Best Books to Read for Spring 2019
Spring has finally arrived so the team here at Ultimate Library have put together a list of our picks of the best books to read for spring 2019, filled with our favourite new releases to spruce up your shelves! Whether this spring brings showers or sunshine, you’ll want to find a good spot to curl up and relax with one of these fabulous books.
The Salt Path
by Raynor Winn
In this inspiring true story, Raynor Winn recounts finding out her husband is terminally ill and losing their home at the same time. This leads them to walk and camp along the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset. Embarking on their journey with almost no money or possessions, Winn writes about their adventures along the way, the changes to their perspectives on life and the power of reconnecting with nature.
The Uninhabitable Earth
by David Wallace-Wells
David Wallace-Wells paints a horrifying picture of the consequences of the damage being inflicted on the planet and forces the reader to face the true scale of the problem. Wallace-Wells wrote a viral article in 2017 of the same name which this book expands upon. An Uninhabitable Earth provides more information and statistics on how shockingly soon we may have to face the consequences of climate change and exactly what those consequences will be, in an effort to shake people out of their complacent way of viewing this issue.
How To Fail
by Elizabeth Day
Everyone has experienced failure in some form and will likely do so numerous times in life. Elizabeth Day’s memoir is a wonderful reminder of the perks of failure and how to use it to your advantage which is a lesson that is important to remember in today’s world of seemingly perfect lives. Covering topics from job rejections and dating to families and sport, Day writes how to grow stronger through failure and how to learn from it.
by Max Porter
Set in a village near London, this gripping novel tells the story of the mysterious Dead Papa Toothworth who is a mythical figure listening from afar to the lives of the colourful characters of the village. He is intent on finding Lanny, the unique and enchanting boy who has just become the newest resident.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
by Marlon James
The first book in a fantasy trilogy, Black Leopard, Red Wolf follows Tracker, a famous hunter hired to find a missing boy, along with a group of unusual characters with unique abilities, including the shape shifter, Leopard. Drawing on African history and mythology and described as an ‘African Game of Thrones,’ the epic story follows the group as their search for the boy turns into a struggle for survival and a search for the truth about why he went missing.
The Confessions of Frannie Langton
by Sara Collins
This gothic novel centres around Frannie Langton, beginning with her being on trial for the double murder of her employers, the Benhams; murders which she isn’t sure whether or not she committed. The novel takes you through the life of Frannie, from a childhood in Jamaica to becoming a maid for the Benhams, weaving a gripping murder mystery tale and tackling issues such as race, class and oppression. Set in 1826 in London, this would be a perfect read to settle down with in The Library Bar, the gorgeously rustic library curated by us for The Lanesborough in Hyde Park, London.
by Stacey Halls
The Familiars is a fictionalised account of the 17th century Pendle Witch Trials and tells the story of Fleetwood Shuttleworth who is married and pregnant for the fourth time. After finding out that she will not survive another pregnancy, she meets Alice Gray, a midwife promising to help her deliver a healthy baby and survive. When Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations, Fleetwood is determined to help her and the two women’s lives become bound together.
by John Lewis Stempel
John Lewis Stempel takes the reader through a year in the life of a pond, telling the seasonal story of the animals and plants that live in and around it and explaining how vital the pond is to the livelihood of the countryside. Still Water is a beautiful journey into nature as well as a stark reminder of the pollution that now threatens ponds and their surrounding wildlife.
by Ali Smith
Ali Smith has called the seasons “a gift” and Spring is the third instalment in her remarkable seasonal quartet revolving around them, written alongside current events. Spring tells a story weaved around the most pressing issues of our time such as the migrant crisis, nationalism, internet privacy as well as the environment and spring itself.