Along with bringing back Pumpkin Spice Lattes and chic DIY fall fashion, autumn is a great time to head to the bookstore (virtual or otherwise) and pick up a few new reads for those chilly nights ahead. Here are 13 must-reads we can’t wait to have an excuse to binge.
1. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue ($18): From the same author that gave us the epicness that is Room, Emma Donoghue’s newest literary masterpiece is definitely on every bibliophile’s to-read list. This time, an English nurse is sent to watch after a young girl who has been living without food for MONTHS — get ready for a few heart-pounding nights in, folks.
2. Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up by Naya Rivera ($14): Glee actress Naya Rivera has had her fair share of successes and mishaps in her short 29 years. Now, in her highly anticipated new memoir, she opens up like never before, including stories of abortion, momagers and financial woes.
3. The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti ($10): A tale of identity, secrets and bustling NYC, this suspense-ridden novel is sure to keep you up all night. Plus, check out our interview with author Kate Moretti here!
4. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly ($18): Sometimes history books aren’t always the most accurate window to the past. In this true story (that’s soon to be a major motion picture!), four African American women use their mathematic prowess to help launch NASA rockets during the space race. Can you say #WCW?
5. Nutshell by Ian McEwan ($15): Fans and literary buffs are already abuzz about this new novel from Booker Prize winner Ian McEwan. Combining a murderous plot with McEwan’s classic literary finesse, this is sure to be a fall-friendly winner.
6. Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manuel for a Sexist Workplace by Jessica Bennett ($15): There’s no denying that American offices are far from gender equal. Equip yourselves with all the tools you need to bring feminism to your sexist workplace with this empowering and hilarious must-read.
7. Mischling by Affinity Konar ($16): When twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz in 1944, they have no idea of the horrific experiments and torture that await them. A story of true love, sacrifice and determination… you’re probably going to want to stock up on few boxes of Kleenex in your Amazon order while you’re at it.
8. Love Warrior: A Memoir by Glennon Doyle Melton ($16): This raw and honest memoir by New York Times bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton details beautifully the rocky daily musings of life inside a broken marriage.
9. Leave Me by Gayle Forman ($18): This book is for anyone who has ever dreamed of packing a bag and leaving all their responsibilities behind. An overworked mother and spouse, Maribeth Klein, decides to recuperate from her heart attack by leaving her family — but it’s the secrets she reveals and how she changes once she’s gone that are truly awe-inspiring.
10. Darktown by Thomas Mullen ($17): Even though this police procedural is set in 1948 Atlanta, it’s harrowingly relevant today. Featuring stories of murder, police corruption and strained race relations, it’s a serious read that demands a space on your bookshelf.
11. In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett ($17): The Carol Burnett Show was legendary in the golden era of television for its downright hilariousness. Now Carol Burnett shares all the behind-the-scenes goodies in this fabulous tell-all… including never-before-told stories about guest stars Lucille Ball and Betty White.
12. Home by Harlan Coben ($15): Coben breaks out some of his most popular characters in this new action-packed thriller about two kidnapped young boys who reappear years later. Get ready to sleep with the lights on, folks!
13. What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains and Ourselves by Benjamin K. Bergen ($19): We all do it… just maybe not in front of our mothers. In this awesome non-fiction, linguist and cognitive scientist Benjamin K. Bergen explains everything you’d ever want to know about why the F we swear.
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