Here at the LC.com headquarters, we’re constantly talking about our favorite books and swapping recommendations. That’s what makes rounding up our must-reads into only 10 picks so hard…and so fun (because the best feeling is getting to share your favorite new read with someone else!) We’re feeling particularly inspired this spring, with a wide range of genres and subjects. There’s everything from a real life Cinderella story to a novel about a future ruled by video games that we can’t wait for you to check out! So whether you’re enjoying the rain showers this month with a cup of tea and a cozy spot indoors, or are soaking up the sunshine and the April flowers outside, you’ll have a good book ready to go.
Keep reading to see what books we can’t put down…
1. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Whether or not you have a dog, this story, told from the point of view of Enzo, a terrier-Lab mix with witty observations and a keenly human soul, will stick with you. As Enzo’s human family deals with tragedy, he offers up observations on how to live a full life, in the way only a dog can.
2. The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
If the Pulitzer Prize sticker on the front doesn’t draw you in, you’ll want to stick around for this rich, sprawling story. Told from multiple perspectives, the book follows a young sci-fi loving writer named Oscar and the curse that has plagued his family for generations and across counties, from the shores of the Dominican Republic to the streets of New Brunswick.
3. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Out team couldn’t stop raving about this novel about privilege, wealth, and what happens when lives collide. Set in a planned community in Ohio, the story centers on the Richardson family and how their world changes with the arrival of a single mother named Mia and her teenage daughter. We couldn’t put it down!
4. Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Maria Machado
Fans of Black Mirror, this one is right up your alley. A collection of short stories that focus on women and their relationship to the world, each one includes an eerie twist. We won’t spoil them for you, but this is one book that will make you think long after you’ve turned the last page.
5. What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love by Carole Radziwill
A true story, Carole Radziwill’s memoir follows her life from a small town to a career as an award winning television producer to her marriage to a prince. Chronicling the aftermath of the death of Carole’s closest friend, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and Carole’s husband three weeks later, Oprah described how What Remains “gets at the essence of what matters…friendship, compassion, destiny.”
6. Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
Family expectations can take a toll on a marriage, and none more clearly than the one at the heart of this novel. When Yejide and Akin struggle to have their first baby, his family pressures Akin to take on a second wife, a Nigerian custom that he and Yejide push back against in their own ways. Described by the Guardian as, “a bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit,” this is one we can’t wait to check out!
7. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
The first in a loose series, the novel follows Jackson Brodie, an ex cop who winds up investigating a series of interconnected murders in the English countryside. While the mystery will keep you hooked, this novel is much more than just a classic thriller, packing a real emotional punch. The perfect pick for a rainy weekend afternoon!
8. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
If you’re looking for a book to lose yourself in, you’ll want to check out this one from the author of Cloud Atlas. Narrated by a collection of characters, living in everything from 1980s England to a dystopian future world, the book follows Holly Sykes and her pivotal role in a war between groups with unique powers.
9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Not a gamer? Not to worry, this action-packed novel doesn’t require any knowledge of video games to enjoy, you’ll be too busy getting lost in the plot about a world where the divide between rich and poor is enormous and all hope rests on the hero, a young boy from the slums, finding a key worth billions of dollars inside a virtual reality world. Plus, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, this is the perfect chance to read it spoiler free!
10. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
Haunting and powerful are the best way to describe this novel, which follows the lives of three characters in the midst of war in Chechnya. Akhmed, a failed doctor, Sonya, a seemingly emotionless surgeon brought back to Chechnya out of love for her missing sister, and Havaa, a young girl trying to piece together her life after her father is taken by Russian forces.
What are you reading this spring?
Let us know in the comments!
XO Team LC