30 Spring Books to Have on Your Radar

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Spring can’t get here fast enough—especially when it’s bringing such a fantastic crop of books with it. Here at We Are Bookish, we know how much NetGalley members enjoy looking ahead at what’s to come, which is why we’ve rounded up 30 books across a variety of genres that members will want to have on their radar for their spring TBR. Some of these are even available for request on NetGalley!

The Celebrants by Steven Rowley

Guncle author Steven Rowley’s latest features a group of college friends who reunite every few years to throw living “funerals.” But this reunion, Jordan Vargas has a secret that could change their plans.

The Time of Your Life by Sandra Kitt

Sandra Kitt returns this spring with a contemporary romance. When Beck’s stepfather passes, Beck inherits half of his fortune. The rest is given to Eden, his stepfather’s mentee and a woman Beck finds himself fascinated by.

The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell

If you love locked-room mysteries and the Great British Bake Off, you don’t want to miss this suspenseful thriller about a reality baking competition set at a Vermont estate which takes a deadly turn.

Witch King by Martha Wells

Martha Wells’ epic return to fantasy is sure to have fans counting down the days until Witch King is on shelves. The book kicks off with the assassinated Kai waking to find the world drastically changed.

Venom & Vow by Anna-Marie McLemore and Elliott McLemore

Married writers Anna-Marie and Elliott McLemore team up in this YA fantasy to tell the story of a transgender prince and a bigender assassin who must work together to break the curse on their rival kingdoms.

A History of Burning by Janika Oza

Readers who enjoy family sagas will want this debut at the top of their TBR. Janika Oza takes readers from India to Uganda and then to Canada in an exploration of one teenager’s choices and how they impact his family for decades.

Something Wild & Wonderful by Anita Kelly

Opposites attract in Anita Kelly’s latest romance, which  takes readers to the Pacific Crest Trail where solo hikers Alexei Lebedev and Ben Caravalho decide to journey forward together after a series of run-ins.

The Nigerwife by Vanessa Walters

Vanessa Walters’ debut novel transports readers to Lagos, Nigeria. When Nicole Oruwari goes missing and the cracks begin to show in her facade of a perfect life, her Auntie Claudine flies in to find her niece.

The Blood Gift by N. E. Davenport

N. E. Davenport’s sci-fantasy duology comes to a close this spring. New readers start with book The Blood Trials, while fans can pick up with Ikenna, now a fugitive, as she reckons with how to end the war without losing everything.

Tell Me What Really Happened by Chelsea Sedoti

YA readers should don their detective caps for this mystery told exclusively in the form of first person police interviews from four teens who went camping and came back without one of their friends.

The Last Russian Doll by Kristen Loesch

Kristen Loesch takes historical fiction readers on a journey this spring to uncover the connection between three generations of Russian women: a young girl in Moscow, a student at Oxford, and a noblewoman in Petrograd.

A Rogue’s Rules for Seduction by Eva Leigh

A scoundrel gets a second chance to win the woman he loves (and grovel, of course) when they find themselves stranded at a country home. Read more on Eva Leigh’s inspiration in our interview here!

Don’t You Dare by Jessica Hamilton

Hannah, Scarlett, and Thomas played a game of increasingly risky dares in college. But it ended when a dare led to Thomas’ expulsion. Sixteen years later, Thomas is back and he wants Hannah to play another game.

A Crown of Ivy and Glass by Claire Legrand

Claire Legrand makes her adult fantasy debut this spring with a tale of the magic-less daughter of a family blessed by the gods with special abilities, who partners with a handsome stranger to finally get her family’s attention.

Lose You to Find Me by Erik J. Brown

Teens are given a second chance at love in this queer coming-of-age story. Tommy agrees to train a new hire in exchange for a letter of recommendation from his manager, only to learn the newbie is Gabe, his childhood crush.

Beyond That, the Sea by Laura Spence-Ash

During World War II, Bea’s English parents make the impossible choice to send her to America. Over time, Bea starts to build a life there with a new family. When she’s called home to England, she finds herself torn in two.

A Tempest at Sea by Sherry Thomas

The game is afoot this spring as Sherry Thomas returns with another installment in the Lady Sherlock series. This time Charlotte Holmes is in hiding to evade Moriarty and therefore must avoid crime solving, if she can.

The True Love Experiment by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren fans fell for side-character Fizzy in The Soulmate Equation and now the fictional romance novelist is getting to live out her own love story opposite documentary filmmaker and single father, Connor.

That Self-Same Metal by Brittany N. Williams

Brittany N. Williams’s debut YA fantasy is the first in the Forge & Fracture Saga. Joan’ ability to control metal leads her straight into growing tensions between the humans and the Fae of Shakespearean London.

Loki’s Ring by Stina Leicht

Prepare for take-off, sci-fi readers. Captain Gita Chithra is taking the crew of The Tempest on their most dangerous mission yet into an alien-made solar system to save Ri, the robot she loves like a daughter.

House of Cotton by Monica Brashears

Monica Brashears’s debut is a Black southern gothic novel following 19-year-old Magnolia Brown after she accepts a job from a stranger known as Cotton. As her financial worries start to ease, so do her concerns about what she agreed to.

Verity and the Forbidden Suitor by J.J. McAvoy

In this Regency romance, a forbidden romance blossoms between Verity, the sister of a duke, and Theodore, the doctor who saved the duke’s life. Can she break society’s rules to be with the man she loves?

Ozark Dogs by Eli Cranor

Drawing from a true crime in his hometown, Eli Cranor’s sophomore novel is a Southern thriller. When his granddaughter is taken as payment for a blood debt, Jeremiah Fitzjurls vows to do anything to get her back.

The Bone Shard War by Andrea Stewart

Andrea Stewart brings the Drowning Empire series to a dramatic close this spring with the third and final installment, which follows Emperor Lin Sukai racing against enemies to find seven mystic swords.

The Next New Syrian Girl by Ream Shukairy

Ream Shukairy explores the pressures of what it means to be a perfect Syrian daughter in this contemporary YA novel about the friendship that forms between Syrian American Khadija and Syrian refugee Leene.

Pomegranate by Helen Elaine Lee

A queer Black woman sets out to regain custody of her children and discover who she is in Helen Elaine Lee’s latest. As her prison sentence comes to a close, Ranita Atwater considers where her future might take her.

Something Spectacular by Alexis Hall

Readers looking for queer historical romance will be thrilled to know Alexis Hall has a second installment in the Something Fabulous series hitting shelves in April—following Peggy and the soprano her ex is wooing.

Symphony of Secrets by Brendan Slocumb

Alternating between the present and 1920s Manhattan, this story unravels the mystery of how a celebrated composer stole from a young Black musician and one professor’s journey to reveal the truth.

Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling

You may have spied this near-future dystopian novel on our roundup of highly-anticipated 2023 releases available to request on NetGalley. It follows climate change survivors to a camp where everyone carries a secret.

Made of Stars by Jenna Voris

Bonnie and Clyde take to the stars in this YA sci-fi novel that draws inspiration from their story. Partners in crime Shane and Ava fight to evade a general on their tail when they learn their home planet is in danger.

What spring release are you looking forward to?

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Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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