There’s no time like spring to read

After all, as the days grow longer and you get outside to basque in wherever the sunlight touches, why not take a book along with you? From engrossing fiction to informative nonfiction, here are some books that are just as illuminating as that spring sunshine:

Shimmering with hilarity and insight, Dolly Alderton's heart-warming book is filled with relatable and snort-inducingly funny personal stories, satirical observations, and vignettes. This book by the former Sunday Times dating columnist, is a an ode to having awful dates, brilliant friends, and - above all else - coming to the realisation that you are enough. A perfect pick-me-up book that'll leave you feeling warm and fuzzy about all of your more human moments in life.

This stunning debut novel is about a mysterious child who teaches two strangers how to love and trust again. Find yourself captivated by the magic in this book with a careful balance between everyday life, the natural world, and the mysteries of the universe. It's a lovely reminder that sometimes we need to look beyond the treetops at the stars to let some light into our lives. It's comforting to know that the stars always shine on of us all the time—even through grief and danger. All we need to do is notice them.

For all the budding feminists out there looking for hard evidence for their next big debate - Award-winning campaigner and writer Caroline Criado Perez brings together an impressive range of case studies, stories and new research from across the world that illustrate the ways in which women are forgotten, and the impact this has on their health and well-being. The book offers endless nuggets to chew on. In making the case for change, this powerful and provocative book will make you see the world anew.

The debut novel by Candice Carty-Williams, is an important political tome of black womanhood and black British life, a rare perspective from the margins. It is also a highly entertaining, often very moving story about one young woman’s life as affected – in fact, almost destroyed – by her love life, with the politics of blackness permeating the pages. Hailed as the black Bridget Jones, this is a moving and entertaining portrait of love and race today.

If you want your kitchen to sparkle like Meghan Markle, then this is the book for you.Mrs. Hinch is here to show you that cleaning doesn't have to be that job you dread. At over 2 million followers, she's taken the nation by storm with her infectious charm, clever tidying tips and passion for cleaning. In this book, she invites you into her home and while inside you'll discover how a spot of cleaning is the perfect way to cleanse the soul. Whether you're a daily duster or looking for a monthly makeover, this book shows you how to create not only a cleaner house, but a calmer you.