Fall 2015 Reading List

fall reading list

Fall is certainly here in full force and something inside of me wants to gather a stockpile of books to prepare for the cozy weekends that are inevitably in my future.  I love spending time outside in the fall, and I figured that reading a spooky mystery while sipping on a spicy cider sounded like pretty much the best thing in the world.  Since I ran through the majority of my summer reading list (reviews below), I decided it was time to add some new reading to the pile.  Here are the six favorites that are topping my list (and a few more just in case I need ’em!). 


City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg- some say it’s “fantastic and addictive” others say it’s a whole lot of book that moves pretty slow.  All I know is that it garnered this first-time author a bidding war between 10 publishers and a two million dollar advance.  Something’s got to be in these pages, so I thought I’d check it out.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz – I was half and half on buying this book.  I absolutely loved the other Lisbeth Salander novels, but this one isn’t written by the original author (who died in 2004).  Reviews claim that you’d never know it wasn’t Stieg Larson writing it’s pages, so I picked it up.

In a Dark, Dark, Wood by Ruth Ware- It’s a murder mystery which begins after a bachelorette party and most reviewers said it was a compulsively quick read.  Just the kind of weekend book for me.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith- It was by the register, was $9, and reviews used words like ‘propulsive suspense’, ‘absorbing’, and ‘witty twisting mystery’.  Plus, it’s apparently by J.K. Rowling under a pseudonym, Robert Galbrath. Although I didn’t love The Casual Vacancy, I want to give Rowling’s non-harry works another try.

What She Left Behind & The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wisemen – Amazon nicely suggested these two books for me based on my love of Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.  While The Plum Tree looks right up my alley because of my love for WWII fiction, What She Left Behind was recommended due the mysteries of two lives (in two separate decades) that the author intertwines (similar to Sarah’s Key and All the Light We Cannot See).  I am excited for both.

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens – this just came out this week and already has amazing reviews… It’s another wintry mystery which starts with a student interviewing a Vietnam vet and getting way more than he ever thought he would.


How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – While the title seems a little lame, i was drawn to this book because it comes up again and again in business conversations.  It’s a classic that has been around for over SEVENTY years and continues to be one of the highest recommended books for leadership.  I thought.  Seventy years of five star reviews cannot be wrong.  Plus, I like the idea of winning friends and influencing people (who doesn’t, right?).

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – another unfortunate title, but another touted classic that has been in print for almost 80 years.  Hill spent years interviewing powerful people and compiled what that common thread was linking their success.

So, I think eight books will work for the fall and winter, especially considering a week-long jaunt on a boat that I have scheduled for December.

When it comes to my summer selections, I do have some feedback!

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah – I absolutely loved this book.  It wasn’t as page-turning as some reviewers claimed, but still really draws you in.  I think the magnetism of the characters is what keeps you opening it up, but the plot was also beautifully crafted. It’s a story of two sister heroines’ struggles and (utterly secret) victories in a German occupied France. It’s one of those sad but fulfilling love stories mixed in with lots of secretive action.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – I could NOT put this book down.  I actually just blew off any plans that interfered with me finishing this book.  It weaves a story of two women’s lives who live so close, but seem so far away.  It’s painfully dark at times, but all leads to a really shocking end.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr- I’m in the middle of this book because I bought the audio version and have realized that I can’t do audio.  I just get too restless sitting there while I listen and since I don’t have a commute to work, listening in the car doesn’t make sense.  The story is WONDERFUL so far, however.  It’s another WWII fiction set in France (you can tell I have a thing going here…) and I know that if I had the paper version, I would have devoured it already.

I have not read either business book yet from the summer list, so they’re carrying over into the winter… if I have time, I mean!

Feel free to weigh in on anything on the summer or fall list OR anything you’ve read lately that you loved!  I can’t wait to hear what you have to say!


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