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10 Book Recommendations for Spring

So many books, so little time! Spring brings new novels from old favorites, unique voices and continuing sagas of families you may already know. Plus a memoir that looks fascinating!

What book are you reading? Share in the comments – we’re always looking for good books to read, particularly we love books you’d recommend for a book club.

10 Books to Read This Spring

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A God in Ruins Kate Atkinson

Continuing the tale of the Todd family, whose daughter Ursula relived World War II in England over and over again in Life After LifeKate Atkinson’s new book A God in Ruins focuses on her younger brother, Teddy.

The Dream Lover a novel Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many books about the inner lives of women living ordinary lives. With The Dream LoverBerg steps out and writes a historical novel about the writer George Sand, set in Paris.

The Girl on the Train novel Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins, is a blockbuster – it’s sold 750,000 copies so far. Her first novel, it’s a mystery with characters you’ll despise and characters you’ll empathize with, all the while wondering who did it.

The Buried Giant novel Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of Booker Prize winner The Remains of the Day.  In his new book, The Buried Giant, set in the very beginning of the 20th century, he follows an elderly couple as they set out, after the Romans leave Britain, to find the son they haven’t seen in years. A  story of love, discovery, and determination.

Get in Trouble novel Kelly Link

Think of Kelly Link’s stories as The Twilight Zone with a sense of humor. Each story in Get in Trouble creates a unique and strange world where odd things can happen, and do happen. Her first short story collection for adults in a decade has been widely praised.

H is for Hawk novel Helen Macdonald

When her father suddenly died on a London street, Helen Macdonald, an avid falconer, decides to train a hawk, the deadly predator, from infancy through adulthood. Seeing herself in the demeanor of the bird, Helen grieves while training her hawk. It sounds unusual and fascinating, and makes H is for Hawk  certain to be a great read.

The Wright Brothers biography David McCullough

Fans of history and biography know that David McCullough is a master of the genre. His new book The Wright Brothers, tells the story of the brilliant minds behind the creation of the first flying machine. Also check out McCullough’s books Truman and John Adams, his two Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies.

Early Warning novel Jane Smiley

If you haven’t read Some Luck, do that first. Then come back and read  Early Warning, part two (of three parts) of the Langdon family saga. Part one began in 1920 ; part two begins in 1953. Jane Smiley’s writing will make you feel as if you’re one of them–or wish that you were. If you haven’t read her Pulitzer Prize winner, A Thousand Acres, you should.

A Spool of Blue Thread novel Anne Tyler

Devoted fans of Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler have been waiting patiently for her next book, and A Spool of Blue Thread does not disappoint. Like Jane Smiley (above), Anne Tyler can take an ordinary family and make their lives fascinating. A story of a house, the generations of the Whitshank family who have lived there, and their secrets, both kept and shared.

My Sunshine Away novel MO Walsh

Set in Baton Rouge, My Sunshine Away juxtaposes the charmed childhood of Lindy Simpson with a horrific crime committed in her neighborhood. Adolescence and unraveling families, summer and cookouts all combine to make M.O. Walsh’s book a page turner.

If you like this list, make sure you’ve caught up on all the book suggestions from one of our previous book recommendation lists!


Sharon Greenthal

Sharon's blog, Empty House Full Mind, focuses on observations of the world from the midlife empty nest. Sharon is the Young Adults Expert on Sharon writes for the Huffington Post and Purple Clover. Sharon is the mother of two grown children - a daughter, 26 and a son, 24. She lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband and their perfect dog, Lambeau. Instagram: sharongreenthal

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Susan Williams

Thursday 26th of March 2015

I pinned it! You recommended The Goldfinch to me, which I really enjoyed, so I can't wait to pick another winner!

Walker Thornton

Thursday 26th of March 2015

Some interesting books. I'm interested in learning more about George Sand...and have a couple of the others on my too-read list!

Doreen McGettigan

Thursday 26th of March 2015

These are great choices for Spring reading, Some I didn't know about. I am reall looking forward to the Wright Brothers.

Caryn/The Mid LIfe Guru

Tuesday 24th of March 2015

Thanks for these suggestions. I already have "A Spool of Blue Thread" and "The Girl on the Train" on my Goodreads list. I am definitely adding the Wright Brothers book.

Cathy Chester

Tuesday 24th of March 2015

How coincidental is it that the day you publish a post about spring books is the same day I publish a post about my meeting David MCullough? I hope you will check it out because he spoke about his new book on The Wright Brothers and it sounds fascinating. I adore him!

Of course I agree with your other choices and love many of the authors. You are so many books and so little time!

Sharon Greenthal

Wednesday 25th of March 2015

Going to read your post right now!

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