The Dream Team's Fall Reading List!
All year I have found it hard to get the ball rolling with my reading but sometimes you start the right book and you can’t put it down, I am finally in that zone! If you read our last season's Summer Reading List, I am happy to say that I was able to read “Look for Me” by Lisa Gardner, which as expected kept me on the edge of my seat. I am currently reading “Born A Crime” by Trevor Noah, which is so entertaining and raw it is hard to believe it is based on Trevor Noah’s real life experience, so let’s continue to get the ball rolling with my Fall Reading List:
I might be cheating by putting the first book on my list as one that I have already finished but it was so good you have to read it! Normal People by Sally Rooney, follows Marianne, a smart loner and her intertwining relationship with the popular and equally smart classmate, Collin. Normal People is more than a book about relationships, it focuses on how important communication and letting what people think of you can affect who you are as a person. This was such a fast and enticing read, I could not put it down! It is nice to hear an author who writes about characters who have problems we all face like anxiety, isolation while growing up in your teens to early twenties. There is also a TV show based on the book, which I will be watching soon, Canadian’s can stream it for free on CBC’s Gem.
This is a book we are planning to read in the book club I am a part of but it is so popular at the library that we are pushing it till the end of the year when the book is available. From The Ashes is a debut memoir from Jesse Thistle which follows his story of being a high school drop out to a now rising Indigenous scholar. This book talks about how Thistle overcame trauma and addiction to discover who he is. Thistle’s raw and eye-opening story shares with us what it is really like to be Indigenous and grow up in Canada. I’ve read such amazing reviews about this book and can’t wait to read this captivating story.
I love a fun book cover but even better is a gripping story, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett is about two twin sisters who grew up in a small, southern black community and run away at age sixteen, which changes their lives completely. Ten years later with the twins living apart, the story follows what happens when their own daughters' lives become intertwined. This book sounds like a page turner that also educates the reader about the American history of passing as white and discusses issues beyond race and how it can alter the path of your life, this book has officially been added to my list!
Im not by any means a fall person, but I am so excited so cozy up under a blanket and start on a new set of books! I was able to complete two out of three off our Summer Reading List ( My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russel and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami). Although dark, I really did enjoy My Dark Vanessa. I especially liked how it took place both in the past and present, allowing you to see the change and growth within Vanessa. On the other hand, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle takes place in a constant dream like state, both for the reader and the main character. It's an incredible book and I highly recommend it! Now let's jump into my Fall Reading List!
I've had this book on my list for sometime now and I am so excited to dive in! The Odd Woman and the City is a memoir of self-discovery, ever-changing friendships, and becoming an independent woman in the city by living out your conflicts not your fantasies. My explanation of this book is truly horrible so please read the synopsis for your self here!
I came across this cult classic on @themodernbookclub. Im not going to lie, what initially caught my eye was the gorgeous cover. After reading just a few reviews on Good Reads I quickly placed my order through ThriftBooks. Play It As It Lays is a portal into American life in the late 1960s. It is described as a deeply disturbing novel, exploring the life of a woman in a society in crises.
This classic was worked on on and off for 40 years before being finally released in 1986, 25 years after Hemingways death. It is the story of a David, a young writer, his wife Cathrine and the woman they both fall deeply in love with.
I always have a book of short stories at easy reach! Jhumpa Lahiri's, ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ is a collection of 9 short stories. Each story contains vivid characters that are navigating between the Indian traditions they have inherited and the baffling new world they live in, and how they persevere beyond the barriers of culture and generations. Perfect for a quick dose of perspective on a chilly weekday!
I recently attended the author's virtual book launch where she read an excerpt from her book. Particularly about her “Spark” bird. A “Spark Bird” is defined as the bird that helped spark your interest in birding. It helped open your eyes to the incredible beauty, mystery and excitement of birds and nature. It’s a pivotal moment where your world is changed, and there’s no way you are going back! Mine was definitely the Cardinal with its bright red colour and beautiful song. Looking forward to reading this funny and insightful book on the pleasures of observing nature.
My father sent me this book the other day! He’s been reading it and giving me quick fragments of its wisdom during our recent phone conversations. He finally decided to just send a copy over for me to read myself! Thanks Dad, can’t wait to dive in and use those tools on my own journey.
WE HOPE WE'VE ADDED TO YOUR FALL READING LIST AND WE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO ADD TO OURS! BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW!