in which we list books with springy vibes

hello, dear friends, and welcome back to the fairy hollow!

i don’t know about you, but spring is one of my favorite times of the year, especially early spring, when it’s rainy and cool and the flowers are blooming and the baby animals are being born. it’s such a lovely time of year and i love looking out my window to the green trees right outside.

in celebration of this lovely season, i have decided to make a list of some of my favorite books with lovely spring vibes. so let’s get started!

the Grandma’s Attic Series

{apologies for the grainy photo}

the Grandma’s Attic Series is a four-book-long collection of short stories compiled by Arleta Richardson. each book recalls stories that Arleta was told by her grandmother, all about the time Grandma was growing up on a farm in Michigan during the mid to late 1800s.

in every one of Grandma’s stories, exhilarating antics ensue. in one story, grandma is dressing a piglet in baby clothes, and in another, she is getting lost at the county fair. there is no shortage of silly situations to laugh at, and each story teaches a valuable lesson.

i own the first two books in this series and i love both of them. they are very fun to read and they make me long for the olden days, when towns were small and telephones didn’t exist. perfect for when you want a cozy read for a rainy day.

These Happy Golden Years

all of the books in the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder are very lovely and fun to read, but These Happy Golden Years is my favorite. it tells the story of how Laura’s relationship grew with a man in her town, starting with him giving her rides to and from the schoolhouse Laura worked at, and eventually ending with them marrying and moving in together.

the book starts in the dredges of winter, but slowly blossoms into spring, and the parts of the book where Laura and Almanzo are admiring nature or attending singing school have such wonderful, relaxing vibes. it’s a very nice read and i’ve read this book so many times, my copy is falling apart. i need to buy another one, haha.

literally any of James Herriot’s children’s books and short stories

James Herriot’s stories are so beautifully written, especially his children’s books. my mother gave me my first James Herriot book when i was eight and i have read it nothing short of a million times. over the years, we’ve collected a few more, but i won’t be happy until i have the entire collection! my two favorites are Smudge, the Little Lost Lamb, and The Christmas Day Kitten, although the latter is not quite as much of a spring read as some of the others.

not only do Herriot’s books tell stories of cute, fuzzy animals, they also tug relentlessly at your heart strings and teach beautiful lessons. and i am yet to read a James Herriot book without amazing illustrations. they are all so lovely and definitely worth a read.

The Secret Garden

though, i have put this on my spring book list, i have a rather embarrassing confession. . . . i’ve never read this book all the way through. i read a little more than half of it for school, then lost my patience and stopped. but that was more than six years ago and i have come a long way in my reading journey. so, i’m putting this book on my reading list. maybe i can successfully finish it this time around.

from what i can remember, the story is very springy and lovely, and Frances Hodgson Burnett was one of my favorite authors when i was young. (i was obsessed with A Little Princess all through elementary school.) i miss the ravenous nature with which i read classics when i was young. growing up is a travesty.

what do you think?

i hope you enjoyed reading my springy book suggestions! spring is such a perfect time of year, full of flowers, showers, and sunshine, and i cannot wait to spend my season sitting outside and reading my favorite classics.

what are some of your favorite spring books? have you read any of the books on this list?

have a lovely day, friend (:


7 thoughts on “in which we list books with springy vibes

  1. Breanna 💚 April 4, 2023 / 9:46 am

    Okay, I was so excited when I saw These Happy Golden Years since I read Farmer Boy and recognized Almonzo’s name immediately. (Almanzo! What a cool name.) Oh, I’m getting butterflies. A love story~! I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for that one.

    I’m so glad someone’s talking about books that appeal to children & adults! You know that feeling where you’ve read the book a million times over the years, so the pages give you so much nostalgia, but you haven’t outgrown it? It just elicits new emotions and ideas while reminding you of your past. Aaaaagh, I love it. (Also, your blog is so pretty!)

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    • Mia Harden April 4, 2023 / 10:13 am

      These Happy Golden Years is such a lovely book! i can’t get enough of a good love story!

      i know exactly what you’re talking about. it’s so very nice to never outgrow a book. and the reasons you love it when you’re a child are different than the reasons you love it as a grown-up. it’s such a beautiful thing. (also thank youuu!!)

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  2. Chloe Ruth April 4, 2023 / 4:53 pm

    “but that was more than six years ago”
    That was five years ago.

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    • Mia Harden April 4, 2023 / 8:01 pm

      my math is flawless


  3. Aimee S. April 11, 2023 / 4:32 pm

    I love the Grandma’s Attic series!! I own all eight books and they are so much fun! My favorite book is the last in the series ‘A Home in North Branch’, where ‘Grandma’ shares her story of being a mother. Grandma’s daughter may have gotten into bigger messes that Grandma herself!

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