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In my previous post I talked how the new TV season always signals the beginning of fall for me. But it's not the only thing that let's me know fall is here. In case you didn't know, fall is also the most important time for new releases in the book world. Actually, if you think about it, Fall seems to be the biggest season for a lot of industries (i.e. TV, Oscar potential films, books, etc). But I digress. Besides settling into the couch (ok my bed) to relax in front of the TV, fall to me means snuggling up with a good book.
Seriously, nothing, not even new TV shows, screams fall to me quite like enjoying a good read with a cup of tea and Charlie sleeping by my side. Lately, I've been trying to set aside more time to read as my TBR list is constantly piling higher and higher, but haven't been very successful in doing so. However, with the fall season starting I have this huge urge to stick to my TBR list.
With so many new books, plus running into this reading challenge, I had to compile a list to help me get to them. And so here are my top picks, which include mostly new fall debuts, with a few "older" ones that seem perfect for the season as well:
Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins- This has been sitting on my book shelf for months so I am glad that I'm not only in the reading mood lately, but that I now have the added pressure to read it thanks to two of my book clubs. The novel is a thriller, which some have compared to Gone Girl due to it's many plot twists, and centers around Rachel, an alcoholic who's husband left her two years ago for his mistress. Every day, Rachel rides the train and observes the lives of one couple, thinking it to be perfect, until one day tragedy strikes, leaving Rachel wondering what is true and what her role in it could be. It's actually the perfect fall book, though it was published earlier this year, due to its dark mystery.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff- There has been a lot of buzz around this book, so you know it's a must read. The story examines the marriage of Lotto and Mathilde from both their perspectives over the years. It's set up similar to Gone Girl(can you tell I liked it?) in that it is split into two parts, one part being Lotto's experience and perspective with in the marriage and the other being Mathilde's. The marriage begins as one envied by their friends it seems, but not all is what is seems and I hear there's a pretty crazy twist, which is what really intrigues me.
The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz- I may have mentioned that I love Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy on the blog before, so it is no surprise that this made it onto the list. The Trilogy has now become a series and this book marks the fourth in this series. Lisbeth and Blomkvist are back again for another thrilling and dangerous ride. Blomkvist's magazine is struggling until he gets word about a computer scientist who is in trouble with the NSA and the Swedish government. At first Blomkvist is disinterested until he is told he may have been aided by someone Blomkvist is familiar with: Lisbeth. I'm excited to see how Lagercrantz continues the series and if stays true to Larsson's vision and style.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling- How could not this not make the list?! When I lived in New York I remember finding comfort reading her first book during my subway rides. In this one, we find her same Mindy humor in her essays except this time she discusses her journey of trying to find contentment and excitement in her adult life. In her previous book she focused more on her struggle to try to fit in with Hollywood and trying to make it. Her new book appears to focus more on the after of her success. Really cannot wait to read this especially since it seems most of my other choices are on the darker side.
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy- This is another one that I've heard a lot of buzz around, especially on BookRiot. The book centers around Willowdean Dickson, aka Dumplin, who has always been happy in her own skin as a proudly thick girl. However when she falls for a boy at her new fast-food job and he likes her back, she begins to doubt herself. Her solution to gain her confidence back? Enter the beauty pageant. I love how badass the protagonist sounds and I think in today's body-shaming world, it really is a nice punch back.
Obviously there are a lot of other books that I am interested in, but that would just make for a never-ending post. In the mean time, these will be the ones I'll try to get to first and the ones that piqued my interest the most. Do any of these sound good to you? Any you recommend I add to my list? Share with me and everyone in the comments below.