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!
I’ve read The Art of Racing in the Rain…its great but definitely a tearjerker! Enjoy!
My current reading list is
non fiction: Vampires and Vampirism
fiction: Redwall (yes for the first time, not sure how I missed this one growing up)
parenting: Baby sign language
I proposed reading 30 books this year as part of a Goodreads Reading Challenge and so far I’ve finished 25. I read Nightingale but was a little underwhelmed and disappointed. However, the best book I’ve read so far is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. I highly recommend it!
Good for you! Thank you for the recommendation!
Great list Joy. I love when you do this. I read Sweetbitter and The Girls and really enjoyed them both.
Have also really loved Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, Imagine me Gone by Adam Hasett, and The Life Changing magic of Tidying Up.
I always enjoy adding books from your lists to mine! I read “The Art of Racing in the Rain” years ago and liked it so much that I will reread it some day. Just read “Sweetbitter” and liked it quite a lot. “The Queen of the Night”…wanted to like it, but just didn’t. Was very glad to finish and move on to a new book. Sounds like you feel about it the way I wanted to feel! Next up on my reading list is a reread of “A Feather on the Breath of God”, a beautiful little novel by Sigrid Nunez
“The Art of Racing in the Rain” is one of my favorite books…loved learning how racing relates to life. I think everyone should read “Nothing to Envy”….and learn what is actually happing in North Korea…you will cry your eyes out!! Our nation has reason to be concerned.
Joy…Have you read any of Liane Moriarty books? FAB! ???????? I’ve read Big Little Lies, it was excellent! Then red “The Husband’s secret”, oh, my gosh, sooo good, now reading her book Truly, Madly Guilty! You can’t put these books down! Sooo good!????
The Nightingale IS big and beautiful and very sad. Hannah’s book The Winter Garden REALLY destroyed me. I had to put it down a few times because I was crying hard.
The Art of Racing in the Rain surprised me – I didn’t expect to like that much, let alone love it. Such a simple, wonderful story. I saw the movie rights have been floating around for awhile … It could make a great movie, if it’s done right.
PATTY G BIDEZ
I don’t know how I missed How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, a columnist for the Times in London, when it came out, but I’m glad I found it later! Its essays about life, poverty, family and feminism are smart, provocative and sneeze wine out of your nose funny! I borrowed it from the library 1st, bought it for my daughter, then picked it for my book club to read this month.
Joy, may I recommend the exquisite and heartbreaking “Barefoot to Avalon” by David Payne. I really appreciate your suggestions and look forward to reading many. Thank you so much
Currently reading Sweetbitter. The writing is clever and satisfying. Also, I have had nightmares about working in the restaurant business again and getting fired over aprons and ice scoops. So, it’s infiltrated my psyche. The Girls is up next for me. And thanks for the Christmas gift idea! The Grace Bonney book sounds right up my sister’s alley.
Underground Airlines, Before the Fall and Darktown!
I recently read I’m Thinking of Ending Things and your description is precisely how I read it. It’s quite an unexpected read.
If you want a great new non fiction read Carry On by Lisa Fenn. It will inspire you it will make you laugh and cry.
Hi Joy! I love your book lists! I loved The Nightingale. But by far my favorite book of the year is A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara. It was so powerful and heartbreaking and beautifully written.
oh I’ve heard this was fantastic! Thank you for the reminder.
Christina @ Every Little Thing She Does...
I have NEVER cried more then how much I did while reading The Art of Racing in the Rain. I read it on the planes to and from a conference in Chicago and it wasn’t just some tears, it was the red-faced ugly crying. I’m sure the people on the plane with me thought I was insane. I just read It Ends With Us and really liked it and currently reading The Woman in Cabin 10. Can’t wait to hear what you think about all these! Thanks for the additional suggestions!