As the leaves begin to change and the air turns crisp, there’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book and a warm cup of tea or coffee. Fall is the perfect time to dive into some new reads and explore different genres. Whether you’re looking for a spooky thriller to get you in the Halloween spirit, a heartwarming romance to cozy up with, or to learn something new from non-fiction, there’s something for everyone this season. Here are some of the best books to read for fall to add to your reading list. I found all of these books via AWSL reader recommendations, so please continue to add more books I should check out in the comments.
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The Best Books to Read for Fall
This Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Barbara Kingsolver came highly recommended by multiple AWSL readers. “Demon Copperhead” is the tale of a boy born into poverty in the southern Appalachia mountains, navigating a harsh life marked by foster care, child labor, addiction, and heartbreak. The novel parallels Dickens’ “David Copperfield,” drawing inspiration from Dickens’ social commentary. Barbara Kingsolver brings Dickens’ compassion and belief in storytelling’s transformative abilities to the contemporary American South, highlighting the struggles of a new generation in rural settings they can’t escape.
AWSL reader Carole says, “One of the best books I’ve read was The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. I’ve loaned it out many times, and everyone raved about it. I read several books a month and belong to several book clubs, so when I facilitate a book, it has to be a great read.” Entertainment Weekly calls this “An unforgettable―and Hollywood-bound―new thriller… A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy.”
This book came highly recommended by AWSL reader Missy. She says, “It’s a story about 3 Arab-American women living in Brooklyn and Palestine, and it’s by no means a light-hearted, happy summer read, but I can’t stop listening. I feel like I’m with them –in their homes, as the story is being read.”
This one was recommended by AWSL reader Terry. This historical novel by Paulette Jiles is set in post-Civil War Texas. The story follows Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a war veteran turned itinerant newsreader, as he embarks on a dangerous journey to return a young orphan girl, Johanna, to her surviving family. As they traverse the rugged and perilous landscape, the novel explores themes of resilience, cultural clash, and the bond that develops between the unlikely pair. Fun fact: this novel was made into a film in 2020 featuring Tom Hanks!
“West with Giraffes” by Lynda Rutledge is a historical novel that follows the remarkable true story of two giraffes and their journey from Africa to America during the Great Depression. It’s a heartwarming and adventurous tale of hope, resilience, and the unbreakable bond between humans and animals. AWSL reader Linda said she couldn’t put it down!
One AWSL reader says, “My book club read it this past January, and I still think about it. SO good!” In “The Measure,” eight ordinary people from around the world receive mysterious wooden boxes that reveal the exact number of years they have left to live. As this revelation triggers a global frenzy, individuals grapple with the choice of whether to open their boxes and learn their fate. What do you think, ladies… Would you open your box?
Sloane Parker leads a quiet life as a librarian in her close-knit town, never admitting to herself that she might be lonely. However, her daily banter with the cantankerous Arthur McLachlan, who visits the library to tease her good-naturedly, is a cherished highlight. When Arthur suddenly stops coming, Sloane’s concern grows, leading her to discover he’s unwell but elated to see her. To brighten Arthur’s life, Sloane forms an impromptu book club that brings together the town’s misfits, showing them the joy of unexpected friendships, each discovering the magic of a cherished book and the solace it offers within its pages. Thanks to Joanna for recommending this one!
After four decades of service as elite assassins in the Museum, Billie, Mary Alice, Helen, and Natalie find themselves outdated in an era favoring technology over their unique skills. Sent on a retirement vacation, they’re suddenly targeted by one of their own, a move only the Board, the Museum’s top members, can authorize. To survive, they must unite against their own organization, leveraging their experience and teamwork to outwit the Board, proving that being women and killers of a certain age is a force to be reckoned with. AWSL reader Arpita, says she is loving this one!
Other Great Books to Read for Fall
Here are some other wonderful options, all recommended by AWSL readers:
- The Collected Regrets of Clover by Mikki Brammer
- Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
- Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone
- Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult
- The Golden Doves by Martha Hall Kelly
- A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
- The Treeline: The Last Forest and the Future of Life on Earth by Ben Rawlence
- Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
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