Bookshelf: Fall Reading List

Fall reading is the best reading, yes? The weather is crisp, everything's turned orange and brown, and you're wearing sweaters all day before wrapping up in cozy blankets at night for movie marathons and lots of reading. There are so many new releases to be excited for this fall, some of which I've mentioned below, as well as the perennial fall classics and some other great picks for you.

Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn
In this modern take on King Lear, Henry Dunbar was once the head of a large corporation but is now stuck living in a care home while his estranged daughters run the company. He soon goes on the run from his family, traveling through the hills while being trailed by his youngest daughter and also the daughters who wish to inherit his estate. 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Set in a quiet suburb of Cleveland where everything seems to be expertly planned out, a single mom named Mia moves in and shakes things up. Mia rents a house from Elena, a resident who always plays by the rules. Soon, her contrarian personality and mysterious background causes rifts in the community, especially during a custody battle and an attempted adoption occurs.

Origin by Dan Brown
So, I know that Dan Brown books get a bad rap but I actually think they're kind of perfect for a cozy, fall read. The newest story in the Robert Langdon series follows the professor to a lecture at the Guggenheim Bilbao by a controversial futurist. Once the evening erupts into chaos, Langdon must flee Barcelona with a museum director to find a mysterious password.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
No fall reading list would be complete without this, one of my very favorite novels and what I consider to be the ultimate autumn novel. Set at a small college in Vermont, Richard falls into a group of eccentric classics students under the leadership of a brilliant professor. After one of the group members is murdered, Richard recounts the events leading up to it and the role he played in the incident. 

Lessons In French by Hilary Reyl
Kate is a recent Yale graduate in 1989 and is an aspiring painter who accepts a position to work for a famous photographer in Paris. The story is set during the fall of the Berlin wall and follows Kate as she returns to France for the first time since she was a child living with cousins in the countryside. She finds herself surrounded by pretentious artists and other interesting characters as she tries to define herself.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
This classic follows famed detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates the death of a millionaire on a train. The murder seems to have occurred overnight, while the train was stopped during a snowstorm. As they are stuck on the train during the storm, the detective must determine which of the passengers committed the crime.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Perfect for cozy, autumn nights, this follows Abraham Lincoln as he grieves the death of his 11-year-old son Willie. Lincoln goes alone to crypt to visit his son and is met by the voices of a huge cast of ghosts and spirits. If you can, this book is perfect to listen to on audio.

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Another quintessential fall book, this is the story of Holden Caulfield, an iconic cynic who leaves his prep school and wanders into New York City. He eats in diners, visits an old friend, and makes angsty comments regarding just about everything. When it was released, Holden was a revolutionary character who completely rejected the values of his parents and society in a time during which that was incredibly uncommon.