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The 5 Big Fall Books

The 5 Big Fall Books

Every season, there are those books everyone starts buzzing about: Gone Girl! The Goldfinch! Fifty Shades of Grey. They explode all over your social media feeds and populate the front tables at your local bookstore. (And eventually, they turn into movies.) So, just in time for fall, we rounded up five of the biggest, most talked-about books coming out this season…

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
There’s a good chance you’ve seen this book’s cover in your Instagram feed (or if you haven’t, that you will very soon). It graced the cover of last weekend’s Times Book Review, where it received paragraph after paragraph of glowing praise. The story of a marriage told first from the husband’s, then wife’s, perspectives presents two very different accounts of the same relationship. If you love inventive prose, emotionally complex characters, plots with intricate puzzle pieces — or simply reading about relationships — this one is for you.

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford
Set in New York just before the 2008 recession, this debut novel (and instant bestseller) from a veteran New York Times writer has earned her the title of “a modern-day Edith Wharton.” Part social satire, part cautionary tale, Everybody Rise tells the story of Evelyn, a well-meaning but endearingly flawed protagonist who tries to make it in high society. With a tightly-wound plot and plenty of funny moments, I’m halfway through and enjoying it so far.

Purity by Jonathan Franzen
Hailed by critics as a “magnum opus,” the latest novel from the author of Freedom and The Corrections might be the most-hyped book of the season. The novel’s protagonist is Pip “Purity” Tyler, a young woman grappling with a pointless job, crippling student debt and a toxic relationship with her mom… along with plenty of sex, travel and murder. With his ambitious narratives and unmatched literary prose, Franzen has been called the finest writer of today. Like The Goldfinch in 2013, this is one of those tomes seemingly everyone will read. (Or pretend to read. Or purchase and keep telling themselves they’re going to read.)

A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
This debut novel from the books editor at Glamour has made appearances on countless “best of” lists and drawn comparisons to Bridget Jones’ Diary and I Don’t Know How She Does It. The book follows Alice, a mostly happily married mother of three, who is proud of her “balancing act,” until life inevitably gets in the way. People magazine hailed it as “a fresh, funny take on the age-old struggle to have it all.” The stream of glowing praise (and nearly 5-star Amazon rating!) have made it next on my list.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
The new nonfiction offering from the author of Eat, Pray, Love is Gilbert’s first foray into “self help” territory. Drawing from her own experience, she promises an honest examination of the creative process, including how to find the “strange jewels” hidden within each of us. If it’s anywhere close to as inspiring as her TED talk on the subject, it’s sure to be wonderful. And after all, who couldn’t use a little (big) magic?

What are you reading these days? Are there any books you’re looking forward to checking out? We’d love to hear!

P.S. The romance of reading in bed and Caroline’s favorite books of all time.

  1. Jill says...

    I read two books this year that I can’t stop thinking about:
    Fates and Furies – no surprises there, it even topped Obama’s list of faves this year! I loved it.
    Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill – more like a long short story and one of the most beautiful things I’ve read in a very long time. Just stunning.

    • Lori says...

      Jill, those two books are among my recent favourites too! What else have you enjoyed? (I’m looking for my next read :)

  2. Deborah S. says...

    Great list! My fall reading list has to consist of books that I physically and mentally can’t stop reading :) I want to be able to cozy up in my pajamas and stay put with a good book :) I just finished one that I have to recommend called “The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster” by author Scott Wilbanks (http://www.scottbwilbanks.com/). If you are looking for a book that will leave you with a sense of wonder and magic this is it! The main character Annie finds a mysterious mailbox in her backyard containing a letter addressed to her from a woman from Kansas in the 1800s. Annie lives in modern day San Francisco. A great line from her friend Christian upon the discovery is ” I mean, when did you first find Kansas in your garden?” The book is witty and fun and the characters are fantastic too! It is a story that has something for everyone and I really hope you will give it a read if you are looking for something unique and special :)

  3. Coming in a little late to the conversation, but looking forward to ‘A Window Opens.’ I usually decompress with books and gravitate towards the lighter side. Recently read ‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simsion and loved the unexpected fabulousness of a rom-com with an Asperger’s lead.

  4. Leanne says...

    The Clasp by Sloane Crosley! Sooooo good!

  5. Hilary says...

    One name: Elena Ferrante!!!

  6. Lara says...

    Reading Fates and Furies now based on this recommendation- so far I’m totally hooked!

  7. the goldfinch, btw has a superb audio book – the narrator is so braodway-caliber talented. all the accents and tones just brought my experience with tartt’s novel to a new level.

  8. Katherine A-E says...

    With all respect and love to Cup of Jo, every single one of these writers is white and that’s disappointing but not surprising of this site. Would be great to see some of the books and other things this incredible blog promotes go outside it’s comfort zone and make an effort to be inclusive and diverse.

    • Kirsten says...

      Such as… Katherine, maybe you could recommend something inclusive and diverse?

    • Katherine says...

      Sure! I think I linked to a site but here are a few others from 2015 below. Some of my faves from other years are Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie and Open City by Teju Cole – both books focus on what it’s like being a black foreigner in America – very interesting reads. And by the way- it’s not just COJ that struggles with this- Roxanne Gay called out the NYTimes this year for a largely white summer reading list as well. I love this blog and I have been following it religiously for 6 years, we can all do better.

      1. A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie

      2. The Life of a Banana by PP Wong

      3. I Am China by Xiaolu Guo

      4. Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

      5. In the Country by Mia Alvar

      6. Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet

      7. The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson

      8. Re: Jane by Patricia Park

      9. Jam on the Vine by Lashonda Katrice Barnett

      10. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

  9. Faith says...

    Oohhhh! You are always great at spotting what I need next ;-) A good book! Finally my little man of almost 10 months is taking longer naps and a book is on the agenda…along with laundry. I ordered Fates & Furies from Amazon and it just got here today. thanks for the great post

  10. Dory says...

    Fates & Furies! I’ve had the release date out on my calendar – Groff absolutely stole my heart with Arcadia, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one.

    My top book this year is A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara. Hands-down favorite, nothing else will top it. It was a bit like the Goldfinch, in the sense that I won’t recommend it to just anyone. Definitely an emotionally turbulent, dark, powerful book, and one that completely wrecked me. I’m still reeling from it, and it’s been over a month since I finished it.

    Other top picks so far:
    – Uprooted, Naomi Novik (fans of darker fairytales, myths/legends, strong female protagonists & relationships)
    – Bone Gap, Laura Ruby (magical realism and unreliable narrators)
    – Music for Wartime: Stories (truly phenomenal short story collection)
    – Fourth of July Creek, Smith Henderson (another gut-punch)

  11. Bree says...

    Dear Caroline,
    Please have an online book club!!!! I know I make it sound as if you don’t already have a gazillion things going on, BUT! There is a but, I feel very strongly about it and thought I should throw it out there.
    Think about it and get back to us :)

    P.S.- By “us” I mean me and the other thousands I’m sure would love it if you did.

    • Brilliant idea!! Would definitely be into it.

    • I would SO be into that. xo

    • Lily says...

      I would join that so fast!

  12. I was on the fence about Purity but I may give it a go now that it’s on your list.

    I am reading two books at the moment:

    The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery by Sam Kean(Fascinating!)
    and
    All the Light We Cannot See byAnothy Doerr – LOVING THIS BOOK!

    Before that:
    Astonish Me (Wheeler Large Print Book Series) by Maggie Shipstead – *such* beautiful writing!)
    One Lavender Ribbon by Heather Burch – strange title but loved the unique story and vivid writing)
    A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman – a truly great story)

  13. Penelope says...

    Thanks for these! I’m really enjoying the Ferrante books myself. They’re so rich and detailed. On the lighter side, I also recently read and enjoyed Bon Appétempt–funny and touching–and just picked up Stir, which is pretty fascinating. Oh and looking forward to Patti Smith’s new book!!

  14. Christina says...

    Posts like this, and the variety and quality of other posts on this blog, make it my absolute favorite!! Thank you so much for the book recommendations. I can’t wait to begin reading!

  15. I knew this was a Caroline post. ;-) I would love to sit and talk books with her anytime. Thanks for the recommendations!

  16. Aimee says...

    Thank you for these recommendations! I’m always looking for a great book. Would you also consider a post of children’s book recommendations? Thank you!

  17. Thank you for sharing these tips. I will definitely be Reading Purity and Fates & Furies this fall

  18. Courtney says...

    I just finished Carole Cradziwill’s memoir What Remains and it’s one of, if not the best, memoir I’ve ever read. It’s inspiring, warm, funny and heartbreaking. I promise you won’t be able to do anything but devour the book once you start it.

  19. I can’t wait to read Purity! I have been waiting for this book for a while. Love these kind of posts. Thanks for the tips.

  20. Thanks for the recommendations! I added my name to the hold list at the library.

  21. A few of my favorites of all time:

    1) The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

    2) The Watchers by Dean Koontz

    3) The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

    Love this post!

  22. Currently reading the girl on the train and I can’t put it down! xx

  23. Haylie says...

    I love Cup of Jo, Caroline, and books, and so obviously I love posts like this. But I also have a request: Your blog is so influential and has the opportunity to really shape conversations and book shelves, and I know I, for one, would love to see you feature books that aren’t just by white people :) Love you ladies.

    • Julie says...

      I love that you said this, because I had honestly not realized they were all white authors. It didn’t even cross my mind. And THAT is what we call white privilege. :) What a kind and gentle way to bring awareness to others.

    • Haylie says...

      Aw, thanks, Julie! And to be fair, I know Cup of Jo has featured lots of work by minorities (including Mindy Kaling’s book, of course!). But for a round-them-up list like this, I feel like it’s especially important. Thanks for your nice comment!

  24. ariane says...

    thanks for this list of books, will have to add all of them to my to read list because i haven’t heard of any of them in Australia. thanks!

  25. Thanks a lot for the great tips! I will definitely be reading “Fates and Furies” – it sounds just like my kind of a book. I love reading in the autumn under a blanket listening to the rain outside. Thank you for inspiring me.

  26. Jorden says...

    I read and enjoyed this blog for years and I just want to say that book-loving Caroline has been such a great addition. I love that the literary content has become more meaty and frequent. Keep up the good work, y’all!

  27. Claire says...

    Just finished In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume. It was wonderful! Loved her books when I was 8 and still love her writing now, over 30 years later.

  28. sherri says...

    waking up white by debbie irving should be required reading! please check it out (either at your local library or indie bookstore). passionate nutrition by jennifer adler is also another must read!

  29. Great post, Caroline! I picked up ‘Everybody Rise’ recently but just couldn’t get into it. I’m looking forward to checking out ‘A Window Opens’.
    I ended up reading 16 books this summer. I surpassed my goal of 12 books.
    Here are the books I highly
    recommend from my summer
    reading list:

    1. The Girls at the Kingfisher
    Club by Genevieve Valentine.
    Just finished this one last
    night and absolutely loved it.
    Beautiful storytelling and
    likeable characters!
    Unputdownable.
    2. The Painted Girls by Cathy
    Marie Buchanan. I can’t believe it took me so long to read this one. Stunning!
    3. The New Yorkers by Cathleen
    Schine. A great story about
    how the people living on the
    same Manhattan city
    block cross paths thanks to
    their dogs.
    4. My Salinger Year by Joanna
    Rakoff
    5. The Expats by Chris Pavone.
    An incredible spy thriller.
    Gorgeous writing. Picking up
    his new one, ‘The Accident’ in
    the fall.
    5. The Summer of Good
    Intentions by Wendy Francis.
    Finished this one over a
    weekend. A great beach read,
    but with a lot of substance!
    6. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. I
    picked this one up in
    anticipation of the adaptation
    premiering at the Toronto
    International Film Festival. A
    beautiful story that hooked me
    from the very first page.
    Highly, highly recommend it!
    7. Still Life by Louise Penny. If
    you love a good mystery, this
    one’s for you! I ended up
    buying the box set after
    finishing this one. It was that good. Currently reading the
    next in the series, ‘Dead Cold’.
    8. Me Before You by Jojo
    Moyes. Finally picked this one
    up. Don’t know why it took me
    this long. I was an emotional
    wreck by the end.

    Keep the bookish posts coming! Happy reading.

    xo
    Donna

  30. Susan says...

    A Window Opens is such a great, fast read. I recommended it to my sister and friends after finishing.

  31. Maria says...

    I was browsing old NPR articles recently and came across an Alix Spiegel article about “The Secret Life of Pronouns,” by UT Austin psychology professor James Pennebaker. The book examines how (and why) the pronouns we use reveal more about us than simply the words we employ.
    Once you start it, you’ll pause an extra moment to carefully consider your word choices before speaking or writing!

    http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2012/04/30/151550273/to-predict-dating-success-the-secrets-in-the-pronouns

  32. Allison says...

    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was utterly captivating. Please everyone, read it!! I was also really moved by Roxanne Gay’s Bad Feminist.

    • Jane says...

      I just finished both these books and strongly agree! I couldn’t put Americanah down – best book I’ve read in ages. And Gay was so interesting and relevant.

    • Mandy says...

      Another “YES” to Americanah. Gorgeous writing while still being very readable. I can’t wait to read another of her books, “Half of a Yellow Sun.”

    • YES!!!! Americanah!! What a book!!

  33. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Can’t wait to read these!!!

  34. Megan says...

    Thanks for the tips, Caroline! I just requested them all from the local library!

  35. Katy says...

    I feel like Mindy Kaling’s book should get an honorable mention… :-)

  36. Two current book obsessions: Madness, Rack, and Honey by Mary Ruefle (a collection of essays about art and poetry — knocking my slipshod socks off) and the novel Infinite Home by Kathleen Alcott (a collection of odd-bird tenants in the same building finding their way into a richer life).

    Love these bookish posts! :)

  37. Chiara says...

    While on onze hand I enjoyed this post, it didn’t fully live up to the joy I felt when I read the title (Books!) and that Caroline wrote it. I loved everyone of Caroline’s book suggestions in the past, and I would like to know what you think of a book, instead of listing what other media say about it. Keep up the personal favorites list!

  38. I’m excited to read ALL of these! I love good book recommendations.

  39. Elisa says...

    Thanks for all the great suggestions!! I just filled up my library hold list.

  40. I just finished “Astonish Me” and enjoyed it. Finally read “Girl on a Train” a few weeks ago. Yikes! “Fates and Furies” sounds very interesting, but maybe I should choose something written from one perspective since the hopping about in GoaT became a bit tiresome. Love reading your suggestions and all the comments, too!

  41. I’m very excited to read The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion by Tracy Daugherty. I’m currently reading Everything I never Told You by Celeste Ng which is fantastic! I love book recommendations so this post is right up my alley!!

  42. Nina says...

    I second others (and the New Yorker, no less ;) and highly recommend Elena Ferrante. Am reading now her Neapolitan trilogy books (starts with ‘ my brilliant friend’) and its really very good reading in both style and narrative!

  43. Tina says...

    I love book recommendations and this post is great! I will just say, I did finish Everybody Rise and was not overly impressed.

  44. Thank you so much for this list of great books for fall! I’m reading The Girl on the Train and I can’t put it down even though some parts are very morose. It is captivating me at the moment!!

    (=’.’=)
    -Lauren
    adorn la femme

  45. I love all your book posts, Caroline! Keep them coming :)

    I’m trying to read some classics now, and am thoroughly enjoy East of Eden…I can’t believe I’ve taken this long to read it!

    • I’m just about to finish up East of Eden. I am trying to read the classics. It is excellent!

  46. Great list! I have a few of these in my library requests already so I am on it!

    Last book I read was The Girl on the Train, and it lived up to the hype! I also just completed The Pocket Wife and The Smartest Kids in the World–both are really good.

    I love Judy Blume…has anyone read In the Unlikely Event? Yay or Nay?

    http://www.twoplusluna.com

    • Rachel says...

      I didnt love the new Judy Blume. I thought it was a bit repetitive and drawn out. That being said, it was readable.

    • For Girl on the Train fans: Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm…a real page-turner!

  47. My TBR stack is precariously high right now–thanks so much for adding to it, Caroline!

    As for my recommendations:

    If anyone’s in the mood for Sci-Fi, I highly recommend reading The Martian before the movie comes out–I’m not even really into Sci-Fi and I absolutely loved it.

    I’ve probably posted this before, but Patrick Ness’s The Knife of Never Letting Go was fantastic. As were its two sequels.

    If anyone still hasn’t read any Tana French books, she is the greatest writer on earth and you should do so immediately (in my opinion). Start with In The Woods.

    I’m also currently loving Lauren Oliver everything. Vanishing Girls is a recent fave.

    Thanks for the list!

    • Jan says...

      Admittedly, I kept visualizing Matt Damon, but The Martian would have been good even without the those visuals. I loved it!

    • Melissa says...

      Agreed with these commenters, just finished The Martian and it was amazing! One of the most likeable characters ever.

  48. Laura says...

    Apologies if I’m repeating what others have said, but everyone must read the Neopolitan series by Elena Ferrante (My Brilliant Friend plus the three that follow). Incredible.

    • Carmen says...

      I totally agree with you. The best books I’ve read in a long time. I’m just reading the fourth one that was out this September. Fantastic!

    • Mandy says...

      I can’t seem to get off the library waitlist for that one. It’s the hottest book here in Austin right now!

  49. I finished A Window Opens recently and really disliked it! I guess I’m in the minority there. It just didn’t seem inventive to me, it felt very same-old, same-old on the issue of working + raising kids = hard. But I am really looking forward to reading Fates and Furies.

  50. I’m almost done with The Illuminaries by Eleanor Catton and it’s one of the best books I’ve read in years. It is a huge hardback and I never would have thought to read it but it came recommended by a friend with great taste in books. I’ve raced through, you don’t even notice how long it is! It’s about a tiny gold rush town in New Zealand – such an engaging story, well written and set in fascinating, beautiful part of the world. I also just finished Lucky Us by Amy Bloom (on the plane, moving to New York!!) and it was a perfect summer / plane / beach read.

  51. Thanks Joanna! I love reading but rarely keep up with what’s new. I’ve just booked a solo trip to Dubai so these will keep me going on the flight and by the pool for sure! Can’t wait to get stuck in

  52. I’m actually going to check these out! Thanks

  53. Love your book posts!
    Heard the NPR book club choice this morning too and looking forward to reading it. Really enjoyed Astonish Me — thanks for the great rec! Recently read A Tale for the Time Being and it was brilliant…told from the perspective of a 16-year old girl in Tokyo and a novelist living on an island on the other side of the Pacific. Gorgeous writing and a real page-turner! Also, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves…unforgettable characters…couldn’t put it down.

  54. laurel says...

    Love this list. I have quite a reading queue for this fall now!

    In addition, I’ll be reading Liza Klaussman’s Villa America, and Paula McLain’s Circling the Sun.

    Might save it for the holidays, but I also plan to tackle The Neapolitan novels.

    • Circling The Sun was fantastic!

  55. Fates and Furies sounds absolutely amazing. Buying today even though I have three books I’m currently reading…

  56. After You by JoJo Moyes!!!! The precursor, Me Before You is one of the saddest/best books I’ve ever read. I cried so hard I gave myself a migraine. High hopes for the sequel. Thanks for posting this list, Joanna…I started the Jonathan Franzen but couldn’t get into it. ;-/

    • Diana says...

      Don’t know if you’ve read Jojo’s book One Plus One but it’s a little more uplifting and very funny.

    • Yvonne says...

      I loved Me Before You, but disliked One Plus One. It was too predictable and dull.

    • Katy says...

      Can’t wait for After You! So glad you mentioned it, Jennifer. I also loved One Plus One. Sure it was predictable, but the writing was so great. I loved the alternating narrators.

  57. Thanks for the list! I`m going to read BIG MAGIC, for me it sounds like the most interesting one :)

  58. Sarah says...

    Thanks for this great list, Caroline!

  59. Angela says...

    Have you heard the Big Magic podcast that Elizabeth Gilbert launched with her publisher? It is magical and I’m excited to read the book!

  60. Karen says...

    Love this list; I’m putting at least the first four on my booklist, especially being a fan of Jonathan Franzen. Just read Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread and Jodi Picoult’s Storytellers, both of which were excellent.

  61. Thanks for this list! I am woefully ignorant of current literature, as I tend to solely read classics. I get lost in past worlds; it must be some form of escapism. But also I am continually surprised by how well they all translate to the present day. It’s kind of comforting to think about the continuity of time and themes that are inextricably woven into the collective consciousness of all humanity, past and present. I’m reading The Razor’s Edge right now, which is a brilliant character-driven novel that explores spirituality and relationships in a really eloquent and beautiful way. Definitely an eye-opener 70+ years later.

  62. Julie says...

    The Neapolitan novels! The Story of the Lost Child ties up the series in incredible fashion.

  63. Brene Brown has a new book out called, Rising Strong. I also want to read the Joan Didion biography, The Last Love Song. SO many good ones out there right now!

  64. Ann says...

    Thank you for including the book titles in the post instead of a “this” link. My book club just read “Euphoria” by Lily King and it was quick and enjoyable.

  65. 1. I am currently about to start “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn

    2. I have never heard of any of these books, so excited to add them to my must read list.

    3. I just posted on my blog a list of books I have read in 2015, if anyone is interested: http://www.kldphotos.blogspot.com/2015/09/books.html

    4. I have to add “Adultry” and “The Hypnotist’s Love Story” to that blog list.

    5. I have also seen books by Kim Wright being recommended lately, so I was about to give her a try too!

    Happy reading!

  66. Emily says...

    I am so excited about the Lauren Groff book – Arcadia was one of my favorites (I’ve been eyeing it as one to re-read for a while… but now will probably just dive into Fates and Furies!)

    I have a bunch of books on my nightstand waiting to be read. I’m just finishing up Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino, which has been amazing – I set it aside for a few months but have been so happy to get back into it. He’s such a funny writer. I’m looking forward to reading The Star Side of Bird Hill next!!

  67. Asia says...

    Preeeeety proud of myself, because I knew of 3 out of 5 of these titles and I have holds on two of them at my library! Cannot wait to read Fates and Furies. Currently enjoying the wickedly good Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll.

    • Jan says...

      I’m starting Luckiest Girl Alive today!

  68. Jamie says...

    I love Jonathan Franzen, so looking forward to getting stuck into Purity. I just finished The Folded Clock for my book club and before that read NW by Zadie Smith, which I loved. Next on my list is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.

  69. I’m still in the “If you liked Gone Girl…” genre. First off were Gillian Flynn’s other two books (who’d have thought Gone Girl was her “lighthearted” one), Girl on the Train, The Luckiest Girl Alive, The Good Girl, and Reconstructing Amelia. All dark, twisty novels with female leads. Good times.

  70. jess o. says...

    keep these lists coming! i have so little time to read for pleasure during the school year (i’m a professor), so i make lists for the piles of books to devour during the winter and summer breaks. adding these!

  71. Meredith says...

    The universe is leading me to Fates and Furies apparently. NPR picked it as their bookclub selection this morning and in reading a little about the author, I find that she wrote my most favorite New Yorker short story of the last few years….Gods and Empties. Can’t wait to read EVERYTHING of hers!

    • Emily says...

      Yes, she’s great!! Arcadia is one of my favorite books that I’ve read in the last few years.

    • Meredith says...

      Ghosts and Empties….not Gods and Empties.

  72. I’m still finishing up “The Husband’s Secret” from your Summer reading list. “Fates and Furies” sounds too good to pass up- I love books that have different points of views on the same event. It always reminds me that each and every person experiences each day uniquely.

    Katy
    http://www.alittledailyhappiness.com

  73. Emily says...

    I’m currently slogging through “The Goldfinch” — so good, but longer than I normally read! After that will be “House of Leaves.” I love a good creepy book in the fall! I’m also reading “Me Before You” on the side.

  74. Sarah says...

    Thanks so much for this list! Instead of a book club where we all read the same book, my friends and I have a monthly book exchange and we all bring a book we loved (or liked enough) to trade in a Yankee swap. I’m going to order one of these books to read before our next exchange!

    • Kate says...

      What a great idea! Like a more personalized library recommendation. Will have to try this! :)

  75. I am going to get them all. Reading is such a great escape! Thanks for this list. xo

  76. sukie says...

    I love your book posts, Caroline! You’re also a phenomenal writer yourself! Thank you as always.

  77. Courtney says...

    I’m almost finished with Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Heartbreaking and beautiful.

    • Julie says...

      Yes! It was so good and galvanizing!

  78. Looking forward to reading Everybody Rise. I recently read All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews, which I loved. I’ d like to read her earlier book, A Complicated Kindness. I have also heard great things about You Before Me. Interesting both books deal with the same themes of life and death. Now, if only I had time to read for pleasure.

    Analog House
    http://theanaloghouse.blogspot.com/

    • Beck says...

      I read a complicated years ago and loved it, definitely want to read all my puny sorrows now, I didn’t realise she had written any more books. Thanks for the recommendation.

  79. Cait says...

    I am curious to hear opinions and final thoughts about Everybody Rise. The publisher has done a good job of promo through a lot of sponsored blog posts (on other fashion and lifestyle blogs), but the reviews have been less than stellar elsewhere.

    • Hillary says...

      Agreed! I thought it was a fun read, but found Evelyn to be really irritating. I think my distaste for her character ruined the book for me.

      On the other hand, just finished “Gold, Fame, Citrus” by Claire Vaye Watkins. Her writing style is so unique – you’re forced to read every single word – and the narrative is powerful. Highly recommend!

  80. I love your book posts! I always find the greatest reads from your suggestions (The Goldfinch) and from the comments (The History of Love.) I just finished Big Little Lies which is enjoyed and while much of it was predictable I still found myself surprised at the end. Can’t wait to dive into these new suggestions!

  81. Megan says...

    Thanks for these suggestions — ordering three right now!

  82. Bailey says...

    My to-read list is ever growing. This fall I’m most looking forward to ‘Fates and Furies’ and ‘Kitchens of the Great Midwest’ a novel by J. Ryan Stradal (published in July). This summer I read some great ones. Two favorites were ‘How to Start a Fire’ by Lisa Lutz and ‘A Small Indiscretion’ by Jan Ellison.

    • Loved How to Start a Fire!

    • Karyn says...

      Loved “Kitchens of the Great Midwest”!

  83. Elizabeth says...

    Great post…….thank you!

  84. MeaganS says...

    My book club chose Ruby by Cynthia Bond. It was one of the worst books I’ve ever read (and I was the only person in the club who finished it). Couldn’t get into Orphan Train. Hated Little Bee.
    As for books I’ve loved- the Martian, the Nightingale, the Absolute True Diary of a Part-time Indian.

  85. Just finished Tracy Daugherty’s The Last Love Song-his biography of Joan Didion. It was exceptional. Almost like a Forrest Gump take on America and California’s history, she was involved in so many political and cultural moments. Makes me want to re-read Year
    of Magical Thinking and read her earlier novels. It’s a thoroughly researched bio, but the best parts are when he pulls from her writing. Highly highly recommend it!

    • It’s on my list!

    • sarah says...

      you are fast! it just came out and it is long. i bought it and can’t wait to dig in. the cover is gorgeous.

  86. Thanks for the recs! Just put a hold on all of them at the library. :)

    I mentioned this in a comment last week, but I just read Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead and absolutely loved it! The story and characters and mood are still hanging around in my brain. I would highly recommend. Also, on the non-fiction side, right now I’m reading The Year of Living Danishly about a British woman who moves to rural Denmark when her husband gets a job there at Lego. She explores the possible reasons why Denmark has been consistently reported as the happiest country in the world. It’s fascinating!

    • Lauren says...

      I saw your comment last week and downloaded Astonish Me. I gobbled it up and yes, it stays with you. I completely loved it and found myself watching ballet documentaries to get my fix! Thanks for the recommendation!

    • bisbee says...

      Just finished Astonish Me – loved it, although I got a bit bogged down in the middle and almost stopped. Really glad I didn’t! I just started Fear of Dying by Erica Jong.

    • I also loved Astonish Me! I’m feeling the strong urge to see ballet . I mean between that book, the ballet documentary series Joanna posted about, and that recent Instagram of the gorgeous ballerina. I just checked out Seating Arrangements yesterday, Maggie Shipstead’s first book (I think) so hoping it’s good too.

      As for other books – I loved Dept. of Specualtion and Americanah and thought Modern Romance by the guy on Parks and Rec was a fun, quick, and insightful read.

  87. Liz says...

    I’m reading ‘Tales From the Back Row’ by Amy Odell. Incredibly smart and funny novel about her adventures in the the fashion blogging sphere. Definitely recommend.

  88. Lauren E. says...

    I loooove love love your articles on books, reading, favorite tomes, etc. But may I kindly suggest providing links to alternate book sellers? I know your site must generate tons of sales, and IndieBound.org allows you to purchase from your local book seller which goes toward helping keep local businesses going. I know Amazon is easy (and often cheapest) but as a lover of books and bookstores, it would be so nice to see an alternative link or two :)

    • Zoe says...

      Seconding the request for non-Amazon book links!!

      Also, “The Story of the Lost Child”, the final book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series, is out as well – and it’s a phenomenal read.

    • Sarah says...

      I highly recommend thriftbooks.com, although they are all used books so you won’t find the latest releases there.

    • jaclyn says...

      I’m not sure about about Joanna’s site but I do know lots of bloggers use Amazon for product links because it generates income for the site when you purchase through those links.

      Again, not sure if that’s the case for Cup of Jo though because most bloggers I know of that do that, declare in each post that there are affiliate links contained in the post.