Writing the Seasons with Books: Spring

I don’t consider myself a seasonal reader, meaning that I don’t tend to read books in a way that agrees with the season we are in. I usually read more fantasy and adventure books than normal during summer. And Halloween is generally my favourite time of the year to read unsettling novels. However, I’m also known to read books set during the winter in the summer and gothic, creepy novels while the flowers are blooming with the arrival of spring. Thus, I won’t be recommending you books to read during this spring. Any book is a good one!

Instead, I’ve decided to take a look at my shelves and select six books with titles beginning with the letters of the word ‘spring’. This wasn’t as easy to achieve as I first thought. And I had to cheat slightly! But below are the books with which I’m writing ‘spring’.

 

Sonetos by Florbela Espanca    

Florbela Espanca was a Portuguese poet who lived during the early 20th century. Her sonnets generally delve into the topics of love and passion. But they also convey pessimism and suffering, complemented with a pinch of sensuality.

 

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Peter Pan is one of the few children’s books that I read for the first time as an adult. The main character in this adventure is a boy from Neverland who doesn’t want to grow up. Wendy assumes the role of the adult, although she is a child herself. I’m sure you all know this story that focuses on the differences between childhood and adulthood.

 

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve mentioned Rebecca on this blog, but it truly is a magnificent, atmospheric book, which features complex characters. The unnamed narrator is an insecure and full of self-doubt young woman who married the older Maxim de Winter. She moved with him to Manderley, his family home, where she found herself living in the shadow of his deceased first wife, Rebecca, who had apparently exceled at everything.

 

(As) Intermitências da Morte (Death at Intervals) by José Saramago

Let’s ignore the detail that the Portuguese title of this book by José Saramago starts with ‘As’, after all it serves a similar purpose to ‘the’. In an unnamed country, people have stopped dying. All the problems that arise from that fact make Death return to work, though approaching it in a different way.

 

Nada by Carmen Laforet

This book by the Spanish writer Carmen Laforet tells the story of a young woman, Andrea, who tried to lead an independent life in Barcelona, where she moved to in order to attend university. She found it difficult to reconcile poverty with the way of life of her new friends. It focuses on a female friendship and a broken family.

 

Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov

Gooseberries is a collection of three thought-provoking and easy to read short stories by the Russian master Anton Chekhov. The main characters reassess their lives after various transformative sets of events.

 

Have you read any of these books? Tell me in the comments!

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