The ANNA Staff's Favorite Spring Reads

The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes


SHONDA IS A GODDESS. This is the ultimate inspirational, girl-power, stop-holding-yourself-back book. It's full of celebrity sightings, world-changing realizations, and catchy phrases you'll find yourself adopting as your new mantras. I highly recommend it to anyone who feels a little lost or just needs something to smile about this spring.  

- Samantha Grindell

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

It's a nice, relaxing subway read, and it's philosophical in a way that gets your mind to slow down and stop over-analyzing everything. Finding that place of calm can be difficult in NYC, so it's nice to have a book to turn to for that.

-Greta Shull

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Fantasy tales have been dominated by quasi-privileged boys (most likely orphans), taking up their father’s sword, learning the long forgotten rites of magic, toppling evil empires, or some combination of the three. Patrick Rothfuss’s Name of the Wind does all of this and more through the use of two narrators. Rothfuss is uniquely aware of the type of world fantasy readers expect; he deftly subverts the genre using killer literary acumen mixed with gripping prose. Connections have been made between Rothfuss and George R.R. Martin, but those comparisons do Rothfuss a disservice, as his work is truly one of a kind.

Read if: You think you don’t like fantasy books, have become bored with fantasy, or (like I am) are obsessed with Bards and storytelling.

-Wendell Britt

11/22/63 by Stephen King

I have not yet finished, but I will tell you that it makes my 45-minute morning commute feel like two. This is not your typical Stephen King thriller. It is a science-fiction piece about time travel and the butterfly effect. Stephen King creates a universe (and an alternate universe) that he transports you to in this moving story about changing the events of the obdurate past. You'll fight alongside the characters; their struggle is your struggle, their pain is your pain, their trepidation and wonder are yours. If you're a person that enjoys thinking about our reality, pick up this book and tease your perception of it.

-Jane Torbert

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Set in rural England during the late 1930s, this novel is rustic, Romantic, and devastating. The story follows Briony Tallis, an aspiring writer and daydreamer who condemns her sister Cecelia and her lover Robbie Turner to years of forced separation after a false accusation. Atonement allows you to bask in the sun in a Victorian mansion, drags you through the shell-shocked fields of WWII-era mainland Europe, and might just let you have the happy ending you're aching for.

-Meredith Clarke

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

This book is everything you want from Mindy. Reading this book at the park or by the water makes you feel like Mindy is there, relaxing with you. Her wit and charm jumps off the page, and you won't be able to put it down until it's done.

-Addison Smith

Room by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue's Room, now a movie with Academy award-winning actress Brie Larson, is a gripping story about a mother and her son who are held captive from birth. The first pages will have you instantly invested in their survival. Written from the perspective of a little boy, Room will make you cry out of anger, compassion, and joy, sometimes all at once.

-Elaine Villanueva

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

This is the first book in a new YA series. The series features both a Holmes and Watson readers have never seen before. The writing is excellent, and Cavallaro has really done a great job of capturing the spirit of the original Holmes and Watson. I can't wait to see what this mystery and the end of the story bring! Highly recommend!

-Bridget O’Toole

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

I'm a sucker for good nonfiction, and this one reads like a Clancy thriller. Absolutely engrossing - even though (I'd hope) you know how it ends, you won't be able to wait to find out what happens next. Honestly, even though I knew an event like a presidential assassination would be dipping with drama, I didn't think there's be this much. Also, it takes place during the Spring of 1865, so... seasonal relevance?

-Jon Meltzer

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