Many of us are still recovering from the false spring warm ups and subsequent cold snaps that left us longing for the return of sun and warmth. Whether you want to curl up indoors, or enjoy a burst of spring sun, here are some book and entertainment suggestions. Try one of these 14 Bar-Worthy Spring Cocktails if you want to feel fancy. When you look up from the book or show you’re bingeing only to realize it’s time to eat, here’s a link to 75 Spring Weeknight Dinners, easy peasy. 

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
This book marks the beginning of the Miss Marple series. “Miss Marple encounters a compelling murder mystery in St. Mary Mead, where under the seemingly peaceful exterior of an English country village lurks intrigue, guilt, deception, and death.” (Barnes & Noble)

First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston (Reese’s Book Club Pick)
“A twisty cat-and-mouse suspense that will leave you addicted to both the story and the immensely compelling and deliciously complex protagonist, Evie. While at its core a mystery, there is plenty of heart to fill the rest of the space, making this a memorable debut.” (Barnes & Noble)

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
An inspirational resource. “True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are. Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.” (Amazon) 
Dog Man: The Scarlet Shredder by Dav Pilkey 
This is a fun series for kids and families. “P.U. Dog Man got sprayed by a skunk! After being dunked in tomato juice, the stink is gone but the scarlet color remains. Now exiled, this spunky superhero must struggle to save the citizens who shunned him! Will the ends justify the means for Petey, who’s reluctantly pulled back into a life of crime in order to help Dog Man? And who will step forward when an all-new, never-before-seen villain unleashes an army of A.I. robots?” (Barnes & Noble)

Alex Rider (Prime Video)
Unconvinced his uncle’s death was an accident, Alex Rider begins an investigation that leads him into a world of cover-ups and espionage. Dealing with life as a teenager and uncovering skills he’s unknowingly honed over the years, Alex gets recruited by MI6 to infiltrate places other agents can’t. The show is adapted from the novels written by Anthony Horowitz and is a good thriller for teens and up. There are already three seasons available, plenty to get you through the rainy spring weather. 

You can also find the books in series order on the Anthony Horowitz website here.   


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Kristen Gibson