Good Reads: Spring Reading List

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

I had so much fun leading our last book club discussion for Where’d You Go, Bernadette. (If you missed out, you can still read the live chat transcript here.) I thought it was a great read, and I hope you all enjoyed it too. I’ll be choosing our next book club selection soon, but in the meantime I thought I’d share a list of 10 worthy reads to pick up this season. Especially if you’re taking a spring break trip or spending some time by the pool, spring is a great time to do a little reading. In winter I tend to choose more serious books and brush up on my favorite classics (The Great Gatsby, anyone?). But once the sun starts to shine again, I look for fun books and real page-turners that I can devour in a few days.

With that in mind, here are 10 books that are on my reading list this spring. I can’t promise that I’ll get through them all, but I’m hoping to find time for at least a couple!

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

1. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth
As I’m sure you’re all well aware by now, the first Divergent movie is now in theaters. I always like to read the book before I see the movie, so Divergent is the first book on my reading list. I’ve heard people call this series ‘the next Hunger Games,’ so I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

2. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
A couple of my Team LC editors recently picked up The Goldfinch, and they both said it was a must-read. I won’t give too much away, but the plot involves a young boy’s miraculous survival of a tragedy, an art heist, and New York City society.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

3. Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
I’ve heard great things about Skippy Dies, a tragicomic portrayal of an all-boys Catholic prep school in Dublin, Ireland. Be prepared to laugh and cry all at the same time.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

4. Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois
Cartwheel was names one of the best new books of 2013 by The Washington Post, Cosmo, Buzzfeed, and more. It’s loosely based on the case of Amanda Knox, the American foreign exchange student who was accused, convicted, and acquitted of murdering her roommate in Italy. Sounds intriguing…

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

5. Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler’s books are always hilarious, and her newest tome sounds as funny as ever. In this book, Chelsea recounts her misadventures in Africa.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

6. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
If you enjoyed the blog post my team shared about the hidden meaning behind flowers, you’ll enjoy this novel about learning to love.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

7. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
When I asked for reading suggestions at the end of my last book club chat, many of you said The Glass Castle. It’s the memoir of a girl growing up in a very eclectic and cash-strapped family.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

8. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
I loved The Secret Life of Bees, so I’m definitely going to check out this latest novel by the same author. It’s a work of historical fiction about two unforgettable young American women fighting against slavery in the 1830s.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

9. Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro
Named one of the “30 Books You Need to Read in 2014” by Huffington Post, this book takes place over a summer weekend at a beach house, where a group of 30-something friends meet.

Good Reads: Spring Reading List

10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I’ve been meaning to read and see the movie of The Book Thief for a while now. I’ve heard great things about the story of a young girl set during the Holocaust.

What do you think—should we read one of these for our next book club?

Leave your pick in the comments.

XO Lauren

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  • Julie

    An awesome book to read is Farthest House by Margie Lukas. Best book I’ve read in a long time!

  • Sarah Wissinger

    The Book Thief was one of the best books I’ve ever read. I hope you enjoy it! The Goldfinch is the next selection for my book club and I can’t wait to read it!
    xo, Sarah

  • J

    I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. Unbelievable book. Wonderful message.

  • Ashley

    Ok this is too weird!! I finished reading Divergent just before seeing it in theaters so now Insurgent and Allegiant are on my list, as well as The Book Thief! I’m currently reading a new book I won on Goodreads called Conquest and it’s similar to the Hunger Games and The Host, I’m almost finished with it so I’ll review it later this week! :) I’ll have to check out these other books too!

  • Alex

    The Book Thief is INCREDIBLE. One of the most heart wrenching books I have ever read, because of the knowledge that stories like this happened.

  • susnapt

    I’m currently reading The Book Thief – it’s the best thing I’ve read in a very long time!!

  • Danielle

    I’ve recently joined a book club myself on Twitter, and we plan on reading the Book Thief next. It sounds really interesting and am looking forward to getting stuck in! Danielle x

    frontière girl

  • Rachel Braman

    Love The Glass Castle! After you read that, try Half Broke Horses!

  • Lucy

    Oh God I want to read all of these now! Especially Divergent, it seems to have suddenly popped up as one of the most popular books ever!
    I’ve just reviewed The Rosie Project on my blog so I’d say I’d recommend that one although I’m reading Virgil’s The Aeneid so I’ll see how that goes too :) xxx

    • donna w.

      I’ve been meaning to pick up The Rosie Project. Thanks for the recco. I’m almost done reading The Lost Girls. Highly recommend it!

  • Rachel

    Definitely going to look into some of these reads! Especially the Cartwheel… that case is extremely interesting to me!

    • Ximena Parra

      I agree with you. Cartwheel does sound like a must read for this spring!

  • Katie

    The Book Thief is one of my favorite books ever! Love the Divergent series as well! The Invention of Wings is next on my list to read!

  • Anne

    I’m German an the Book Thief is one of my favorites. The Glass Castle sounds really interesting, I think I’ll read it.

  • Laura j

    Book thief is a must read!!

  • Hannah

    For the next book club read, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read Divergent!!!! I will DEFINITELY follow along!!! I’m ordering the book on Amazon and cannot wait to get started.

  • Anna

    The Book Thief is amazing. It had me hooked from the beginning to the end.

  • Cassie Vaughn

    I liked the Glass Castle, but I loved her Half Broke Horses even more!

  • Lana M.

    The Language of Flowers is amazing! I also enjoyed The Book Thief and The Glass Castle. There are a few here I am looking forward to reading!

  • Heather

    I’m currently reading Chelsea Handler’s Uganda Be Kidding Me. It’s hilarious so far. Good read! All these books sound really good. I have also heard that The Book Thief is amazing!

  • Ximena Parra

    All of them sound great! For the book club, I would love to read one of these three: The Goldfinch, the Invention of Wings or Cartwheel.

  • Holly Sparkle

    I must say you have fabulous taste, I think every single one of these is something I’d like to read (or have done)! Can’t wait to hear what you think of them and check some out for myself :) x

  • Chelsea McDonald

    Great picks! The Divergent series is on my to-read list! Right now I am reading Me Before You.

  • Dana Kay

    I’m always looking for new books to read and this post just made my reading to-do list even longer! I can’t wait to read some of your picks. Right now I am reading the Happiness Project. Thanks for sharing.
    Dana Kay

  • Andrea Everyday.

    Can’t wait to check some of these out…thanks for sharing!


  • Trista

    All of these look amazing, can’t wait to read some! Thanks for sharing.

  • Shoegal Out In The World

    Amazing book choices that I want to add them all in my ever growing reading list…

    Have a great week!!!

    xoxo Violeta, your Shoegal Out In The World

  • sarah_from london

    I read the Book Thief in 4 hours while my flight was postponed in Australia. It still remains my favourite book of all time. If you love reading – this book is for you. I always think it should be called the book lover :)

  • 857notebook

    I’m so excited about this list! Can’t wait to join in on the next read :)

  • Samantha Tananbaum

    The Book Thief is fantastic! Also really enjoyed The Language of Flowers.

  • Tanya

    The Divergent series is Amazing!!! very tragic stuff at the end of Allegiant but, good closing to series.

  • Lauren

    I loved the Book Thief! And the movie was really great too. It has a very unique perspective of the Holocaust.

  • Kim

    The Book Thief is such an incredible story. It is one of those stories that stays with you. I read through it very quickly, then took my time getting through the last 20 pages or so because I was having a hard time letting it go. That is how a book should be. This is one I will read again and again. Also, the film was excellent as well!

  • Sally Freeman

    Literally adding all of these to my reading list! Skippy Dies looks especially interesting! I actually just started this challenge where I read a book a week and review it on my blog. It’s a daunting task but SO fun at the same time. Also, just throwing it out there, the City of Bones series is AMAZING.

    xx Sally

  • Cristina Gomez

    I’ve just finished A Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling which I highly recommend. I really want to read The Book Thief so it’s a great idea for the book club!

  • Lauren Lassiter

    Just finished Divergent and currently reading Insurgent, This series would be great for book club!

  • Gina

    Our book club is reading Serena now and the movie is coming out this year, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

  • Nicole Smith

    Some of them look really good.

  • Alina Ermilova

    I really want to start reading the Divergent series!


  • Joanna Grams

    I should purchase some of the books and read them during spring if you recommend them! But the problem is that I don’t know with which one I should start. 😀

  • lisa robb

    These looks like good reads
    L x

  • Katja Anni

    I watched The Book Thief on a plane recently and it’s really amazing! It’s so authentic that even in the English version the protagonists speak in a very German accent. Almost regret I didn’t read the book first… Skippy Dies sounds like fun, considering I live in Dublin I guess I should read it now! :)

  • swer-93

    The time keeper is a definite must if you haven’t read it, its in my top 3 favorites.

  • The Single Diaries

    A good spring list indeed! Here are some of our faves:

    The Single Diaries

  • Lynne

    The Book Thief is a favourite of mine. I actually wept at the end! A totally gripping and heart felt story. I’m a little afraid of watching the film though. Sometimes that can ruin a book for me!

  • Alissa

    A synopsis/easy analysis of The Goldfinch – may be especially appropriate for Millenials. Enjoy!

  • Tina

    Skippy dies is literally one of worst books I have ever read. Although, The Book Thief and Glass Castle are fabulous!

  • Emily

    Thanks for the list! Cutting Teeth I have heard is amazing, so that will be top of my list :)

  • Maria Petrosyan

    Thanks for the list! Im going to start with the Book Thief…

  • JaimeEM

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book, the glass castle. i really didn’t want to put it down to be honest.

  • francesca

    the book theif was so good!!

    francesca from Frank Vinyl

  • Lucas Mendes

    I really want to read Skippy Dies too. It seems great. The Divergente series’s awesome! Love Veronica Roth <3

  • Hayley

    You MUST read The Sea of Tranquility !! Its utterly heartbreaking but it is so SO good

  • Lisa Platero

    Thanks for the list! All of these sound like great reads; for the book club I vote either The Glass Castle or Cutting Teeth.

  • Ebba

    I really want to read the book Thief. Thank you for great tips about books!

  • Heather

    Divergent definitely!!!! Loved the movie as well!

  • Lulu

    I absolutely adore flowers and their meanings! Once I read the summary of ‘The Language of Flowers’, I immediately bought it on my iPad! I’m on Chapter 5! 😀 Thanks for the suggestion!!!

  • Natasja

    Hm, just seems to be what is popular right now (and also has movies coming out).. unfortunately for me.. my spring reading list has been made up by my professors and will consist of lots of realism books and some about the bible, mythology and intertextuality. Yay?

  • Belinda Sullivan

    the book thief stole my heart – i loved the prose it was written in, and have not enjoyed (apart from some parts that broke my heart) to read them, the jesse owens incident made me laugh til I cried, and then later on I just plain cried. The books that are now on my bedside to read are …. Darkest Joy by Marata Eros, and Pleasure by Gabriele D’Annuzio (one of the best erotic novels in all time, only to be just translated from Italian to English in December of 2013!!!! )……. It’s said to be the original 50 shades only way way better, a work of art in it’s own “write” it was first written 150 YEARS AGO!!! AND CONSIDERED TO BE SHOCKING AND WAS BANNED MORE THAN THE MOVIE DEEP THROAT WAS IN THE 60’s!!!!!!! —- Can’t wait to start reading it!!!! 😀

  • Andrea

    I recently saw the Book Thief and I cried like a baby for pretty much the second half of the movie. I’m not sure if I’m ‘brave’ enough to read the book too.
    It’s an amazing movie though!
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  • Katelin

    I am always looking for a good book to read and I never can manage to stay interested in a lot of books people swoon over. Divergent, is a book I could never get in to. I am more of a mystery, crime type of reader something that keeps me glued. If anyone has a recommendation, please let me know! :)

  • Vera Sawicki

    The language of flowers is amazing- thanks to your recommendation I picked up the book and couldn’t put it down!!

  • Cynthia

    Divergent series!! I can’t put the books down. Am reading the 2nd one now ((:

  • Starflykiwi

    *Starts downloading books and searching the library’s online catalogue*

  • Annabelle

    The glass castle is amazing but there is another book of the mothers up bringing called half broke horses, both are one of my top picks!

  • leija

    I actually have a different book to suggest for the next discussion. It is The Bloodline War by Tracy Tappan. I absolutely loved it and I would love discussing it with a club. It is one of my new favorites. It has romance, action, and a thrilling storyline that will keep you on edge until the end. You can find it on Amazon.

  • Lauren Zimmerman

    i am reading Cartwheel now…just okay

  • Amanda

    I think the next book club should discuss cutting teeth…it seems interesting!

  • The Hunt Life

    Currently reading The Goldfinch, its amazing! I have to set an alarm each night to ensure that I stop reading and go to bed, otherwise I would be up all night reading. It really is a beautifully descriptive book.

  • Evie

    Divergent is amazing! I loved it and I’m sure you will, too. Plus, the movie is also fantastic, and I enjoyed that too!

  • Cassie Holmes

    I’m on the last Divergent book now and so far I like the series. I also really liked The Glass Castle. Nice list of books.

  • Shobelyn Dayrit

    I will definitely read The Goldfinch. I heard so many rave reviews about it. Also the Book Thief.

  • Aoife

    Please choose Divergent! Just saw the movie and it was amazing so am already itching to get the into the book series before seeing the next. 😀

  • Mallory Turner

    The Book Thief!!

  • Denise

    Currently reading The Goldfinch now and it is a definite page turner! A must read for sure!

  • nayelly cazares

    will have to read the book thief in order to be able to watch the movie

  • Hello

    Book Thief: BEST. BOOK. EVER!
    Awesome for a non-history geek, and even awesome for a history geek. You’ll get all the inside secrets.
    Touching and full of surprises. #ThereWillBeTears

  • Charmaine

    Read The Glass Castle in High School, seriously such an empowering book! It’s amazing and I really think everyone needs to read it!!!

  • Kimmee

    The Book Thief or Cutting Teeth sounds interesting.

  • chloe

    you forgot the fault in our stars. SUCH a good book. check out me and my friends fashion and beauty blog:

  • Pauline

    The Book Thief is one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read, but I have to say that the Divergent series is just as amazing!

  • Jamy

    Jeanette Walls is great. I loved The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses. My spring (May) reading list is: The Goldfinch, Boy Snow Bird, Labor Day and Last Train to Istanbul!

  • Erika

    I think another great book to read is The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. It’s an amazing literature book the gives a realistic touch to life once you graduate from college. I loved it.

  • All About Charleston

    This is a promising reading list. The books you have just suggested will be great travel buddies, especially if one is going on a long vacation.

    Although this was meant for Spring reading, I can just vividly picture in my mind, a book in hand and a tall glass of cool drink nearby while lounging all day on the beach like the one around Wild Dunes, where I spend a lot of time. Now that summer time is nearly upon us, having a good reading list in hand will be most helpful when deciding on a book or two to take for that much needed summer getaway. Under the canopy of a sunny sky, protected by a large beach umbrella, and with the soundtrack of the lapping waves, it is the perfect time to get down and be totally enthralled by a good read.

    Nice list. Thanks for sharing!

  • Lacey Conrad

    The Divergent series is really enjoyable- rather like The Hunger Games, but different enough to not feel repetitive. I vote for The Glass Castle for the next book club read- sounds like a good one for discussion!

    • Dee

      Skip the Divergent series books 2 & especially 3. Really had to slog through that last one! It lacked plot cohesiveness & the characters became one dimensional & uninteresting.

      The Glass Castle is a must read — knowing it’s a true story makes it even more fascinating.

  • Héctor Leyva Aguiar

    I’ve just read “The language of flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh and it’s ok, sometimes it got a little boring but you start to know the meaning of each flower.

    • Dee

      Not a fun read, but interesting. Very difficult to relate to the protagonist, I thought.

  • Christine

    Do you read any of the books you recommend???

  • michelle

    The Department of Lost and Found is my top pick this spring. about a young woman who gets breast cancer and in losing everything she had, finds everything she needs.

  • Madeline

    I read The Glass Castle in high school – great, thought-provoking read. I would also suggest The Fault In Our Stars (movie comes out in a few weeks) – especially if you’re prepared for a good cry.

  • Krista

    I cried so hard at the end of The Book Theif. A truly amazing read.

  • Michelle Richards

    Great article! If you’re looking for another great read, and one that has also received rave reviews, you should definitely check out Ronn Torossian’s book “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations on Amazon

  • Helene

    I loved the glass castle, really an amazing story. You get caugt :)

  • Amber Samuel

    If you’re looking for a great read; check out It will surely illuminate your mind!

  • Amber Samuel

    I need to check out the Divergent series but my reading list is already too long!

  • Rebbecca

    If you’re looking for a fantastic book, try Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Captivating drama/thriller about a woman who goes missing and of course the husband is the first suspect. The whole thing makes you question sanity basically! Just found out the movie is coming out in a few months!

  • Caren

    The Book Thief is easily one of the best books I have ever read. I just finished reading it for the third time and it still has me interested! I absolutely love that book!!

  • Amanda Barron

    prayers for the stolen – amazing read, such a page turner!

  • AEH

    you should read the Scarlet Pimpernel it is amazing!

  • Valerie

    This is an oldie but a goodie, Memoirs of a Geisha. I loved the book and movie!! It is so amazing!!!

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  • Megan

    The Invention of Wings is a must read for everyone. A tough subject matter but necessary to read. Should be a requirement for schools.

  • Niamh Lonergan

    THE BOOK THIEF, THE BOOK THIEF, THE BOOK THIEF, THE BOOK THIEF………….sorry for shouting but THE BOOK THIEF… This book is the sweetest most beautiful and poignant story written EVER… Please everybody read it, you will escape, you will laugh and you will cry:)

  • Shlomit

    I really liked “One Wrong Move” by Meirav Oz, I think it should go on your book club, it’s hilarious!

  • Nazatul

    I’ve just started reading ‘The Language of Flowers’, and I’m literally searching for ‘The Book Thief’.

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