them sticks in my brain for a long time afterwards. I don’t necessarily connect all that much with the stories themselves, but it’s the bizarreness of her books that does it for me. Especially in Mr. Fox. It’s been almost five years, and I still remember that dark etherial feeling it gave me.

This one came out last year, and follows a gay couple who are gifted with a trip on a sleeper train by an aunt. So they set off with their pet mongoose (I’ll be honest – that’s kind of what sold me on reading this). But they seem to be the only guests on the train, and kind of creepy things start happening, and I need to know what they are. I wouldn’t be surprised if I don’t love this one, but I haven’t stopped thinking about it, so I just need to find out what happens to the mongoose and get it over with.

Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon

You might have seen that my last romance reading experiment was… the worst. I blogged all about it here, so you can go enjoy my suffering. So I added this one to my list both as redemption for all romance novels and as just a light, fun read that is hopefully quick (and a little steamy). Last year, I read my first Rebekah Weatherspoon, Rafe – in a rather unpleasant reading experiment that involved me reading seven romance novels in seven days – and think she has amazing potential to be a favorite. So I’ve been wanting to read more.

Xeni is in the same series as Rafe, so it seems like the obvious next pick for me. I absolutely love how Rebekah Weatherspoon writes not only smart, well-rounded characters, but incredibly mature, adult relationships. Seriously, if you hate romance because of all the ridiculous game-playing and unnecessary communication issues (like me), you need to try Weatherspoon’s books. It’s been over a year, so I’m definitely overdue for another one.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

It’s been pretty much exactly five years since I’ve read Exit West, and absolutely loved it. I recently found out that the Obamas are adapting it with Riz Ahmed, and I am beyond excited. As soon as we have any more info, I won’t be shutting up about this, so be prepared. But in trying to dig for any more tidbits, I discovered Riz Ahmed has already starred in a Mohsin Hamid adaptation, and I had no idea.

Since I obviously need to read the book before watching the movie, I need to make this happen. The audiobook is only about four hours, so I think it’ll be a perfect quick read for me. This has a similar story to Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar, which I really enjoyed last year, so I’m definitely looking forward to reading it (finally).

And that’s it for my spring reading list this year! I obviously do have a lot of other books I’m hoping to get to, but I had to save something for my monthly TBR posts. These are just the books that I haven’t really fit in anywhere, but I do want to get to in the next few months.

What’s on your spring reading list this year? Do you mood read based on the season?

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