Spring is a wonderful time of year. The flowers bloom, there are graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day — the list goes on. But with spring comes spring cleaning … which is not so wonderful. As a form of motivation, our friends at Bookmarks suggest dusting off the bookshelf and refreshing it with some new reads.

Here are a few suggestions, published this spring:

"Queenie" by Candice Carty-Williams. Carty-Williams is a masterful storyteller and vividly captures the emotions and actions that come after a disastrous break up. It’s impossible not to root for Queenie as she navigates the challenges women face today while trying to find one’s true path. This has been named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Bustle, Black and Bookish, and Entertainment Weekly.

"The Book of Dreams" by Nina George examines life, death, and the borders that lie between. Henri Skinner is on the way to meet his son for the first time in years when he has an accident that leaves him in a coma. It is here he spends his days reliving critical points in his life and how different choices might have influenced him. Readers also witness the aftermath of the accident through Eddie, who realizes her true feelings for Henri, and his son, Sam, who desperately wants to reconnect with his father. Readers looking for peace and solace following loss in their lives will find comfort in this story.

"Caterpillar Summer" by Gillian McDunn. A sudden change of plans leads to Caterpillar and her brother spending the summer in coastal Carolina with the grandparents they’ve never met. What could have been a disaster turns into a summer to remember as Caterpillar not only makes new friends and learns how to fish but comes to know and love her grandparents, and learn more about her mother’s childhood. This is a heartwarming story for middle grade readers.

"I Miss You When I Blink" by Mary Laura Philpott is a charmingly relatable and wise memoir-in-essays about what happened after she checked off all the boxes on her successful life’s to-do list and realized she might need to reinvent the list — and herself.

"Notes From a Young Black Chef" by Kwame Onwuachi is a compelling memoir. Onwuachi, who competed on Top Chef, writes an insightful, must-read book that is an honest look at race in the world of food and restaurants.

"Save Me the Plums" by Ruth Reichl is a delicious read — something intended to be savored in small bites — but once you start reading, you might not be able to stop. Reichl is a master at storytelling, transporting the reader to her tenure as the editor-in-chief at Gourmet magazine. She’s an honest writer, sharing not only her high points but also the low ones. Reichl is a role model in grace and passion for what you truly love.

"The Editor" by Steven Rowley opens with a nervous meeting between debut novelist James Smale and a potential editor who turns out to be none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Smale’s journey to confront his past and repair his relationship with his mother resonates on a deep level with Onassis’ most personal role as a mother. Rowley perfectly aligns these two characters’ stories, creating a heartwarming tale perfect for readers who appreciate a powerful family history with a touch of intrigue.

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