This year, March 20th is the official beginning of Spring, and with Spring comes lots of flowers! Unfortunately, the weather in my neck of the woods didn’t get the memo, and we are still dealing with snow and freezing temperatures. If you’re in a similar boat, then you may want a book to keep your mind occupied and treat your spring fever until the weather breaks. Here are a few suggestions of books with flowery titles to keep your bookish mind blooming:
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
When the Nigerian government undergoes a military coup, fifteen-year-old Kambili and her brother are sent to live with their aunt and eventually learn the value of freedom. Purple Hibiscus is among our picks for book covers featuring black women.
Red Azalea by Anchee Min
A memoir of Min’s childhood during the final years of Mao’s China and one of our 100 Must-Read Bisexual Books. Anchee was forbidden to live openly as she pleased, but she found love in a secret affair with another woman.
Red on a Rose by Patricia Jones
Lila Calloway is happily married to a cardiac surgeon in her hometown of Baltimore. She cares for her elderly in-laws and runs a reading program for children, but one confrontation threatens the life she has built and challenges her morality. When you’re finished reading Red on a Rose, add these books by black authors to your TBR list!
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
In this novel, one of many classics written by women, The Scarlet Pimpernel uses his wits to defy the French revolutionaries and rescue his fellow citizens from death by guillotine. Is he cunning enough to avoid capture by Agent Chauvelin?
Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach
During the height of Tulip Mania in 1600s Amsterdam, a wealthy merchant commissions a portrait of himself and his wife, Sophia. While the artist captures Sophia’s likeness, a passionate affair develops between Sophia and the artist. This is perfect for bibliophiles who love books that mix literature and art.
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
A book about redemption, self-discovery and motherhood. When Ingrid goes to prison for murder, her daughter Astrid is forced into the foster care system.
What other “succulent” stories should we add to the list?