My Fall Reading List

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I love to read, and lately I have been trying to make more of an effort to carve out the time to curl up with a good book. My love of reading began in high school when we read George Orwell’s 1984, and since then, I have been hooked.  Once I had my children, my moments for reading became few and far between (something I think other moms can relate to). However, now that my children are getting a little bit older and are not babies anymore, I really want to make reading a regular practice again.

Reading just feels good for the soul … I have never regretted reading a book. With every book I read, I always learn something new, and expand my knowledge. It doesn’t matter if I am reading a literary classic, a biography or a beach read — Books always stimulate my mind and expand my view of the world in one way or another!

Since I am getting really excited about all the new books I can’t wait to read this fall (and I am deep into Amazon book ordering right now), I wanted to share with you guys some recommendations. I have some titles to recommend to you that I have read and love, and then I have other titles on the list that I am really excited to read next.

Let me know if you guys have read any of the books on my list, or if you have other recommendations for me! I would love to know!


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Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living By Shauna NiequistI am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it’s changing everything. Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth. (via Amazon)


The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection By C.S. Lewis — This set is a classic and I always feel like re-reading things that you read as a child is an amazing experience … You almost get to re-live a little piece of your childhood.

This collection contains all seven books in the classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia without art, to appeal to older readers. This special ebook edition includes an introduction by C. S. Lewis’s stepson, Douglas Gresham, and full text and art for Lewis’s very first work—Boxen! (via Amazon)


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou — Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. (via Amazon)


Water for Elephants: A Novel Kindle Edition By Sara GruenJacob Janowski’s luck had run out–orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was the Great Depression and for Jacob the circus was both his salvation and a living hell. There he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but brutal animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this group of misfits was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival. (via Amazon)



The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment By Eckhart TolleA word of mouth phenomenon since its first publication, The Power of Now is one of those rare books with the power to create an experience in readers, one that can radically change their lives for the better. (via Amazon)



The Book Thief By Markus ZusakThe extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. (via Amazon)



The Glass Castle: A Memoir By Jeannette WallsThe Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family. (via Amazon)



The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are By Brene BrownNew York Times best-selling author and professor Brené Brown offers a powerful and inspiring book that explores how to cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to embrace your imperfections and to recognize that you are enough. (via Amazon)

8 Must-Read Books for Fall

There is nothing better than curling up with a good book. Being transported to another world and living vicariously through the characters on the pages…it’s magical. That’s why I’ve loved the Twilight and Hunger Games series, and have tried to bring the same kind of excitement to Tia and my book series, Twintuition. But my love of books doesn’t stop with fiction – there are so many delectable cook books, heartfelt tales and hilarious short stories that can carry you through any season. This fall, here are 8 books that are worthy of your time.

The Happiness Project

1) The Happiness Project – This book tells the story of author Gretchen Rubin, who realizes one day that her life had been passing her by. Determined to change this, she dedicates an entire year towards improving her happiness. Focused on all aspects of her life, from marriage to career to money, she makes little changes along the way and documents the results throughout the book. 

100 Days of Real Food

2) 100 Days of Real Food – This cookbook is just what you need if you’re hoping to embrace a healthy diet and do it on a budget. 100 Days of Real Food shares one family’s decision to abandoned processed, packaged goods for wholesome, fresh foods. It’s loaded with recipes that look absolutely delicious. 

Lean In

3) Lean In – Lean In has been out for some time, but it is definitely worth the read. Sheryl Sandberg explains why women need to step up and believe in themselves. It’s all about finding your confidence and not backing down from what you want. Her motivational prose and these career success tips will inspire you to take a step towards greatness.  

If I Stay

4) If I Stay – Adapted for the big screen, If I Stay is an emotional tale of a girl who forgets her past after an accident. Trying to piece it all together, she discovers what love, family and life truly mean. Stories like this always seem to put life into perspective. 

The Invention of Wings

5) The Invention of Wings – From the author of The Secret Life of Bees, this book tells the story of a young girl who is given a slave for her 11th birthday. It’s a tale of discovery, love, guilt, hardship and a complete mix of emotions as their lives change one another’s over the 35 years they spend together. I’m thinking you’ll need a box of tissues close by for this one.

The Best Yes

6) The Best Yes – Author Lysa TerKeurst helps you discover how to overcome an overwhelmed soul by using your faith to guide you in making the best decisions for yourself without enduring feelings of guilt and indecision. Since Fall is a season of change, it’s also a great time to work on being a better you.  


7) Mockingjay I can’t help but include the last installment of the Hunger Games series. If you haven’t read any of the trilogy, this fall is the time to catch up! These stories tell of a determined and brave Katniss, who no matter how hard she fights to protect her family and friends, always seems to struggle against the oppressive Capitol. I couldn’t put these books down and the ending is phenomenal! 

How to Know God Exists

8) How to Know God Exists – This is an exceptional book for reaffirming your faith in the Lord. It’s been out for years, but is always worthy of another read. If you’re ever having moments of doubt, author Ray Comfort will guide you towards the light and understanding (with the help of scientific evidence) that God does exist and he touches each of our lives.

What are you reading? Share your favorite reads with me below!