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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.

1Autumn 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.

Available at Amazon | $15

2Idaho 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.

Available at Amazon | $15

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3Big 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.

Available at Amazon | $10

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