20 Books to Cozy up With This Fall
Chilly fall nights are the perfect reason to throw on your favorite flannel shirt and cozy up next to a fire. The greatest companion to a cozy night by the fire? A good book. This list of new book releases is sure to satisfy every book lover’s lit lust. If you’re making the next selection for your book club, consider yourself armed and ready to read.
1. Belzar by Meg Wolitzer ($14): Who doesn’t love books about boarding school? We mean, come on… Harry Potter and Catcher in the Rye?!?! You know you love them. This novel combines a story of first loves and first losses in a deep way that takes it beyond your standard coming-of-age novel.
2. Us by David Nicholls ($20): Do you remember the heart-wrenching goodness that was One Day? Well, David Nicholls is at it again with his story of one man’s passion and determination to keep his family and marriage together.
3. Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk ($16): Palahniuk is known for writing edgy and rebellious pieces of text, and this book does not stray from that expectation. It feels a bit like an homage to Fifty Shades of Grey with its sexy plotline surrounding the mysterious C. Linus Maxwell and his erotic business plan.
4. A Sudden Light by Garth Stein ($20): There is nothing more perfect for dreary fall nights than a good ghost story. This book tells the story of Trevor Riddell as he digs into the history of his parents’ marriage and their family mansion, only to discover a ghost who may know even more than he ever thought he would find.
5. How to be Parisian Wherever You Are ($15): Four French women describe what it truly means to be Parisian, from how they dress, entertain, have fun and behave. A myriad of short stories from each woman will keep you endlessly entertained as you go on first dates and to the gym alongside these ladies.
6. Atlantia by Ally Condie ($10): Reading can be the greatest escape from reality into places and adventures you could have never experienced in real life. This book, for instance, lets you explore the underwater city of Atlantia and the life of Rio. This is like The Little Mermaid for grown-ups. What could be better?
7. Kate Spade: Places to Go, People to See ($28): If Kate Spade does it, it has to be fabulous, and this new lifestyle travel book is no exception. It makes the perfect coffee table book to decorate your home on top of being a stunning piece of inspiration for how to travel in style.
8. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson ($13): We all know that there are always two sides to every story. This account of twins, Noah and Jude, shares their varying perspectives and experiences as they grow up and grow apart.
9. Yes Please by Amy Poehler ($18): One of our favorite funny girls is now filling us in on all her dirty little secrets and life experiences. This easy read will give you a much needed laugh and dose of literary humor. Her winning combination of jokes and wisdom will keep you reading.
10. The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen ($20): Having the ability to read people’s memory may sound like a gift, but for Teresa Casali, it feels more like a curse. Wrapped into her father’s mob boss world, Teresa is trapped forced to use her gift for evil rather than good.
11. A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin ($18): The discovery of her father’s diary spirals into a maze of deep, dark family secrets. Walk alongside Lilian as she discovers her father’s secret life as a spy from Shanghai to The States.
12. Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham ($17): Gather all your 20-something girlfriends for a book club on this fun new read. Girls superwoman, Lena Dunham, is opening up, sharing stories of travel, relationships, work and more.
13. Love Me Back by Merritt Tierce ($15): Early adulthood is a tumultuous and trying time. This deep and dramatic novel chronicles the life of Marie as she faces the challenges of finding herself as a young adult.
14. I’ll Drink to That by Betty Halbreich ($19): Ever wish you could have a personal shopper to inspire your wardrobe? This book may be the next best thing. As the legendary personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, Halbreich worked with socialites, stars and ordinary women off the street to help many find their sense of style.
15. Rooms by Lauren Oliver ($20): This young adult author makes her adult debut in this intriguing ghost story. When Richard Walker dies, his home is filled with memories and treasures from his life, as well as two ghosts who call the house their home. Just in time for Halloween, eh?
16. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan ($8): There are some YA novels that are a must-read for people of all ages. This is one of those. It’s about Willow Chance, a 12-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, and who finds it comforting to count by 7s.
17. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel ($15): This book magically and mysteriously connects five people — an actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend and a young actress — with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.
18. Falling into Place by Amy Zhang ($12): Vividly told by an unexpected narrator, this heartbreaking novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl, Liz Emerson, prior to her suicide. This dramatic YA novel approaches the topic of suicide from a new and interesting perspective.
19. Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg ($17): Have you ever wished you could have a conversation with your favorite literary characters? This book is the answer to that wish. The characters from classic books are brought to life in this comical modern day spin on literature of the past. This book is guaranteed to keep you laughing.
20. Wild by Cheryl Strayed ($10): This may not be a recent book release, but its big screen debut makes it worth mentioning. This book tells the story of a woman who finds herself lost in life and embarks on the adventure of her life on the Pacific Crest Trail. Make sure you read this one before it comes out in theaters!
What new book are you most excited about this fall? Did we miss any on our list?