5 Books you need to read this spring

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Spring brings warmer weather, of course, but it also brings rainy weather. We know all those spring showers turn the grass a little greener and help fill our yards with flowers, but they still keep us inside. What’s a mom to do but pick up one of these must-read spring 2016 books? (Laundry? No, thanks, that can wait until later.)

spring book recommendations

Books to read before you see the movie

Me Before You  is decidedly not a new release this spring, but the uber-popular Jojo Moyes book will soon be in theaters, and you don’t want to miss your chance to read the book before sliding into your seat at the movies. Will and Louisa couldn’t be a more unlikely pair — a risk-taker now confined to a wheelchair and a women who always plays it safe. When she becomes his caretaker, a limited engagement due to Will’s future plans, they find they have more to learn from each other than they ever could have expected.

Me Before You

The movie version of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children isn’t due in theaters until the fall, but we’re already excited to see Tim Burton’s take on Ransom Rigg’s fantastical novel. The young adult book is a quick and compelling read, opening a conversation about what normal means — and how far your imagination can take you.

Miss Peregrine

To discuss with your girlfriends over wine

Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss introduces three transplants living in New York, before HIV, before cell phones and before SoHo even thought about gentrification. Prentiss writes with a beautiful urgency about the nature of art and the importance of community — and perhaps that’s a message we need now, more than ever.

Tuesday Nights in 1980

Inevitably, our conversations turn to our families, so who doesn’t love a book about a family so dysfunctional we suddenly feel grateful for our own? The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney explores how relationships change when money is involved. The Plumb siblings are all counting on “the nest” for their own personal purposes, and when their financial future is put at risk, they are faced with the countless ways families support and disappoint each other.

Get a head start on a hot new trilogy


Set in the world of the super rich, Maestra by L.S. Hinton tantalizingly twists the nail-biting tension of Gone Girl with steamy scenes that make 50 Shades of Grey a distant memory. In Maestra, Judith is ripe to discover just how far she’s willing to go to become the person she used to only dream of being. This is the first book in a trilogy, and the film rights have already been optioned, so get your hands on this one — your friends will thank you later.

What are you reading this spring?

Meet the Author | Angela Amman

Angela Amman is a short story and essay writer. Collecting her family's stories is a gift-in-progress for her daughter and son, and she blogs at Playing with Words, capturing the craziness and beauty that weave together to create something extraordinary. As the co-director of Listen To Your Mother Metro Detroit, Angela is thrilled to bring others' stories to the stage and to celebrate the magic of words, storytelling, and the courage to share that magic with an audience. When she should be sleeping, she works on her latest short story collection. Her writing has been featured on Mamalode, Peacock Journal, and Scary Mommy. Her personal essays and short stories have appeared in her collection, Nothing Goes Away, and various anthologies.

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