Cozy vibes are setting in and that means it’s time to get your fall books lined up. It can be so overwhelming to sift through a sea of choices and know which books to prioritize. To be fair, there are some amazing books on the shelves and, of course, more being added each week!
Leave it to me, your friendly bookworm, to give you a list of “bangers only,” as my husband often labels the good stuff. I’ve lined up five books to read this fall that are guaranteed to keep your attention and maybe even give you some feels.
All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers
This pulsing thriller is written by the host of Crime Junkie Podcast. A journalist uncovers her hometown’s dark secrets when she becomes obsessed with the unsolved murder of her childhood neighbor—and the disappearance of another girl twenty years later. This was a binge-read, or rather, listen. If you’re looking for an eerie story that will keep you guessing until the end, this one’s for you!
I’m Glad My Mom Died By Jennette McCurdy
As a self-proclaimed “Nickelodeon kid,” I was first excited to hear Jennette had a memoir about her years as a childhood actor. The excitement quickly drained when I realized it wasn’t good. Jennette narrated her own book and my earbuds were glued to my head. I couldn’t take in her story fast enough. It was shocking and sad and infuriating- and, I hope, cathartic that she finally chose to share. A must read for any millennial who grew up watching Nickelodeon, fans of memoirs, and those interested in learning more about the dark sides of Hollywood and acting.
Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
This historical fiction is one that will sit with you for a long time. Based on real events, this story takes place in Montgomery, Alabama in the 1970s. Civil Townsend is a young nurse who is determined to help her patients at the family planning clinic. One day, Civil discovers something horrific and irreparable has happened to her two young patients. She vows then and there to advocate for these girls and their family. They take their case all the way to the Supreme Court.
The Children on the Hill by Jennifer McMahon
This creepy, compulsive read will have you wrapped up until literally the last page! I binge-read it in a day! Dual time lines and multiple perspectives keeps you entranced in this Frankenstein-inspired thriller. It starts in 1978, Violet and Eric grow up with their grandmother, an acclaimed doctor for her therapy work with the mentally ill. They are bright, diligent kids with a fascination for monsters. One day, their grandmother brings home a girl named Iris. She explains Iris is a part of the family and to take her in and care for her as she adjusts. They love Iris, but it isn’t long before the children believe something is different about her.
The Personal Assistant by Kimberly Belle
This suspenseful thriller is told from multiple perspectives and dual timelines. It centers on Alex, an influencer with one million followers. Overnight, her life turns upside down when a controversial post is shared on her Instagram page. This begins a series of attacks on Alex and her family for reasons that are unclear. The main suspect? Her personal assistant who has gone missing. I loved this story! Put this one on your TBR now, because it publishes on 11/29/22!
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