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Our Fall 2016 Reading List

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It’s time to talk about the books we’re stacking on your nightstands for the Fall months!  I’m feeling sweater, cappuccino and a stolen hour to just read in our futures.  Here’s our working list.  What would you add?  

•  I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reed  It’s been called a “tight, ferocious little book” full of mounting suspense.  A friend suggested it saying… it’s one of those crazy good books you read in four hours and with that recommendation, it’s the next book on my shortlist. 

•  Night Film by Marisha Pessl  We’re in for thrills this Fall and Night Film was named one of the best books of the year by NPR.  An investigative journalist tries to solve the murder of a cult-horror-film director’s daughter.  Sounds like a page turner so let’s get to it! 

•  The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah  WWII in France through the eyes of two sisters.  I feel like this is bound to be big and beautiful.    

•  The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein  We’re taking it back to 2009, but have you read this yet?  A sweet and loving look at family life, from the eyes of the dog.  It’s going to be really annoying when I sob through the second half of this book.  I am always looking for a reason to cry on the plane though… 

•  Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler  A coming-of-age in the NYC restaurant industry story.  I’m into it because I ’bout that life, and I know restaurant life is sloppy and romantic and messy and delicious and there are so many lessons to learn the hard way. 

•  The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware You’re a travel writer on assignment on a luxury cruise ship… pretty swanky… until you see a woman being thrown overboard, but everyone on the boat is accounted for and you sound downright crazy.  Now what?  Tell us Ruth, tell us! I’m just finishing In A Dark, Dark Wood and looking forward to this read. 

•  The Girls by Emma Cline  Let’s read this! It sounds full and nuanced, like our lives, like our lives (?).

•  It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover  This is definitely the second book on my Fall shortlist. It sounds like a love story on a rollercoaster and I want on.

 Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee  I continue to be obsessed with this book and it’s so good that I refuse to finish it.  It’s the story of a woman who goes from circus performer to the world’s most famous opera soprano.  She’s got secrets and lies and it’s a stunning read.  

•  Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple  We all think it from time to time, don’t we? Let’s read the fictionalized fiasco.  

•  Everything I Want To Eat by Jessica Koslow Yes it’s a cookbook but Jessica has a very fine and earnest food brain and I want to read her words before eating her food.  Very excited about this! 

•  In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney Inspiration from women entrepreneurs from all backgrounds and creative industries.  I need a copy of this book for my coffee table and for both bathrooms… which sounds disturbing but is meant to be a supreme compliment. 

Here’s last Winter’s Reading List.  My favorites were Fates and Furies, It’s What I Do, and When Breath Becomes Air.  

Let me know what you’re reading!  I love when the comment section fills up with your suggestions!

xo Joy