This was a difficult one because it tuns out a lot of the books I own are either black or incredibly brightly coloured. I suppose marketing is a thing. Here are the most spring-y ones I picked out from my bookshelf and my TBR:
Almost Home – Nora Raleigh Baskin
This MG novel is a really sweet and moving story – a twelve year old girl struggling to find her place after her mother leaves with her younger sister and her dad remarries. It’s emotional and compelling and one of my favourites from when I was younger.
Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
I bought Fangirl without knowing a thing about it. As someone who spent miserable teenage years seeking solace in fandom and fanfiction, Cath’s experience was incredibly relatable.
Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
Remember last week I said Laurie Halse Anderson was my favourite YA author? This is The Book, the seminal one. It’s been banned in a number of schools, which as we all know is the sign of a YA book with the power to change.
LHA has since released a free verse follow up, Shout, which combines her own experiences with “reflections, rants and calls to action”. Based on how powerful I found Speak, I can’t wait to read it.
If Only They Could Talk – James Herriot
I LOVE the James Herriot books. I was given them a lot when I was younger because I wanted to be a vet more than anything else in the world, an ambition that faded away when I realised I was dreadful at maths and science. They’re joyous and evocative – must-read for anyone who likes animals, Yorkshire, or harmless reading.
Goodbye, Perfect – Sara Barnard
A TBR entry that I completely forgot about recently, this has rocketed to the top of my shopping list. Sara Barnard does some of my favourite contemporary YA, and I’ve found a character that mirrors aspects of my teenage life in every book of hers I’ve read so far.
Tithe – Holly Black
In recent years I remember The Cruel Prince being a big name in YA fantasy, but the trio of Tithe, Valiant and Ironside were my introduction to Holly Black. Valiant I think is my favourite, but the romance that runs through Tithe and Ironside is brilliant, as are the unflinchingly badass female characters in all three. Highly recommend.
Compiling this has made me realise that the only season I’m not fond of at the moment is summer. Bring on spring, with its baby animals and misty mornings and occasional Scottish storm!