spring reading list

Let me tell you something, I never in a million years imagined that these “reading lists” would be so incredibly popular. I’ve received emails from readers asking about when the Spring post would be published. I’ve got a fantastic group of amazingly talented ladies divulging their favorite reads . . . I want to go check into a cabin in Stinson beach with all of these books. That’s just how good they sound.

So grab a ice tea, find a chair at your local cafe and start reading!
As a lover of the written word and community, this book seemed like an easy inspiration and reminder to surround yourself with love, beauty and kindness.

This is my second 5-year diary and is a lovely way to gauge emotions and pinpoint memories — all in under 30 seconds a day!

I’ll admit it; I purchased this book simply to feel better about the endless stack of laundry I continually trip over.
By far the smartest “woman’s magazine” on the market…It’s filled with fantastic profiles of really interesting, intelligent ladies and artful fashion. I’m totally addicted.

I read an excerpt of this book in Vogue a few months ago and was hooked. There’s nothing better than a good memoir, and this one manages to combine motherhood, marriage and a love affair with yoga. It’s witty and self-depreciating…and deep down I’m hoping that the author’s yoga prowess will somehow be transferred to me through osmosis just by reading the book.

My husband and I have been in a couple’s book club for the past seven (!) years, where each individual takes turn picking a new book for the group to read every few months. Because it’s co-ed, the choices are hugely varied (from classics, to biographies…we even got the boys to read Twilight, due to the, umm… zeitgeist factor). We’re currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird. The last time I read this book I was 14. I’m excited to dig in again with an adult perspective…

How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum by Keri Smith
I love the optimistic message of this book. The lovely hand drawn typography and illustrations are an added bonus.

The Joy of Less: How to De-clutter, Organize and Simplify Your Life by Francine Jay
Learning to live with less is something I’m always striving to do. I’m hoping this book will give me the boost I need to make some changes.

Bossypants by Tina Fey
I love all things Tina Fey, especially her honest and hilarious account of being a working mother in the entertainment business. Bossypants is available for purchase April 5th, I can’t wait to get my copy in the mail.

I discovered this magazine at a newsstand recently and was initially drawn to the graphics. As you can tell from the name, it’s a men’s publication, but I found a lot of things inspiring about it. The typography, the slightly vintage feel, the undone nature of the photography — all-in-all, it’s very visually appealing.

No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories by Miranda July
A friend gave me this book as a gift not too long ago and I’ve been enjoying the subtle comedy and vulnerability in July’s writing. If you’ve ever seen Me and You and Everyone We Know, the vibe is very similar.

Food Matters by Mark Bittman
You may not think of a cookbook as bedside reading material, but lately I’ve been ending my days bookmarking what I want to try next from Mark Bittman’s Food Matters. I went to a book signing of his a few months back and his discussion about consuming food that is both good for yourself and good for the environment really resonated with me. I’ve yet to make one thing from here that isn’t insanely delicious.

Undecorate by Christiane Lemieux
I purchased this book for a few reasons. the first being that I love Christiane and her designs and the other because it is great non traditional approach to decorating.

Modern Vintage Style by Emily Chalmers
The colors and textiles are so fun in this book. I have found some great ideas for my own house.

Truth be told, I have never actually read this book. I have seen all versions of the movie so I thought it was time to read it for myself.


  1. Helena - A Diary of Lovely

    great suggestions, thanks for organizing this Caitlin, gives me some great ideas!

  2. Carolann DeMatos

    I am always always always looking for a good read … this is a great little collection on a wide selection of topics. I think I am most interested to read 'The Company They Kept'. I am always interested in exploring friendships.

    Carolann | http://www.wonderpuggraphics.com/blog

  3. Katie

    Thanks, great list.. but now I have gone and spent waaaay to much on amazon again!!

  4. Creategirl

    YAY! I love when you post these lists, it literally sets me up for the next season of reading!

  5. Daniella

    Great list! Definitely going to check out the yoga and minimalist ones…

  6. Christina

    I'm a huge fab of book lists. Keep em coming! This is not the first time the yoga one has been recommended to me. Must be a sign.

  7. Jenna@simplybonvivant

    Love this…reading is such an important part of life and creativity. To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my all time favorite books, and Pride and Prejudice, I read it once a year every year…Tina Fey's is awesome, loving the Q&A I think I need to run out and get that! Thanks for the inspiration….XO!

  8. Doorknobs And Daiquiris

    This is great! Especially since I'm really trying hard to make more time in my schedule to read and relax!

  9. Alice Olive

    What a great list! Thank you for compiling and sharing… Amazon here I come!

  10. casey

    And just like that I have my spring/summer reading list. Plus your great blog, I'm here via Jessica.

  11. Amber's Notebook

    Alright I'm spending my morning looking these books on amazon and kindle. Thanks you!
    Amber's Notebook

  12. KC

    Hooray! I L-O-V-E this series! Totally adding these to my Amazon wish list 🙂

  13. lark + linen

    on a whim, I purchased the undecorate book just yesterday as I was feeling uninspired. Love that it's been recommended here!

  14. Global Atelier

    LOVE all the books and can't wait to buy the ones I haven't heard of – what a spectacular post!!!

  15. Felicia

    what a lovely list of books! i wish i didn't have so much school reading and i could spend my time doing leisure reading!

  16. Jaime @ La vie...J'aime

    nice lists here! that yoga memoir definitely intrigues me.

  17. Down and Out Chic

    awesome, i think i'll be adding a few of these books to my wish list starting with the q&a journal!

  18. Christine

    I always love to see what everyone is reading. Some great finds!

  19. Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss

    I can't wait to spend more time reading about these!

  20. alice

    a really really good mix!!! adding these to my nightstand list…

  21. Stephanie

    great suggestions! Can't wait for the Tina Fey book

  22. Her name was Lola

    So many marvelous suggestions! THANK YOU. xo Lola

  23. Lo

    I love the reading list idea! So many great titles from so fabulous women. I am looking forward to summer to get started on some of these 🙂


  24. Simply Mel {Reverie}

    let me just tell you how much I love a good list of book suggestions from bright women ~ A LOT!

    the supreme dork that lies within my nerdy soul keeps a running NOTES list on my iphone, and at least a once weekly trip to the library in search of another genius read or at least to place holds on a few. my librarian knows me by name, it's that bad.

  25. Alyce

    Wow! I definitely need to get onto amazon for some of these gems! Thanks for all the suggestions!

  26. Lucy

    I just got so excited browsing your Spring reading list. I even added some books to my own list. Especially "A perfectly kept house is a sign of a misspent life" (can this be my motto?) and "Poser."

  27. Victoria

    Love this spring reading list. Thanks so much for publishing it!

  28. Elizabeth Saucier

    Thanks for this! I'm gonna have to check out some of these books now…

  29. Katie Bee

    I am always looking for good books! I'm trying to write reviews every week to keep track of the things I've read and the impressions they make–I hope to hear more about these later!

  30. CreativeOCD

    Thank you, thank you, thank you – I have been looking for new books to read and now I have a new list!

  31. canvas art prints

    Brilliant post, thanks a lot and those books are just great.

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