Remember the days of having a “real” spring break? (All you students out there: enjoy it while it lasts.) A blissful week with no responsibilities, preferably spent on a beach with stacks of magazines and friends who have nothing on the agenda besides vegging out. I decided to reclaim it this year: by the time this post goes live, Adam and I will be in Miami on a long weekend with friends. It’s our first getaway without the kids since having Henry, and since I’ve been fantasizing for several months about diving into a new book without interruptions, I polled the team to find out what they’re reading this spring. Click through for our picks, and I’d love to hear all of your additions in the comments! Now excuse me while I order another glass of rosé…

*image: Make Life Easier


A View From the Porch by Avi Friedman

“Homes are as much about memories and aspirations as they are about walls and shades of paint.” Just one quote from Avi Friedman’s book, and I was sold! I can’t wait  to learn more about how social and personal influences can change the layout of a home, and in turn, how your home’s design can impact your life. — Emily


How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

How to Be a Woman was one of the best books I read in 2015, so I can’t wait to read this book by the same author. If it’s anything like the last book, it’ll have me laughing, thinking, and wishing I had her brilliant wit and glorious way with words. — Jenn


Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Obvi. Who doesn’t want to spend hours with Mindy? — Molly


Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert 

I consider myself the chief advertiser to all my friends of Gilbert’s most notable novel, Eat Pray Love, so I’m really excited to read her latest book and hear her take on living creatively, while still embracing challenges like fear and self-doubt. I always enjoy reading about other creative people’s processes and learning how to apply some of their principles in my life, so I’m definitely looking forward to gathering some inspiration from this one! — Suruchi


Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

Adam’s book comes recommended by one of my favorite authors, Malcolm Gladwell. I love his stance on innovators — he says they are made, not born and gives insight on how to become one. — Kelly


Woman Code by Alisa Vitti

I just came across hormone and nutrition expert Alisa Vitti and her site Flo Living, and I am obsessed (to learn more, listen to her interview on The Lively Show ). This woman and her endless and cohesive knowledge about women’s health are just rocking my world—I can’t wait to dig into her book! — Tara


The Last Days of Magic by Mark L. Tompkins

As I impatiently await the return of Game of Thrones this April, I’m finding myself craving some fantasy when it comes to my Spring reading. This debut novel from Mark Tompkins combines ‘Celtic and Biblical mythology with late medieval political intrigue and warfare,’ and according to reviews, does it really really well. The book just came out this last Tuesday, and I already can’t wait to wrap up my current read and dive straight into Tompkins’ imaginary world. — Chanel


The Devil’s Financial Dictionary by Jason Zweig

I know, I was caught off guard too when I first heard of this book. Bu I have flipped through the first few pages, and already find myself laughing out loud at their hilarious decodings of the Wall Street world. It’s witty but informative, and a surprisingly enjoyable read. It’s the most – I should say only – interesting book on finance I have found! — Emily


Under the Skin by Michel Faber

I saw this movie last year, and I was so perplexed by its weirdness. Just realized it’s a book, and I can’t wait to read it as a complex, juicy novel. There could be nothing weirder or more transfixing than ScarJo driving around Eastern Europe in a van, kidnapping men and maybe being an alien. You know you wanna read that. — Molly


Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Because, honestly, it’s time to start dating. Aziz enlists a sociologist to help him understand today’s dating world (I need help, too). Even though I’m a millennial, I am an old soul and love the idea of traditional, old school romance. — Kelly


I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam

My boyfriend got me this and I couldn’t have picked a better read myself. Vanderkam collected data and some amazing insights about how women are using time creatively to fit the pieces of work, family, and leisure into their lives – while getting full nights of sleep. —Jenn


Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan 

In complete honesty I’ve already read this book twice, but it’s always high on my list when giving my reading recommendations to people because Keegan was such a beautiful writer. The book is a mix of fiction and non-fiction short stories, but no matter the subject of each one, it’s been a long time since a book has really made me take a step back and reflect on what I’m grateful for. — Suruchi

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

I’m headed to Miami with friends for a few days of great food and sunshine — and mainly unplugging from email and work calls! After a lot of “productive” reading lately (self-help, memoirs, and business books), I can’t wait to lose myself in a great story for sheer escapism. — Camille


The Clasp by Sloane Crosley

I just love Sloane so very much, and I’m dying to check out her debut novel. And, the fact that the book comes in three different neon colors is so cool. I’m honestly a little stressed about which one to choose. What does my Clasp jacket color say about me?! — Tara

5 comments
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    Erin | March 4, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Modern Romance and Why Not Me are easily some of my favorite books!!
    Erin | http://www.erinelizabethmiller.com

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    Tessa | March 4, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Love the fact that the recommendations cover such a wide range of subjects. Molly, you have me laughing with your teasers! And Suruchi, The Opposite of Loneliness just might be my next book, the moment I finish my current obsession, The Talented Mr. Ripley.

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    Molly | March 5, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Suruchi, I picked up The Opposite of Loneliness last year when I was wandering through the library and loved it so much. I’ve never talked to anyone else who has ever read it!

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    odessadarling | March 5, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Thanks for the suggestions! I’m one of those lufoy people who do get a spring break (my boss takes it off for vacation with his kids) so I’m gonna pick a few of these up for some reading and relaxing 🙂

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    Mark Tompkins | March 18, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Chanel, thank you for including The Last Days of Magic! I hope you enjoy the read. Penguin commissioned a limited number of custom tarot decks for the book launch and I am happy to have one sent to you if you like. One thing about tarot, be careful what you ask the cards… Mark

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