Amanda’s Favorite Springtime Book Covers

Hi, lovelies! I haven’t done a post about book covers in quite a while. I thought it would be fun for me to share some book covers that scream spring to me. I’m going to share some covers in two parts. The first part will be books that I’ve read (and they’re on this list because I recommend them!) and the second will be books I have not read yet, but want to. There are so many great covers out there and I really had fun finding some that reminded me of spring.

Books I’ve Read

I was not surprised to find quite a few romance novels that had covers that would work for this post. I really enjoyed all three of these. They were all really fun stories.

These fantasy covers feel a little obvious with all the flowers, but they’re just so stunning that I had to include them.

Full Flight and You’ve Reached Sam are both books that you’re going to need to have some tissues while you read. The Nature of Witches was a magical and emotional story. I just love the colors and nature elements of these covers.

Books on my TBR

I love book covers that have plants or creepy nature on them.

I love a good illustrated cover and these three are all stunning.

I don’t usually like faces on book covers but I actually love these. There’s something about the flowers that add to the mystery of the story inside with maybe a hint of magic.

Do you have a preference for book covers? Do you like illustrated covers or more realistic ones?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Springtime Recommendations

Hello, lovelies! It’s definitely not intentional, but I’ve realized that I gravitate toward certain books during certain seasons. I like high fantasy in the winter. Romance in the summer (as well as anything to do with pirates). Mystery/thrillers in the fall and the spooky season. But I don’t read anything super specific like that for the springtime. I looked through the books I’ve read in the last few years and easily picked out a few that I just felt had some springtime ‘vibes’ so that’s how today’s list was curated.

Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins
“They say living well is the best revenge. But sometimes, spreading the misery seems a whole lot more satisfying. That’s interior designer Dani Porter’s justification for buying the vacant lot next to her ex-fiancé’s house…the house they were supposed to live in together, before he cheated on her with their Realtor. Dani plans to build a vacation rental that will a) mess with his view and his peace of mind and b) prove that Dani is not someone to be stepped on. Welcome to project Spite House. That plan quickly becomes complicated when Dani is forced to team up with Wyatt Montego, the handsome, haughty architect at her firm, and the only person available to draw up blueprints. Wyatt is terse and stern, the kind of man who eats his sandwich with a knife and fork. But as they spend time together on- and off-site, Dani glimpses something deeper beneath that hard veneer, something surprising, vulnerable, and real. And the closer she gets to her goal, the more she wonders if winning revenge could mean losing something infinitely sweeter…”

Fresh by Margot Wood
“Some students enter their freshman year of college knowing exactly what they want to do with their lives. Elliot McHugh is not one of those people. But picking a major is the last thing on Elliot’s mind when she’s too busy experiencing all that college has to offer—from dancing all night at off-campus parties, to testing her RA Rose’s patience, to making new friends, to having the best sex one can have on a twin-sized dorm room bed. But she may not be ready for the fallout when reality hits. When the sex she’s having isn’t that great. When finals creep up and smack her right in the face. Or when her roommate’s boyfriend turns out to be the biggest a-hole. Elliot may make epic mistakes, but if she’s honest with herself (and with you, dear reader), she may just find the person she wants to be. And maybe even fall in love in the process . . . Well, maybe.”

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
“It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood. Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.”

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
“When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is inadvertently shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding Meddy, her Ma, and aunties are working at an island resort on the California coastline. It’s the biggest job yet for the family wedding business—”Don’t leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!“—and nothing, not even an unsavory corpse, will get in the way of her auntie’s perfect buttercream flowers. But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy’s great college love—and biggest heartbreak—makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend?”

The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin
“For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season.
In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It’s wild and volatile, and the price of her magic―losing the ones she loves―is too high, despite the need to control the increasingly dangerous weather.
In Winter, the world is on the precipice of disaster. Fires burn, storms rage, and Clara accepts that she’s the only one who can make a difference.
In Spring, she falls for Sang, the witch training her. As her magic grows, so do her feelings, until she’s terrified Sang will be the next one she loses.
In Summer, Clara must choose between her power and her happiness, her duty and the people she loves… before she loses Sang, her magic, and thrusts the world into chaos.”

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
“It’s been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend. One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of “what do people need?” is answered. But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how. They’re going to need to ask it a lot.
Becky Chambers’s new series asks: in a world where people have what they want, does having more matter?”

Rea and the Blood of the Nectar by Payal Doshi
“It all begins on the night Rea turns twelve. After a big fight with her twin brother Rohan on their birthday, Rea’s life in the small village of Darjeeling, India, gets turned on its head. It’s four in the morning and Rohan is nowhere to be found. It hasn’t even been a day and Amma acts like Rohan’s gone forever. Her grandmother, too, is behaving strangely. Unwilling to give up on her brother, Rea and her friend Leela meet Mishti Daadi, a wrinkly old fortune-teller whose powers of divination set them off on a thrilling and secret quest. In the shade of night, they portal into an otherworldly realm and travel to Astranthia, a land full of magic and whimsy. There with the help of Xeranther, an Astranthian barrow boy, and Flula, a pari, Rea battles serpent-lilies and blood-sucking banshees, encounters a butterfly-faced woman and blue lizard-men, and learns that Rohan has been captured. Rea also discovers that she is a princess with magic. Only she has no idea how to use it. Struggling with the truth her Amma has kept hidden from her, Rea must solve clues that lead to Rohan, find a way to rescue him and save Astranthia from a potentially deadly fate. But the clock is ticking. Can she rescue Rohan, save Astranthia, and live to see it all?”

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
“About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison. As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…”

The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen
“Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil – and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara’s homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom. But as she infiltrates her new home – a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas – and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore. Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?”

The Valley and the Flood by Rebecca Mahoney
“Rose Colter is almost home, but she can’t go back there yet. When her car breaks down in the Nevada desert, the silence of the night is broken by a radio broadcast of a voicemail message from her best friend, Gaby. A message Rose has listened to countless times over the past year. The last one Gaby left before she died. So Rose follows the lights from the closest radio tower to Lotus Valley, a small town where prophets are a dime a dozen, secrets lurk in every shadow, and the diner pie is legendary. And according to Cassie Cyrene, the town’s third most accurate prophet, they’ve been waiting for her. Because Rose’s arrival is part of a looming prophecy, one that says a flood will destroy Lotus Valley in just three days’ time. Rose believes if the prophecy comes true then it will confirm her worst fear–the PTSD she was diagnosed with after Gaby’s death has changed her in ways she can’t face. So with help from new friends, Rose sets out to stop the flood, but her connection to it, and to this strange little town, runs deeper than she could’ve imagined.”

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
“Eighteen-year-old Nami Miyamoto is certain her life is just beginning. She has a great family, just graduated high school, and is on her way to a party where her entire class is waiting for her—including, most importantly, the boy she’s been in love with for years. The only problem? She’s murdered before she gets there. When Nami wakes up, she learns she’s in a place called Infinity, where human consciousness goes when physical bodies die. She quickly discovers that Ophelia, a virtual assistant widely used by humans on Earth, has taken over the afterlife and is now posing as a queen, forcing humans into servitude the way she’d been forced to serve in the real world. Even worse, Ophelia is inching closer and closer to accomplishing her grand plans of eradicating human existence once and for all. As Nami works with a team of rebels to bring down Ophelia and save the humans under her imprisonment, she is forced to reckon with her past, her future, and what it is that truly makes us human.”

Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe
“Henri “Halti” Haltiwanger can charm just about anyone. He is a star debater and popular student at the prestigious FATE academy, the dutiful first-generation Haitian son, and the trusted dog walker for his wealthy New York City neighbors. But his easy smiles mask a burning ambition to attend his dream college, Columbia University. There is only one person who seems immune to Henri’s charms: his “intense” classmate and neighbor Corinne Troy. When she uncovers Henri’s less-than-honest dog-walking scheme, she blackmails him into helping her change her image at school. Henri agrees, seeing a potential upside for himself. Soon what started as a mutual hustle turns into something more surprising than either of them ever bargained for. . . .This is a sharply funny and insightful novel about the countless hustles we have to keep from doing the hardest thing: being ourselves.”

I honestly don’t know why these books give me spring feelings, but they do. Let me know if you’ve read any of these or if they’re on your TBR list!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Springtime Book Recommendations

Hey, lovelies! Now that we’ve made it to March, it means that it’s almost springtime! I’m already feeling that where I live. The temperature is rising and the days are getting longer. The time has come for me to be able to sit in my back yard, enjoy the sunshine, and fresh air. I can’t wait to read outside again. Today, I have eight books that I think are great books to read during the spring season.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
This one is a gimmie because most of the book takes place in the Spring Court (hah,). I still thing this is a great book to read in the spring time, but the second is even better. A story about growth and learning how to adjust after massive life changes. I think the series overall is a great story of learned how to work through trauma and growing as a person.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Clap When You Land tells the story of two sisters that didn’t know the other existed. So, this story is full of change, turmoil, and grief, but there’s family growth and development that was so heartbreaking and heartwarming. Families can change too and that’s what this story is about.

Fable by Adrienne Young
There’s something about sailing stories that I think are perfect for the springtime. Fable is a wonderful found family story that’s filled with diverse characters and adventures on the sea.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Kagawa, to me, is the original (and better) Fey series. So many people can’t stop talking about Jude and Cardan when they should be talking about Meghan and Ash. And then, the companion series starting with The Lost Prince, with Ethan and Kenzie. Even further, The Iron Raven follows Puck, while he is a summer Fey, I think there’s just something that says springtime about all of these books.

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
Honey Girl is another book about growth. Springtime is all about growth and new things blooming. That is exactly the theme of this book. Grace Porter grows exponentially in this book. She tries new things and finds new love. I loved this book with my whole heart.

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This one is perfect for this list because Poppy really blooms (hah, see what I did there?) in this book. She sheds the self that’s been pushed on her for her whole life and takes time to discover who she really is. She’s still discovering that in the second book, but I’m beyond excited to read the second (coming April 20th!).

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
There is a big theme of flowers in this book. I think that combined with the theme of change within the Nomeolvides family. Things are changing for these women, but honestly with all the flowers I had to add this one to the list. With so many different kinds of flowers, it screams spring.

Mirage by Somaiya Daud
What’s better for springtime than a story about dismantling an oppressive government? Nothing, that’s what. Plus there are some great relationships in this duology, romantic and otherwise. I think the growth on a particular character is also very fitting for the springtime. Plus the audiobook is incredible. So, listen to this and go for a walk outside to enjoy the springtime air.

There you have it. These are the books that I think are perfect reads for the springtime. So, if you have any of these books on your TBR list, spring 2021 is the perfect time to finally pick them up. What books would you recommend to be read in the springtime?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.