Books are the Best Outdoor Companion

Wondering how to justify spending hours laying in the soft, green grass as the sun shines down on your face? Aside from playing with a puppy, reading in the sunshine is pretty much the most enjoyable activity you can do outside without the company of friends. It's easy to get lost for hours in a novel, sitting on a park bench or splayed out on a picnic blanket, acquainting yourself with fantastic new characters and their stories. It's one of the least guilty pleasures we can think of.

It's a Way to Take Advantage of Those Extra Hours of Sunlight

Now that daylight savings is here, there are extra hours of daylight. Yay! Make Benjamin Franklin proud and put those extra, sunlit hours to good use by reading. There's nothing quite like curling up by a window with your book, particularly during those days before it gets warm enough to stay outside in the evenings. So have a seat in your favorite reading nook, put on a kettle of tea or crack open that bottle of Pinot, and read by the light of the sun as the ground outside begins to thaw.

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What a Lineup!

The spring brings out some of the most anticipated books of the year. In case you missed it, Book of the Month has highlighted a few of the books we can't wait to read based upon our previous selections, including Rich and Pretty, The Gene, and Dodgers, which debut in the coming months. Other terrific authors set to publish new works this spring include Jennifer Haigh with Heat and Light, Anna Quindlen with Miller's Valley, and Curtis Sittenfield with Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. There are also a number of Book of the Month authors out with new titles this spring, including Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of May '15 selection The Sympathizer with Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (April 1). Book of the Month author Conor Brady, whose historical mystery A June of Ordinary Murders was featured in June '15, released the next book in that series on March 15, called The Eloquence of the Dead.

We're already making room on our shelves!

There's Still Time to Keep Your Reading Resolutions

If you're one of the many people who made a New Year's Resolution to read more this year, and haven't quite been doing your part to make this resolution a reality - well guess what? There's still time. Start the habit of reading for just a few minutes before bed, and you could be surprised by how easy it is to get captivated by a great book. Soon you'll be reaping the benefits of being a reader, and wonder why it took you so long to come around to one of life's greatest pleasures.

Have your own reasons for reading this spring? Leave us a comment. Happy Reading!

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