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2017 Spring Reading List: 30 Picks for Fiction, Series and Non-Fiction

In just a few days I’ll be lounging poolside with a cocktail in hand and my nose in a book.

2017 Spring Reading List: 30 Recommendations for Fiction, Fiction Series and Non-Fiction

We’re heading to Zoetry Parisio de la Bonita for our fifth annual Y2 Yoga retreat and I cannot wait! In preparation for the retreat I usually buy a few new bathing suits and order some new books. I decided to forego new swimwear this year since Victoria’s Secret has discontinued their swim line and I’m at a loss for where to get my swimwear now. 🙁

2017 Spring Reading List: 30 Recommendations for Fiction, Fiction Series and Non-Fiction

Reading on vacation is one of my favorite activities so I always pick out new books to devour.

I’ve been in quite a book rut and nothing I’ve read recently has really been all that great so I asked for book recommendations in my Peanut Butter Runner Community Group on Facebook and got a ton of amazing suggestions.

2017 Spring Reading List: 30 Recommendations for Fiction, Fiction Series and Non-Fiction

I’ve got these two books being delivered by Amazon Prime tomorrow. The first is The Nightingale by Kristin Hanna. I love Kristin Hannah’s books so I’m excited to jump into this one. The second is Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I am not the biggest fan of Jodi Picoult in general but this book received such high praise and great feedback that I decided to give it a try.

Here’s the full list of suggestions. I wanted to share the suggestions with you guys in case you’re looking for recommendations. I know I’ll be making my way through this list throughout the spring and summer!

2017 Spring Reading List: 30 Recommendations for Fiction, Fiction Series and Non-Fiction

2017 Spring Reading List


Fiction Series


I hope you find this helpful!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the books here if you’ve read them in the comments section. Also, let me know if you have anything to add to the list!

Suggestions on where to find relatively affordable but good quality bathing suits?




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  • Heather February 22, 2017, 10:40 pm

    The Nightengale, All the Light We Cannot See, and A Man Called Ove are three of the best books I’ve read the past couple of years. All were absolutely amazing!

  • Sarah February 22, 2017, 11:10 pm

    I think you need to be asking for questions about where to buy a bathing suit, not books

  • Carly February 23, 2017, 6:56 am

    OOO lots of great books! Read many of them and you can’t go wrong. I’m currently reading the Jodi Picoult one and wow, it’s intense. It’s hard to put down, really emotional and unfair with timely content. You should enjoy it!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine February 23, 2017, 6:58 am

    You’ll love Karin Slaughter! My mom’s favorite author and series!

  • Brittany February 23, 2017, 6:59 am

    I heard VS is possibly bringing swim back next year? Let’s hope because there is literally nowhere else to buy affordable swim suits. I’ve also heard good things about small great things. Can’t wait to hear how you like it!

  • Alison February 23, 2017, 7:27 am

    It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover was SO good.

  • Molly February 23, 2017, 7:35 am

    I loooooooved eligible! Read the entire 500 page book in less than three days because it was so great 🙂

  • Lauren C February 23, 2017, 8:04 am

    When Breath Becomes Air was wonderful! He’s a lovely writer, and the story is heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time.

    Have The Goldfinch and All the Light we Cannot See but haven’t read them yet – both came highly recommended. Same for the Neopolitan novels, which I’m dying to read.

    I’ve read all of Game of Thrones to date, and while they’re generally good, they’re incredibly dense and long and can drag. There were POV characters whose chapters I would dread, but if you’re a fan of the TV show, at least the first few fill in some back story and you can see where the show took a different direction.

    Enjoy the retreat and poolside reading!

  • Erin February 23, 2017, 8:10 am

    Just finished The Nightingale and loved it! All the Light We can Not see is also great. Another book I would suggest is the Rosie Project, it was hilarious! Not sure what it is, but I am not at all a fan of Jodi Picoult books; I have only finished one of her books and that was because it was one of the only ones at the beach house we were staying at, the rest I start but can never get through. Have not read A Man Called Ove, but did recently watch the movie (Swedish foreign film)and it was great!

  • Christy February 23, 2017, 8:20 am

    I LOVE swimwear from Athleta. They stay in place so well, are pretty without being too revealing and have lots of mix and match options. I used to be a VS swimwear girl too but switched to Athleta a few years back. I’ve had the same 4 suits for 3 years…they’ve gone on multiple beach vacations and I have a pool in my backyard so they get a lot of use and are still in great shape!

    • Mary Gorman February 23, 2017, 9:38 am

      Agree with Christy!! I’m guilty of never buying new bathing suits. I wore my last VS bikinis to where the tush was so stretched out, I used a hair tie to keep it together. Last summer, I found two bikinis from Athleta that I LOVE. They fit amazing.

      As for the books, All the Light We Cannot See is amazing (I actually preferred this WWII story over the Nightingale), as is When Breath Becomes Air. Get ready to cry behind your sunglasses, girl!

  • ACKTIVE LIFE February 23, 2017, 8:33 am

    I highly recommend “Eligible” and “A Dog’s Purpose”. I just picked up “First Comes Love” from the library yesterday and started it last night. So far so good…After this one I am going to try to dive into more murder mystery books. Love lists like this!

  • Virginia February 23, 2017, 8:41 am

    Loved The Nightingale and Small Great Things! 11/22/63 was really good. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Hulu did a mini series based on the book. I haven’t seen it yet, but it looks good.

    I’ve found new with tags VS swimsuits on eBay for good deals. Temporary fix though! I also really like JCrew’s swimwear line. The pieces dry really quickly and seem to hold up well.

  • Brittany February 23, 2017, 8:44 am

    Target actually has some cute swimsuits this year and they’re having a BOBO 50% off sale right now! They’re cheap enough that if they don’t last for years, who cares. Super jealous of your upcoming vacay! Looks amazing!

  • kelly February 23, 2017, 9:06 am

    Thanks so much for compiling this list! I am always looking for new books to read (and have read several of these too!). I’ve found GoodReads really helpful for suggesting books that I’d like, and it’s fun to see what my friends/family are reading too.

  • Nitasha February 23, 2017, 9:11 am

    I LOVE the Tearling series. SO good. Very dark for YA dystopian series….don’t go into it thinking it will be near Hunger Games or Divergent. I have heard a lot of good things about Nightingale and it is next on my list!

  • Megan Keddie February 23, 2017, 11:02 am

    The Good Girl is SUCH a good one, you won’t want to put it down! It’s a crazy story that keeps you on edge, similar to Gone Girl or Girl on the Train. I’m adding some of your recommendations to my list too 🙂

  • Vicki February 23, 2017, 11:15 am
  • Kimi February 23, 2017, 12:32 pm

    Small Great Things is excellent! It will not disappoint.

  • Rebecca February 23, 2017, 12:32 pm

    I have read:
    All the Light We Cannot See by Anothony Doerr (loved)
    Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (loved, I ended up with it at a book exchange and would never have picked it to read but was so glad I did!)
    The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (liked)
    11/22/63 by Stephen King (loved)
    Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (interesting read, didn’t LOVE it like some people did)

    I actually bought a swimsuit that I love at Tommy Bahama of all places, I was in there shopping for my dad and their swimwear caught my eye. I’ve also bought several suits from Old Navy, they hold up pretty well for the price.

  • tara February 23, 2017, 12:48 pm

    LOVED all the light we cannot see and the nightingale ! When breath becomes air was good too. as was the goldfinch. i am currently reading the nest and so far so good ! i love good book suggestions !

  • Erica Marchelle February 23, 2017, 1:13 pm

    Oh my goodness I’m in the same boat. I have no idea where to get swimsuits from now that Victoria Secret discontinued their line. I’ve been getting swimsuits from them since I can remember. If would interested in hearing your new go to spot if you find one!

  • Christina @ montessoriishmom.com February 23, 2017, 1:29 pm

    I’m listening to the audio book for Small Great Things right now and really like it! I know they’re kind of formulaic, but I like Jodi Picoult books – that said, I have not enjoyed her last few, so I was happy to find a good one again! I noticed the Happiness Project on your list – I LOVE that book (and her book, Better than Before). I’ve read it and listened to it multiple times and feel like I always get something new from it. Happy reading!

  • Emma February 23, 2017, 2:22 pm

    The nightingale is amazing! – one of my favorite books! enjoy! I just read the Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty and it is really good as well!

  • Karen February 23, 2017, 3:51 pm

    The Astronauts Wives Club was a TV series one summer. It was really good. I may have to read that one!

  • Bethany February 23, 2017, 5:37 pm

    I’m currently reading “Love Warrior” and recommend it! Also, loved “the Good Girl!”

  • Sandra February 23, 2017, 5:56 pm

    For non-fiction check out “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace”. I read it a couple years ago and to this day I recommend it to everyone. From the title you can tell that it’s not a “happy” story but it’s real life.

  • Kelly February 23, 2017, 8:32 pm

    I agree with a few others- can we have a themed post about where we buy bathing suits??? I have a honeymoon in August and more worried about that than any of my wedding planning!

  • JennyV February 23, 2017, 9:44 pm

    I rarely read fiction books so my recommendation is for my latest (mom-fiction) read: Grit by Angela Duckworth. I loved this book as I’m facinated by the motivations of myself and others. I kept screenshotting pages for reference and kept sharing nuggets with my husband and team at work.

    I had heard VS was done with swimwear but as I was just there yesterday I can say that they did have suits in their stores.

  • Nicole February 24, 2017, 2:20 pm

    Everything But Water is my go to for swimwear!

  • carly February 24, 2017, 3:09 pm

    I started reading Small Great Things when I was pregnant and quickly put it down! Anyone who reads the first few chapters will understand! I think I will pick it up again after I finish my current book – The Girls by Emma Cline (too soon to recommend)

    Addition to your Non-Fiction list:
    Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan – just fascinating, a page turner!

    Have a beautiful retreat!

  • Hannah February 25, 2017, 9:42 am

    I’ve read a few from this list and The Nightingale, A Man Called Ove, and When Breath Becomes Air are truly some of the best books I’ve ever read. Life changing!

  • Bristol February 27, 2017, 8:10 pm

    Go to Athleta for the bathing suit!

  • Jenny March 22, 2017, 7:13 am

    Let’s not talk about the insane stockpile I bought before VS swim closed up 😳😳

    • Jen March 23, 2017, 8:10 pm

      I am jealous!

  • Christine July 10, 2017, 9:48 pm

    Currently reading “Dog Medicine”. It’s an easy read and I think you’d enjoy it! Memoir of a mid-20s woman, who becomes severely depressed, then finds some salvation in a rescue pup (who just might be a golden) 🙂

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