Grab yourself a cuppa and get reading!
These books for fall will help you get into the right mood for the changing season. As the mornings turn crisper and the evenings grow longer, before we know it we find ourselves thrust into the realm of Autumn. The balmy Summer breeze has turned to a chilly wind, leading us to abandon all plans in the cold outdoors for an evening snuggled up on the sofa with a hot drink and a good book. With a plethora of new titles to choose from this season, we’ve selected a few of our favourites for you to cozy up with this fall. So what are you waiting for? Grab a cuppa and get reading!
1. Ghosts, by Dolly Alderton
Having been donned the Nora Ephron of her generation, the bar has been set high for sharp-witted Dolly Alderton and her debut novel Ghosts (set to be released on October 15th). After the success of her bestselling memoir Everything I Know About Love, Dolly Alderton is back at it again with her latest oeuvre, set to warm the bookshelves and the hearts of CGD girls this Autumn. Despite the shift in genre from memoir to fiction, you can still expect the usual wit and warmth of Alderton’s writing with the usual sprinkling of millennial motifs, as she unapologetically confronts the trials and tribulations of modern womanhood. This is one of the best books for fall at the moment.
The plot follows Nina Dean, a seemingly successful food writer in her early thirties who, before long, finds herself victim to the harsh realities of the modern day dating sphere; after lending her hand to the realm of online dating, Nina is introduced not only to an infinite database of hungry hunks, but also to the millenial phenomenon of ghosting (something that many of us know too well). This is one of the best books for fall out at the moment. An ode to her memoir, Alderton writes sincerely and unabashedly about the observations of a single woman maneuvering through her life, as Nina is left to tackle a series of ghosts head on: her love life is a mess, her father is slowly disappearing to dementia, and her biological clock is ticking. However, despite these somewhat tender themes, Alderton keeps her writing energetic and playful. This novel is a great pick-me-up for a rainy day. So snuggle up on the sofa and gobble up this delicious piece of prose.
2. The Thursday Murder Club, by Richard Osman
With Halloween just around the corner, it would be rude not to include The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman onto our list, a murder mystery but with a twist. Meet Elizabeth, Ibrahim, Joyce and Ron: a group of four octogenarians living in a tranquil retirement village who meet weekly to discuss and investigate unsolved crimes (they are the Thursday Murder Club).
The book follows this “posse of pensionable Poirots” as they soon find themselves in the midst of their first live case when they discover the murder of a local property developer. Will this aged Scooby-Doo crew solve the mystery and catch the killer before it’s too late? The pages of this book exude a humour that is ever so charming and quintessentially British. A clever and amusing spin on the classic crime fiction, you can count on this absolute page-turner to feed your thriller fix this fall.
3. The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig
This next must-read comes with a powerful message that I’m sure will resonate with a lot of us during this uncertain and dubious time. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig tells the tale of a young woman, Nora, who has spiralled into an ominous abyss of obscurity and isolation. She’s unhappy. She’s weak. She’s lost. So much so that she finds herself in a limbo between life and death: the Midnight Library. Here she is welcomed by an unimaginable selection of books, each telling her a different story about how her life could have been. She now has the opportunity to re-write her life, undo her every regret and change the choices she has made. Nora has the ability to live her perfect life, but things aren’t always what you expect them to be. If you’re looking for books for fall, this one better be on your list.
Haig’s message is deep; The Midnight Library offers a thoughtful perspective on the significance of our life decisions on ourselves and those around us. It suggests how truly burdening the regrets that we carry with us can be. This moving, heartwarming and uplifting book is one that we all should be indulging in this Autumn: a calming commentary that addresses our anxieties and regrets, and offers us peace. It’s never too late to make a change in your life.
By Millie Smith