Top Ten Tuesday: Books About Fresh Starts

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An orange and yellow floral design. I prefer to tidy up my TBR and home at regular intervals rather than doing spring cleanings every year.  I tweaked this week’s prompt a little bit, but I am sticking to the spirit of it.

There’s something about the arrival of spring that feels like a fresh start to me. All of the snow melts in Toronto and we generally don’t get any more of it by the middle of April.

It’s so nice to reach the time of year when it’s warm enough to go outside and try something new or give old hobbies and interests another shot after maybe giving them up for the winter.

This list is filled with books about people who get fresh starts. Some are true stories while others are fictional. A few are set during the spring. What other titles would you add to it?

1. Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun

2. The Arrival by Shaun Tan

3.Recursion by Blake Crouch

4. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

5. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

6. Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo

7. The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso

8. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X

9. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell

10. Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam

100 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books About Fresh Starts

  1. Great tweak of the prompt today. I’d add Miss Benson’s Beetle, A Girl of the Limberlost, Watership Down, Infinite Country, A Year in Provence…many of my favorite books include a fresh start.

  2. I love your twist on the prompt! I totally love a second chance or a fresh start in a book too, I will definitely have to check some of these out. (I mean, I loved Ninth House!)

  3. I have The Secret Garden on my tbr! I might do the audiobook and read it at the same time. I was going to do Anne of Green Gables in the spring and The Secret Gadren in July but I might switch it.

  4. Really liked your spin on this one. Spring does mean fresh starts, and hopefully spring will clear away my recent reading slump soon too! Keep up the great reading, and happy TTT~

  5. I love what you did with this post! Such a great and inspiring idea. I re-read The Secret Garden last year and it is such a wonderful example! As is The Autobiography of Malcolm X. I never would have thought to include it under this topic, but it is actually a brilliant example! Love your list. ❤

    • Aww, thanks. I’m glad you understood where I was going with The Autobiography of Malcolm X. He truly did turn his life around!

      Oh, and I heard there may be a new Secret Garden film in the works, so keep an eye out for that if it interests you.

    • Thank you.

      Yeah, this winter has been pretty mild on the snow front! The temperatures haven’t been bad so far either for the most part.

  6. The Secret Garden has been one of my favorite books for many years now, it’s such a wonderful story to read while the earth is waking up from winter! Spring showed up for a week last month, but we’re right back to snow in the forecast now, maybe next month…

    Great list, as always, happy reading!

    • Yes, it’s perfect for this time of year!

      And I see that February and March are very similar in your area and mine. So many up and down temperatures.

      Thanks for your kind words.

  7. I recently read The Secret Garden for the first time and that is a perfect book for spring. We’ve had some beautiful days here recently in the Detroit area and I’m trying not to get too excited knowing there will be plenty more cold before the warm sticks around.

    • Isn’t it, though?

      And, yeah, Detroit has the same March problem Toronto does. We get a day or two of nice spring weather and then generally plunge back into cold and snow. LOL.

  8. I am so excited for warmer weather!! I’m tired of the cold and snow. You definitely get way more of that though. I am so torn on Ninth House! I’ve seen so many mixed reviews.

    • The Secret Garden is the perfect sort of book to read as spring begins. There are lots of scenes in it that feel very March-like and spring-like.

  9. I loved The Secret Garden. In a take on a fresh start, I’ve enjoyed books that explore characters later in life, after they’ve already been on an epic adventure (like Robin Hobb’s Tawny Man trilogy).

  10. What a great take on this topic.
    I am in the middle of reading Recursion at the moment and loving it. The secret garden is one I have read many times, both as a child and to my daughter when she was younger.

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