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Books to Read Fall 2016 - 15 books to put onto your reading list.

You know what’s just around the corner? Crunching leaves. Big mugs of cider. Plaid blankets. And plenty of time to curl up with a good book! The only thing I love more than 20 minutes of sunshine on the deck with a book, is a Fall afternoon on the couch with the windows open. With plenty of those days ahead and a long vacation on the horizon, I’ve been doing plenty of book research. Below you’ll find a few of my recent reads, the book I’m currently enjoying, a few recommendations from my friends, and the books I’ve selected for my Fall reading list. Happy reading, ya nerds!

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman – (Amazon, $9.59)  READ THIS BOOK. You don’t need to be married for this book to have a profound impact on how you give and receive the love around you. This will honestly go down as one of the most impactful books I have ever read. It was recommended by my friend Claire (thanks bunches) and my mister is currently reading it. Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge! How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life?….Read More

The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly – (Amazon $16.87) Recommended to me by my friend Melissa, who is my go-to book nerd. New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France. ..ead More

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – (Amazon, $11.44) I’ve seen this all over the ‘gram, and I figured since a friend recommended the author, it must be as good as everyone says it is. In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins…Read More

Dark Matter by Black Crouch – (Amazon, $14.99) “Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious….Read More

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware – (Amazon, $10,49)  Recommended to me by my friend Laura. It’s next on my list. When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve….Read More

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell – (Amazon, $9.52)  Meet the picture-perfect Bird family: pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and towheaded twins Rory and Rhys, one an adventurous troublemaker, the other his slighter, more sensitive counterpart….Read More

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien – (Amazon, $9.19) A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling…Read More

The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer (Amazon, $16.86) I’ll be honest, this is probably one I’ll listen to on audiobook during an upcoming trip. The Emmy Award-winning comedian and actress of the acclaimed film Trainwreck has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now, Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (extremely) personal and observational essays…Read More

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist – (Amazon, $13.79) A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy….Read More

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – (Amazon, $9.04) The synopsis reads like Grand Torino or St. Vincent. Totally my jam. Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse…Read More

Rework by Jason Fried – (Amazon, $17.20) This is the book I am currently reading and so far I love it. It’s short, sweet, and to the point. I think it says it was 57,000 words long and they cut it to 27,000. Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you’re looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf…Read More

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari – (Amazon, $10.20) Listened to this last year on podcast and quickly recommended it to everyone I knew, especially my single friends. At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago….Read More

All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda – (Amazon, $15.04) I’ve been told that if you like Gone Girl or The Girl on the Train this book has to be on your reading list.  Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse...Read More

Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry – (Amazon, $13.04) Another one that I heard has a similar vibe to The Girl on the Train. So, naturally, I’m interested. When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the countryside, she expects to find her waiting at the station, or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel’s familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder. …Read More

All the Time in The World by Caroline Angell – (Amazon, $9.44) Charlotte, a gifted and superbly trained young musician, has been blindsided by a shocking betrayal in her promising career when she takes a babysitting job with the McLeans, a glamorous Upper East Side Manhattan family…Read More

Love the book suggestions? You can find all of my past lists of Books to Read by looking through this list.

Books to Read: Fall 2016

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