Fall was made for reading. The drop in temperature, the change in the leaves — fall provides the perfect backdrop for curling up with a book and a blanket. Or a Kindle and Snuggie, if that’s more your style.
Whatever your style, here’s a list to get you started on the fall reading season. There are some great new novels to read that just came out, and and some well-read favorites that you’ll love. And while you’re at it, get some of these on your book club calendar!
What Should I Read This Fall? 1 of 12
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King 2 of 12
Little Danny Torrance is all grown up. He's an alcoholic now, which is no surprise considering what he went through as a child in The Shining. THIS BOOK IS A SEQUEL TO THE SHINING! You must read it.
Difficult Men by Brett Martin 3 of 12
Still reeling from the Breaking Bad finale? Dig into Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad to have your favorite anti-heroes explained.
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple 4 of 12
This is a wonderfully readable story about a brilliant architect who is also a mom. Bernadette disappears and you'll have to piece the narrative together through letters and email. This is great fun with a lot of heart and humor. You will love.
The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez 5 of 12
Critically acclaimed Juan Gabriel Vasquez confronts his native Colombia's history in this novel that begins with a hippo escaping from a zoo owned by Pablo Escobar. Where does the story go from there? You'll have to read it to find out!
The Night Gwen Stacy Died by Sarah Bruni 6 of 12
This is a love story about a mysterious young man who calls himself Peter Parker and the girl he casts in the role of Gwen Stacy. People who superimpose their comic book heroes onto real life and sometimes confuse the difference? Sign me up.
Slimed by Mathew Klickstein 7 of 12
This is the oral history of the first kids' network, Nickelodeon, which began in the 1970s as an upstart channel with a makeshift slime machine. I feel nostalgic already!
The Facades by Eric Lundgren 8 of 12
This novel is about an opera house. WAIT! Stay with me — When a celebrated mezzo-soprano disappears, the investigation turns up rebellious librarians, shifty music critics, a cop called "Oracle," and the minister of an apocalyptic church. Now we're talking!
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon 9 of 12
Michael Chabon's wonderful story about two Jewish immigrants who created a superhero during the golden age of comics is required reading for any self-respecting literary pop culture enthusiast. But you don't have to just take my word for it because this little gem won the Pulitzer. Shazam.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 10 of 12
The movie version of The Book Thief is coming out November 15. Do yourself a favor and read it before you see it. It's one of my favorite books of all time. Narrated by Death himself, it tells the story of a young girl in Nazi Germany and her family, who hides a Jewish man in their basement.
The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls 11 of 12
The Silver Star is Jeannette Walls' foray into fiction. Her first two memoirs, The Glass Castle and Half-Broke Horses, were amazing and beautiful. (Actually, read those too.) I'm dying to see what she can do in this format. She tells the story of two sisters growing up in a small California town in the 1970s.
Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman 12 of 12
Nick Offferman gives you one man's fundamentals for delicious living. It's like we all wished hard enough and Ron Swanson became real and wrote a book. This should be a good one!