Spring Into Reading With These Selections

Adreon Patterson
3 min readApr 18, 2024

Spring brings about thoughts of — flowers, blue skies, sunshine, animals awakening, etc. It’s the perfect time of year to leave your home and enjoy the great outdoors. However, there are moments when sunny Spring days become overcast and rainy. On those days when you need another outlet for your time, that’s when reading swopes in to save the day. So, here are some books to sit down on those dreary days or quiet weekends.

How Beautiful We Were

This literary and climate fiction brings to light the environmental consequences of corporate and government greed. The fictional African village of Kosawa is severely affected by American oil firm Pexton after a major oil spill. The situation spawns a citizen revolt spearheaded by college graduate Thula despite opposition from the state government.

You can buy the Afro-centric environmental novel from outlets like Amazon and Barnes & Noble or check out from your local library.

Everything Is Connected

This beautifully illustrated children’s book makes conservation and environmentalism to children in a unique and fun way. The book uses creative images and rhyme schemes to show the connection between everything on the Earth.

You can buy the children’s book from outlets like Amazon and Barnes & Noble or check out from your local library.

Lessons from Plants

This botanic exploration examines how plant life can benefit the human experience. The book explores the plant-human relationship and how they achieve their purpose apart from human consumption through scientific studies.

You can buy the plant-themed book from outlets like Amazon and Barnes & Noble or check it out from your local library.

The Wisdom of Flowers: Essential Life Lessons for Joy and Wellbeing

This selection dives into the floral world from a unique spiritual perspective. The book focuses on sixty flowers from across the globe, delving into the symbolism of each flower. It explores the characteristics and strengths of each type to inspire the reader in life.

You can buy the spiritual floral book from outlets like Amazon and Barnes & Noble or check it out from your local library.

Fruiting Bodies

This literary book lends itself to the varying perspectives presented to readers. This collection of short stories featuring queer and female characters explores a slowly decaying world through a series of interconnected moments. It highlights the strength needed to combat the environmental crisis.

You can buy the short story collection from outlets like Amazon and Barnes & Noble or check it out from your local library.

Climate Optimism

This selection leans into the eternal optimism of American environmentalism. It delves into how individuals and businesses can implement sustainability into their daily lives to fight climate change. The book highlights some prominent environmental trends to follow in this decades-long fight.

You can buy the environmental business book from outlets like Amazon and Barnes & Noble or check it out from your local library.

The Secret Garden

This children’s literary classic places the comforts and mystery of nature at the center. Mary Lennox moves to early 20th century England after her absentee parents die from cholera and their servants leave her alone. Initially miserable in her new surroundings, she opens up upon learning about the walled-up garden. As more secrets reveal themselves, the property, including its occupants, begins changing for the better.

You can buy the beloved children’s novel from outlets like Amazon and Barnes & Noble or check it out from your local library.

Don’t forget to add these selections to your growing Spring reading list.

Originally published at http://adreonpatterson.net on April 18, 2024.

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Adreon Patterson

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