As an avid book lover, I am very excited to share my first book suggestion post. I was that kid in class who would sit in the corner reading my book rather than socialize in free class time. Reading is the perfect escape from reality; you connect with the characters, their feelings and the situations they’re in. You learn so much that you wouldn’t have otherwise known ranging from historical events to new terminology.
The books I wanted to share with you have either taught me something or impacted me one way or another. Trust me when I say, I am the one people come to asking for a new book to read, so these books will not disappoint.
1. Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen
Playing with Fire is a story about a young woman , Julia Ansdell, that comes across a sheet of music titled the Incendio waltz on her trip in Rome. When she returns to Boston, whilst playing the waltz on her violin, it brings an eyrie feel around her and transforms those in the worst way possible, violently. Julia sets out to find the original composer of the piece bringing her all the way to Venice. However, she begins to realize the decades old secret behind the music and how powerful this family who is connected to it will stop at nothing to bring Julia down.
Tess Gerritsen is my favorite author, though not connected with this particular book, her series with medical examiner Maura Isles and detective Jane Rizzoli (was turned into the show Rizzoli & Isles) is absolutely phenomenal. Since I am only sharing five books for the Fall, here is where I will suggest you read all of Tess’ books! They are also set in Boston, which is where I’m from!
2. If I Did It by OJ Simpson, released by Fred Goldman and Kim Goldman
If you didn’t catch the summary of the book from the title… This novel was originally written by OJ Simpson detailing his and Nicole Simpson’s life along with the events leading up to and the night of both murders (Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman). He tells his story to a reporter in the realm of ‘if he did it.’ The book opens with why the book was not published by OJ himself as the author but instead the Goldman family, which really pulls you in right away. In college, I wrote my 30 page communications thesis on the OJ trial and the effect it had on the media/communications… so it’s safe to say I love reading about the different aspects of the trial, watching interviews, etc.
3. The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner
I read this series back in college but I remember so vividly just how glued to the books I was. The Maze Runner is set far into the future and follows a group of young adults trying to fight there way out of a controlled world called ‘The Glade.’ Written throughout five incredible books, this is one story that’s 1,000% better than the movie(s).
4. Pines (Wayward Pines) by Blake Crouch
I will admit, I watched the two season series on TV (now on Hulu) before I bought these books. I can’t write much about the plot without giving away too much information because the story line is so complex and mysterious… making it a perfect Fall read! Just know, you’ll be mind blown with nearly every chapter.
5. Extremely Loud, and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
If you haven’t heard of the book, I need you to buy it. Now. This book follows a nine-year-old boy, Oskar Schell, searching New York for his fathers lost lock in which his key fits. The heart wrenching part? His father was a victim of 9/11. Along his way, Oskar meets survivors of all walks of life. I think this story allows you to experience a new perspective on life through the characters; which is an important factor because isn’t reading supposed to not only teach you something new but also allow you to get away from your own world?
Do you have some Fall book suggestions for me to bury my nose in?! Let me know below!