With lengthening days and warmer weather, winter is starting to come to a close. As much as I love cozying up on those chilly winter days, I’m itching for the transition into spring and happy to see it on the horizon. And my reading life is ready for some change, too. I’ll always love a good mystery or thriller, but with this new season I’m eager for some lighthearted fun. But I want my lighthearted books to also have a bit of depth, a little something I can sink my teeth into while offering easy reading. If this sounds like the type of book you’re looking for, this is the list for you!
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Desperate Measures is a cute, corny story about friendship and romance. Told from the perspectives of three women, Aimee, Elizabeth, and Kiki, the reader follows their stories as they are drawn together over a love of books and become closer friends than they would have ever imagined. Some tough events occur within these pages, but overall this is a light book that will make you both laugh and cry.
Maybe in Another Life is about 29 year old Hannah Martin who still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. One night after moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles, she goes out to a bar with her friend Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan. Just after midnight, both Gabby and Ethan offer to give her a ride home. From there, it explores the effects of her decision to go with either Gabby or Ethan in two separate concurrent storylines. Readers looking for a lighthearted book that also asks bigger questions might want to check this one out.
The Bookshop on the Corner follows Nina, a librarian who dreams of spending her days connecting readers to the books they will love but suddenly loses her job. Determined to make a new life, she moves to a sleepy village, buys a van, and transforms it into a mobile bookshop that she drives from one neighborhood to another, changing several lives with the power of storytelling. A lighthearted and fun read with a solid message, this would make a great beach read for fans of feel-good women’s fiction.
Surprise Me is about Sylvie and Dan, who have a happy life of ten years together, but when a trip to the doctor reveals they could live another 68 years, panic sets in and they concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh. This starts out as a typical chick lit but turns a corner into a bit of suspense and unexpected depth. Witty and surprisingly touching, this is a great lighthearted palette cleanser to wave off the winter blues.
In The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, confirmed introvert Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book. When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, her life is turned upside down and she must try to come out of her comfortable shell.
There you have five lighthearted books to read for spring! I’d love to hear from you if any of these books are on your TBR or if you’ve already read them. If you’re a seasonal reader, what types of books do you like to read in the spring?