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Spring Reading Recommendations

Associating overly-specific recommendations to a season usually comes quite easy to me. Against the huge list books (and themes) I associate with winter or autumn, however, there’s only a handful that scream “spring” to me. Springs recommendations might be even more lacklustre than usual for that reason. What you will find is a clear theme of nature and/or cottage core throughout them all, so if you fancy a frolic through some fictional fields; you’ve come to the right place.


Covers in bloom... Flowery covers to get you in the spring-mood...

- When Women Were Dragons – Kelly Barnhill

- Wild Beauty – Anna-Marie McLemore

- A River Enchanted – Rebecca Ross



Bittersweet New Beginnings... Nothing says "spring" like a tale of new beginnings. An if you know me, you may expect my favourites are a little bitter sweet...


- Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

- Yerba Buena – Nina Lacour

- Never Let me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro



Introduction to Cottage Core (Kids & YA)

Cottage Core vibes for kids and young adults...


- The Girl Who Drank the Moon – Kelly Barnhill

- Wise Child – Monica Furlong

- Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne




Cottage Core Fantasy (Adults)

Ready for a deeper delve into the rural-nature-vibes? Get your green juices flowing with these fantasy novels...


- The House in the Cerulean Sea – T.J. Klune

- Circe – Madeline Miller

- Follow me to Ground – Sue Rainsfort




"I’m going on an adventure!" *runs off into the grasslands*

Some adventurous characters exploring the wild wide world...


- The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

- The Forever Sea – Joshua Philip Johnson

- Force of Nature – Jane Harper




Magical Cakes to bring on a picknick...

Oh yes, this one is highly specific, but so good. What better way to celebrate the first rays of sun then with an outdoor picknick, and what better to bring than some of these magical cakes.


- The Mirror Season – Anna Marie McLemore

- A Constellation of Roses – Miranda Asebedo

- Bakers Magic – Diane Zahler



The Healing powers of nature...

Go for a walk with these literary protagonists dealing with grief and trauma through the healing power of "going back to nature"…


- Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

- The Light Through the Leaves – Glendy Vanderah

- Wildwood Whispers – Willa Reece




For the Love of Nature (Non-Fiction)

Memoirs combining nature-writing with a personal tale.


- The Salt Path – Raynor Winn

- The Way Through the Woods: Of Mushrooms and Mourning – Long Litt Woon

- Small Bodies of Water – Nina Mingya Powles