What Books Are You Reading This Fall?

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)

  1. So many good recommendations! I loved The History of Love by Brooklyn writer Nicole Krauss. Just beautiful, sad, hilarious. So deft with timing. And voices, accents. Amazing story.

  2. Picasso’s Women. A play – eight monologues – from the “voices” of the women that shaped the man and his art. It is by Brian McAvera and I only just started it but I’m very excited about it as Picasso had such a tumultuous love life filled with such a vast array of interesting and inspiring women.

  3. The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint is my favorite book out of the ones I’ve read the last few years.

    I’m a voracious reader of child development/parenting books, and my favorite of those is Janet Lansbury’s Elevating Childcare.

  4. My favorite read of late was “The Flamethrowers” by Rachel Kushner.

  5. Best books I’ve read so far this year were the final three Dresden Files (Jim Butcher), The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (Gabrielle Zevin), The Rook (Daniel O’Malley), Big Little Lies (Lianne Moriarty), and The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards (Christopher Jansma).

    Gone Girl was fun, I read her book Sharp Objects years ago and was equally awed and repulsed. Flynn is a great writer.

  6. I’m with the people saying they didn’t love Gone Girl. I think you either LOVE it or HATE it, with no in between. I did enjoy the movie though!

    I agree with the Where’d You Go Bernadette recos, and The Interestings, and anything Maggie Shipstead is amazing (loved both, but really thought Astonish Me was awesome), I just finished Boys in the Boat which is non fiction but SO utterly readable and amazing (and $3 if you’re a Kindle person), I also liked Station Eleven which was just nominated for the National Book award. Enjoy your reads~!

  7. Ditto to all the people recommending Where’d You Go, Bernadette? I also loved The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer and The Opening Sky by Joan Thomas.

  8. Lu says...

    i just finished Death Comes to Pemberly. A murder mystery set in Elizabeth & Darcy’s home after Pride & Prejudice ends. It is soooooo great. If you love Austen or murder mysteries, you will love it. P.D. James does an exquisite job of grasping Austen’s voice and maneuvering it into something different but in complete honor of her original works. So so good!

  9. I finished Gone Girl last night, and I thought it was horrible! Such evil, manipulative lives and a disappointing, hole-filled story line. It’s beyond me how so many people liked it! But David Sedaris once wrote that being on the New York Times Bestseller list doesn’t actually mean your book is good, it just means a lot of people bought it.

    The best books I’ve read this year are Beautiful Ruins, The Language of Flowers and The Power of One. About to start The Alchemist and Nicole Krauss’s (author of the best book ever, The History of Love) newer novel Great House. Excited to get psycho Amy and spineless Nick Dunne out of my head. But good luck! Maybe you’ll find it more compelling than I did.


  10. I love, love, love these posts and look forward to them every spring. What a treat to get a fall reading list?! I have secretly considered creating a spreadsheet of all of the book suggestions….

    My favorites from previous lists…

    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

    The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

  11. Gone Girl sounds like the type of book I’ll have to wait until Christmas break to read if I’m to stay focused on my thesis the rest of this term!

    The Time Traveler’s Wife was that sort of book for me where I couldn’t stop thinking about it until I could read it.

    So far I’ve finished Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — Highly recommend, I read The Orenda by Joseph Boyden for my book club, and am slowly making my way through the Gold Finch (like a few pages before bed some nights). The Gold Finch isn’t quite gripping me. It had good publicity but the story and what I’ve heard is that it’s a bit boring.

  12. Revolution, by Russell Brand. Fascinating!

  13. I read 2 books last fall and they will last in my mind forever: The White Tiger and Nothing to Envy. Highly recommended.

  14. Read Sharp objects, it’s another book by Gillian Flynn!

  15. Alrighty, guess I have to read this book before seeing the movie now! I’m currently getting started on The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, and the first few pages were AMAZING, so I’m quite happy to have it as my bedtime story lately. :)

  16. Currently reading Lena Dunham’s book – and I look forward to going to bed so I can read a little more of it at the end of every day! :)

  17. I might me an outlier here as I read “Gone Girl” with great expectations and found it lacking in substance. Obviously your post is about what we are reading right now and not our opinion about “Gone Girl” but I couldn’t contain myself. I have not seen the movie for the same reason. I read “Glass Palace” and “Shogun” afterwards and thouroughly enjoyed both. Now waiting for my next work trip so I can read another book without distractions

  18. I’m currently reading the biography of Julia Child (“Dearie” by Bob Spitz), and am so captivated by her life. I just discovered that she wrote a memoir about her life in France, so I might have to move on to that next, despite having a long list of books I need to get to.

  19. I am super into non-fiction right now! I am currently reading How We Got to Now. Its about 6 seemingly simple innovations in history that had major, unintended and overlooked effects our lives.

  20. Thanks for the recommendation! I think I’m like you and wasn’t drawn to the book much, but will check it out now that you say you’re sucked in!

  21. I just read Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple and I would highly recommend it! It’s also very lighthearted. I also just finished State of Wonder by Ann Patchette, which was also excellent.

  22. What a timely post! I’ve been on a hunt for something good to read after a summer of excellent books (including those listed below, as well as In the Garden of Beasts and City of Thieves).

    Anyway… I’ll second (or third?) the recommendation to read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi and Adichie. I read it after Purple Hibiscus (another of her books) and thought both were absolutely excellent.

    Another book well worth reading is Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga. Like Purple Hibiscus, it follows an adolescent narrator through schooling in post-colonial Africa.

  23. I feel like I’m the only one in the world that hated Gone girl. I got to the end and was like “what???”

  24. I’ve just finished David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks. He is so brilliant at his craft. Some of the visions are awe- inspiring. It also made me cry- several times. It’s deep, but also funny and entertaining

  25. Funny that you should mention this today. Took the tube today and saw a girl reading “Gone girl” sitting opposite of me while I was reading my e-book version. Was so immersed in the book that I meant to ask her how far she was along (but could tell that I was WAY behind her). Anyway, the book occupies my thoughts as well but I am not sure that I like to be in the midst of this marriage. ;)
    Oh, romantic me…

  26. Read The Gone Girl….Also read recently The GOOD Girl by Mary Kubica. Could not put it down crazzzzzy ending!

  27. If you like more comedic books I cannot more highly recommend:

    “WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE?” by Maria Semple

    Especially if you like the gripping kind of feeling of Gone Girl because I could NOT put “Bernadette” down! I read it last summer and I think I’ll be re-reading it again this fall =)

  28. I just discovered Julia Glass! I read And the Dark Sacred Night which was wonderful. And am now on to The Widower’s Tale.

    I listened to Gone Girl on audio book- its was so good! I highly recommend it, even if you already read the paper version.

  29. Oh man, I loved Gone Girl as well! I read it this spring and devoured it.

    I will second the recommendation of “Night Circus.” I’m about 50 percent of the way through but I have LOVED it so far.

    Also, another magic-type book I have to recommend is “Carter Beats the Devil.” It’s not necessarily about magic, but focuses instead mostly on the investigation of the magician Carter, who made the mayor of San Francisco disappear during one of his tricks.

    What else? Non-fiction-wise, I just finished “Code Talker” about the Navajo men who served as Marines in WWII, using their language to create an “unbreakable code.” Fascinating.

    Enjoy your reading!

  30. I’m in the middle of Life After Life by Kate Atkinson right now, then re-reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

    I read Gone Girl over the summer, and was floored. When seeing the movie with friends I was skeptical about how it would translate on screen, but even if I hadn’t read the book I still would have loved it!

  31. I’m reading Rick Steve’s Europe Through the Backdoor. :) I’m going to be traveling all around Europe next year so I’m preparing. I can’t wait to read novels though. Gone Girl sounds so great.


  32. I can’t say this book was up my alley, but I love the graphic memoir called Marbles by Ellen Forney! I don’t have the same diagnosis as Ellen, but she makes it easy for anyone who has ever dealt with depression relate and feel less alone :)

  33. You must read “Me before you” by Jojo Moyes and “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty. The BEST 2 books I have read this year!

  34. Siri Hustvedt’s The Blazing World was possibly the best read of this year for me!

    Right now I am reading Wu Ming-Yi’s The Man with the Compound Eyes. This book is kind of a Murakami/cli-fi/eco/Taiwan crossover and thusfar really good!

    I am also reading Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.

    And Margaret Atwood’s new short story collection Stone Mattress.

  35. The Iceberg by Marion Coutts. Mesmerising. Coutts’ (an artist) memoir of her husband (an art critic) dying of a brain tumour in the part of his brain that controls speech and language, as she and their toddler son live through it. Also What I Loved by Siri Husvedt is amazing too even though I can’t even remember what it is about.

  36. I was sure I was the last one to read Gone Girl, I wasn’t keen on the premise either. I struggled to get through the first half, and then there’s that plot twist halfway through – you know the one – and I couldn’t put it down! The ending has given me mixed feelings.

    I’m VERY SLOWLY reading The Goldfinch at the moment. I haven’t given a lot of priority time to reading lately, so I’ve been reading just a few pages and putting it down again, but I’ve been surprised how easy it is to feel like you’re right along where you left off once you pick it up – there’s no awkward stumbling along the pages until you remember what was happening. And the author has such an amazing grasp on grief, I can’t help but wonder what her personal tragedy must have been.

  37. All the Light We Cannot See

  38. I’ve heard so much about this one. But it’s never available in the library. Currently I am reading The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. It’s pretty interesting. Though such an obsession was caused to me by The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Do read.

  39. I’m in love with the book I’m reading, I think the original title is ‘Shotgun Lovesongs’ by Nickolas Butler. I’ve got 40 pages left and I don’t want to finish :(

    It’s about a group of friends from a little town in Wisconsin and what happen in their lives when they start marrying. Simple but beautiful.

  40. Currently I’m reading “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple and am loving it so far. I also raid a few of Rainbow Rowell’s books and really enjoyed them, deposited being geared toward a Young Adult audience.

  41. I’m in the exact same boat as you — more demure refusals of proposals than page-turning thrillers — but I couldn’t get Gone Girl out of my head either! I recommened “Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith (which is actually a pen name for JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books — was supposed to be secret but someone leaked it). it’s equal parts fascinating commentary on modern celebrity culture, whodunit mystery thriller, awesome storytelling, memorable and well-drawn characters and all the excellent, insightful writing you expect from JK Rowling. (I promise I don’t work for the publisher, ha. I just really liked it.) I also loved Beautiful Ruins. and Goldfinch.

  42. I’m just now reading Gone Girl too! Glad to know I’m not the only one late to the party. I have 3 little ones age 4 and under and I carry the book with me from room to room throughout the day in case I get a second to read a page or two. Wishful thinking! Hoping I can finish it while the movie is still in theaters. I’ve heard it’s great!

  43. Wild, by Cheryl Strayed. I am also reading Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit, about Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft’s intertwined lives. Sounds dry, but really it’s not!

  44. Just read “My Brilliant Friend”–a very interesting Italian novel revolving around a complex female friendship. I’m still making my way through Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “My Struggle” books. So compelling to me, though occasionally tough reading.

  45. I felt the exact same way about Gone Girl—I was hesitant to read it and then got totally sucked in. Just wait til you see the movie ;)

    I am currently reading Never Can Say Goodbye (edited by Sari Botton), a collection of essays by writers from Elizabeth Gilbert to Nick Flynn on their love for New York. It’s sort of a follow up to last year’s Goodbye to All That (inspired by Joan Didion’s essay on leaving the city) and I am totally entranced!

  46. dark and twisted – and so so good. i read it earlier this year and couldn’t put it down either. i’m a bit skeptical about the movie mainly because i know how it ends ;) i read dark places also from her, but gone girl is much more… how should i put it… how-is-this-possible, i guess. i kind of like twisted minds – on the pages, mind you ;)

    i’ve been reading ken follett (not the epic ones), john grisham (i always think i’m reading a screenplay and not just a book, that how vivid the images are) and daniel silva (oh so favourite!).

    recently i’ve discovered a swedish author, camilla lackberg, that is called the scandinavian agatha christie… i guess it’s an exageration but i somewhat enjoyed her first book (although i find some things a bit itchy).

    oh and if you happen to find any book by joão tordo, a portuguese writer, do not miss it. some are a bit dark also, but the writting is captivating and you truly want to know where all those people will end up.

    happy fall readings :)

  47. I am swooning over Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan novels. I don’t know if I’ve ever read anything that so beautifully depicts female relationships with such complexity and insight. The kind of books that I can’t put down, but don’t want to end. Get all three at once and go to a hotel for a couple of days.

  48. Hello Jo! I’m reading “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by JK Rowling, and then I want to read “Around the World in Eighty Days” by Jules Verne. Never read it before!! And you?
    Lots of love!

  49. Gone girl was completely enthralling.

    Someone mentioned The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – I loved that book as well. I also loved Little Bee by Chris Cleave and I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb.

  50. I’m going to second We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. I can’t recommend it enough!

  51. I recently read Sold by Patricia McCormick. It was a quick read, but one that kept me thinking long after I finished reading.

  52. Gone Girl wrecked my whole week after I read that. Maybe even month. Great read. But could not get it out of my head!

  53. I just started “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt and its already got me so hooked – I loved “The Goldfinch” and Donna Tartt’s style in general.

    Also, I’ve been devouring anything by Matthew Quick, like “Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock”, and “The Good Luck of Right Now” – his witty, quirky style is so unexpected and entertaining even while being serious.

    I’m planning to pick up “Half Broke Horses” by Jeanette Walls because I loved “The Glass Castle”, and I’m trying to get through the latest book in the Outlander series…but so far haven’t liked it as much as the earlier books in the series.

  54. The Rosie Project – so adorable and hilarious for a quick smart read!

  55. I am literally on the same exact boat!!! I try to sneak a page when something is loading or during lunch!! I need to finish it!

  56. I just finished The Circle by Dave Eggers (completely insane and terrifying if you have even an ounce of belief that the internet may be invading privacy) and am starting on The Silkworm (penned by JK Rowling under pseudonym). I’m in law school so I read all day, basically, and am trying to focus on reading fun books that can decompress me after a long day of intense subject-matter.

  57. i’m currently reading the last in the Ken Follett trilogy: “Edge of Eternity”. i love it so much that i keep the kindle app on my phone and sneak in reading breaks at work!

    fave book of the summer? “All the Light we cannot see” (Doerr) wow!!

  58. I just finished Americanah and am re-reading The Goldfinch along with some history books (I always read at least two fiction and non-fiction at the same time). I will wait to read Gone Girl AFTER watching the movie :). I just prefer it this way – to prolong the pleasure. Can’t wait!

  59. Arcadia by Lauren Groff was great!

  60. i love that book. I read one of her others (Dark Places) and it messed me up a bit. So for light reading, i went Eleanor and Park. I’ve now read all of Rainbow Rowell’s books. They are fun and light.
    I’m reading Diane Keaton’s newest book, which is amazing.

  61. Hi Joanna!

    I read Gone Girl over a year ago I think and even though I loved it the end did not make me happy. Let’s see if you like it!

    If you enjoyed this read I would recommend The Millenium Series (3 books). Just google it and yiou can read what it is all about. I can just say it is my favorite series in the whole world!

    PS: I’m a fan of series.


  62. I loved, loved, loved Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy. I’m sort of in mourning that I’ve finished the last book. The books are all so good that I contemplated taking a sick day just to stay home and read uninterrupted. (I didn’t, but still…). I highly, highly recommend them!

  63. I just finished reading it!! It’s so well written. I caution. You against watching the movie. It doesn’t measure up to the book.

  64. I just finished Gone Girl too! I read it in 2 days because I couldnt put it down! I just started Where We Belong by Emily Giffin and I’m enjoying it so far! Cant wait to check out all the reccs on this feed :)

  65. I just finished “Gone Girl” and have now started “Dear Sugar” by Cheryl Strayed (I see that someone mentioned her other books above). Highly recommend! Honestly, it’s changing the way I look at life. I also just got David Mitchell’s latest (“The Bone Clocks”) and can’t wait to crack it open.

  66. you MUST read Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie. the end had me sobbing, partially because i was just so devastated it was over. truly one of the best books i’ve read in years, and i’m a college student majoring in literature! i’m going to read her other book, Half of a Yellow Sun, as soon as i can.

  67. where is the top photo from?

  68. I just read Grace Coddington’s memoir. I put it down, and my roommate snatched it right up and became equally engrossed.

  69. One of the books that I read most recently and that I truly loved was All the Light We Cannot See. It was magical. Also, Dear Sugar was so amazing that I bought a copy after borrowing it at the library. Finally,I recently read Cloud Atlas. It took 106 pages, but I got sucked in, and realized, it’s a really great book. I’ve now got a couple of other David Mitchell books on hold at the library.

  70. Jo, I think you would really enjoy “Truth and Beauty: A Friendship” by Ann Patchett. It’s not a new book by any means, but I know you’ve mentioned Lamott’s “Operating Instructions” as one of your go-to books here, and I find their styles to be very similar. It’s a very heartfelt, realistic look at a true friendship. Along those same lines, I would recommend “Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic” by Martha Beck (chronicling her pregnancy with a baby with Down’s). Both of these are books that I suggest time and time again to friends… they’re insightful memoirs with poignant life lessons…. enjoy!

  71. I read Gone Girl a couple of years ago and loved it (while simultaneously hating the characters). This past weekend I finally convinced my husband to see the movie and he can’t stop talking about it. It’s that good!

    I’m currently in between good books and love when you ask for recommendations from your readers – I use your asks to populate my list! Thanks!!

  72. Unfortunately I already watched the film, but I’ll read the book in a couple of years for sure (don’t we all forget the plot of a movie so easily?)
    The last book I absolutely devoured was “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. Sucks you right into a fabulous world of turn of century magic and love. Thought at first it wasn’t for me because of the “magic” bit, but loved it from first to last page and am now recommending to EVERYBODY.
    At the moment I need to read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, because I just watched the first series and cannot get enough of the story (and lets be honest here: romance).

  73. I second someone’s ‘Unbroken’ recommendation (tho the movie comes out around Xmas if you don’t want movie spoilers…). Bill Bryson is such an excellent writer- ‘A Walk In The Woods’ remains one of my favorite books today (about hiking the Appalachian trail). His other books are excellent too!

  74. I’ll put it out there – I did not find Gone Girl as gripping as everyone has said. I still thought it was good and read it in 4 days.. but I am hoping the movie brings out more suspense. The Book Thief is a fantastic book – and my favourite of all time is Jane Eyre. Worth it.

  75. The Storied Life of A.J. Filkry by Gabrielle Zevin is a book lover’s book and so much more. It is my favorite book I’ve read in the past ten years. I cannot recommend another book more highly than this one!

  76. I LOVED Gone Girl. Read it on the islands of San Blas last year and I can totally relate, it was impossible to put down! Read the last few chapters v e r y slowly just to not having to finish it.

  77. I’m I felt the same way about Gone Girl. No other book compares to the way it grips you, but a few that came close are: Reconstructing Amelia and Dear Daughter.

  78. Gone girl is an amazing book and so are the other 2 books she has, dark places and shark objects (which I totally recomend) I’m reading In The Woods right now and I love it!

  79. I JUST started reading Gone Girl this morning and samesies. I had no idea the premise would be something I’d be remotely interested in but I could not. put. it down. I just finished The Paris Wife yesterday, a fictional story told from Ernest Hemingway’s first wife’s point of view during their time in Paris. So so good. I can’t wait to devour Gone Girl!

  80. I read a lot of nerdy, non-fiction, medical and scientific stuff – but, I recommend ‘The Goldfinch’, ‘On Beauty’ (I love Zadie Smith), ‘This Will Make You Smarter’, ‘Newsfail: Climate Change, Feminism, Gun Control, and Other Fun Stuff We Talk About Because Nobody Else Will’ (Hilarious!!).

  81. I am reading All The Light We Cannot See right now. I just started but I hope it’s good. I usually read non fiction, but I liked Big Little Lies, Sold, the Rent Collector, and Year of Wonders.

  82. We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler is an intriguing, thought provoking and emotional read. Love the Gone Gilr movie Rosamund Pike is just great in it, as is Ben Affleck.

  83. Brain on Fire is an amazing memoir by Susannah Cahalan. I devoured it in two days!

  84. I liked gone Girl, too. I also liked JK Rowling’s private eye novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling (written under a pen name), and The Goldfinch (I think I read it because you posted on here about it? Don’t remember)

    Always love book suggestions… Keep ’em coming!

  85. I too was late to the party and just finished Gone Girl. But I’m so glad I read it! I couldn’t put it down and couldn’t wait to pick up each night. A must read for sure.

    I find short stories to be the perfect solution for mom’s with young children because you can easily pick the book up and get in one story before being called to poor more milk or find a missing sock!

    I’ve just started a collection of short stories called Man V. Nature that I’d recommend. The stories can be dark and really have me thinking about human nature and what drives our behavior. This would be great material for a book group with an endless amount to talk about after each story!

  86. I’m so glad I’m not alone and that other commenters didn’t care for Gone Girl! I wanted to like it so badly (and actually really enjoyed the movie) but I just thought it was SO absurd. Almost like she had no idea how to end it so she just slapped on a quick end because she was on deadline or something.

    I liked the movie because even though it was absurd, I found it easier to digest in movie form.

    I will second “Where’d You Go Bernadette”! Loved it. And not too heavy.

  87. You *HAVE* to read “Me Before You” or “The One Plus One” (or both) by JoJo Moyes. You would love her quirky British humor! Amazing characters, funny, sad, quirky — really enjoy her writing. And Me Before You is being made into a movie! Check them out!

  88. I’m reading Shantaram, and I think i’ll be reading it till Xmas

    It’s a great addictive book

  89. I’ve heard so much about this book. Both the film & novel have received a lot of hype. I tried to check it out at the library but they were all checked out. I’m not surprised, obviously. :] // ☼ ☯

  90. Nicki,
    Thank you for saying that. I didn’t care for Gone Girl either and I can’t understand all the hype. The ending made me want to throw the book across the room.

    Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead is a recent favorite of mine.

  91. While I LOVED Gone Girl, I honestly thought the first two novels by Gillian Flynn, ‘Sharp Object’ and ‘Dark Places’ were way better!

    Sharp Objects, was seriously one of the best books I’ve read.

  92. LK says...

    I read it shortly after it came out and just like you it was all I could think about. Then I read her other two books. They are also good and compelling but nowhere on the same level.

  93. Hello,

    I’m just finishing “Portraits of a Marriage” from Sándor Márai. It’s such a good read.

    I would also recommend “The Shadow of the Wind” from Carlos Ruiz Zafón or “The Maias” from Eça de Queirós (I need to stand for my language :))

  94. Ha, I just read Gone Girl and thought I was the last to the party too! It is soooo good, isn’t it? At first I was only reading it at bed time, but by the last third of the book, I was sneaking in pages all day long (when my son was happily playing on the floor and I should have been making dinner, when I was in line at the grocery store, etc.).

    Now I’m looking for a next book and can’t decide because I’m still so hooked on Gone Girl. Hoping I’ll get some good suggestions from the comments! :-)

  95. Bad Feminist, written by the lovely Roxane Gay, is such an insightful read! I also really enjoyed The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara, but the content is very dark and disturbing.

  96. i’m actually also reading gone girl, but i’m almost at the end! yesterday i could barely keep my eyes open but i just kept on going, so eager to get to the end!! 20 pages left… happy reading! it really is a page-turner!

  97. If you like Gone Girl, you might like books by Jennifer McMahon. She writes suspense with a twist. My favorite was The Winter People, but some of her others are really quite good as well.

    Also Help For The Haunted by John Searles was really good.

  98. We’ll always have Paris, Not that Kind of Girl, and some Emily Griffin books.

  99. I started Serena for my book club. I already love the characters and I hear it is quite the page-turner!

  100. I just started “Now You See Me” this morning riding the subway to work in Boston. I’m barely into it but I really like it.

  101. I recently finished TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS (recommended by Jessie Randall) and now I’m reading WILD. Wow, is all I have to say. Cheryl Strayed is a terrific writer and the books are un-put-down-able.

  102. I just read Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. I couldn’t put it down and finished it in about 4 days. If you want a good laugh book after Gone Girl, check it out!

  103. I just finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed. She hiked the pacific coast trail on her own and then wrote about it – definitely a good read.

  104. I recently finished the Goldfinch at your recommendation. I thought it was very well done, but maybe not the most fun or enjoyable read.

    I also just read Mindy Kaling’s book Is Everyone Hanging out Without me? And BJ Novak’s book One More Thing. (I actually listened to both on my iPod while working out, and I HIGHLY recommend this as both of them read their own books and make them even more hilarious.)

    I also just finished The Paris Wife, which I do not really recommend. It was eh. I say just read Ernest Hemmingway instead.

    Now I’m reading Outlander and am really enjoying it so far.

  105. Thank you so mud for posting this – i’m desperate for a really good book and need recommendations! I decided to re-read an old favourite, Rebecca. Kind of has that ‘Gone Girl’ vibe in a film noir sort of way!

  106. I absolutely adored Caitlin Doughty’s new book “Smoke Get’s in Your Eyes: and Other Lessons from the Crematory” really life changing novel. Like Gone Girl there are some squeamish bits, but it’s excellent.

  107. Where’d You Go Bernadette? – Very Funny

  108. Literally have it in my bag, ready to start…but with a full time traveling gig and a one and a half year old, it still may be a week before I get there :) cannot wait! Xx

  109. I’m almost done with “Americanah” and I am LOVING it!

    FWIW, I’m one of the very few people who seemed to have hated Gone Girl while reading it, and still do… As a female (single), I just found it so absurd and ridiculous and unbelievable. Unpopular opinion!

  110. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart!!

  111. These are some of my favorite posts! I always end up with a way-too-long list of books on a post-it that I stash in my office drawer : )

    Currently reading Not That Kind of Girl and very much embracing it. I’m looking forward to What Alice Forgot and Before I Go to Sleep (and uncharacteristic book for me). I can highly recommend anything by Donna Tartt, though The Secret History is my favorite.

    Gone Girl! What a thrill!! I read the book when it came out and rushed to the theater on opening weekend. Hope you enjoy!

  112. i just borrowed Girl Gone from my stepmother and can’t wait to read it! now I just need to find the time to do so…my kids are night owls so by the time i get them to sleep i’m usualy done for the night.

  113. I know! Gone Girl is completely addicting. I was a zombie the whole I was reading it.

    As for recommendations, I noticed everyone reading I Am Malala at the train station. I picked up a copy and WOW. It’s beautiful and inspiring and completely compelling. Malala is brave, smart and totally fearless. Can’t put the book down!


  114. At the moment, I’m being gripped by The Bone Clocks… Can’t wait for smallone’s dentist appt today to possibly finish it!
    If you like the Jane Austen-y type, The Forgotten Seamstress is great. lovely and historical with a twist.
    have you read ‘Where’d you Go Bernadette?’ that ones fun too.

    Reading is the best!

  115. I’ve heard her other 2 books are really good. I’m about to start reading dark places and I can’t wait.

  116. I’ve been hesitant to read “Gone Girl” because it doesn’t seem up my alley either…but I will give it a go. Thanks for the recommendation. I am currently reading “Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Won’t Stop Talking”…it’s fantastic..i just posted about it at

  117. I would HIGHLY recommend A Cooks Tour by Anthony Bourdain. It’s my go-to recommendation right now. SO funny and well written. Plus, it’s fun to go around the world with him.

    — Emma

  118. I loved gone girl too! Right now I’m reading Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. So far I really like it. Her essays are short so I can usually read one or two on my lunch break. One of my biggest pet peeves is stooping mid chapter!

    506 Miles: from Detroit to Nashville

  119. I have a long reading list, and I absolutely LOVED Gone Girl. I also loved reading The Goldfinch. The list in case you’re interested. xo

    The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
    Tenth of December by George Saunders
    White Teeth by Zadie Smith
    Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
    Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

  120. Pah! No way! When I saw the heading of this blog post I was going to say, “READ GONE GIRL!!” I’m in the middle of it, too! I was coming back from my honeymoon a couple of weeks ago and needed a book for the plane. Welp, I picked the right one. I can’t get enough of it. Where are you?? I want to tell you where I’ve read up to, but I don’t want to give anything away!

  121. So weird, I just started it too! I’m also feeling late to the party, but loving it so far. I had the creepiest dreams last night, though…so I’m thinking I should stop reading it right before bed! ;)

  122. I just borrowed this and am excited to start it! Every fall, I want to re-read Anne of Green Gables, and I think I will indulge myself this year :)

  123. I’ve read the summary and I’m ordering it in Dutch. Thanks for the tip.

    I have said it before but “white oleander” is a really good story as well. It is about a twisted mother-daughter relation. really pretty.

  124. Just finished Winter People by Jennifer Mcmahon…so good could not put it down! All of her books are like that, but they are a bit dark and twisty. Gone Girl is next on my list once the library has a copy.

  125. Unbroken! It was a pretty ‘easy’ read though content wise it was pretty heavy.

  126. I haven’t read this yet but have had a bunch of recommendations to read it. I haven’t really had time to read anything this fall so maybe I will start this one (:

  127. I watched the movie first :((( and i shouldn’t have had… Try some of Jo Nesbo’s books, he is really good (and good looking as well:)))

  128. I’m in the same boat! Totally not something I thought I would enjoy because I’m not into violent/creepy things, but it’s a real Whodunit. I’m considering blowing off work for the rest of the day to finish the book. Also helps knowing that Ben Affleck is cast in the role. Makes it easier to picture :)

  129. I saw the movie before reading the book, and it really stuck with me. I thought about it for days. Then I wanted to read the book even though I knew how it ended, and I was just as hooked. I convinced my mom to read it to so she can come with me to see the movie again tomorrow night!

  130. My sister loaned me Gone Girl last year, but stated she found it a bit unsettling, so it sat on my book shelf until about a month ago. Having nothing else to read I picked it up…and then could not put it down!! Totally unexpected in every way, loved it!

  131. Hi Jo, I love the feeling of being obsessed with a book! I think I’ll pick up Gone Girl today! Last night I finished Brain on Fire, I was hooked and stayed up super late for 2 nights reading.

  132. I just read The Paris Wife and loved it! Now I’m going back to my old favorite, The Count of Monte Cristo – I reread it almost every year

  133. SAME HERE, sister! I felt like the only person alive who hadn’t read this book – and I absolutely FLEW through it over Thanksgiving weekend. Seriously, I cancelled plans to finish reading it. Now I’m desperate to see the movie! x

  134. I’m looking forward to Amy Poehler’s book that comes out next week!

    And I was the same way with Gone Girl; it didn’t sound at all like something I would like, but I sort of devoured it. :)

  135. Isn’t this book the most outrageous thing?! It’s a great sign when you spend all day thinking about when you can next pick up a book and dive back in.
    Fair warning for the movie though, if you ever see it…It was EXCELLENT but more disturbing to see on the screen! At least when I’m reading a book I can sort of gloss over anything that is too troubling…
    My favorite recent read (which has been out for awhile) was The Paris Wife. It got me on a streak of reading novels about famous men’s wives–they are so fascinating! I also recommend Z (about Zelda Fitzgerald) and The Aviator’s Wife (about Anne Morrow Lindbergh).

  136. SL says...

    Gone Girl is such a good read! I am just now finishing another well written thriller called In the Woods by Tana French. It’s a bit similar to Gone Girl in that it’s a psychological thriller with great character development.

    Happy reading!

  137. I just read The Good Girl and would definitely recommend it. It’s a bit like a Law and Order episode written from the victim’s perspective.

  138. The Goldfinch (3x this summer, good lord!) by Donna Tartt.

    An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison.

    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

    White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

  139. I went ahead and saw the movie Gone Girl before I started the book (big mistake) so I’m still trying to get into it since I am now comparing the movie to the book. I’m also reading The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, but so far, the characters aren’t too interesting! I hope it gets better.

  140. I have a rep for being late to the party – all parties actually. I have not read this one yet though bc of the movie and hype I already know the story. It was a spoiler alert that you just couldn’t avoid.

    Currently I’m in the middle of a Nora Roberts novel. I have way too many books on my list to read but next up is Silence of the Lambs. I’m obsessed with the movies and tv show so it only makes sense to read the books.

    Making a mental note to check out Gone Girl :)

  141. I just finished Gone Girl – it was great! I’ve been completely in love with Liane Moriarty lately. Big Little Lies and What Alice Forgot are my favorites of hers. And anything by Jojo Moyes.

  142. Hi! My new favorite author is Siri Husvedt and I just have to tell everyone to read “What I Loved”. Right now I am reading The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles because I just got back from a trip to Spain and Tangier, Morocco! Have a good day everyone