It’s fall, ya’ll! One of my favorite cold weather activities is curling up on the couch with a cozy blanket, a cup of coffee and a good book. Or, you may already know that I enjoy listening to audiobooks during my commute too. And if you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for a good book recommendation! This list will be heavy on murder mystery, who-done-it, crime thrillers – partially because it’s appropriate for fall or… more so, it’s honestly just my personal go-to. Either way, on my fall reading list, I’ve included a few of my latest reads, my current read and some books that I’m hoping to read soon. Synopses of all from Goodreads.
If you’re looking for a page-turner, crime thriller then pick up a copy of Gillian Flynn’s second book! The theme is as the title states, dark, but I absolutely loved this book! It’s extremely well-written with great character development, despite their inherent faults and flaws. Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history. Read more
The Woman in Cabin 10
If you enjoyed The Girl on The Train, then this is a natural pick for you! It’s a good quick read with enough twists and turns to keep you inching toward the end to discover just what happened. Lo Blacklock, a journalist for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise… But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard… Read more
Okay, guys, bear with me here. In my communications classes in college, we learned about persuasive language and learned how the theories are often applied by cult leaders. So… when I heard about this book that follows on a group of girls involved with a cult leader in California in the late 1960s, I had to read it. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Read more
Small Great Things
Jodie Picoult is one of my favorite authors, so I’m currently reading her latest book! So far, it’s incredibly thought-provoking and powerful while tackling issues of race, justice and privilege. Ruth Jefferson is labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child… Read more
I’ve heard that it’s hard to walk away after reading this book and not be immensely inspired to go out and create something! When I’m in need of some extra motivation, I’m planning to pick this up. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy. Read more
Year of Yes
Speaking of inspiration… It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Shonda Rhimes and I definitely drew inspiration for my day-to-day life after reading her book Year of Yes. It covers a full 12-month period where Rhimes challenged herself to commit to saying “yes” to everything that scared her, which allowed her to flourish and live fully.
Who can’t relate to a dysfunctional family … at least a little bit, if we’re being honest? My whole family jokes all the time that our vacations are like National Lampoon’s Vacation. As a member of a family with all adult siblings, my interest is definitely piqued! This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. Read more
All the Missing Girls
I’ve been seeing the cover of this book everywhere giving me some major book envy! A nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love. Read more
The Couple Next Door
One last dark and twisty book for the list! Another cover I’ve been seeing everywhere, almost taunting me. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone. What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit? Read more