Books to Keep You Warm Until Spring Arrives

Think of these books as a Spring Break trip without the travel.

With freezing temps and snow still falling in places across the country, we’re crossing our fingers that sunshine and warmer temperatures are right around the corner. And while we know that today is technically the first day of spring, we also know that it will take quite a while for it to actually feel like it.

So, until spring decides to show its pretty face, we’ve compiled some entertaining reads to help you stay warm. From family dramas to dystopian fiction, we think there’s something for everyone looking to say “so long” to Old Man Winter. These reads are like spring vacation for the mind, body and soul.


Bookshelf curated by Katharine Scrivener.


Image credits: Corrine_t/Twenty20, thonyguillen/Twenty20.

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About Katharine Scrivener

Katharine Scrivener

KATHARINE SCRIVENER collects books like some people collect shoes and has an abnormal obsession with Friday Night Lights (#teamriggins). When she’s not reading, Katharine is helping to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis, a disease she was diagnosed with at 16 years old. She lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband and piles of books. Find Katharine on Twitter and Instagram at @katharinescriv.

  • Kevin J. Coolidge

    This list includes a lot of books I’ve been meaning to read for a while…. they’ve been on the TBR list for at least a couple of years, so it’s a good reminder and kick in the pants to move them further up the list!

  • techeditor

    I read a couple of these books.

    As a reader of both fiction and nonfiction but never science fiction, I truly enjoyed THE MARTIAN. I sure didn’t expect to and was reading it only because my husband bought it for me so that I would go with him to see “The Martian” movie.

    Mark Watney, an astronaut left for dead on Mars, did not die, after all, and spends more than a year managing to both stay alive and find a way to get back to earth. Sound corny? I thought so, too. But by the time I was halfway through the book, I agreed with the WALL STREET JOURNAL that it was brilliant. Yes, a lot of reviewers incorrectly describe books that way, but in this case, you’ll see why it’s true.

    The story is told alternately in first and third person; that is, Watney logs his efforts in first person and NASA and the rest of the world root for him in third person. Watney’s are the brilliant parts of the book. And, if you thought when you were in school that math was a useless and unnecessary subject, Andy Weir puts the lie to that here.

    As for STATIION ELEVEN, wow! And to think I almost passed this up. Had it not won a Great Michigan Read award, I wouldn’t have read STATION ELEVEN and wouldn’t have known how excellent it is.

    Put simply (which the book isn’t), the Georgia Flu eliminates just about everyone, some directly, others because the care they need for another ailment is now unavailable. We see lives before and after the Georgia Flu.

    Throughout the book are mentions of two comic books/graphic novels about Station Eleven, who created them and under what circumstances, and who possessed each over the next 20 years. It is a story within a story, each parallelling the other in several ways.

    The main story goes back and forth in time and contains many characters, with no single main character, although perhaps a main group of characters. It would be confusing if an author less skillful than Emily St. John Mandel had written it. I found it easy to follow. I recommend STATION ELEVEN

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