Reading in the spring and summer is one of my favorite sunny day activities! I love grabbing a new book and laying out with a cold drink and diving into a story and set of characters. Spring and summertime reading reminds me of being young and school being out and finally being able to push aside the textbooks and enjoy a plotline of my choosing. As we transition soon out of winter into a new season, here are some of the most anticipated books to read of 2019’s spring season! Enjoy!

Beautiful Bad

Annie Ward offers readers a seriously intense new book in Beautiful Bad. Maddie and Ian live a perfect life that any of us would be happy to have until an accident prompts Annie to attend therapy. Annie eventually reveals her anxiety and fear about her husband and the safety of their child, proving that even the most seemingly beautiful relationships can be tumultuous. Why is Annie so afraid and who is Jo from their past? You will have to pick this one up to find out.

My Lovely Wife

Set to release this May, Samantha Downing brings us My Lovely Wife. This is a story about a small town where young women begin to disappear. All of our nightmares, right? In Downing’s new book, one couple’s relationship begins to unravel as the agreements they made about their interaction with the woman who went missing didn’t unfold as planned. What will be the couple’s fate as local police start to learn more about what happened to Lindsay? You won’t want to put this one down.

Last Girl Lied To

Last Girl Lied To is one I personally can’t wait for from Laurie Flynn. Fiona and Trixie are best friends and obviously know everything about each other. As they should. But when Trixie disappears on a night they attend a party together, Fiona soon learns maybe she didn’t know everything. As she sets off to find the truth, she meets Jasper and Beau, whose relationships with Trixie complicate the story. This is an emotional ride and a thriller you won’t want to put down.

Optic Nerve

To be released April of this year, Optic Nerve introduces us to Maria. Maria, who lives in Buenos Aires, is a lover of art. She explores artwork, the artists who offer the work, and ultimately makes sense of her life through this lens. As she dives deeper into herself, how she creates meaning, and the relationship between one and one’s art or love of it, you may find yourself wanting to do the very same. Do you know where your local art museum is? This is Maria Gainza’s first piece of work to be translated to English. Enjoy!

City of Girls

City of Girls should be your next read! Vivian Morris is a 95 year old woman who tells us about her becoming. She takes us back in time to 1940’s New York City and Manhattan where she makes a mistake that leads to scandal, love, and ultimately, understanding. Read about how Vivian develops her unapologetic sense of identity and the freedom that comes with abandoning shame. Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book will be out in June and should be read by every young woman! Pre-order it now.

Meet Cute

Meet Cute is the spring read for you. Kaitlyn and Dax are an unlikely pair. He is a former actor and totally crush-worthy! She is a calm, rational, and average girl (but what really is average anyway?). Their relationship comes to a halt when he betrays her, but then he needs her help. What will happen when she offers assistance in his time of need and she finds herself enjoying him again? Will they reconcile or will he betray her again? If you’re a rom-com movie goer you will really enjoy this one from Helena Huntings!

Daisy Jones & the Six

Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones & the Six will be available in March of this year and it is one of the most anticipated books this spring! Daisy has the most beautiful voice and finds purpose, despite feeling broken, in singing and songwriting. When she meets Billy and joins the band The Six, things really take off! This is all based in the 1970’s and Daisy wants to experience everything about that decade- love, freedom, and drugs. A must pick up!

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a debut novel by Ocean Vuong that will be available in June of this year. It is a letter offering his family’s history to his mother who does not read. It offers information to her that she has never known and shows the true love she showed him as a single mother. It also offers an honest view into the intersections of race, class, and identity. This isn’t simply a story about survival, it’s a story of self-advocacy, love, and finding joy.

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls also introduces us to a strong child’s story. Madden develops relationships with other girls without fathers. In these friendships she finds the lifelines to face the painful environments to which she has been exposed. Hers is a story about the families that we are born to and the families that we create. It is beautiful and wild. It offers trauma and ultimately, forgiveness. The path to rebuilding is long but beautiful. T Kira Madden is unhinged in her debut memoir.

Caterpillar Summer

The bond between a young brother and sister is so important. Especially when their Mom works so hard and their Dad recently passed away. Caterpillar Summer introduces readers to Cat and her younger brother, Chicken. Cat has always taken care of him but when her Mom recognizes that she is struggling to do so, Chicken spends a summer with his grandparents. While there, Cat learns things about her family she has never known. And it turns out there are plenty of secrets to know. What will Cat do now that she has the information? And will it help her piece together her family?