I love reading on a theme. A small selection of books which fit together nicely is just my cup of tea. As a little Easter gift to you, because you still bother to visit this neglected blog, I have put together a selection of spring reads from my bookshelves. Chosen not necessarily because all the action takes place in spring but because the voice of spring sings loud and hopeful in each.
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.
Much-loved children's classic set in a fairy-tale version of the West Country. I first read it when I was about twelve and have loved it ever since.
Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas.
The lives of the inhabitants of a small Welsh town are described over the course of one spring day in this poem-play.
In the Springtime of the Year by Susan Hill.
A novel about grief set against the background of the changing seasons in the English countryside. Beautiful writing and not a gloomy read at all.
A Room With a View by E.M Forster
Lucy Honeychurch has her senses awakened in a field of violets in Italy.
An Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
Another Italian spring. Delightful.
The Darling Buds of May by H.E Bates
Spring in Kent. Perfick.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Hang spring cleaning!
As an aside, the chapter about Pan 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn' makes an interesting companion to E.M Forster's short story The Story of a Panic.
Other books which spring to mind (see what I did there) are The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and Chocolat by Joanne Harris which is a very appropriate read right now as the story begins on Shrove Tuesday and ends at Easter.
What have I left out? I'd love to know your favourite springtime read.