Looking for a worthwhile way to pass the time this spring when you're not busy pruningpurging, and wooing pollinators? As is tradition in the days leading up to the change of a season, I've wrangled up a few freshly released and upcoming books worth digging into be it on a park bench, patio, commuter train, or curled up on the couch. And, as always, I've included something for everyone — birdhouse enthusiasts, organic architecture buffs, aspiring urban farmers, tiny house admirers, and on.

Is there an upcoming release that I might have missed that you're looking forward to reading this spring? Any highlights from this winter?

"Lake|Flato Houses: Embracing the Landscape" by Lake|Flato, Frederick Steiner (University of Texas Press) 6/1

"Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes From Across the Globe" by Sheri Koones" (Abrams) 4/15

"A Place in the Sun: Green Living and the Solar Home" by Stephen Snyder (Rizzoli)

"Mickey Muennig: Dreams and Realizations for a Living Architecture" by Alan Hess (Gibbs Smith) 5/1

"Birdhouses of the World" by Anne Schmauss (Abrams) 3/25

"Rural Studio at Twenty: Designing and Building in Hale County, Alabama" by Andrew Freear (Princeton Architectural Press) 5/20

"The Big Tiny: A Built-It Myself Memoir" by Dee Williams (Blue Rider Press) 4/22

"Urban Farm Projects: Making the Most of Your Money, Space and Stuff" by Kelly Wood (Hobby Farm Press) 4/8

"Small Architecture Now!" by Philip Jodidio (Taschen) 6/1

"Be in a Treehouse: Design/Construction/Inspiration" by Pete Nelson (Abrams) 3/25

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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Spring 2014 reading list: 10 green home tomes worth digging into
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