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Fall Stack

Fall Stack

I set what I thought would be reasonable Summer Reading Goals earlier this year. I wanted to get through my Summer Stack by reaching for a book during any free moments I had. I wanted to make space for family reading time. And I wanted to read a chapter or two aloud to my boys most days. 

Things did not go according to plan. And that’s okay. In fact, it has helped in shaping how I want to approach reading this fall. You can listen to what happened in more detail on the podcast if you want, but if you want a literal list of books I want to read this fall, here you go.

In the Woods by Tana French

I’ve only read one of her books - The Likeness - but it was so my scene and such a page-turner. A mystery thriller detective British situation. Love it. I want more of those. 

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

You might remember this from my summer stack. I didn’t read it, but it’s the perfect kind of feel good book to keep me reading. At least I hope so. 

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry 

I really like Wendell Berry but haven’t read any of his fiction yet. He feels like such a fall author, so I’m looking forward to this one. 

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaeman

Another page turner on my shelf is a reread actually. I loved this book when I read it a year or two ago, and since it’s short and awesome, it could be a great shot in the arm if I need to look forward to picking up a book. 

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

I’m excited to read this nonfiction title. It’s about how our bodies hold on to trauma, and I’m very intrigued by it and hope to learn a lot from it. 

I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron

I’m hoping for some Hollywood fun in this one, but it’s another short interesting read that feels great for early fall especially. 

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown 

I put this on my list after hearing about it on Anne Bogel’s podcast What Should I Read Next? And while it’s not my usual fare, I think I’ll love it based on her description. I remember reading Seabiscuit a couple of years ago and being oddly obsessed with it. Somehow the real story was told in such a captivating way that it read like compelling fiction. I think this book about an Olympic rowing team could be awesome. I’m strangely excited about this one, too. 

What I'm Feeding My Family This Fall

What I'm Feeding My Family This Fall