You’ve packed up the beach chairs and the pool toys, and it’s time to settle into a new season with cozy sweaters and all things pumpkin. But don’t forget a great book! Cuddling up under a warm blanket with any one of these fourteen best fall books is bound to help kick off your fall on the best possible (cute boot-wearing!) foot.
14 of the Best Fall Books
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1. The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo: This book is a hefty 544 pages, but don’t let that intimidate you! You’ll be glad you had every single one of those pages to get to know the Sorenson family… and you may even find yourself wishing it was even just a litttttle bit longer when it’s time to say goodbye. In The Most Fun We Ever Had, you’ll meet David and Marilyn Sorenson and their four daughters. The story jumps back and forth through time and space, giving you a sweeping picture of how families and people change and come together over the years.
2. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane: If you love a good friendship story, you’re bound to fall in love with Ask Again, Yes. In it, you’ll dive into the world of two neighboring families and what pushes them apart and holds them together. It might even give you a new perspective on the people you grew up with!
3. Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes: There’s nothing better than a good comeback, and Evvie Drake gives you just that. In it, the widowed main character (Evvie Drake, of course) connects with a former Major League pitcher mourning the end of his career. The catch? Neither of them is allowed to ask about the thing that’s bothering the other person — Evvie’s late husband and Dean’s life in the MLB are both off-limits. I think you can probably guess what happens next, but you’ll just have to read it to find out if you’re right!
4. Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky: Looking for something just a little juicier to ease the transition into the fall season? Very Nice could be just the thing to spice things up more than anything pumpkin spice ever could. There’s wealth and unlikely, off-limits romances and seduction and a poodle named Princess. Just read it. You’ll thank me later.
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5. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing: My Lovely Wife immediately became a bestseller worldwide when it was published earlier this year, but it’s not too late to get in on the fun and suspense. This book — which tells the story of a seemingly “normal” married couple who fuels their marriage with, well, murder — is going to be your newest addiction. Prepare to tell everyone you meet all about it!
6. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim: If you’re a fan of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret, Miracle Creek just might be your next favorite read. You’ll meet a small community of people who are part of a special treatment center because of a range of conditions. What happens when an explosion at the center causes two deaths? It’s a whodunit full of intense relationships and family backstory that will keep you turning pages this fall.
7. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager: Jules Larsen is apartment sitting in one of New York City’s most fabulous buildings, which naturally comes with a lot of perks. It also comes with a new social group. Jules becomes especially close with a fellow apartment sitter in the building, and she’s quickly swept into a dark adventure when this new friend mysteriously disappears. She’s suddenly responsible for a lot more than watering the plants and keeping the apartment clean! Can she find the killer? Pick up a copy of Lock Every Door and find out.
8. Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl: Since you’re part of the LCK family, I can only assume that you enjoy reading about food. If that’s the case, the latest book from food writer extraordinaire Ruth Reichl is sure to satisfy your reading appetite! In her so-called “gourmet memoir,” Reichl shares her personal story of transforming from a California hippie to a successful journalist in a corporate environment. Save Me the Plums is all about female empowerment and the food world, so it’s hard not to love it.
9. Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino: Trick Mirror is one of the buzziest books out there this fall, and you definitely won’t want to miss the chance to chat about it. The author is a staff writer at The New Yorker, and she’s been called “the voice of a generation” and “the best young essayist at work in the United States.” In her first book, she shows off those writing chops in a series of nine essays that reflect on the challenge of seeing ourselves clearly in today’s crazy world.
10. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb: I’ve been pretty open with this community about my own journey with finding the right therapist and learning more about myself through therapy. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is a great addition to the conversation about therapy, and I think you’ll enjoy it whether or not you’ve seen a therapist yourself! As a psychotherapist herself, author Lori Gottlieb takes you behind the scenes of therapy with in-depth stories of her patients’ lives. The book is also now being developed as a TV series with Eva Longoria and ABC, so now is definitely the time to give it a read!
11. Educated by Tara Westover: If you’re anything like me, you’re going to finish this book in a state of total shock that its author overcome so many challenges and went on to have so many successes. Educated has won pretty much every prize you can think of, and I’m confident that this memoir of family drama, survival, and the importance of education is going to win your approval, too. I promise — this one will stick with you long after you’ve finished reading it!
12. The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson: It’s no secret that I’m fascinated with the human body and how we can help it work in its optimal state. It turns out that bestselling author Bill Bryson and I share that in common! His newest book The Body offers a comprehensive tour of our bodies and how they function. The best part is that it reads less like a medical brochure and more like a compelling story.
13. Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell: As kiddos, we’re told never to talk to strangers, but that rule hardly applies to us grown-ups. In fact, the older we get, the more it seems that we’re expected to interact with people we don’t know! In this book, Malcolm Gladwell takes a close look at history, psychology, and well-documented scandals, putting all of that information together to explain the dynamics behind the way we interact with strangers. Talking to Strangers is also a great reminder of how easy it is to invite conflict and argument when we don’t take the time to truly understand each other.
14. The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff: Eighteen years ago, the world changed forever as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. You’ve probably read plenty of perspectives on these events in that time, but in The Only Plane in the Sky, award-winning journalist and historian Garrett Graff offers a fascinating new take by sharing the stories of the day through the words of the people who were actually there.
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