Spring Cleaning For Your Bookshelf

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With all the new life that literally blooms in the spring, it’s easy to feel like you need a fresh start for yourself in some way or another.

Here are some inspiring transformation tales to harvest your library with:

  1. THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS 

Rupi Kaur’s second collection of poems is sectioned into “wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming.” Regardless of what you’re struggling with right now, The Sun and Her Flowers will sing you through it. The only regret you might have is how quickly you whip through it.

  1. THE FEMALE PERSUASION 

Meg Wolitzer has been called a powerhouse novelist of women’s fiction especially visible in her newest novel released in April. It tells the story of Greer, a shy college freshman and her changing perspectives on ambition. The Female Persuasion will leave you thinking about ideals, identity, and womanhood.

  1. STILL ME 

If Me Before You left you bitter towards Jojo Moyes, it may be time to give her a second chance. Maybe the best way to do this is to find out how the lovable British heroine Louisa Clark moves on with her own life in this addition to her story. (The answer: She moves to New York to start a bold new life!)

  1. YOU ARE A BADASS 

Dust off a self-help book … no, seriously. You might think self-help sounds extreme, but some books could empower you in areas you don’t even realize you need empowering. Jen Sincero delivers what would normally sound like a load of meditative fluff with the edge of  a personal trainer. You’ll finish each chapter wanting to be as bold as her writing voice.

  1. THE CROWN: THE OFFICIAL COMPANION 

If you can’t part with Netflix completely, read a chapter of this book between each episode of the hit series The Crown. Who could resist rooting for a real-life heroine and her remarkable transformation from a girl into a queen? Plus, it’s the perfect backstory for royal wedding season!

  1. TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN 

If you’re nostalgic for YA novels, John Green is always someone you can trust with your reading time. Turtles All the Way Down follows the story of Aza, a reserved high-schooler with social anxiety and OCD, trying to discover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of an old friend’s father. Green combines adventure and romance for a thought-provoking modern classic.

  1. THE GIRL WHO CHASED THE MOON 

If you read and enjoyed The Sugar Queen from our winter reading list, you’ll adore this charming read. It follows the story of Emily, who bakes hope in the form of cakes (yes, you read that correctly) as she searches for answers about her mother’s life. As always, Sarah Addison Allen toes the line between metaphor and fantasy for an uplifting tale of facing long-feared mysteries.

  1. IN CONCLUSION, DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT 

Lauren Graham’s conversational voice reads like she’s at the kitchen counter giving life advice about success, pressure, happiness, and where they collide in the middle. You’ll finish her inspirational speech with a fresh perspective on accomplishment and strengthened self-awareness.

Lily Buehler

Lily is an English major at Rockhurst University who loves to surround herself with badass people. You can find her creating characters, whether in the theater or on paper in the corner of a coffeeshop. If not, she's probably binge-watching Mad Men and eating too many Dove chocolates.

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