While spring seems like a forgotten dream here, there are so many places still buried in deep winter. Yet, inevitably, the weather will get warmer and the world will come alive with colours again. For all those under the cold weather’s spell, I wanted to recommend some books today that will lift your spirits and remind you that spring is not far away. They all have a common theme of hope and getting out of a dark place or bad situation.
1. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
I know I’ve been talking about this book a lot, but spring is the best time to read this masterpiece. It takes a look at grief because of the loss of a loved one but does so in a unique way, describing the emotions through colours as the main character is a passionate artist. The cover also has bold colours and a design that screams spring!
2. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
The sequel is out today, so no time like the present to pick this wonderfully imaginative fantasy book up! The society in this alternate world places heavy emphasis on beauty and the power to beautify ordinary people is a form of magic. There are beautiful descriptions of clothes, accessories and food that will certainly make the reader yearn for springtime.
3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This modern classic needs no introduction as it not only was a bestseller but won multiple awards, which it totally deserves, in my opinion. Even though it deals with the heavy subject of police brutality and examines the treatment of POC in today’s United States, the sensitivity and nuance with which Angie explores these themes will bring out a range of emotions from the reader. Any time would be a good time to read this but as it has a undercurrant of hope running through the plot, I think spring would be the most appropriate.
4. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
I know it says ‘all seasons’ in the title, but it has a theme of ushering in a new era, which makes it perfect for springtime. In this book, the main character, who belongs to one of the tribes of yokai (who are shunned for their magical abilities), must win a magical tournament to earn her place as queen or die trying. While I had some problems with the pacing, I would still recommend it if you’re looking for a diverse fantasy to curl up with while you wait for warmer temperatures to arrive.
5. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
With the release of Captain Marvel fast approaching, I couldn’t resist slipping in a superhero book in here even though I’m aware this is from DC. It is about Diana as a teen as she undertakes a dangerous quest to save a mortal girl who could be the key to destroying the world. I love superhero stories because even when it seems like the entire planet/universe is doomed, they swoop in and save the day – the best narratives to spark hope!
I just wanted to quickly mention that all these books are written by women and have amazing female leads and/or female relationships, so can double up as excellent reads for Women’s History Month. March will be the ideal time to get through these books if you haven’t read them yet!
What is the weather like where you are? Which is your favourite season? Do your reading tastes change according to the seasons? Let’s discuss in the comments section below.