Welcome To My Spring Must-Have Books!
It’s been almost a whole month since I sat down with my blog readers and caught up properly (besides reviews) and shared some books I can’t wait to read. I can’t wait to know which ones you want to read, too. These are some that I absolutely cannot wait to get a hold of this Spring. And—you guessed it—this will become a new, seasonal thing on Pretty Little Memoirs. My summer must-haves will come in May, ready for the warmer months that seem a world away. But I kinda like the colder weather. Give me a hot chocolate over a beach trip any day. Don’t forget that my contact page, and comments, are free for messages and recommendations also!
1. Funny Story by Emily Henry
Whenever I finish an Emily Henry book, I always get this void in my life where her characters used to be when I was immersed in whatever romantic comedy she had penned. So knowing that Funny Story is out in just a few short months has my heart more than excited. Described as an opposites attract romance where main character Daphne falls in love with her ex’s ex, it’s a brand new trope for EH books and I am here for it!
2. Where Sleeping Girls Lie by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Thanks to the amazing team at Usborne, I already have an ARC of Where Sleeping Girls Lie sitting on my TBR stack and knowing it’s my next read already has my heart racing. Anyone that knows me knows I am always in the mood for a YA Thriller, and as a new reader to Faridah’s books, I can’t wait to read about a sleepy boarding school where a girl’s roommate disappears, uncovering a deep mystery.
3. Dear Wendy by Ann Zhao
Another author that I am new to in 2024 is Ann Zhao, and with Dear Wendy coming out the day before my birthday, this will be the perfect addition to my birthday wishlist! From the delicately gorgeous cover to the plot of two asexual students that engage in an online feud whilst becoming friends in real life, I am eagerly anticipating this one.
4. This Summer Will Be Different by Carley Fortune
Is the year really complete without a Carley Fortune book? Not in my eyes! After Carley’s debut, I have been a huge fan of her books that transport the reader to movie-like summers and the most enviable romances. In This Summer Will Be Different it’s the same, with our main character torn between her attraction to her best friend’s younger brother and being a good friend, on the backdrop of Prince Edward Island at summertime.
5. The Poisons We Drink by Bethany Baptiste
Now, I wouldn’t have heard of Bethany’s book if it weren’t for Twitter (hey, some good things still come from that app!) so I immediately added it to my TBR. I am not usually a fantasy lover these days as I’ve strayed to the contemporary/romance world, but something about the plot, about a brewer making illegal love potions to support her family, in a country divided between humans and witchers, spoke to me and I needed The Poisons We Drink yesterday.
6. Love At First Book by Jenn McKinlay
The story of a librarian who moves to a quaint Irish village where her favourite novelist lives and falls for the novelists son?? Sign me up! I’m new to Jenn’s books, but have a few of her books sitting on my shelves from over the years that I haven’t gotten to yet (isn’t that always the thing with book lovers), but this one is exactly right up my street right now, so I am desperate for this!
7. The Ballad Of Darcy & Russell by Morgan Matson
2024 and we have a new Morgan Matson YA romance?? Hallelujah! I am a devoted Morgan fan, so this went straight on my must-reads list for Spring as soon as I caught it on Goodreads. The book details how main character Darcy believes in love at first sight, which hasn’t happened yet, although she’s waited for her magical moment for ages. Only, when she randomly meets Russell, she can’t quite believe it’s happening, but begins to question if it’s worth saying hello when goodbye is so hard.
8. Love, Lies, and Cherry Pies by Jackie Lau
In this sparkling rom-com, our main character fights to fend off her meddling mother’s butt-ins of her love life, only to realise that she might be on to something. Jackie is a new author for me (lots of new experiences to be had this year on my list!) and I am dying to read this one. My romance-loving heart is getting fed tons this year.
9. Bad Like Us by Gabriella Lepore
The last book I read by Gabriella was incredible, also another thriller, and this one sounds no different for those whodunnit vibes. Two friendships collide in Bad Like Us, with someone turning up dead over spring break. I love reading thrillers most in the colder weather, but this one just might be the one to convert me to thriller-reading in the spring.
10. Happily Never After by Lynn Painter
Rejoice! There is a Lynn Painter book coming out this spring and I couldn’t be happier. As my blog readers will know, Lynn is one of my all time favourites, and to me, one of the greatest writers of YA and adult romances I’ve had the pleasure of reading, so whenever she has a new book out, I am here for it. In Happily Never After, we follow wedding objectors (yes, that’s a profession!) after main character Sophie calls off her wedding, and wants in on the business.
11. This Is Me Trying by Racquel Marie
Occasionally I subject myself to the most gut-wrenching books and break my own heart, and with This Is Me Trying, I see no difference. Told through the lens of love, grief, loss and growth, the book explores some sensitive subjects whilst remaining so well needed for readers going through the same thoughts and feelings. Racquel is a new author for me, but many might know her from Ophelia After All.
What books are you looking forward to reading this Spring? Let me know in the comments or via social media to keep the conversation going.
See you for another upcoming list of releases in May for Summer, friends.