Hello and happy Sunday! It’s been a long hot summer, and we’re only halfway through (September counts as summer in Texas!), so what better way to cool down than with dreams of a Splendid Spring? Madeline at The Bookish Mutant tagged me for this back in April, and I’m so glad I finally have a little brain space to work on it. Originally created by Victoria Mann on Booktube, it’s a fun one!
1. Everywhere you look flowers are blooming! Choose a book you love or think you will love with flowers on the cover.
I just read The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden and I fell in love with it and with it’s gorgeous cover.
2. Spring is the perfect time for a fun trip! Choose a book you’ve read or would like to read while traveling from one place to another.
I read India Holton’s The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels last summer when I made my first(!) trip to the coast! It’s a great beach read, but with it’s light, zany tone, it would make an equally good spring read.
3. Who doesn’t love a good Spring Fling? Choose a book you were obsessed with for a short period of time, but then you swiftly cast it aside.
Hm… usually if I love a book, I love a book. If I have an answer for this book, I can’t think of it. *shrugs*
4. Everyone loves the smell of freshly mowed grass, but not at an ungodly hour! Choose a book that personifies as a middle-aged dad waking up at 7am on a Saturday to mow the lawn when he should be sleeping like the rest of us.
Lol, okaaaaay. I’m not really sure what this means, but I guess, Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse? It’s a riot of laughs and accidents, but I think we can all agree Bertie Wooster is extra and thank goodness Jeeves is around to sort things out.
5. A surprise rain shower might spoil your outdoor fun, but don’t worry the sun will be back! Choose a book that made you really sad, but the sun still shines in the end.
L.M. Montgomery’s Rilla of Ingleside always makes me cry buckets, but it’s so worth it, and the ending is one of my favorites.
6. It’s that time of year when all the animals stretch their limbs and come out of hibernation. Choose a book that pulled you out of a reading slump.
Recently, it was Murder on the Orient Express. Agatha Christie has become my go-to when I hit a slump or need a palate cleanser after a run of disappointing books.
7. Students all over exhale a sigh of relief knowing they get a break from school. Choose a book whose friend group you’d like to spend Spring Break with.
I will always answers questions like this with the gang from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society! I love every single one of them and know I’d enjoy hanging out with them. Plus, there’s a good mix of personalities, so I could make trouble with Kit and Isola or I could go and talk quietly with Eben and Amelia, depending on how I feel.
8. Spring is all about rebirth and blooming. Choose a book that made you grow as a person.
There have been so many, it’s hard to choose. For today, I’ll say North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. There’s a great deal of wisdom in that book, and the heroine’s struggles are ones I can relate to, so reading it often helps me sort out something for myself, too.
9. A picnic at the park is the perfect springtime activity! Choose a book with a character who you think would pack the best picnic basket.
I know for a fact that Anne Shirley packs the best picnic baskets. How I’d love to tag along for the golden picnic she takes with her friends in Anne of Avonlea!
10. For many, spring is the first break from the bitterness of winter! Choose a book that is the embodiment of sunshine.
Jean Webster’s Daddy-Long-Legs is one of my favorite comfort reads! Judy’s letters are full of spirit and mischief, and they never fail to entertain.
As usual, I leave the tags open! So, if you’re looking for a diversion from the oppressive heat (or anything else), to I hope you’ll jump in. The water’s fine!