The best books of spring 2020

spring 2020 books

Spring is the season of renewal and getting life in order. And while this spring is turning out to be more uncertain than any past season in recent memory, the one thing we can rely on right now is books and the way they bring us together. Whether you’re looking for something to do this spring while social distancing or you’re a book lover who craves the latest and greatest book releases, you’ll love these new titles. These are the best books of spring 2020.

Separation Anxiety by Laura Zigman

Judy’s life is seemingly falling apart. With a teen son who is mortified by her, a ridiculous husband she can’t afford to divorce and a failing career, she struggles to find any semblance of a normal and stable life. Spending her days writing self-help articles and coping by carrying the family dog around in a baby sling, she tries to correct the worst parts of her life with all kinds of hilarious and disastrous remedies.


You and Me and Us by Alison Hammer

Alexis Gold has spent most of her adult life putting her work before everything else – including her family. But all of that changes when her husband is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Honoring his wish to spend their last summer together at their favorite beach, Alexis, Tommy and their daughter CeCe take off for Florida. While the trip presents itself with plenty of difficulties, it also presents Alexis the opportunity to truly bond with her daughter and save their family before it’s too late.


Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Glennon Doyle spent a majority of her life running from who she truly was. But after laying eyes on a woman during a conference and realizing who she really was and how much happiness she had deprived herself of, everything changed. In her new memoir Untamed, Doyle tells her own stories and inspires others to live their most authentic lives no matter what. This Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick is both mesmerizing and inspiring.


It’s Not All Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan

Loretha Curry has no problem with the idea of getting older like her friends do – preparing for her 68th birthday, she finds herself as happy as she’s ever been. But all of that changes when a tragedy occurs and Loretha is left to grieve. Together with her closest friends, Loretha will have to learn how to be strong and get through an extremely unexpected and difficult time.


Pretty Things by Janelle Brown

Everything was changing for Nina when she believed that her college degree meant a new beginning. But when she was unable to lock down a real career, she reverted to her old ways of hustling, teaming up with her boyfriend to steal from the richest kids in L.A. Meanwhile, young heiress and Instagram influencer Vanessa wishes she could do something impactful with her life. After a broken engagement and reeling from a past tragedy, she heads to her family’s estate in Lake Tahoe, a place where her path will cross with Nina’s and bring them together to make decisions that will impact their lives forever.


The Moment of Tenderness by Madeleine L’Engle

After Madeleine L’Engle’s death, her granddaughter came across a collection of stories written by the brilliant woman who once wrote A Wrinkle in Time. These 18 stories, inspired by L’Engle’s own life, give readers a look into her life and the ways in which her own experiences influenced her writing.


Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Gray Howard is struggling to keep her life together and her wits about her when she accidentally gets a woman, Diana, fired at her local pharmacy. Feeling bad for what she did, she offers her guest house to Diana while she gets back on her feet. Living in close proximity, the two begin to bond and work through their difficulties together. But everything changes when Diana’s first love returns out of nowhere and stirs up secrets from her past that she wished were never brought to light.


Deacon King Kong by James McBride

When the old church deacon, “Sportcoat,” walks into the courtyard of a local housing project in Brooklyn in September 1969 and shoots the local drug dealer, everyone in the community is shocked. In Deacon King Kong, James McBride follows the lives of those who have been affected by the incident and the consequences that come as a result of it. The victim isn’t the only one left changed after this unprecedented outburst.


Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

Katrina King is used to her life out of the spotlight but when someone tweets about her and a random encounter she has with a cute guy at a coffee shop, she’s suddenly forced to seek refuge away from the viral tweets and posts online. With the world trying to figure out who she is, she hires a bodyguard, Jas Singh, who offers to take her to his family’s secluded farm. It’s there that she begins to fall for Jas and when they share an electric kiss, she’s left wondering if he has feelings for her, too.


All Adults Here by Emma Straub

After witnessing a school bus accident in her town, Astrid Strick begins to rethink the childhood she provided her children and the mistakes she made in raising them. With her youngest son making his own parenting mistakes, her daughter struggling through pregnancy and her eldest veering off the straight and narrow, Astrid will have the chance to own up to her mistakes and make the lives of all her children better.


Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

It’s 1976 in Odessa, Texas and a huge upswing in the oil industry is coming. While this excites the town in terms of prosperity, the female residents are scared as these kinds of booms often lead to violent acts against them. When 14-year-old Gloria Ramírez shows up at the home of Mary Rose Whitehead, she’s badly beaten and barely alive. But getting justice for Gloria’s assault will be difficult as the town makes her jump through hoops before reaching the only court that can charge the assailant.


Writers & Lovers by Lily King

After losing her mother and a failed relationship, Casey Peabody has just returned to Massachusetts in the summer of 1997. Trying to leave it all behind her, she rents a small space to live, begins waiting tables and tirelessly works on her novel. Everything changes yet again when she falls for two different men at the same time and soon she finds herself struggling to balance what she wants from her art, her relationships and her future.


Summer Longing by Jamie Brenner

When Ruth Cooperman arrives in Provincetown, all she’s looking to find is her forever home and a summer alone to unwind. But her plan is upended when she finds a baby on the doorstep of her home. While the baby brings the women of the town together, Ruth even reaches out to make reconcile her differences with her daughter. In Summer Longing, a group of women will find out who they are thanks to the help of one unexpected child.


The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward

Single mother Charlotte wants nothing more than to see her children together once again. With positive memories of the kids when they were young, she gets her chance to get the family back in the same room when she wins an over-the-top cruise vacation. As the family travels through Europe, they find themselves finally coming to terms with their family’s issues and the problems that are keeping them from truly finding happiness.

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Ashley Johnson

Ashley has always been a writer at heart, receiving a diary from her mother at a very young age. Supportive book-buying parents influenced her love of literature and storytelling as she grew up. Her love for songwriting led the way to creating short stories and the start of her own blog where she documented her life as a college student. A fan of dark plot lines, Ashley picked up Stephen King’s It and never looked back. When she is not working on her first novel or new story ideas, Ashley can be found curled up with her rescue chihuahuas or exploring breathtaking locations throughout the US.

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