Books I’m Loving This Fall

 My “happy place” is Barnes & Noble. I bought a Kindle a couple years ago, and while I do think for traveling (especially for work) it’s a great option, nothing beats a real book. And yes, I’m one of those people that gets upset with dog-eared pages or stains.

So I wanted to share with you all the 5 books I’m loving this fall. If you ever need a good book recommendation, you can start with this list or just ask for suggestions. I love all genres of books from Chick Lit to Psychology to Biographies, a great book sucks you in. The 5 books I’m highlighting are in order of how I’ve read them starting a couple months ago (August 2013).

#1: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? – Maria Semple

It’s a mix of mystery, humor, and wit that is an easy read and will keep you guessing. It isn’t scary (you’ll see later, that I only dabble in scary). The main character, Bernadette “escapes” to Antarctica and leaves her daughter, and husband, searching for her. The ending comes together with a great twist, so definitely worth the read!
#2: The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling
Despite my love of books, I’m not a “Harry Potter” fan (other than the movies). So all of the negative criticism this book has received fell on deaf ears for me. J.K. Rowling is an amazing story teller, and this was her first dive into fiction that is actually relatable (sorry wizard fans). This is not a happy book. It details a small English town dealing with a “casual vacancy” in its Parish Council. The families highlighted in this book deal with abuse, drug addiction, “mean girls”, politics, and teenage angst. It takes a little to get into since there are so many characters, but it is worth the read in my opinion! 
#3: The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym)

Now this book has received some great hype – especially once it was discovered that Robert Galbraith was really J.K. Rowling writing under a pseudonym! “The Cuckoo’s Calling” is a murder mystery (or suicide mystery?) of a famous model/actress that fell to her death from an apartment. Was it suicide or was it murder? And if it was murder, who would want her dead? But with the wealth “Cuckoo” has acquired through her fame, the better question may be – who wouldn’t want her dead? Witty, intriguing, and unpredicatble, I would recommend “The Cuckoo’s Calling” over “The Casual Vacancy” – but I like to read, so I recommend both still…
#4: Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
When I bought my Kindle, “Gone Girl” was popular and on the best seller’s list. I downloaded it, read a few chapters but then never finished. So I am back at it. This is again, a mystery book – trying to figure out what really happened “Amazing Amy” in a small town in Missouri. Once I’ve finished, I’ll give a better review – but I’ve only heard great things, and am very into it now!
#5: Girls in White Dresses: Jennifer Close 
I love Chick Lit. And after all the dark mystery books I’ve been reading, I need a light hearted fiction book to read once I figure out what happened to “Amazing Amy” (because I have a feeling it’s weird & twisted)…so after a lot of searching online (Googling top books to read in your twenties, chick lit classics, etc.) I decided my next book will be Jennifer Close’s “Girls in White Dresses” which tells the story of three women going through normal life changes – new love, career changes, & break ups. I can’t wait!

With the holidays approaching, and with it, the cold weather, I’m in need of more suggestions. What’s your favorite book? Any you’re dying to read?

*Note – all books can be found at your local Barnes & Noble (my recommendation) or on Amazon if that’s your thing.

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