Top 5 Books for Spring Reading

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Need a good cry? Looking for practical ways to live happier? Or inspiration to get the gardening gloves out?  The library has been my BFF for a long time and I’ve been borrowing and reading like nobody’s business this spring. Here are my top spring picks for your your reading pleasure:

 

 

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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

I wanted to become happier making small changes. I could change my life without changing my life by finding more happiness in my own kitchen.”

This book is full of practical examples and encouragement to figure out what makes you happy and how to bring that into your everyday life rather than making huge, drastic changes and pendulum swings. What made this book for me was the underlying message of knowing oneself and making decisions based on self-knowledge rather than external and internal pressures to be someone you aren’t or like things you don’t.

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Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin

 Habits are the invisible architecture of daily life. If we change our habits, we change our lives.”

Better than Before is the Rubin’s follow-up to The Happiness Project. Books like this are so great because they provide space to take a step back and look at your life from a fresh angle. The best part about this book is Rubin’s breakdown of personality types and how habit formation and follow-through vary depending on individual quirks and temperament.

 

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Gardens of Awe and Folly by Vivian Swift

Of all the forests I have known I wish to belong where the willows are.”

Some books are meant to be soaked in and stared at, and this is one of those. It is full of beautiful watercolor, interesting facts, and inspiring thoughts about gardens around the world. If you only get this book to look at the pictures, it is well worth the perusal.

 

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Lessons from the Great Gardeners by Matthew Biggs

We have done our best and created a garden where none was.” – Vita Sackville-West

Forty Gardening Icons & What They Can Teach Us is the subtitle of this book, which better describes the purpose of this beauty. You get a glimpse into the gardens and philosophy of each gardener through hand-drawn illustrations, photos, and descriptions of the plants and experiences in each space. It’s amazing to see what can be done with a space when someone has a vision for it.

 

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

The first birth I witnessed was also the first death.

If you only read one book this year, can I highly suggest you read this one? The writing is so beautiful it makes me want to cry. The story itself made me cry. This memoir details Kalanithi’s journey of becoming a neurosurgeoun then finding out he has cancer just before he finishes his residency and the way he confronts the very real likelihood of death. Sometimes reading about life from someone who knows they’re dying gives you a healthy and much needed perspective on daily disappointments and circumstances, even if it is through tear-filled eyes.

Happy Spring reading, friends! What books have been topping your lists this season? Please share!

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