I love me some fall. Give me the crisp autumn breeze (not that it happens all that often), beautiful leaves changing, and my boots. Oh how I love wearing boots! I normally spend my fall traveling for work, but since I changed positions in September, I have found myself in a job with no travel, so on top of all the things I love about fall, I also got to spend my nights and weekends at home with my husband, dog, and bed. Despite all the home time, or maybe because of it, I only made my way through 10 books. I sadly did not read any 5 star books, but one was quite close. See below for my top books from this fall, ranging from September 22 – December 20, 2018.
Close to Five Star Reads
Title: Little Fires Everywhere
Author: Celeste Ng
This is a glimpse into the lives of the haves and the have nots of the suburban community in Shaker Heights, OH. Is that family that lives in the perfect home in the perfect neighborhood as perfect behind closed doors as they seem to everyone else? Told in third person narration, you get a chance to read from the perspective of members of the “perfect” family as well as the “imperfect” family that works for them. Ng covers day-to-day aspects of life as well as how each family responds to divisive issues impacting their families and community. Why didn’t I give this book 5 stars?? It really was a good one.
Four Star Reads
Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
This is the start to a much-hyped duology that follows six members of a gang as they attempt to perform a dangerous heist. Set in Bardugo’s Grishaverse, where certain people, Grisha, are blessed/cursed with magical powers, the world is dark, dangerous, and corrupt. The characters are each lovable, flaws and all, and I enjoyed reading from each of their perspectives, a rarity in my experience with multi-narrative story-telling. This was an exciting story with strong, diverse characters.
Title: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating
Author: Christina Lauren
Christina Lauren is my girl (are my girls?). This story was such a delight. Josh and Hazel met a few times over the course of 10 years, but they find themselves in the same city needing a friend, so they begin to hang out. Both are down on their dating luck and so to support each other they begin to set each other up on blind double dates to try and change the tide. Along the way they begin to realize that their favorite part of these miserable dates is the time they spend together. It’s cute, it’s predictable, also in fair warning, it is a romance novel.
Author: Kathryn Holmes
This story follows a 16ish-year-old Hallie as she heads to camp where she is forced to face the golden boy who made her past year miserable. In an attempt to get away from said golden boy and get sent home, she and two others abandon their hiking group and head back to camp, but a wrong turn and an extreme down pour makes the trail quickly disappear. The three begin wandering through the wilderness ill-prepared, searching for help, reflecting on life’s great questions and trying to survive.