Fall Reads 2014


Has anyone else noticed it’s getting really dark really early in the evenings?! While I’m a bit sad to say goodbye to long summer days, I’m excited to welcome Autumn and all her gifts: a chill in the air, cozy sweaters, cute boots, flannel blankets, pumpkin spice lattes with real pumpkin, and new beginnings. It’s also the perfect season to stay indoors and devour a good read.

So to get into the spirit of fall, I’ve put together a list of books I hope to fall into this season…

The Accidental Creative The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry

Who doesn’t want to be more creative and productive? Kenzie from over at Hello Neverland spoke so highly of this book in this post. So I knew I had to add it to my list. Before running out to the bookstore, I checked out accidentalcreative.com, listened to a couple of Henry’s podcasts and read chapter 1 of the book here.

die emptyDie Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry

“Don’t go to your grave with your best work inside of you. Choose to die empty.” I swear I am going to adopt this as my daily mantra. In his follow-up to The Accidental Creative, Henry points out that most of us live as though we will always have tomorrow to do our most important work. But tomorrow is promised to none of us. Die Empty will help bring clarity and a sense of urgency to how you approach your work every day. Henry shows us how to cultivate the mind-set and methods we need to be enthusiastic about what we do, push through mental blocks, and unleash our best work each day.

This is where I leave youThis Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

The death of Judd Foxman’s father brings the entire Foxman family together for the first time in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife who’s affair with Judd’s boss has recently become public. Mourning the loss of his father and the failure of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of his family as they grant their father’s dying wish: to sit Shiva for the seven days following the funeral.

The film of the same name made its world premiere at TIFF this year. Mark your calendars: It comes out in theatres on September 19.

Secret DaughterSecret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

In her engaging first novel, Shilpi Somaya Gowda interweaves the stories of two families and the daughter that binds them. Somer is newly married and has started her career as a doctor in San Francisco. Her life is pretty perfect until she makes the gut wrenching discovery she cannot have children. In a remote village in India, Kavita makes the heartbreaking choice to save her newborn daughter’s life by giving her up. Somer and her husband decide to adopt and they fall in love with the beautiful little girl in the photo, while Kavita is haunted by thoughts of the daughter she had to give away.

Kirkus calls it: “Fiction with a conscience, as two couples worlds apart are linked by an adopted child….A lightweight fable of family division and reconciliation, gaining intensity and depth from the author’s sharp social observations.”

A Path AppearsA Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

From the authors of the #1 New York Times best seller Half the Sky, comes an essential narrative about making a difference at home and abroad. With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, the husband-and-wife team analyze the art and science of giving and identify successful local and global initiatives. The authors paint vibrant portraits of real people making the world a better place and lay out a road map for how we can do the same – whether by donating our time, money or unique skills to a cause.

Attachments

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

From the award-winning author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Landline comes a novel about love in the workplace. Journalists Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that the IT department is monitoring their work e-mail. But this doesn’t stop them from sending each other hilarious emails about the ins and outs of their personal lives. I am already quarter way through and each flip of the page has me in a fit of giggles. This is my first Rowell book and it certainly won’t be my last!

traveling lightTraveling Light by Max Lucado

I read this book during my first year at university and it really shifted my perspective. I knew I had to share it with my loved ones. So that Christmas, I bought a few copies for friends and family. With the Twenty-third Psalm as his guide, Lucado reminds us that God wants us to release those burdens we were never intended to carry. He invites us to set down any spiritual baggage that might be weighing us down – worry (the big one for me), fear, guilt, loneliness, grief, hopelessness, self-reliance, envy, shame, disappointment at the feet of God. I decided now was the perfect time to re-read this one.

All's fairAll’s Fair in Love & Wardrobe by Stephanie Simons

Since appearing on The Bachelor in 2005, Simons has worn many shoes. Dating and fashion writer for top publications, TV style expert, editorial strategist for brands like Banana Republic and since this summer, an accomplished author. All’s Fair in Love and Wardrobe puts a glamorous spin on shopping for love, serving up fashion and dating advice from a fashion editor.

This review, complete with notable quotes on The Single Diaries sealed the deal for me.

Do you crave reading a particular genre over another during the fall months? I would love to hear.

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