Gardening isn’t really my thing. Mainly because weeds rule over me once spring hits, taunting, “Hey! What are you going to do about me?!” Then there’s the cheeky twiggy plants growing out of my fence line. And let’s not even mention the fact that what I believe is a vole is currently making him or herself right at home at the end of my garden. It’s made a very creative, Swiss-cheese effect out of my yard.
Do I envision a luscious lawn with pockets of marigolds, pansies, and artistic grassy knots placed around my garden, evoking feelings of envy in all my neighbors? Of course! However, I’ve got to be reasonable. With these not-so-green thumbs, dye is just about the only way I’m getting that beautiful, enviable grass. And that’s a little extreme, don’t you think?
So, while I ponder the battle of my garden, here are a few reading and planting combinations to sow the seeds of inspiration!
- The Apple Tree paired with Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The Waverly family is heir to an unusual legacy: a centuries-old apple tree that bears fruit with magical properties!
- The Rose paired with Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
With its beautiful flower and prickly stem, the rose fits well with Britt-Marie, who’s a bit prickly on the outside, but blossoms beautifully when she truly finds herself in a small town of misfits.
- Wisteria paired with The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
Just like the climbing wisteria plant, this story, deeply rooted in Chinese superstitions in 1930s Malaysia, will grow on you with its gorgeous, sweeping prose.
- Deadly Nightshade paired with Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings (Killing Eve Book #1)
Don’t let the saccharine Latin name of Belladonna fool you―nightshade is poisonous, just like murderess Oxana Vorontsova, aka Villanelle, one of the world’s most skilled assassins. This book is the basis of the popular TV drama Killing Eve starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer.
- Parrot Flower paired with The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Is it a parrot pretending to be a flower or vice versa? Tom Ripley kills Dickie Greenleaf and assumes his identity, living happily off Dickie’s income until someone endangers his new life.
- Carnations paired with The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson
The carnation is an often underrated and overlooked flower, just like Charlotte. But when her glamorous twin sister Ginny succumbs to an allergic reaction, Charlotte will step into her pageant shoes.
- Szechuan Buttons paired with The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp
An edible flower that’ll give you a bit of shock when you bite into it, these “buzz” buttons fit perfectly with the shocking story of Jack Sparks, a journalist who triggers a Twitter storm after mocking an exorcism.
- Myrtle paired with Reluctant Royals by Alyssa Cole
A sprig of myrtle is a royal tradition representing love. Maybe we should give a bouquet full to the Reluctant Royals, interconnected, multicultural romances about royal figures more interested in love than in ruling. Love Alyssa Cole? Meet her at MCPL’s Romance GenreCon this August.
- Boxwood paired with The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye J. Walton
A boxwood top topiary is crafted by pruning and imagination. How about the fantastically imaginative story of 16-year-old Ava, who was born with the wings of a bird and desires, above all, to fit in.
- The Cherry Blossom Tree paired with Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Lou’s mission isn’t just to assist with wheelchair-bound Will Traynor’s needs or to deal with his moods, it’s showing him that life is worth living before it’s too late! Just like the cherry blossom with its short, but beautiful, life.
So whether you have a green, greenish, or not-so-green thumb, let the Library help you grow your reading this spring and cultivate your metaphorical garden!
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