Stuck in a reading slump? Have you been looking at that to-do list a little too much? With these six books you need to read this fall, reading will finally become fun again. They are new, they are inspiring, and they are perfect for any fall mood. Sit down, relax, and discover your new favorite couch companion. Note: Some of these books have not yet been released. These thoughts are based on my first impressions from the plot.
Nothing Like I Imagined (Except for Sometimes) by Mindy Kaling (Published: October 6th)
The Book in a Nutshell: These aren’t books, but they are made up of six short stories based on the life and experiences of Mindy Kaling, a.k.a. my imaginary best friend.
Why It Is So Good: If you are in the mood for laughs (who isn’t) then this is the perfect series for you. These short stories (ranging from 15-49 minutes long for the average reader) are as insightful as they are humorous. They are available free to Amazon Prime members and are perfect for a reading binge marathon. Although they are listed in a series, you can read in any arrangement.
Genre(s): Short Stories, Comedy
Untamed by Glennon Doyle (Published March 10th, but remains a fall favorite!)
The Book in a Nutshell: A riveting memoir on how an author became her true self.
Why It Is So Good: This book is for anyone, young and old, who are delving deeper into knowing their true selves in order to connect with others. Untamed has already become the favorites of many people, including Kristen Bell and Elizabeth Gilbert. Whether or not you at a low point, this is a book that will raise you up and help you find and bask in your purpose.
Leave the World Behind, by Rumaan Alam (Published: October 6th)
The Book in a Nutshell: A apocalyptic thriller that was so good that there was a film rights bidding war.
Why It Is So Good: What better way to step into the fall than to examine what happens when people of different classes and walks of life experience an apocalyptic event that changes them forever? This book has already been slated into pre-production with Netflix. With the buzz that it has been getting, I won’t be surprised when it reaches critical acclaim.
Genre(s): Thriller, Apocalypse
What Would Frida Do? A Guide to Living Boldly by Arianna Davis (Published October 20th)
The Book in a Nutshell: A Guide to conquering your fears and becoming the boss you were born to be all along.
Why It Is So Good: This guide takes the life of Frida Kahlo and transforms her experiences into lessons that we all could learn from. Written by the Digital Director of The O Magazine, it is full of insight on how to transform pain into power and channel it into art. This book is waiting to fill a hole in your bookshelf or kindle feed.
Genre(s): Self-Help, Inspirational
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Published: October 6th)
The Book in a Nutshell: A genre-bending tale full of a woman who trades her life to be immortal and forgettable.
Why It Is So Good: What would you do in order to live forever? What if everyone that you knew had to forget that you existed? The Invisible Life, tackles these questions and more while creating a fantastic, time-bending tale full of twists and turns. It is complex, emotional, and memorable.
Genre(s): Historical Fantasy
Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes by Elizabeth Lesser
The Book in a Nutshell: Essays detailing what happens when women take the helm is history and storytelling.
Why It Is So Good: It is a three-part book that delves in to how women and culture are intertwined. In addition to the book being a brief history refresher, it is also inspiring. The parts are focused on: Women in Culture, Women in Power, and a Women’s Toolbox offering Inner Strength to the readers. This is a must for any feminist’s bookshelf.
Each one of these books are completely different in their genre, but all of them share one common thread of being empowering fall reads. Read them all, and stay engaged all winter long. Whether you choose to read one or read them all, one of these wonderful titles are sure to be a new favorite. Ignite that spark for reading and discover something new in the pages and in yourself.
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