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18 Best Books for Spring for Adults to Read

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Spring is the season of rebirth, fresh starts, and a reprieve from cold weather, and these best books for Spring for adults are bound to make you feel renewed.

When I think of Spring books for adults, I think of rebirth, sun mixed with rain starting over, baseball season, nature, blooming flowers, time outdoors, growth, love, light after darkness, second chances at life, weddings, and more! So, you will see a lot of those themes in my book selections for the best books of Spring for adults.

I also included quotes from each book for some uplifting inspiration for Spring!

Best Books for Spring for Adults

Absent in the Spring by Agatha Christie

Best for fans of Agatha Christie and character-driven novels

"Joan said slowly, 'And then—it happened—like a miracle. I saw everything. Myself—and what I had been. All my silly pretences and shams fell away. It was like—it was like being born again...'”

- Agatha Christie

Absent in the Spring is not a mystery, but still is considered to be a masterpiece of Agatha Christie and indeed, was "the one book that has satisfied [Christie] completely - the book [she] always wanted to write."

It's a character-driven psychological analysis of a middle-aged woman who looks back at her seemingly happy, fulfilling life for the first time while stuck at a desert outpost. As her past unravels before her, she realizes her life, and she herself, were not what she believed, but rather, to quote Shakespeare's Sonnet 98, she had been "absent in the Spring" seasons of life.


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Best for fans of children's fairy tales

“Do you suppose she's a wildflower?”

Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the beloved children's classic book on the Gilmore Girls reading list that oozes Springtime. From the whimsical garden to the White Rabbit, tea party, and so much more.


Anne of Green Gables of L.M. Montgomery

Best for fans of children's classics

"Everything is made new in the spring. Springs themselves are always so new, too. No spring is ever just like any other spring. It always has something of its own to be its peculiar sweetness."

- L.M. Montgomery

In Anne of Green Gables, the energetic spirit of young orphan Anne Shirley feels like Spring (and it's read by actress Rachel McAdams on Audible!). When she arrives at the Green Gables farmhouse, she wants to stay forever . . . but with fiery red hair and a temper to match, budding Anne must convince she is a special with an enormous imagination amidst several youthful adventures.

Related posts: Best Anne of Green Gables Quotes, Best Anne of Green Gables Book Sets, Anne of Green Gables Books in Order


Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Best for fans of modern romances

  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
  • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR

"...you wake up one day and you need a whole new plan."

Linda Holmes

Evvie Drake Starts Over is a Read with Jenna book club pick and one of the best books for Spring because it reminds me of Spring based on two major themes: starting over and baseball! It's about a woman whose husband, whom she is about to leave, dies suddenly, and a former disgraced major league baseball player who becomes her roommate in Maine to try to escape New York and figure out how to fix his career.  If you have watched any rom-com, you can figure out where this goes...

As a big baseball fan myself, I loved the baseball references and the story was charming


The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Best for fans of modern coming of age stories

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“Anyone can grow into something beautiful.”

Vanessa Diffenbaugh

In Victorian times, flowers were used to convey certain expressions, such as red roses for love. But former foster child Victoria now uses them to connect to the world itself. An emancipated adult, she helps strangers choose flowers and works toward a second chance at life and happiness for herself. The Language of Flowers is a powerful story of forgiveness, redemption, and rebirth.


Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl

Best for fans of Mary Oliver and memoirs

  • Named a "Best Book of the Year" by New Statesman, New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, and Washington Independent Review of Books
  • Southern Book Prize Finalist
  • An O, the Oprah Magazine July 2019 Pick
  • Publishers Weekly "Pick of the Week"
  • An Indie Next Selection for July 2019
  • An Indies Introduce Selection for Summer/Fall 2019
  • A 2019 Okra Pick

"The miracle isn't happening in the sky at all. It's happening in the damp weeds of an ordinary backyard."

Margaret Renkl

Late Migrations is a Read with Jenna book club pick and a beautiful memoir about life and death, love and loss told through short essays that contain poetic references to nature.

It's one of the most poignant books to read in Spring, as Renkl exquisitely explores, through several connections to nature, the meaning of life, and, while she acknowledges that living things must die, she provides hope in the beauty of living nature and rebirth.

I loved this book so much that I created an entire blog post on Late Migrations, including details of my appearance on The Today Show to discuss it for a "Read with Jenna" segment.


Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Best for fans of classic poetry

“Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling.”

Walt Whitman

Whitman's classic poetry in Leaves of Grass relies heavily on symbolism, allegory, and meditation to praise nature and humanity's role in it. It's a lyrical embrace of all things Spring.


Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Best for fans of historical fiction

  • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

"Father loved the fact that a lilac only blossoms after a harsh winter."

Martha Hall Kelly

Lilac Girls is one of my all-time favorite books. It's a harrowing World War II story that makes this list of the best Spring books because it offers the hope of budding lilacs in the Springtime after the destitution of women known as "Ravensbruck Rabbits" in concentration camps in the War.

Real-life American heroine Caroline Ferraday breathes life and hope into a grim tale.  What I adore so much about Lilac Girls is the detail in the author's research about these historical women, as well as the reverence with which she told their stories.


Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

Best for fans of Young Adult books

“A good friend is like a four-leaf clover. Hard to find and lucky to have.”

Jenna Evans Welch

New York Times bestseller

There are a few things I really like about Love & Luck as a book for Spring: it's set in Ireland and thus great for St. Patrick's Day reading; it involves a destination wedding; and it involves healing both a teen's broken heart and her shattered sibling bond.

Only a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle and its luscious green hills, expansive castles, and fairy-tale forests can set the stage for this Young Adult book of growth.


Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

Best for fans of historical fiction and Grace Kelly

"When you’ve stared death in the face and come out the other side, life takes on a different meaning. It becomes a privilege, not a right."

Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb

Meet Me in Monaco is a historical fiction book set in Spring about the wedding of Grace Kelly, but it's also about much more. As Hollywood elites and paparazzi flock to Cannes in the Springtime, starlet Grace Kelly takes shelter from British photographer, James Henderson, in Sophie Duval’s struggling perfume shop, where she mixes delectable floral scents. This meeting forms a bond between Sophie and Grace, as well as Sophie and James.

Their lives intertwine as Grace Kelly meets, becomes engaged to, and eventually marries Prince Rainier of Monaco in a beautiful Spring wedding, becoming Princess Grace of Monaco.

Meet Me in Monaco is a glamorous escape read with a bit of heart and hope over thirty years of friendship, love, and tragedy. I really enjoyed the special twists in this Springy read.


Middlemarch by George Eliot

Best for fans of classic romances

“If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat[.]"

George Eliot

Middlemarch by George Eliot (a pseudonym for a woman writer named Mary Ann Evans) takes the reader on a journey to loving strolls and carriage rides in the English countryside during the Victorian era. Through various romantic relationships, this epic novel explores art, religion, science, politics, self, and society, delighting readers for generations.


A Poem for Every Spring Day by a Collection of Poets

Best for fans of poetry collections

"O the month of May, the merry month of May,

    So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green!"

Thomas Dekker

A Poem for Every Spring Day is... just that, with one poem selected for each date in March, April, and May. Poets like William Wordsworth, John Donne, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, and more share the scenes of Spring all the way from its first rains to the blooms of Easter. 


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Best for fans of classic romances

"You have bewitched me body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. And wish from this day forth never to be parted from you."

Jane Austen

You likely already know that Pride and Prejudice is the classic love story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. It's one of the best books for the Spring season because it just feels like Spring, from the romance at the center of the novel, to the budding love lives of Elizabeth's sister in the lush English countryside.

I listened to Pride and Prejudice on Audible, narrated by actress Rosamund Pike, who starred in the most recent movie adaptation, and loved it!

(If you already read it, you can also read another novel from the Jane Austen book collection, as they share similar settings and themes.)


Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank

Best for fans of Dorothea Benton Frank, Southern charm and Hallmark movies

"Spring had officially returned to Sullivan's Island. More and more flowers were blooming, and all the bushes had new growth. The azaleas had reached their peak and the magnolias were about to pop open. Confederate jasmine and fig ivy were on the crawl again, climbing and winding around anything on their path. And all those dahlias I planted earlier in the month were coming soon."

Dorothea Benton Frank

Queen Bee by famed Southern writer Dorothea Benton Frank was a quick and light read about a South Carolinian mother on Sullivan's Island near Charleston, and her two adult daughters (one of whom is a beekeeper), coming into their own in their love lives. 

It's one of the best books set in Spring that's lush with floral details. Each chapter also weaves in fun facts about bees.

I loved the heartwarming and full arc of the three main characters as they started new lives in the season of rebirth. Queen Bee is a sweet read that leaves you with a smile.


A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Best for fans of classic romances

“Don't go fighting against the Spring.”

E.M. Forster

A Room with a View is the classic Victorian romance novel once discussed on The Office in The Finer Things Club. Set in the Italian and English countrysides, Lucy is a young woman on the verge of an awakening, in which she must choose between convention and passion.


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Best for fans of children's classics

“'Is the spring coming?' he said. 'What is it like?'

... 'It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...'”

Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden is a delightful classic about a young English girl who returns to England from India, having lost both her parents to a cholera epidemic. It's one of the best Spring books because her stubborn nature undergoes a gradual transformation when she discovers a charming walled garden that is always kept locked.

The Secret Garden has elements of mystery, spirituality, charming characters, and an authentic rendering of childhood emotions and experiences.

Related post: Best Quotes from The Secret Garden


Spring by Ali Smith

Best for fans of modern literary fiction

  • New York Times Notable Book
  • Longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

“Things can change over time, what looks fixed and pinned and closed in a life can change and open, and what’s unthinkable and impossible at one time will easily be possible in another.”

Ali Smith

Spring is the third of the popular seasonal quartet by beloved author Ali Smith. It connects such unlikely people and things as Shakespeare, Beethoven, and Brexit in a modern time that's one of a changing nature. Filled with metaphors of the season, Spring tackles politics by way of literary fiction her readers simply adore.


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Best for fans of coming of age classics

"She was made up of more, too. She was the books she read in the library. She was the flower in the brown bowl. Part of her life was made from the tree growing rankly in the yard."

Betty Smith

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is the beloved American coming of age classic on the Rory Gilmore book list, about the budding of a young city girl at the turn of the century. It's one of the best Spring books because it's filled with dark and light: compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache.

Young, naive Francie Nolan experiences bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg as she blooms in her own time and place, which contains moments of universal experience. 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of my favorite classics!


Those are the best books for Spring. I hope they enlighten and uplift your reading life in this season of rebirth.

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Jill

Saturday 12th of March 2022

I love your seasonal lists and have found many great books through your blog! Looking forward to trying some of these for spring. Thanks for sharing!!! (and p.s. a tree grows in brooklyn is also one my favorite classics!)

Jules Buono

Sunday 13th of March 2022

Hi Jill, I am so glad you find some seasonal books to read. As a seasonal reader myself, they are some of my favorite posts to create!! Happy Spring reading!!

Dara

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Great suggestions! Anne of Green Gables on audio is on my list, and I loved How To Walk Away!

Julianne Buonocore

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

thanks Dara!!

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