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10 cheerful reads to celebrate that Spring is finally coming


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After a 'cold snap' that seemed to last forever, the Beast from the East is finally beginning to thaw, and the promise of Spring is in the air. Here at The National Student, we have compiled a list of cheerful books to perk up your mood in preparation for the arrival of a new season (or just to chase away those snowy winter blues!):

1. Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls To Gilmore Girls, by Lauren Graham

A must for any Gilmore Girls fan, Lauren Graham's autobiography tells the story of her life and career with the classic warmth and humour she was known for playing one of TV's most well known mothers, Lorelai Gilmore. This book is perfect for sitting down with a cup of hot chocolate, and laughing away those winter blues!

2. To All The Boys I Loved Before, by Jenny Han

This cute book tells the story of Lara Jean Song as she navigates her first romance after a box of her private letters are delivered to crushes who were never meant to receive them. A warm, fuzzy romance, perfect to warm you up on the cold winter nights and get you ready for Spring. 

3. When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon

One of the biggest YA releases of last year, When Dimple Met Rishi is the YA answer to the teen rom-com, following two Indian teens who are unbeknownst to Dimple, arranged to be married. The two meet at a summer web development program and sparks fly! An adorable, diverse story, this book is perfect to cheer you up on a cold winter's day.

4. Anna and The French Kiss, Stephanie Perkins

What better way to escape the cold misery of the UK in winter, than to venture into summery, sunny Paris. This book follows Anna as she navigates school and romance in the City of Love.

5. Bridget Jones' Diary, Helen Fielding

Yes we all know the movies, but if you're in the mood for some uproarious fun to break the winter gloom, courtesy of one of Britain's most famous fictional singletons, then it might be worth picking up the book that started it all. 

6. The Gentleman's Guide To Vice and Virtue, by Mackenzi Lee

For a historical adventure guaranteed to put a smile on your face, you can't go far wrong with Gentleman's Guide, as best friends Monty and Percy embark on a 17th century version of a lad's holiday. 

7. Between The Lines, by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

An adorable story which explores every book lover's dream; what if the characters in your favourite book were real? And they wanted out of their story? This novel follows teenager Delilah as she attempts to help her crush, fictional prince Oliver, to escape the confines of his story and enter the real world.

8. Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone, by JK Rowling

There's nothing like a nostalgic return to the Wizarding World to banish those winter blues and get you ready for the arrival of Spring.

9. Summer At Hope Meadows, by Lucy Daniels

If, like me, you were an animal loving kid and grew up devouring animal stories, chances are you will have read Lucy Daniels' (pseudonym for a group of writers), Animal Ark books. Well now we get to see little Mandy Hope all grown and a graduated vet, in this new, adult series, this first book explores Mandy's return to her old home after years away. The spring-set book of this series releases in May, but in the meantime, you can warm up and return to Animal Ark with this first installment.

10. Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

For a more fantastical pick me up, you can't go far wrong with Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's humorous take on Angels and Demons. 

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