Happy first day of Fall! This time of year is always my favorite. The colors are beautiful, the air is crisp and everything is cozy! One of my favorite fall pastimes is snuggling up by the fire place with a book and cup of tea in hand. And since today is the first day of fall I wanted to give you six of my book recommendation for this season.
- The Girl On the Train
Amazon Plot: “EVERY DAY THE SAME: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
UNTIL TODAY: And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?”
Why: This book kept me turning pages late into the night. If you like suspenseful books, this book is for you. Read it this fall because the movie version comes out October 7th.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Amazon Plot: “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.”
Why: This book is truly magical! I haven’t ever read a book like this before, it is so beautifully written and unique. The book switches points of view giving you a deeper look into the different characters.
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Amazon Plot: “The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.”
Why: It’s a classic and one of the best american novels. The themes in the book are rich and deep, if you just read this book in high school, I encourage you to read it again. “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
- Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
Amazon Plot: “Set on and around a North Dakota Ojibwe reservation, Love Medicine—the first novel by bestselling, National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich—is the epic story about the intertwined fates of two families: the Kashpaws and the Lamartines.
With astonishing virtuosity, each chapter draws on a range of voices to limn its tales. Black humor mingles with magic, injustice bleeds into betrayal, and through it all, bonds of love and family marry the elements into a tightly woven whole that pulses with the drama of life.Filled with humor, magic, injustice and betrayal, Erdrich blends family love and loyalty in a stunning work of dramatic fiction.”
Why: November is National Native American Heritage Month. This is an excellent book by a Native American author. I loved exploring the family relationships in this book. A must read.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Amazon Plot: “A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.”
Why: This book is also being made into a movie, set to be released September 30th. This book is wonderfully and beautifully creepy. The photographs reminded me of something David Lynch would create and they work wonderfully with the story.
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Amazon Plot: “Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love–and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.”
Why: Let me start by warning you, this book is quite a commitment at 771 pages. Every page is worth the read. This book will have you reading late into the night. Tartt explores many themes in the book: loss, obsession, poverty and the beauty of art. Many have said Tartt’s book is very much like the stories of Charles Dickens, so if you enjoyed great expectations and David Copperfield I suggest you give this book a try. You won’t regret it.