7 Books to Read in Fall

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I leaned into my reading mood hard at the beginning of this month and read some delightful books in the first half of the month.

Then the longest virus ever took out Little E and J, my three-year-old twins, and I was dealing with too many bodily fluids, increased laundry, canceled plans, and the work-and-provide-childcare juggle. 

I tried to start two physical books and three audiobooks and nothing would stick. So I made peace with my reading slump, leaned into watching this show (so good and I feel like not enough people are talking about it), and started requesting holiday rom-coms from the library to be ready for November and December reading. If you are interested, I want to read this one and this one and this one and this one.

I hope this month found you with books you wanted to read, and if it didn’t, check out my reading recap for some recommendations.

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Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone by Tae Keller – This is a middle grade novel from the author of the Newbery award-winning When You Trap a Tiger. Big E and I read that one together and it was just beautiful. This one has a similar feeling, though dealing with different content. I thought it was one of the most authentic depictions of what bullying can look like in middle school and I can’t wait to read it with Big E in a few years.

The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman – This is the third in a cozy mystery series that features a group of friends in a retirement community who are more competent than the local police in solving the absurd amount of murders that happen locally. Each of the four main characters are delightful and the supporting characters round out a vibrant community that I can’t help but want to be a part of. Definitely for fans of Louise Penny.

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna  – I picked this up for spooky season, but it is not strictly a Halloween book – in fact, you might even call it a winter holiday book. An interesting found family, a little romance, and of course, magic, combined to make this a delightful read for me.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – This was a re-read for me (for the third time, actually) and a momentous occasion because I read it aloud with Big E, who is seven. I recognize that the author has made extremely problematic choices that have been harmful to the trans community, and the fat-phobia in this text is undeniable.  I made the decision to read this and cut out the fat-shaming. When Big E is ready to read it on her own, we will talk about this issue; when she is a little bit older we will talk about the choices the author has made. In the meantime, reading this together was a joy; we loved laughing and wondering what would happen next – and Big E was constantly trying to get me to confirm or deny her theories about Lord Voldemort and Harry.

The Wolves Are Watching by Natalie Lund – This is the perfect YA book for fall. Creepy cover? Check. Glowing yellow eyes spying on you from the woods within the first few pages? Check. A suspicious kidnapping that only a young heroine can possibly solve and make right? Check. In full transparency, the author is also a good friend of mine and it’s been a joy to watch her make being a professional writer a reality. I can’t resist also recommending her first two books; check out this one for more spooky season reading and this one if you need a good cry.

The Most Likely Club by Elyssa Friedland – I picked this one up on a whim while on a solo library trip and I was pleasantly surprised by it. It follows four women who have been friends since high school and are reflecting on where their lives have taken them as they get ready to attend their 25th high school reunion. Recommend if you are a geriatric millennial and child of the 90s, like myself; the nostalgia factor was high and I was here for it.

The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson – This is the fourth in a YA mystery series that I have enjoyed. The first three books all follow the same case the narrator is trying to solve, but the fourth one is a new case. I’ve listened to all of them and found them to be fun reads that require very little energy, which is often perfect for breaking a reading rut.


Trisha Meerman · October 31, 2022 at 3:07 pm

I absolutely LOVE the Thursday Murder Club series! I have been genuinely surprised that I enjoy an old lady “gang” to the extent that I do, but there is something deeply satisfying about reading about friendship and life in its end stages from the perspective of those who know it’s end stage. The whit and humor simply hit more purely in my opinion and I’m happy to see it on your monthly wrap up. I do think that the overall pace of the stories in this series is quicker and more humorous than Louis Penny, but agree that the age range of the characters and recurrent setting could draw parallels. I wish you happy reading throughout November!

    The Connected Reader · November 1, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    Agree about the friendship in the Thursday Murder Club. It is so lovely. You make a good point about the feel and pace of this series versus Louise Penny, though I do think Penny gets her laughs in with Ruth and Jean-Guy and some of the other supporting characters. Happy reading in November and I hope the new job is going well!

Natalie · November 1, 2022 at 7:12 pm

Thanks for the plug 🙂 Also, I like Reboot too!

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