7 Spring Books to Read Outside, Now That the Weather Is Lovely

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There's just something about reading outside. The sun is shining. Birds are chirping. Rosé is (presumably) flowing. When Mother Nature kindly throws you a bone in the form of a beautiful day after weeks of hiberating indoors, you relish the moment with a good book and a blanket. If you're looking for a recommendation (or seven), scroll through below to see our park-friendly picks.

01 of 07

Autumn by Ali Smith

Autumn by Ali Smith

With its brisk weather and multicolor foliage, fall is one of the most inherently pleasant seasons, and it's the titular backdrop of this heartfelt novel, which follows a young girl, her mother, and their ailing 101-year-old neighbor through different time periods, including just after the Brexit vote.

02 of 07

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

This page-turning debut, told from alternating perspectives, follows a couple in rural Idaho—one of whom suffers from early onset dementia—as they attempt to piece together a family tragedy that occured one fateful day in the mountains of northern Idaho.

03 of 07

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

If you spent the bulk of winter holed up binge-watching Big Little Lies, then it's only natural that you leave your self-imposed exile and soak up some rays with the juicy novel that inspired the hit HBO series about a group of tormented housewives.

04 of 07

The Rocks by Peter Nichols

The Rocks by Peter Nichols

In a posh seaside community on the island of Mallorca, two ex-pats and former lovers, Lulu and Gerald, are forced to confront their own complicated romantic history when their respective children unexpectedly enter a relationship.

05 of 07

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Set against the backdrop of the Amazon rainforest, this engrossing narrative centers on Dr. Marina Singh, a pharmaceutical researcher who sets out into the jungle to investigate the death of her former colleague.

06 of 07

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed's redemption memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail following her mother's death—alone, at the age of 26, with no hiking experience—will keep you engaged until the very last page.

07 of 07

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert's work of fiction tells the story of Alma Whittaker, daughter of pharmaceutical tycoon Henry Whittaker, who develops a passion for botany and embarks on an epic journey from Tahiti to Holland in attempt to deal with her failed marriage to an artist.

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