Now that we’ve officially decorated for fall and chosen (okay, narrowed down) our DIY Halloween costume, it’s finally time for some much-needed R and R. And if you ask us, there’s no better way to spend some autumn me-time than grabbing a seasonal Starbucks drink and burying yourself in a book. Here are some of our favorite must-reads out in October.


1. You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson ($11): Not many people can discuss heated topics like race and feminism in a way that will make you belly laugh, but comedian Pheobe Robinson can and does in this awesome new read.


2. Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks ($16): There’s just something so autumnal about cozying up with a warm, oversized throw blanket and the newest Nicholas Sparks, which is why we couldn’t be more excited about this touching new novel about being a single parent.


3. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple ($18): After we binge read the amazing Where’d You Go, Bernadette in one sitting, we’ve had our calendars marked for when this #girlboss author would release something new. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait long, as this hilarious, heart-warming read about a crazy day in the life of miss Eleanor Flood is here. All nighter, anyone?


4. The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy by Jean Kennedy Smith ($18): If you’ve ever wanted to know what it was really like sitting at the Kennedy family table, this book is a must. Told from the perspective of the last surviving child of Joe and Rose Kennedy (John and Ted’s parents), it’s a fascinating tale that any history buff will love reading.


5. Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver ($20): This collection of essays by poet Mary Oliver is completely transporting. Transfixed with nature, these essays will take you on a beautiful and witty path to her understanding of creativity and life.


6. Nasty Galaxy by Sophia Amoruso ($22): From the New York Times bestselling author of #GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso’s latest literary endeavor has us seeing heart eyes. Part personal scrapbook, part style philosophy… this beautifully designed coffee table book will definitely be on display in our apartment.


7. The Trespasser by Tana French ($23): The sixth installment in the Dublin Murder Squad series, this Tana French mystery might just be her most thrilling yet. Detailing the strange case of a supposed lovers’ quarrel gone awry, Antoinette Conway will have to use some serious sleuthing skills to figure out who murdered young Aislinn.


8. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood ($19): Don’t roll your eyes just yet: This modern day Shakespeare retelling is actually kind of amazing. A quirky and powerful rendition of The Tempest, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated new take on the classic is definitely worthy of a spot on your fall reading list.


9. Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner ($16): Everyone (and we mean everyone) is talking about this new collection of essays by New York Times columnist and feminist activist Jennifer Weiner. Ditching the BS at the door, Jennifer details personal stories of modern-day womanhood in such a way that you’ll want to stand up and say “YOU GO, GIRL!”


10. Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes ($19): We fell in love with Jojo Moyes after Me Before You, and she’s done it again with this collection of romantic stories. They’re perfect for cozy nights by the fire.


11. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher ($15): I’m not sure about you, but if I found my teenage diary I’m not sure if I would reveal it to my closest friends… let alone the entire world. Thankfully, when Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she graciously decided to reveal them to her fans. Harrison Ford in his prime and behind the scenes Star Wars drama? Consider us sold!

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