Autumn: the time of year when amber colored leaves line the sidewalk and a crisp chill fills the air in the evenings. Even in California, we’re starting to see a few subtle signs of this cozy season. But, weather aside, I think both coasts can agree on one thing this time of year—cuddling up with a good book is pretty heavenly. With the fireplace going and a cup of hot cocoa in hand, is there anything more a girl could want? That said, today we’re sharing our annual fall reading list with all of you to help you find that perfect read. We recommend staying warm indoors this weekend and sinking your teeth into one of these gems…
1. The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
This love story covers a lot of ground: from Nazi-occupied Poland to present-day San Francisco. Sweeping through time and spanning generations and continents, The Japanese Lover explores questions of identity, abandonment, redemption, and the unknowable impact of fate on our lives. To top things off, this author has been called Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s successor (so if you’re a GGM fan, this one’s for you).
2. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Described by Entertainment Weekly as a romantic comedy bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and humor, this story follows a charming but socially challenged professor, Don, as he seeks true love. Rosie Jarman catches his eye. As for the rest, you’ll have to read to find out.
3. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
This novel tells a stunning tale about grief, wonder, and the magical potential for love and hope next door. And the title is pretty intriguing, isn’t it?
4. Tales from the Back Row by Amy Odell
Written by the editor of Cosmopolitan.com, this hilarious yet thoughtful tell-all provides an irresistible glimpse of the fashion industry’s inner workings. Refinery29 says this one is “Fall’s Most Highly Anticipated Nonfiction Reads.” Sign us up!
5. Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
This blog claims that if you believe laughter is the best medicine, this is the book for you. With wit and charm, Hornby shares a coming-of-age story from the fictional set of a popular 1960’s sitcom. If you liked the movies About A Boy and High Fidelity, then you’ll love this read—it’s written by the same author!
6. Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
Who isn’t a fan of Drew? In her first memoir since she was 14, she shares funny, insightful and profound stories from her past and present, all told from the place of happiness she’s reached today.
7. Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore
Think of this book as your simple, all-natural guide to beautiful healthy skin. Adina shows us that beauty starts from the inside out with her detoxifying beauty regimen and fascinating facts. Make sure to buy an extra copy for your best friend—she’ll love it too!
8. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
Georgia Ford knows a lot of life’s best secrets—how to make a great bottle of wine, how to end a fight… But when she finds out an explosive secret about her fiancé just a week before her wedding, her entire life changes forever.
9. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
This one goes out to all of our creative minds out there (and aspiring creative minds as well)… Elizabeth Gilbert’s (author of Eat Pray Love) Big Magic will leave you feeling inspired to be curious, brave, free, and, most of all, creative.
10. Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova
You might recognize this author’s name as the same woman who wrote Still Alice. In this novel, Lisa Genova writes about a family’s struggle with the impact of Huntington’s disease. The result is a powerful, unforgettable, heart-wrenching story.
Found a title that interests you? Well, time to get reading!
What book are you reading right now?
And which of these books on our list are you most excited to read next?
XO Team LC
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