Fall is my favourite season, and to me, it’s all about sweaters, reading socks, and a good book. I’ve just compiled my TBR list, and so far I have 40 fiction and nonfiction titles! In case you’re wondering, “TBR” means “To Be Read” in avid book reader speak. In the list below, I share eight fiction books that I can’t wait to get my hands on.
8 Must-Read Books For Your Fall Reading List
1. Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich
I love a great mystery, and the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich never disappoints. In her latest book, Look Alive Twenty-Five, spunky detective Stephanie is challenged with a deli’s baffling disappearances. Could this be the case she can’t solve?
2. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
I consider award-winning author Barbara Kingsolver (The Poisonwood Bible) to be one of the greatest storytellers of our time. In her latest novel, Unsheltered, Barbara tells the story of two different families from two different centuries, centered around a beautiful house set in New Jersey. Unsheltered will be available Oct. 16, so make sure you order your copy now.
3. Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber
I’ve been proofreading Debbie Macomber’s books for years, and I’m so happy that Debbie has a new Christmas book out. Alaskan Holiday is the story of Josie, a chef in the small rustic town of Ponder, Alaska. Josie’s only supposed to be there for a short time, but when she falls for the brooding Palmer Saxon, can she leave her family and old life in Seattle behind? If you’re looking to get lost in an easy-to-absorb, light read that’s enjoyable, I think you’ll like this one.
4. Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami
The latest novel by literary genius Haruki Murakami has been hailed as one of the most exciting books of the season. In this epic masterpiece, Murakami creates a world of love and loneliness, war and art in Killing Commendatore. He takes readers into the life of a Tokyo painter who finds himself alone in the mountain home of famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he stumbles upon a mysterious painting, he’s drawn into an adventure that includes mental and physical challenges that include a Nazi assassination attempt.
5. A Spark Of Light by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult’s latest novel is everywhere — I see it in my Instagram feed at least twice a day. A Spark Of Light is on everyone’s TBR list for a reason. When a gunman enters a women’s reproductive health services clinic, we are taken into the lives of several people locked in the clinic. Each one, including a teenager, a doctor, a pro-life protestor, and the gunman himself, has their own story to be told. I think A Spark Of Light would make an excellent book club read.
6. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
While this book isn’t new, people are still raving about it, and it repeatedly shows up on TBR lists. This is the first book on my list I’m reading, so do yourself a favour and grab a copy of Station Eleven. It’s a mix of suspense, science fiction, and literary masterpiece that follows a group of actors who are dedicated to preserving art and humanity. I have a feeling this novel will live up to the hype.
7. The Witch Elm by Tana French
If you’ve never read a Tana French novel before, you’re in for a treat! In The Witch Elm, a tragedy forces Toby to return to his ancestral home where he discovers a deep family secret buried under an elm tree. The Witch Elm has been hailed the best book of fall by many including Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, and LitHub. The Washington Post dubs French as “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years.”
8. The Devil’s Standoff by V.S. McGrath
The Devil’s Standoff is the second book in the Devil’s Revolver series by V.S. McGrath. Hettie Alabama is a fearless young woman in possession of a gun that does more than kill, and it doesn’t want to let her go. She has no one to rely on to protect her sister, while at the same time battling a monster from hell. If you like Westworld, you’ll love The Devil’s Standoff; it’s a feminist Western that’s sure to keep you turning the pages. I also recommend you read the first book in the series, The Devil’s Revolver. And if you want to learn more about V.S. McGrath (pen name of Vicki So), check out the interview I had with her here.
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