5 Books to Put on Your Spring Reading List


Bright sunshine, cool nights, and warm days are the perfect ingredients for spring reading. Grab a chair and sit outside wrapped in a blanket until the sun goes down with these five amazing stories that will lift your spirits into the warmer season!

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Girls Burn Brighter - Shobha Rao

A harrowing story of two girls, born in India, determined to find independence and life beyond arranged marriage. When a devastating crime drives Savitha away, Poornima sets out on a course to find her friend. Her journey takes her into the darkest corners of India's underworld, on a cross-continental journey, and eventually to an apartment complex in Seattle. This is a perfect story to get lost in as you soak up the spring sunshine + sip on rosé (or nibble on this rosé gummy bears).


Hot Mess - Graydon House

Edgy, empowering, and full of love + delicious food. Allie Simon is used to playing by the rules—until Chicago’s most sought-after, bad-boy chef, Benji Zane, walks into her world and pulls her into his. When Benju gets the chance to helm the most fab new restaurant in Chicago, she invests in him (literally and figuratively). So when he disappears without a trace, she's left to learn the toughest business in the world, and fast. This is a book you won’t want to miss, and the perfect fit for all of your springtime adventures (need an idea for a adventure? Use our Spring Bucket List). 


The Paris Wife - Paula McLain

This is the perfect story to get lost in at your local coffee shop. It will transport you to Chicago, 1920, and to Hadley Richardson - a shy twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness when she meets Ernest Hemingway and is captivated by his energy, intensity and burning ambition to write. After a whirlwind courtship and wedding, he sweeps her away to Jazz Age Paris. In a city full of artists and writers, fueled by alcohol and gossip, there is no place for family life and fidelity. This is a story of love and loyalty and the romance that inspired one of the greatest writers in history. We recommend listening to The Paris via the Audible App.  


Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly

Based on a true story of three women whose lives intersect across oceans during World War II. Caroline is a New York socialite with a post at the French Consulate; Kasia is a Polish teenager who is a courier for the underground resistance movement, and Herta Oberheuser is a young German doctor trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power. As their worlds collide, this story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets hidden for decades will pull you in from start to finish. Best paired with our favorite spring tea -  “Mother’s Bouquet”  from Ann Marie’s in Minocqua.


An American Marriage - Tayari Jones

As newlyweds Celestial + Roy settle into the routine of their new life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together. This is an incredible story of love, loss, and moving on. Enjoy it on your front porch in a cozy sweater (like this one) while soaking up the sunshine.


Looking for more good reads? Our book club members use the following resources to find a new page-turner! 

+ Our Book Club List
Northwoods Reader 
NY Times Best Sellers List
Chicago Tribune Best Books of 2017