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Twenty Books to Add to Your Fall Reading List

A few weeks ago, on my trip to California, I finally had the chance to sit down and read two amazing books: The Midnight Library and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. These might have been the only books I’ve read this year (ha), but they were incredible! There’s nothing like reading one good book to inspire you to pick up another, so I thought I would poll all of you to see what you’ve read + loved lately. Here’s what you told us!

Twenty Books to Add to Your Fall Reading List

Verity: A romantic thriller involving an author on the brink of financial ruin and an unfinished autobiography she was never meant to read. Slightly spooky and perfect for the season!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: Another story about a writer, this time one who is hired to help tell the story of an aging Hollywood recluse. As she learns more about the star’s past, she realizes that their futures are tied together in irreversible ways.

The Paper Palace: Elle is a fifty-year-old mother of three whose life changes in the course of a single evening, when she reconnects with her childhood love, Jonas. A book about family, dignity, and the decisions that shape us.

The Wreckage of My Presence: A hilarious, heartwarming, and poignant autobiography that comes in the form of a collection of essays from Happy Endings star/comedian Casey Wilson. The audiobook is wonderful, too!

The Rose Code: Three female code-breakers bond over their experiences during World War II, until the impossible pressure of secrecy dissolves their friendship. But when a mysterious encrypted letter arrives seven years later, they reunite to solve a dangerous secret that throws their collective past into question.

Know My Name: A Memoir: The powerful autobiography of Chanel Miller, the writer/artist/philosopher/survivor who was once known only as Emily Doe, a victim of assault on Stanford’s campus. Her anonymous victim statement gave courage to thousands of people and her book, Know My Name, will forever change the way you see the world.

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue: One fateful night, a woman in France makes a bargain to live forever. The trade-off? She is forgotten by everyone she meets…until, 300 years later, a young man remembers her name.

The Once and Future Witches: Three sisters living in Salem, Massachusetts, join the women’s suffrage movement. But when their rights — and lives — are threatened, they pursue the old witching ways to reclaim power.

Beautiful World, Where Are You: The latest book from the author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends, which follows two best friends and the journey of their relationship to men, each other, and the world they live in.

The Great Alone: Struggling to recover from his experiences in the Vietnam War, Ernt Allbright and his family move to a remote corner of Alaska in an attempt to start fresh. There, they discover a supportive, fiercely independent community of men and women who set them up for success. But when winter hits, they face devastating challenges.

People We Meet on Vacation: Poppy and Alex have nothing in common but are best friends, nonetheless. That is, until an ill-fated vacation ruins everything. When Poppy convinces Alex to take one last vacation together two years later, it’s their one chance to fix the relationship. What can go wrong?

Malibu Rising: Four famous siblings throw an epic party that’s supposed to be the night of their lives. By midnight, the events of the evening will have changed their lives forever.

Little Secrets: Marin’s perfect life, perfect family, and successful chain of hair salons all fall apart when her son suddenly goes missing. One year later, a P.I. tips her off that her husband is having an affair, and Marin decides to take matters into her own hands.

Rock Paper Scissors: An exciting thriller that will keep you guessing! This book tells the story of a troubled marriage based on ten years of secrets. When they win a weekend away in Scotland, the truth begins to come out.

Beneath a Scarlet Sky: The true, unbelievable story of a forgotten teenage hero living in Italy during World War II. One of those books that captures your heart and sticks with you for many years.

Everything I Know About Love: A memoir from hilarious New York Times columnist Dolly Alderton about bad dates, good friends, and — above all else — realizing that you are enough.

Sorrow and Bliss: Martha’s life turned out nothing like she’s planned. Once a writer who lived in Paris, she now lives in a gated community she hates and her husband just left her. At her wit’s end, she decides to return to her childhood roots and write a better ending for herself.

The Midnight Library: Somewhere in the universe there is a magical library, all of its books the story of an alternate reality. The main character, Nora, discovers what finding out all those “what ifs” would be like and what really makes life worth living, after all.

It Ends with Us: Also by Verity author Colleen Hoover, this book tells the story of Lily, who falls in love with an enigmatic doctor she meets on a roof in Boston. But as a series of events calls their relationship into question, she starts thinking more and more about her past and her first love.

The Silent Patient: A psychological thriller about a woman convicted of a crime she refuses to talk about. Her true role in her husband’s death remains a mystery until a therapist finds a way in. A great, fast read if you haven’t picked this one up yet!

What other books should we add to the list?

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  1. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell. I read this book in 2 days while I was on a long weekend trip with my husband….and no kids obviously.

  2. Such a great list 🙂 I would also add in The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – great winter read (warning – quite sad).
    Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
    Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker
    The Swap by Robyn Harding

  3. The Great Alone is amazing and my second favorite book by Kristin Hannah. The Nightingale also by Kristin Hannah is my number one favorite. But also check out Magic Hour.

  4. Know My Name was amazing!! Chanel is such a beautiful writer. I read The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah and it wasn’t my favorite (I felt like it was sooo long) but maybe will have to try her other books. I just read Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman and loved it.

  5. I agree re: The Four Winds. I won’t spoil it..but what I thought was the climatic part of the book..but after all that I was like seriously!? ugh

    Other great books: The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes and of course Circe by Madeline Miller and Daughters of Sparta by Claire Heywood

  6. Constructive criticism: this was a real missed opportunity to include a more diverse set of voices and experiences. So many books written by people of color and many which offer non-white perspectives on life. I know people don’t necessarily come here for that and that being an influencer is “just a job” and does not make you an authority on life but the job gives you a platform and could potentially influence (even if just a little) what someone chooses to give their attention to.

  7. I loved “The Midnight Library” so, so much. I enjoyed “Malibu Rising” as a beach read, though it had some heavy topics. I LOVED “The Silent Patient” – what a great thriller! I highly recommend “Ask Again, Yes.” “The Seven Husbands…” is next on my audible list!

    As an Indian American, I have been really trying to read more South Asian authors and more POC in general. I whole-heartedly believe in reading stories from diverse worldviews and set in other countries. I wrote a recent post on my favorite books by South Asian authors, if you’re interested! https://penpaperstorm.com/2021/10/15/reading-south-asian-authors/