Two years ago, my friend Kendra texted me saying I had to read Gone Girl. But when I heard the basic premise—wife dies, husband is suspected, chaos, twists, suspense—I wasn’t sure it was up my alley. I’m more of a Jane-Austen-comedy-of-errors-don’t-look-at-my-ankle kind of girl.

But finally, finally, this fall I picked up a copy and OH MY GOODNESS I AM SO SUCKED IN!!! I cannot express how gripping and compelling the book is. I cannot put it down. I think about it all day long—during work, during the boys’ bathtime, during dinner—until FINALLY I can climb into bed and crack it open. I know I’m the last to the party here, but if there’s anyone left out there who hasn’t read it, you have to. :)

What about you? What are you reading this fall? Any recommendations? I would LOVE to hear.

P.S. The scariest movie.

(Book photo by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo)