Fall Reading List: What We’re Reading

fall reading list

For those of you who haven’t left your nice air-conditioned homes in months, I have amazing news for you. The weather is finally cooling down! Pumpkin Spice Lattes have arrived! It’s time to start thinking about Halloween costumes!

I think September and October are absolutely perfect for snuggling up with a book and coffee and your dog. So here is our fall reading list!

in a dark dark wood by ruth ware

In a Dark, Dark Wood

Nora, an English writer, is invited to the countryside for a hen party (bachelorette party for you silly Americans). Although she has not seen her engaged friend Clare in 10 years, she agrees to attend. Why did Clare insist on inviting her to the weekend away after 10 years without contact? More importantly, why didn’t Nora just say no?

It’s one of those books that you cannot put down because you know that something bizarre is going on but you can’t figure out what it is.

Also, look at the book cover. Reese Witherspoon said, “Prepare to be scared…really scared!” Who wouldn’t want to read a book from Reese Witherspoon’s list?

Truly Madly Guilty

Speaking of Reese Witherspoon…You have already read Big Little Lies, right? And you watched the show? Three times like I did? Okay good. If you haven’t, stop reading this right now and find a friend who’s HBO Go password you can steal and get on it.

If Big Little Lies wasn’t enough of a reason to put Liane Moriarty’s new book on your reading list, I will do my best to convince you. Truly Madly Guilty is a 400 page book that I finished in less than 24 hours. That’s how good it is. There are three couples, three children, and a dog at a barbecue. You know that something terrible happens as the chapters alternate between pre-barbecue and post-barbecue, but you don’t know what it is. It’s truly (madly) captivating.

truly madly guilty by liane moriarty
the sun is also a star by Nicola yoon

The Sun is Also A Star

The Sun is Also a Star takes place in one day in New York City. Cynical Natasha doesn’t believe in love, while Daniel is a romantic. Both of them are pretty miserable high schoolers. Natasha’s family is being deported to Jamaica and Daniel’s family has high ivy league expectations for him. Poor Daniel just wants to be a poet. They end up spending the day together. And then someone is murdered. Just kidding. This isn’t a psychological thriller, so you know it is good if it made it to the list.

The Girls

The Girls by Emma Cline quickly became a best seller when it was released last year. It tells the story of a girl in late 1960s Northern California, Evie Boyd, who is drawn to a group of girls in the park. She befriends them without knowing that they were about to become part of an infamous cult (think Charles Manson).

The Girls explores the dangers of needing to belong and obsessing over other people. It has been compared to The Virgin Suicides – one of my favorites!

the girls Emma cline fall reading list
fall reading list missing presumed

Missing, Presumed

In Susie Steiner’s novel Missing, Presumed, a lonely, 39-year-old mother in Cambridgeshire’s police force finds herself investigating a puzzling missing persons case. A graduate student at Cambridge University has been missing for almost 24-hours – police know that the clock is ticking in terms of finding Edith Hind alive. Hind’s home reveals few clues and the police force must investigate her loved ones. What they discover about her life and her behavior leading up to the disappearance shock the force.

Missing, Presumed is suspenseful and engaging and you will not be able to put it down.

Little Fires Everywhere

Jodi Picoult said, “I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting.” You know that means this book is going to be a hit. But I could be a little biased considering it takes place in my home town of suburban Cleveland. It’s really cool to read a book and be able to picture exactly what the author is talking about.

In Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, a picture-perfect mother, Elna Richardson, meets Mia Warren, a single mother who stands out a bit in this picturesque town. The two become very close as Mia rents a house for her and her daughter from Elna. But Mia’s mysterious past threatens this ordered community, something that Elna cherishes. Elna is desperate to figure out Mia and her unusual life.

fall reading list little fires everywhere

Let us know what you think of these books and tell us what is on your fall reading list below!



  1. I LOVE Liane Moriarty. But Truly Madly Guilty was one I couldn’t get into really so I put it back on the shelf. Wow you finished it in 24?! Have me second guessing 🙈. I’ll have to try again

    • It definitely starts out slow, especially because it’s so confusing with the back and forth between days and you don’t really know what’s going on. But you just have to stick with it for the first 100 pages or so and then you won’t be able to put it down!!

      • I’m another one who loves Liane, but couldn’t get into TMG. Gotta try again. Does she ever get out of that damn taxi?

        Also, can’t wait to read Little Fires Everywhere!

        • Hahaha it does seem like she’s in that taxi forever. It really starts slowly but once you finish it, you realize that everything was significant!

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