5 Good Fiction Books to Read This Fall

Monday, October 26, 2020

Fall is here and with it comes cooler weather, crisp autumn leaves, and hot chocolate by the fire. What better time to curl up with a good book and enjoy a few blissful hours?

With millions of available published books, how's a person to choose? It's tough, and life's too short to waste reading books you don't like!

We're here to help you with five good fiction books to read this fall. 

1. Catcher in the Rye

Reading is educational and informative as well as healing and escapist. A good read can help you cope with whatever's happening in your own life. 

Fall is back-to-school time and coming-of-age books with campus-themed stories are a fall tradition. Remember Catcher in the Rye by J.S. Salinger? That's one of the most famous of the genre. 

Published first in serial form and then as a novel in 1951, this classic is a must-read. The book visits themes of alienation and teenage angst as the protagonist, Holden Caulfield, deals with expulsion from his boarding school.  

2. The Secret History

Here's another perfect fall read when it comes to the campus-themed genre. Secrets, conflict, obsession, and murder are all par for the course in Donna Tartt's novel set in a New England prep school. 

You'll love the Gatsbyesque characters and beautiful prose. This psychological thriller is sure to keep you turning the pages.

3. Every Bone a Prayer

Ashley Blooms' novel tells the sadly common tale of sexual assault in a healing, hopeful, and unique way. Enjoy the authentic voice of this beautifully textured novel that's both intimate and magical. 

The book is full of intriguing magical realism, and the main character, Misty, is an unusual child. The nature of the subject is difficult but the book ends in a hopeful manner. 

4. Dear Ann

Transport yourself to another time and place with this elegant novel. When Ann leaves Kentucky for graduate school, she wants more than an education. Ann hopes she'll find the love of her life. 

Jimmy's the one, and he's a bit of a misfit and rebel from Chicago. Jimmy was Ann's first love. Things are less than ideal with the Vietnam war looming over them. 

Years later, in a time of crisis, Ann questions her choices and gets lost in the "what ifs" of the past. This is an elegant read about the path not taken. 

5. When No One Is Watching

Looking for a spine-tingling read for October? Try When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole. 

Follow the main character, Sydney, as she struggles with the gentrification of her Brooklyn, New York neighborhood. There's something sinister happening here, but we won't spoil it for you!

Five Good Fiction Books to Ready this Fall

There are so many good fiction books to read, and these are only a few! Put on your favorite warm jammies as the weather cools and curl up with a good book. 

From classic coming-of-age stories to the newest psychological thrillers, there's something for everyone. Stories reflect life in unique and interesting ways and that's what makes them engaging. Sometimes life is difficult and sad but a good story uplifts. 

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