Fall Reading List

Stack of books in front of pumpkin

You will never find me more content than when I'm snuggled up on the couch with Aspen and a new book. Since March, I have made a lot more time for reading. Currently, I have a list of 50 books I want to read that only grows by the day... Fall seems to be the time of year when all of my favorite authors come out with a new book. Excited is an understatement, and now I'm looking forward to all the cozy days at home even more! So, let's get into the books I'm planning on reading this season!

I've actually already started reading this one! I watched the musical Hamilton over the summer when it was put on Disney Plus and became slightly obsessed... After listening to the soundtrack non-stop and reading another book about the Revolutionary War, I decided to pick up the book the musical was based on. I was a little intimidated when I saw this book is over 700 pages, but so far, it's pretty interesting. I will definitely post a full book review once I'm done! 

This one comes out next week! Eeep! Always weaving difficult topics into her storytelling, Jodi Picoult is one of my top three favorite authors. This book is about a woman who survives a plane crash, but, alarmingly, during the chaos, she finds herself thinking of a man she last saw 15 years ago, not her husband back home. She is then presented with the option to continue the current trajectory of her life and return to her family or reconnect with another man and her previous life. Speaking to how choices can change the course of our lives, I'm looking forward to reading about what she chooses!

This new book comes out September 29th, and I can't wait to get lost in one of Nicholas Sparks' classic, romance novels. He was the first "adult" author I really liked, so I will be a fan for life! In this book, Trevor Benson moves back to North Carolina after suffering injuries from a mortar blast outside the hospital he worked at in Afghanistan. Soon after arriving in the town, Trevor feels a connection with distant, deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson. During his stay, he also encounters a teenage girl, Callie, who lives in a trailer park down the road and may have insight into his grandfather's mysterious death.

Releasing on October 13th, this story revisits Jake Brigance, the protagonist of one of my favorite and John Grisham's most popular books, A Time to Kill. This time, Jake is the court-appointed lawyer for 16-year-old Drew Gamble who is accused of murdering a local deputy. Despite many in Clanton, Mississippi wanting a quick trial and the death penalty, Jake is determined to save Drew – even if it puts his career and family at risk.

My mom has been telling me to read this book for the longest time, and after hearing good things about it from several bloggers I love, I'm deciding to cave! Orphaned and working as a maid, the heroine of this story is swept off her feet by widow Maxim de Winter and his sudden marriage proposal. Upon arrival at his large country estate, she finds herself flung into the life of the first Mrs. de Winter, Rebecca. With her rooms untouched and clothes ready to be worn again, the late wife casts a large shadow over their lives, and the second Mrs. de Winter begins looking into the true fate of Rebecca. Side note: When looking up the synopsis of this book, I found out that Netflix is releasing a film based on the novel in late October?! What great timing!

I've been wanting to read this book ever since I saw it featured on Oprah's Book Club list, and I'm hoping to get to it this fall! Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are just settling into life together in the New South when Roy is arrested for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. With Roy sentenced to 12 years, Celestial finds comfort in Andre – her childhood best friend and the best man at her wedding – but after five years, Roy's conviction is overturned and he's ready to resume their life together in Atlanta.

Earlier this year, I saw ads about the movie based on this book in my Facebook feed. I am very interested in watching it but know I should probably read the book first! A true story, Bryan Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative when he was a young lawyer. His legal practice is focused on defending those most in need, including the poor and wrongly condemned. Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to death for a murder he insists he didn't commit, is one of Bryan's first cases and ultimately changes his understanding of justice forever. 

What are you looking forward to reading this fall? Are any of these on your list, too? I definitely have an exciting few months ahead of me and can't wait to share what I think of all of these books as I finish them! If you have any other book recommendations, let me know if the comments below! When it comes to genres of books, I clearly like a little bit of everything... 

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