As we head in the direction of sunnier, brighter days, choose one of these books to take with you into the new season.
1.‘Before the Coffee Gets Cold’ by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
If fantasy fiction is something you love, this book might be for you. An easy to read and enjoyable book to dive into as the days get longer and brighter.
In a small Back ally of Tokyo, there is a café that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time. However, the journey into the past does not come without risks; customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café and finally, they must return before the coffee gets cold.
A beautiful, moving story – translated from Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot – explores the age-old question; what would you change if you could go back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time? – Pan Macmillan
2. ‘I Give it a Year’ – Helen Whitaker
What about a contemporary romance book this spring? ‘I Give It a Year’ is a funny and honest book on love and second chances.
It’s New Year’s Eve, and Iris has just found out her husband Adam, is cheating on her. Furious, she kicks him out and enlists her Dad to move in to help with the children whilst she tries to mend her broken heart. Her Dad soon starts to display signs of Alzheimer’s, and Iris realises that if she loses her partner, she’ll be managing an awful lot on her own. Soon, she realises that Adam wasn’t the only one taking their marriage for granted, and for the sake of the children she decides to give him one more chance. Is it braver to stay then run? And can anyone fall in love with the same person.
3. ‘The Ex Talk’ by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Give a romance that’ll make you swoon this coming season. If you can’t resist a rom-com this might be the book for you.
Shay Goldstein has been a producer at the Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade. Lately, there has been a clash between her and her new colleague, Dominic Yeung, who is fresh off a journalism master’s programme and convinced he knows everything about public radio. When the struggling radio station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement; The Ex Talk, where two exes will deliver relationship advice live on air. The boss decides Shay and Dominic are perfect co-hosts for the job, given that they already despise each other, this feeling grows as the show gets bigger and they begin to catch feelings for each other.
4. ‘The Downstairs Neighbour’ by Helen Cooper
If you’re looking for a mystery, thriller book full of suspense, this might be the book for you.
In a townhouse converted into apartments, three families live separate lives, until Freya, the teenage daughter of the couple upstairs, mysteriously vanishes. As the police become involved and Freya’s parent desperately search for answers, they begin to realise that the truth behind their daughter’s disappearance may lie closer to home than they were expecting.
“Lock your doors, close your curtains and sink into this claustrophobic tale of families, neighbours and buried secrets” – Emma Rous, bestselling author.
5. ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson
The perfect comedy and endearing book to read this springtime.
Allan Karlsson is waiting in his room at an old people’s room for a party he doesn’t want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of money and incompetent police. As he embarks on this journey, Allan’s earlier life is revealed, a life in which he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the 20th century.
“Imaginative, laugh out loud… a brilliant satire on the foibles of mankind.” – Telegraph
6. ‘They Both Die at the End’ by Adam Silvera
Wanting a book that’ll make you emotional? This is the book for you, full of action and a devastatingly yet uplifting story.
On September 5th, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterlo to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news, there’s an app for that. It’s called Last Friend and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure – to live a lifetime in one single day.
A beautiful, heartbreaking and life-affirming book.
7. ‘The Midnight Library’ by Matt Haig
If you enjoy a bit of science fiction, The midnight Library might be the perfect book for you to dive into this spring.
When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, but things are about to change. The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren’t always what she imagined they’d be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger. Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question; what is the best way to live?
An uplifting, poignant novel about regret, hope and second chances’ – David Nicholls
8. ‘This Lovely City’ by Louise Hare
This beautifully written book could be the one for you this spring if you love diving into a historical fiction book.
With the Blitz over and London reeling from war, jazz musician Lawrie Matthews has answered England’s call for help. Fresh off the Empire Windrush, he’s taken a tiny room in south London and has fallen in love with the girl next door. Lawrie pours his heart into his new home until one morning, he makes a terrible discovery. As the local community rallies, fingers of blame are pointed at those who had recently been welcomed with open arms. Before long the newest arrivals become prime suspects in a tragedy that threatens to tear the city apart.
“Compelling storytelling, beautifully drawn characters and atmosphere that’s deeply immersive” – Harriet Tyce, Author
By Ellie Trim
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