Now that it’s cooler and the sky turns darker sooner, you might be feeling the winter blues kicking in. On the bright side, there’s so much to look forward to now that the colder season is here. Nothing beats the feeling of snuggling inside a warm blanket with a mug of hot chocolate and reading a really good book. Plus, if you’re like us, we’ve been neglecting our new year’s resolution to read one book a month. It’s not too late to get back on that reading grind and enjoy the autumn atmosphere, so we share with you seven books that will release your inner book-worm. From non-fiction to romantic novels, we’ve included some oldies but goodies as well as current new releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
“Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are.”
We’ve all read ‘Eat Pray Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert – the self-discovery book that took the world by storm and got us fantasizing about eating all the pizzas in Italy, finding faith in India and finding love in Indonesia. Unlike Eat Pray Love, City of Girls is a fiction that takes you to 1940’s Manhattan where you can experience the glitz and glamour second hand. The story follows nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris who moved to live with her Aunt Peg in Manhattan. Vivian is introduced to a new world of flamboyance, unconventional characters and showbiz at Aunt Peg’s theatre called the Lilly Playhouse. But after a personal mistake following a professional scandal, it shakes everything she knew about herself and the life she craves.
Humans by Brandon Stanton
“The more times I fall in love, the less sure I am about love.”
Brandon Stanton, creator of Humans of New York is an American author, photographer and blogger. Stanton started out by taking portraits of New Yorkers in 2010 including a quote from the subject which would later expand to full interviews. He would post them on his Facebook page Humans of New York where he shares real stories of real people. Now, in 2020, he has travelled to more than forty countries and conducted interviews across borders and transcending language barriers. Stanton shares his journey and the people he met along the way in his second book Humans. Readers across the globe will be able to resonate deeply with stories that hit home in his new book.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
When was the last time you felt like a kid falling in love? The times when the butterflies in your stomach won’t go away and this person becomes the reason you get up in the morning. Rainbow Rowell’s first young adult book Eleanor & Park explores the budding love between Eleanor – a chubby, 16 year old girl with curly red hair and Park, a half Korean 16 year old boy who meet on a school bus. Through late night conversations and bond over comic books despite vast differences in their family background they develop a special friendship turned romance. Through hardships their relationship is later at threat as Eleanor’s abusive alcoholic father poses a threat to Eleanor’s safety.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
“Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built of a thousand small kindnesses… swapped back and forth and over again.”
Former lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, shares with us all the tidbits of her personal life in her memoir Becoming. The book goes on to talk about her upbringing and the experiences that have shaped her to the woman she is today. From her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to the White House, this deeply personal story with Michelle’s unique wit makes you reflect on the different roles we partake in our life. Inspirational, thought-provoking and motivating, Becoming is a book we recommend to all ladies looking for inspiration.
Monogamy by Sue Miller
“Annie was happy too. But occasionally through their years together, and in spite of everything that was pleasurable and loving between them, she would feel it again, the sense of his having overtaken her somehow, overwhelmed her.”
A novel about marriage, family, secrets and love. In Sue Miller’s new book Monogamy she writes about Annie and Graham who has been married for nearly thirty years. To their friends, they are a golden couple. Graham is a sociable and passionate bookseller while Annie is a photographer and is more reserved than her partner. When Graham passes away suddenly, Annie questions her life without him and tries to regain her sense of identity. She becomes even more lost and confused when she discovers a secret that makes her question if she ever truly knew the man who loved her.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
“Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer you fault.”
Nothing screams Autumn classic like Little Women. We all grew up reading stories about the lives of the four March sisters. If you’ve yet to read the book, you’re in for a real treat. The March family consists of four sisters (Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy), their mother who they call Marmee and their father who is currently serving in the American Civil War. Despite the family’s struggle with poverty, the sisters look for ways to create new adventure to escape their lack luster life. The novel follows themes of familial duty, personal growth and much more. Even if you’ve already read it, it’s a book that hits differently every time so you know it’s worth re-visiting.