This post is all about the best most whimsical and enchanting books to read in the spring time.
When you think of spring it’s this beautiful, magical and whimsical season, right? So when you pick up a book during the spring time you want a book to give you that same feeling. You want a book that’s going to completely suck you in. That will make you forget the passing time. That will transport you fully into worlds of magic and enchantment and love and romance.
A good book to read in spring is one that you can picture yourself taking to the park on a sunny day, or reading it while sitting in a garden somewhere or even a random field. It’s the vibes. So, when I think of spring, I think of sunshine and flowers and frolicking through fields of flowers and I want my spring reads to carry that energy.
So these books, these books in this post are those that bring that spring feeling to life. Magical books, cute romances, cozy fantasies, books with beautiful lyrical writing. All of these are honestly so amazing!
20 Best Whimsical and Enchanting Books to Read In Spring
Strange the Dreamer
by Laini Taylor
This book is lyrical and strange and beautiful. And it follows a boy named Lazlo Strange who dreams of visiting a mythical city that everyone seems to have forgotten… An opportunity presents itself for him to find this city, but Lazlo soon realizes that the journey to get there may not be an easy one. And he must ask himself, what happened to the city all those years ago that made it so forgotten.
Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries
by Heather Fawcett
This book captures the whimsy and magic of spring… All Emily Wilde wants to do is complete her book; the worlds first encyclopaedia of faerie lore. So she sends herself off to what is probably the edge of world. A literal middle of nowhere village. It is there that she hopes to discover the secrets of the faeries. But a spanner is thrown in the works when her academic rival shows up to the town and he seems to have shown up with the sole purpose of getting under her skin. She must now not only uncover the mysteries of the faeries but those of her own heart.
The Ex Hex
by Erin Sterling
The Ex Hex is funny sweet and all so magical, the perfect spring read! Nine years ago, Rhys Penhallow broke Vivienne Jones’ heart and so she cursed him. But it had been a curse uttered after one shot of vodka too many and a cheap candle, so it probably wouldn’t do any real damage. Probably. But then nine years later Rhys is back in her life and what she thought was a harmless curse turns out to be not so harmless after all. Now the two have to work together to break the curse but will old buried feelings stay buried?
Everything All at Once
by Katrina Leno
Probably not what you would consider a light and fun spring read, but Everything All at Once is an incredibly poignant and severely underrated story about a girl struggling with the death of her beloved aunt. Her aunt who also happens to be a world famous author of a beloved book series. In her will her aunt leaves some letters with instructions designed to push her out of her comfort zone. Her journey to completing these instructions leads her towards self discovery, a little magic and a little love.
The Priory of the Orange Tree
by Samantha Shannon
What better way to spend a sunny spring day that laid out on a picnic blanket in the park getting sucked into a brand new world filled with magic and dragons?
The Dead Romantics
by Ashley Poston
Let’s just say that this book is not your typical ghost story. The Dead Romantics is funny and romantic and the kinda book that will suck you in. Florence Day is a cynical down-on-her-luck romance writer that has to return home for her fathers funeral. But when she arrives, standing at the door to the funeral house is the ghost of her editor. What follows is a funny, emotional story of two people falling in love, one dead and one not, of unfinished business and of grief and love.
The Stolen Heir
by Holly Black
What’s more spring than faeries?! When you think of them, you think of creatures that belong to the woods, of hidden, magical creatures. And Holly Black seems to have captured that magic of faeries so well. Her Folk of the Air series was so magical, so deliciously dark and it’s the type of book series to completely draw you in to its world. We can only assume that its sequel (with the first book being The Stolen Heir) will be the same.
Shadow of the Fox
by Julie Kagawa
In this underrated, mischievous, Asian myth inspired fantasy by Julie Kagawa, a half kitsune, half human girl finds herself responsible for a secret object that could determine the fate of the world itself.
Snow Like Ashes
by Sara Raasch
This is a book that’s centered around winter and a winter kingdom, but something about it makes it perfect for spring reading. Snow Like Ashes is the type of book to take you on a journey full of adventure and self discovery and love. Snow like Ashes follows a group of refuges, survivors of the enslavement of their winter kingdom and the only hope of freedom for their people left. The story begins with a girl who decides to take it upon herself to restore her kingdoms glory, a kingdom whose heir she is desperately in love with.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown
by Talia Hibbert
A heartfelt romance you will find yourself devouring on a sunny spring day. Chloe Brown is a chronically ill, chronic list maker and she decides to make the ultimate “Get a Life” list after almost dying and realizing she has no life. She enlist the help of her tatted up resident bad-boy neighbor to help her get through the list. This not only helps her get out of her comfort zone but also makes her realize that there is more to this man than what his bad boy exterior shows.
The Inheritance Games
by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Usually mysteries are resolved for seasons like autumn, when the ambiance of the season matches the vibe of most mysteries. But The Inheritance Games is fun and it’s mystery is definitely intriguing. There is just something about the spirit of this book that lends itself to the spring atmosphere. It follows Avery Grambs a normal high school student who suddenly receives the inheritance of billionaire Tobias Hawthorne (what is basically his entire net worth) and he is a man she has never met. The only rule he left for her? She must move into his family home, Hawthorne House for a year to receive the inheritance. The only problem? The house is already occupied by the old mans family.
One Italian Summer
by Rebecca Serle
A heartfelt book about grief, set in the magical town of Positano. After the death of her mother, Katy decides to still go on the mother-daughter trip the two had planned to go on before disaster struck. Now Katy is alone in the Amalfi Coast reeling from grief but the beautiful city of Positano manages to brings her back to life. It is here that she meets the spirit of her mother, not her mother as she knew her, but her mother, young, sun-tanned and beautiful. And over the summer Katy gets to know a version of her mother that she never knew.
by V.E. Schwab
This book is what I would describe as dark and beautiful. It is simply about one girls desire to find a place she fits. Gallant is about two worlds and the place where they meet. One house full of secrets and a warning to stay away.
An Enchantment of Ravens
by Margaret Rogerson
Set in a beautiful but deadly fae world, Isobel is a human woman well known by the fair folk for her ability to create the most stunning of portraits. One day she is visited by one of the royal fae princes and mistakenly paints an emotion in his eyes that she observes while painting his portrait. This sets in motion a dangerous chain of events as Rook, the fae prince must protect himself from the perceived weakness in the portrait. Isobel finds herself swept into this beautiful, magical and deadly world and must rely on Rook for survival.
My Lady Jane
by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows
A hilarious but also kinda heartbreaking historical retelling with a magical twist, about the brief reign of Lady Jane Grey. You know, the one day queen.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
by V.E. Schwab
This is a dark and desperate story about a woman names Addie LaRue, who makes a bargain that she might live forever, the wish is granted but she is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
A Touch of Darkness
by Scarlett St. Clair
How perfect is this book for spring? Think about it, it’s a Hades and Persephone retelling. And Persephone is goddess of spring. All that aside though this is a fresh take on the classic tale of Hades and Persephone. It is a deliciously dark romance to fall head first into.
Six Crimson Cranes
by Elizabeth Lim
On the morning of her unwanted betrothal, Shiori, a princess loses control and lets loose a forbidden magic she’s kept hidden within herself. Her evil stepmother banishes the princess, and turns her brothers into cranes, with a warning that for every word that leaves Shiori’s mouth, one of her brothers will die. Now voiceless Shiori must go on a journey to find her brothers and free herself from her curse, putting her trust in the unlikeliest of people along the way.
Love and Luck
by Jenna Evans Welch
Set in the magical Emerald Isles this is an emotional story of family and heartbreak and love and everything in between. It’s such a heartbreaking book about young adults coming to understand themselves and each other and it is such a beautiful story that needs to be read.
The Poppy War
by R.F. Kuang
Definitely not the type of book you would typically reach for on a sunny spring day given the intense nature of the story. However it is a book that will completely pull you into it’s world and magic. And that is a feeling everybody needs no matter the season. It is a dark fantasy tale about the lengths one girl will go to save her people.