13 Must-Read Books of Spring

Posted by Hayley on March 23, 2016
With winter finally behind us, we crunched the numbers to find the buzzy spring books you crave. From magic in the streets of London to forbidden love in the Middle East, from monsters in disguise to moms out of time, these are the stories that demand a place on your Want to Read shelf this season. (Bonus: Each book has an average rating of 4.0+ from Goodreads members!)


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The Year We Turned Forty
by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

You should read this book if you like: Contemporary fiction, magical realism, heartwarming and hilarious tales of friendship, the idea of "doing over" a year in your life


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A Court of Mist and Fury
by Sarah J. Maas

You should read this book if you like: YA fantasy, Beauty and the Beast, immortal realms filled with intrigue, terrifying creatures, true love

Get caught up by reading A Court of Thorns and Roses first!


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Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi

You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction, literary fiction, evocative explorations of race and culture, Africa, the bonds between sisters, epic narratives that span centuries and continents


Children of Earth and Sky
by Guy Gavriel Kay

You should read this book if you like: Standalone fantasy, Renaissance Europe, the Ottoman Empire, power struggles, spies, multiple POV characters, destiny


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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond

You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, sociology, ground-level perspective on today's key issues, human resiliency, fresh ideas for solving America's housing crisis


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The Rose & the Dagger
by Renee Ahdieh

You should read this book if you like: YA fantasy, The Arabian Nights, intricate tales of intrigue and deception, soul mates, magic carpets

Get caught up by reading The Wrath and the Dawn first!


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Guapa
by Saleem Haddad

You should read this book if you like: Contemporary fiction, forbidden love, the Middle East, humorous and honest portrayals of gay life, family drama, alienation


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A Gathering of Shadows
by V.E. Schwab

You should read this book if you like: Parallel universes, fantasy, pirates, magical tournaments, witty banter, London, mischievous thieves and royals

Get caught up by reading A Darker Shade of Magic first!


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Because of Miss Bridgerton
by Julia Quinn

You should read this book if you like: Regency romance, the Bridgertons, when opposites attract, rambunctious tomboys and arrogant lords, snappy dialogue, slow-burn love stories


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Fool Me Once
by Harlan Coben

You should read this book if you like: Standalone mysteries, edge-of-your-seat thrillers, troubled war vets, murders that may not be what they seem, scandals and secrets


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Outrun the Moon
by Stacey Lee

You should read this book if you like: YA historical fiction, quick-witted heroines (who aren't above lying and claiming they're rich Chinese heiresses), San Francisco, earthquakes


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The Beast
by J.R. Ward

You should read this book if you like: Paranormal romance, immortal bonds, superhuman warfare, erotica, inner turmoil, vampires

Get caught up with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series first!


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Shelter
by Jung Yun

You should read this book if you like: Contemporary fiction, family drama, immigrant stories, messages of hope in times of chaos, riveting prose, dark secrets



For more irresistible books coming out this year, check out our 15 Highly Anticipated Books of 2016. Which ones are you most excited to read? Let us know in the comments!


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message 1: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Trotter A Gathering of Shadows has a beautiful cover, and I'm always down for parallel universes. Guess I'll have to add it to my ever expanding "to read" pile. :D

-Matthew Trotter


message 2: by Sandy (new)

Sandy thank you for sharing nice collection of books
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message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

The Raven King 100%. But I'm anxious for A Court of Mist and Fury, too. :D


message 4: by Tamara (new)

Tamara Wilding So, how does an Author get their Book on the Blog list?


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message 6: by Ranee (new)

Ranee Babu I am so excited for these books!


message 7: by Harriett (new)

Harriett Milnes winter is not behind us. Denver has a blizzard right now


message 8: by Yaaresse (new)

Yaaresse One non-fic? One? Really? That's not even 10% of the list.

sigh.
Well, at least the one non-fic isn't the usual "ditzy, sarcastic 20-something female humble-brags about how screwed up and famous she is for being screwed up" memoir.

Homegoing looks interesting.


message 9: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Martin Wow! That's good list. There is actually five books that I truely want to read and I wouldn't mind if someone gave or loned me the rest.


message 10: by Darnia (last edited Mar 23, 2016 04:40PM) (new)

Darnia I already added two more books on my tbr read after read this blog entry. Thanks, Goodreads! :)

*put in Children of Earth and Sky and Shelter to the shelf*


message 11: by Elly (Schrody) (new)

Elly (Schrody) Nah, no thanks.


message 12: by Shima (new)

Shima Winter is behind us?
No
Winter is coming.


message 13: by Elentarri (new)

Elentarri Sorry - none of those appeal to me. Sounds like the same stuff you put on the last list.


message 14: by Catarina ☀ (new)

Catarina ☀ Yes - ACOTAR #2! I'm so ready!


message 15: by Aja: (new)

Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima should be on that list too.


message 16: by Phoenix2 (new)

Phoenix2 A Court of Mist and Fury can't wait!! even though the The Rose & the Dagger seems interesting


message 17: by Bbgirl28 (new)

Bbgirl28 "A Gathering of Shadows" was fantastic! Can't wait for book 3!!!


message 18: by [deleted user] (last edited Mar 24, 2016 05:56PM) (new)

The Beast! Already rep-order and I'm excited and dreading this release at the same time :) This is my favorite character in the series and Ward is bringing him back! The heart palpitations!


message 19: by Jessica (new)

Jessica I'm excited to read a court of mist and fury! My birthday is in spring!


message 20: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Fantastic !!
I have added 8 to my read list. Thanks Hayley.
Oh, if only there were more hours in the day to read more.


message 21: by Samantha (new)

Samantha I'm so excited for A Court of Mist and Fury!


message 22: by Steph (new)

Steph I just read A Darker Shade of Magic the other day! I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel!!

I'm also super excited for A Court of Mist and Fury!!


message 23: by Tashy (new)

Tashy Jones A Court of Mist and Fury! Also The Raven King! Only been waiting since 2014!!


message 24: by Puput (new)

Puput Soooo excited for A Court of Mist and Fury & The Rose and the Dagger!!


message 25: by Ladiibbug (new)

Ladiibbug Bbgirl28 wrote: ""A Gathering of Shadows" was fantastic! Can't wait for book 3!!!"

Have you read Vicious (Vicious, #1) by V.E. Schwab Vicious, #1 in a series yet? There's also a free pre-#1 "warm up" to that book. Vicious (Vicious, #1) by V.E. Schwab was in my Top 3 reads of 2015, any genre, any publication date. I am stalking details of the #2 book, which is listed with no title or publication date!

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab A Darker Shade of Magic is on hold @ the library -- cannot WAIT to dive into it, then read #2 A Gathering of Shadows. #3 is listed on G/R, no title, no publication date.

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4) by Maggie Stiefvater The Raven King Maggie Stiefvater, book 4 (final book) in the Raven Cycle series comes out in late April. Can't wait for that one!

Also: Tracy Chevalier At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier At the Edge of the Orchard, pub. date 3/15/16.

Kill Switch (Joe Ledger, #8) by Jonathan Maberry Kill Switch, #8 Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Maberry, rel. date 4/26. Black/Covert Ops / Bio-Terror / Mad Scientists / etc.

Black Butler vol. 22 (Black Butler, #22) by Yana Toboso Black Butler vol. 22, Black Butler Vol. 22 Yana Toboso, pub. May 24 *happy dance*


message 26: by Sarah (last edited Mar 26, 2016 04:37PM) (new)

Sarah You're cutting out a hemisphere full of people, some of us are just heading into winter. Fortunately I have over 5000 books on my to read list, so it's not like I'm relying on a season-themed list from you guys to find my next book.


message 27: by Readergirl77 (new)

Readergirl77 Just started Fool Me Once, and two others are already on by to be read list. The rest, not so much.


message 28: by Kristina (new)

Kristina Definitely Homegoing!


message 29: by Alanna (new)

Alanna Can I just say that I love how you can add the books to your shelf directly from this list? I see lots of lists online and no one seems to link to Goodreads. I feel like that is a no-brainer.


message 30: by Bookcell (new)

Bookcell Shelter is brilliant!


message 31: by Ranee (new)

Ranee Babu I can not wait for Trails of Apollo.


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