What to read this spring

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We’re big readers around here. In honor of World Book Day (oh hey, that’s today!), we’ve compiled a list of books we’ve read, are reading, and on our “next” list.

Hopefully, our suggestions can inspire your next read. Bonus: chat with us in our private Facebook group and let us know what you’re reading and enjoying lately!

Bonus: Independent Bookstore Day is April 24 (Saturday), so visit your favorite — like Midtown Scholar or Good Brotha’s Book Cafe in Harrisburg, to grab something new to you. Looking for what to read this spring? Start here.

Btw, some of the below include affiliate links, and if you happen to purchase I may get a few cents, so thank you!

What we’ve read

What to read this spring | Sara Bozich

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet (Sara)

One of the most talked about books of 2020, this novel follows twin sisters from a minuscule southern town as they flee and ultimately split, taking incredibly different paths.

Other suggestions from Sara:

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe (Jimi)

Jimi says: I couldn’t put this book down. I started it and 400 pages blew by in a flash. This book tells the tale of The Troubles in Northern Ireland between the Protestants and Catholics. It dives into the lives of the people, places, and events that shaped more than a generation of Irish men and women. Patrick Radden Keefe takes a hard look at hunger strikes, car bombs, and all the shady tactics employed on both sides. If you think you know this history, think again.

Other suggestions from Jimi:

What we’re reading

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (Sara)

Not to be confused with The Glass Castle (probably one of my all-time favorites, read that if you haven’t), part of why I picked up this award-winning novel is because my husband and I have been watching Alone on The History Channel, and the first two seasons take place on Vancouver Island, albeit a different part than where this story begins. It has nothing to do with Alone or surviving in the wilderness, but it is a winding tale of things gone horribly wrong, and I can’t wait to wrap it up this weekend. I picked this one up at Midtown Scholar. If you’re looking for something to read this spring, you can find it at their weekend Sidewalk Sale.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (Jimi)

Jimi says: I wanted more fantasy after reading the third book in the His Dark Materials Trilogy. I go through ebbs and flows with my interest in fiction and non-fiction writing and right now I am on a fiction kick. While I just started A Starless Sea, I am already hooked. It seems to have the perfect literary combo of mystery, fantasy, and creative writing that I crave. It’s about a boy, a bookworm at that, who finds an old book and realizes he is IN the book he is reading. It has new fantasy worlds, interesting characters, and I’m sure a few twists to come.

What’s next

Sara

The first two are local authors whose signed books are both available at Midtown Scholar, all of which is awesome. I also grabbed Arsenic and Adobo from my last BOTM because it involves a mystery and food, and frankly, sounds really fun. I’m excited to get into it.

Jimi

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

I never know if my brain will continue to want fiction or if I’ll get back to my nonfiction roots once I read the final page of my current book. But, I came across The Midnight Library on a random search and the premise drew me in right away. It’s a novel about a library that contains all of your different lives if you made a different decscion than you did. Looks like fiction is taking over for a bit!

I also ALWAYS read Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five every summer. My original copy is so tattered that it is basically unreadable. Vonnegut is my favorite author and Slaughterhouse is the familiar old friend I love to revisit, usually with my toes in the sand.

In the queue:

What are you reading?

Let’s talk more about what to read this spring! Hop over to our private Facebook group and let us know what you’re reading, favorite new books, or chat with Jimi or me on Instagram!

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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