Spring brings the promise of warm weather, blooming flowers and most importantly, a host of new books to read. These 16 books are the titles you need to add to your reading list, ASAP!
The Elizas by Sara Shepard
If you loved Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series, you’ll want to get your hands on her first adult novel, The Elizas, this April. Eliza Fontaine has tried to commit suicide before but when she is found at the bottom of a hotel pool, she’ll have to convince those around her that it wasn’t just another attempt to take her own life—she knows she was pushed. As her book publication date nears, Eliza starts realizing strange similarities between her life and the life of the characters in her novel leading her to wonder what’s real and what’s fiction. This highly-anticipated thriller is the unputdownable novel of spring.
In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham
From actress and New York Times bestselling author Lauren Graham comes her new self-help book, In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It. Providing insight about life and growing up, this new release is an expanded version of the commencement speech Lauren gave at her hometown high school. She encourages readers to embrace the life they’ve been given no matter what path it leads you down. This is the perfect new read to accompany your spring renewal goals and will give you the motivation to hit the ground running this summer.
The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby
In this new novel about family and starting over, sisters Meghan and Tracy are determined to get their lives back on track after the loss of their father. While Meghan finds herself temporarily giving up her journalist dreams to save the family business, Tracy will begin to learn what it is to be a single mother for the first time. Settling into their new home with welcoming strangers and surprising new friendships, they’ll find that this new beginning is just what they needed.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
This new novel from Meg Wolitzer is making big waves in the feminist community this spring. College freshman Greer thinks she knows what she wants and is happy with the direction her life is heading but when she meets Faith Frank, she realizes that there’s more to life than school and her relationship with her longtime boyfriend. As Faith begins teaching Greer about the women’s movement and the ways in which she could influence the world, the young college student will begin to realize her true calling in life.
A Promise Given by Michelle Cox
For fans of mystery novels, A Promise Given is a must-read this spring. Henrietta and Clive have just been married but their upcoming honeymoon will prove to be more of a nightmare than a celebration. Cozying up at a family castle in England, the newlyweds come to meet a cast of new characters including Clive’s enigmatic cousin, Wallace. But when a body is found during a party at the castle, everyone begins to point the finger at Wallace, much to the couple’s dismay. Having to help solve the case and prove Wallace’s innocence, Henrietta and Clive will have to work together to uncover the truth.
Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala
From the author of Beasts of No Nations comes a new novel about two teenagers from very different backgrounds. Niru has always been the perfect child in the eyes of his parents but when his father finds out he is queer, he’ll find that there are serious consequences for the way he leads his life. Seeking comfort in his best friend Meredith, he’ll find that she is dealing with her own problems and no longer has the time to comfort Niru in his time of need. As they both seek out the life they want to lead, they’ll find that life can oftentimes be cruel and that they’ll forever be changed by the world around them.
Unwifeable: A Memoir by Mandy Stadtmiller
In this captivating memoir, Mandy Stadtmiller recounts her time as a 30-year-old, single woman in New York City. Fresh off a divorce, Mandy moved to Manhattan, ready to take the dating scene by storm but instead what she found was a chain of meaningless one-night stands and the dark side of finding true love in a big city. After too many nights unaccounted for and an otherwise lonely existence, Stadtmiller found that what she really needed was to put the pieces of her life back together before looking for a partner. This new release is a great read for fans of Sex and the City.
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
If you’re looking for a binge-worthy historical fiction read this spring, Warlight will be the next book to add to your #TBR pile. Ten years after World War II, siblings Nathaniel and Rachel have been left with a stranger after the disappearance of their parents. Getting comfortable with their new caretaker, a man named The Moth, the two begin to adjust to their new life but when their mother shows back up, they’ll suddenly be forced to confront their complicated family life and whether or not their father will ever return.
The Opposite of Never by Mary Kathleen Mehuron
Kenny Simmons and Georgia Best have both just lost their spouses but are trying to remain strong for their children. Finding peace amidst their loss, the two take a quick liking to each other and before long they find themselves dealing with life’s tragedies together. But when Kenny learns that his son has fallen into a dangerous love affair with both a new girl and opiates, he doesn’t know how to end the destructive pattern and the two new friends decide to take a trip to Cuba where they run into new experiences and a new appreciation for life.
Ethic by Ashley Antoinette
Although Ethic will always be haunted by the rash decision he made that ended the life of the person he loved, he tries to remain a respectable father for his three children. Doing his best to keep his head above water, Ethic finds himself having to clean up the mess that is his daughter’s life as she gets involved in a scandal that has major consequences for both of them. Can Ethic find his way back to his life of crime in order to solve this problem for his daughter or will he be forced to let her down too?
Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd
If you’re looking for a book to give you a thrill this season, Dead Girl Running is the perfect pick. Kellen Adams has a gunshot wound on her forehead but she doesn’t remember how she got it, all she knows is she needs a new start, far away from her hateful husband and the home she never had. Moving to a remote resort in the Pacific Northwest, she finally believes this is her chance to start over but when dead bodies start appearing around her safe haven, she’ll find that her days of running are far from over. This exciting new thriller is the kind of read fans of Gone Girl will love.
Tangerine by Christine Mangan
Christine Mangan’s new book has just been optioned for film and we can’t wait to see Scarlett Johansson bring this psychological thriller to life on the big screen. Set in 1950s Morocco, Tangerine tells the story of two estranged roommates who find their way back to each other under strange circumstances. Alice couldn’t be more shocked when she runs into Lucy Mason in Morocco but she shortly finds that their reunion won’t be as sweet as she had hoped as her husband goes missing shortly after Lucy’s arrival.
How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
This new love story is the perfect read for all the hopeless romantics. Margaret Jacobsen’s world has just been flipped upside down by a terrible accident and as her family begins to cause trouble for the young woman, she starts to feel less than hopeful about her situation… until she meets Ian, her handsome physical therapist. Ian sees Margaret for the woman she is instead of who everyone wants her to be and with his help, she begins to see a bright future ahead of her. If you’re a fan of women’s fiction novels, How to Walk Away will be your new favorite read.
Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen
Nora and her husband Charlie lead an ideal life in their peaceful New York City neighborhood with the occasional mild upset about home improvement efforts and their rowdy teenage twins. But one morning, Nora will happen upon a scene that will shake up the entirety of this idyllic neighborhood, making everyone question what kind of city they really live in. This New York Times bestselling novel is the perfect spring escape for fans of Jodi Picoult.
Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira
In 1879 Albany, New York, one community finds themselves picking up the pieces of their lives amidst the aftermath of a horrifying snowstorm. Despite the devastation, Dr. Mary Sutter is on a quest to find two missing sisters who lost their parents in the storm. Enlisting the help of her mother and niece, Mary does everything she can to figure out what happened to the girls, unraveling dark secrets about the town and her own family along the way. This suspenseful historical fiction novel will keep you on the edge of your seat up until the very last page.
The Line Becomes A River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú
In this shocking new release, Francisco Cantú takes on a highly controversial issue: immigration and border control in the United States. Francisco has always had a personal connection to the Mexican-American border but he never expected all that would happen after joining Border Patrol. Scarred by the things he witnessed while working for the American government, he leaves his post to lead a normal life but gets caught up in the border drama once again when a friend visits Mexico and doesn’t return.