Time for the next category in the  RWC 2017 Reading Challenge.

Category #8: A book with the name of flower or plant in title

In celebration of spring and all of the beautiful growth outside, this challenge requires you to read a book with the name of a flower or plant in the title. That’s not to say it has to be a book about gardening. Anything related to nature and growth in the name of the book will work.

Check out some ideas below:

The Language of Flowers (Vanessa Diffenbaugh)

This novel is the story of a young woman who crafts beautiful bouquets based on the meanings of each flower. She uses her gift to help those who are struggling despite trying to overcome difficulties of her own. It’s a sweet, sad book that I read as part of book club and I really enjoyed it.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)

Another read for book club. It’s a lovely coming of age novel about a young woman in Brooklyn around the turn of the century and how her family survives.

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer)

A potato is a plant, right?

This novel is a collection of letters chronicling the experience of a writer from London who has traveled to the island of Guernsey to find the subject of her next book. Set in 1946, it’s about community, friendship, and coping with life during the German occupation of World War II.

Black-Eyed Susans (Julia Heaberlin)

This was a dark look at a woman suffering from awful survivor’s guilt with the added fear that she had helped convict the wrong person of the crimes. She is the long surviving “Black-Eyed Susan,” named for the flowers in the field where the bodies were found. It’s full of suspense as she tries to make sure they’ve convicted the right guy.

Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls)

A classic, but I’m not sure if I’ve read it. I think what I remember is a film version. This children’s story is about a boy and his two hunting dogs in the Ozarks. Warning: I remember it being very sad.

What will you read to complete this category? Leave a comment below with your thoughts about these or any I may have missed.

If you have suggestions for books that fit in future categories, let me know. I’ll include your name (and a link, if you like) when I share those suggestions.

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