I know what you’re thinking, the title says Spring Reading List, “it’s early” but let’s face it, is it even winter anymore?
Reading is something that I enjoy doing, and one of the reasons I decided to create my blog. As much as I want to spend ALL of my time reading, there are times where I have to be an adult and do things like work, and go to school, sucks I know. The one thing that keeps me going through it all is to create lists of books that I want to read, and check them off as much as I can. As soon as I see a book that captures my attention, I add it to my TBR list. For those of you who are not familiar with bookish terms, TBR stands for “to be read”, as in books I will be reading at one point or another in life.
To keep this post short and sweet, here are the books I hope to read by the end of March (hopefully)
- The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Goodreads’ Summary: It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor’s son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it’s not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance—and the subsequent cover-up—will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.
In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a “what if” can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever.
2. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Goodreads’ Summary: If you were told the date of your death, how would it shape your present?
It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.
Their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.
3. Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
Goodreads’ Summary: A searing, electrifying debut novel set in India and America, about a once-in-a-lifetime friendship between two girls who are driven apart but never stop trying to find one another again. Girls Burn Brighter introduces two heroines who never lose the hope that burns within them. In breathtaking prose, Shobha Rao tackles the most urgent issues facing women today: domestic abuse, human trafficking, immigration, and feminism.
4. The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Goodreads’ Summary: Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer–madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place–feels her inner world light up. Then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.
5. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
Summary from Popsugar: The Book of Unknown Americans is about a couple who emigrates from rich surroundings in Mexico to a more modest life in Delaware, and will leave you feeling all the feels for wife Alma and her special needs daughter, Maribel.
I like to keep my TBR lists short that I hope to accomplish within a certain time frame. Mostly because, no matter how organized you may be, life happens. When I first started reading books, and have been introduced to the #Bookstagram world, yes that is a thing, I was creating TBR lists every month. It was fun, but it began to feel overwhelming when work and school intervened with my reading goals. Instead of giving myself a number of books to read in a month, I like to stretch it out in seasons. While I only included five books in this blog post, there are plenty of more books that I intend to read this spring, if time is on my side.
What book(s) are you planning on reading this spring?