Now that the weather is nicer and the days are longer, there is no better time to crack open a good book, whether you’re lounging by the pool or relaxing on your balcony. From thrillers and love stories to coming of age novels, there are an overwhelming amount of books to choose from. That’s why we’ve compiled 5 books you should add to your spring reading list!
Nella owns an apothecary in London that sells potions to women to poison men who have wronged them. There are two rules for the poisons: they can never be used on another woman, and the names of the murderer and her victim are kept in the apothecary’s register. In 1791, Nella meets her newest client, a 12-year-old named Eliza, and the two spark an unlikely friendship. Flash forward to present-day London, a woman named Caroline is “celebrating” her 10th anniversary alone after finding out about her husband’s affair. When she finds an old apothecary vial, she realizes she’s found a clue in London’s unsolved “apothecary murders.” See as Caroline’s life collides with Nella and Eliza’s, and the darkness — and unexpected hope — that follows.
Walk is the chief of police in a California town. Decades ago, he gave the testimony that sent his best friend, Vincent, to prison. Now present day, Vincent is about to become a free man after serving his sentence. Duchess is a 13-year-old girl and the daughter of Star, who grew up with Vincent and Walk. Duchess, however, seems to be more of a mom to her own mother, putting intense pressure on such a young girl. While Walk is trying to protect both Vincent and Star, they both continue with self-destructive behaviors. With Vincent coming back into their lives, Walk, Star, and Duchess’s worlds will be turned upside down.
Emmy Jackson, aka @the_mamabare to her followers, is an Instagram mom, baring the details of her family’s life to her followers on social media and making money from it. As a blogger, her life is out there for the world to see. However, this becomes a problem when one of her followers becomes a little too obsessed. In the midst of her Instagram fame, behind the scenes, her marriage begins to crumble. This novel uncovers the potential dangers of sharing details of your life online through this psychological thriller.
Klara is an Artifical Friend made via artificial intelligence. Artificial Friends are for children of the future so that they can have a companion. She watches people from her place in the store, hoping that a customer will choose her one day. When Josie, a young girl with a mysterious illness, chooses Klara as her friend, Klara continues to learn and observe the emotions and interactions of humans. This book offers a unique perspective of the world and the people in it from Klara’s view.
Casey, a 30-year-old woman who just lost her mother, is a struggling writer trying to make ends meet. Between her waitressing job and trying to write a book, she is busy, sleepy, and stuck. When she moves back to Cambridge, Massachusetts, she finds herself in a love triangle with a writing professor and his student. Follow Casey as she navigates the sometimes unspoken reality of your 30s: tangled love lives and confusing career paths.
From love triangles to thrillers, there is a little something for everyone in these books! If you can’t decide which to read first, perhaps you’ll add them all to your spring reading list. Happy reading!
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