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. Many of these are even available for request on NetGalley!

Daughters of Shandong by Eve J. Chung

Eve J. Chung drew inspiration from her own family’s history to tell this tale of a Chinese mother and her daughters as they plan their escape from the Communist army invading the rural town of Shandong.

Murder Road by Simone St. James

April and Eddie’s honeymoon plans are ruined when they agree to pick up an injured hitchhiker and soon find themselves as the police’s top suspects in a string of murders along the road they had been traveling.

You Should Be So Lucky by Cat Sebastian

Cat Sebastian’s latest sounds like another historical romance homerun! Travel back to 1960 where a struggling new shortstop starts to fall for the reporter covering his first season playing baseball in New York.

The Angel of Indian Lake by Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones closes out his horror trilogy this March with a finale that picks up four years after Don’t Fear the Reaper and follows Jade as she returns to Proofrock, Idaho to face the curse of the Lake Witch.

The Summer She Went Missing by Chelsea Ichaso

In this young adult mystery, two teens risk their own safety to learn more about the disappearance of Audrey Covington, their best friend and sister respectively, who suddenly vanished a year earlier.

Orphia And Eurydicius by Elyse John

Can’t stop listening to the Hadestown soundtrack? Have we got the book for you—this gender-flipped version of the tale follows the lovestruck poet Orphia and shield-maker Eurydicius.

The Return of Ellie Black by Emiko Jean

Detective Chelsey Calhoun is shocked to hear that teenager Ellie Black has returned after being missing for two years. But it’s clear Ellie knows more than she’s saying about where she’s been and it’s up to Chelsey to find out what.

The Stranger I Wed by Harper St. George

Harper St. George kicks off a new historical romance series this spring. To access the dowry her grandmother left her, Cora Dove must marry and fast. She leaves New York for England, where she meets an earl in need of a wealthy wife.

Ocean’s Godori by Elaine U. Cho

Prepare for liftoff, readers. This science fiction adventure features a disgraced pilot embroiled in a political conflict with the Alliance, the space military based out of Korea, after her best friend is accused of murder.

This Is Me Trying by Racquel Marie

Racquel Marie’s newest YA novel explores themes of grief, mental health, and forgiveness as it follows two former friends who reunite in the wake of a tragic death and must navigate what their futures look like together.

The Swan’s Nest by Laura McNeal

Readers looking to dive into some historical fiction this spring, prepare to get swept away by the dramatic and secret love affair between 19th-century poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett.

Missing White Woman by Kellye Garrett

A romantic weekend getaway is ruined when Breanna wakes up to discover a dead body in the foyer. With her boyfriend missing and the police closing in, Breanna must do whatever it takes to clear her name.

Truly, Madly, Deeply by Alexandria Bellefleur

In the wake of heartbreak, romance novelist Truly is doubting her belief in love. The last thing she needs is to be stuck on a podcast with cynical divorce lawyer Colin, especially given how charmed she is by his smile.

The House That Horror Built by Christina Henry

As a horror fan, Harry Adams is thrilled to be working in the home of famed director Javier Castillo. But things take a frightening turn when she begins to hear cries for help behind a locked door.

Where Sleeping Girls Lie by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé’s YA mystery takes readers to the Alfred Nobel Academy boarding school where new student Sade is under suspicion after her roommate disappears and another student is found dead.

Rainbow Black by Maggie Thrash

Maggie Thrash’s first novel for adults is a queer coming-of-age story chronicling 20 years in a young woman’s life and blending together the genres of courtroom drama, murder mystery, family drama, and more!

The Father She Went to Find by Carter Wilson

After receiving a birthday card from the father she hasn’t seen in years, Penny decides to leave the institution she’s been in since she woke up from a coma to try to find him and along the way ends up witnessing a murder.

Manila Takes Manhattan by Carla de Guzman

Two Filipino celebrities get more than they bargained for in this contemporary romance where they learn in the aftermath of a one-night stand that they’ll be working together on an upcoming movie.

The Brides of High Hill by Nghi Vo

In this standalone installment in the Singing Hills Cycle, Cleric Chih is escorting a bride to her soon-to-be-husband’s estate, though once they arrive whispers of what happened to the lord’s previous wives leave them both rattled.

The Brightwood Code by Monica Hesse

Edda, a former World War I switchboard operator for the US Army, is attempting to readjust to civilian life again when a mysterious phone call forces her to confront her past in this YA historical fiction novel.

Goddess of the River by Vaishnavi Patel

If you’re looking for your next retelling, make room on your TBR for this reimagining of the Hindu epic Mahabharata, focusing on the river goddess Ganga, her son, and the curse they bear.

The Paris Affair by Maureen Marshall

Travel to Paris in the late 1880s with this work of queer historical fiction. Engineer Fin Tighe is tasked with finding investors for Gustave Eiffel’s tower project and believes he has struck gold with a wealthy stranger.

Happy Medium by Sarah Adler

From the author of Mrs. Nash’s Ashes comes a romance featuring a con woman posing as a medium who comes face-to-face with a real ghost and must save her mark from a family curse.

Sunbringer by Hannah Kaner

Hannah Kaner returns this spring with the second installment in the Fallen Gods trilogy. Picking up where the last book left off, Sunbringer takes readers back to a world on the brink of war between humanity and the gods.

This Book Won’t Burn by Samira Ahmed

Being the new kid in school is tough and Noor Khan plans to survive by not making waves. But when she sees how the school board is banning hundreds of library books, she realizes she has to stand up for what she believes in.

Welcome Home, Caroline Kline by Courtney Preiss

When Caroline’s father is hurt in a fall, she returns to her Jersey Shore hometown to care for him—only to learn that he wants her to step in as his replacement on the local men’s softball team he plays for.

Deep Is the Fen by Lili Wilkinson

In this young adult fantasy novel, Merry must team up with her academic rival Caraway in order to stop her best friend, Teddy, from being inducted into a dangerous secret society known as the Toadmen.

Lake of Souls by Ann Leckie

Science fiction and fantasy fans will be thrilled to get their hands on this book, which collects all of Ann Leckie’s short fiction together for the first time—including an exciting new novelette!

The Mystery Writer by Sulari Gentill

Theodosia Benton left law school to pursue her dream of finishing her novel. But her literary aspirations are threatened when her mentor is murdered and her brother is named the prime suspect.

A Little Kissing Between Friends by Chencia C. Higgins

Best friends become more in this contemporary romance where music producer Cyn and Juleesa, a dancer and single mother, must decide if their newfound attraction is worth exploring, even if it risks their friendship.

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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