Cozy Up With These Reads This Fall

There’s something about the return to routine, the comfort of knowing what’s next, what’s expected, and where everyone needs to be about the fall that is especially important this fall. This is the second September I’m sending my kids out the door to school with a bit of a knot in my stomach. Not the kind of knot I had when my first born walked into the school doors on the first day of Kindergarten (he’ll be walking in the doors to his first day of grade 12 this year) but the one that many parents are enduring with Covid being a part of our lives.

Still, we do need the return to school and to routine even if it looks a bit different and may be uprooted once again in a few weeks or month (prepare for everything, I suppose). For me, working from home, this means the house is once again quiet and the dogs and I develop our own routine for the days and weeks ahead. One of my favorite hobbies is reading – getting lost in a story and promising myself that I’ll put the book down after “just one more chapter” and realizing I’ve read half the book in one afternoon. I call it self-care and therefore it’s not at all surprising that it’s something I’ve let go this year. I promised myself I’d read more and didn’t. It’s something I intend to dive into this fall with a quiet house. Simon + Schuster – being awesome as they are – shared some of their top summer reads with me this month, and guess what – I’ve got them ALL to share with you in one giant giveaway! Here’s what’s going to be on my bookshelf this fall and what a very lucky reader will win!

Well, This is Exhausting by Sophia Benoit

Named a Best Book of the Month by VogueGood Morning AmericaBustleFortuneGoodreads, and more!

From Bustle columnist and Twitter sensation Sophia Benoit, this “charming and often laugh-out-loud funny” (Vogue) memoir-in-essays explores the ins and outs of modern womanhood—from finding feminism, the power of pop culture, and how to navigate life’s constant double standards—perfect for fans of Shrill and PEN15.

Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest—a Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection—comes a new riveting suspense novel about a mysterious murder in an idyllic and close-knit neighborhood.

The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish

The “queen of the sucker-punch twist” (Ruth Ware, #1 New York Times bestselling author) and author of Our House weaves a suspenseful thriller about a commuter who becomes a suspect in his friend’s mysterious disappearance. Perfect for fans of the unputdownable page-turners by Christina McDonald and Lisa Jewell.

The Hunted by Roz Nay

The Beach meets The Woman in Cabin 10 in this twisty new thriller about two couples who meet backpacking through Africa, but what begins as friendship quickly turns to obsession, with deadly consequences—from bestselling author Roz Nay.

The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel

The New York Times bestselling author of the “heart-stopping tale of survival and heroism” (PeopleThe Book of Lost Names returns with an evocative coming-of-age World War II story about a young woman who uses her knowledge of the wilderness to help Jewish refugees escape the Nazis—until a secret from her past threatens everything.

The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding

In The Perfect Family—which has received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist—#1 bestselling author Robyn Hardingexplores what happens when a seemingly perfect family is pushed to the edge…and beyond.

The Family Plot by Megan Collins


“Exceedingly entertaining.” —The New York Times
Umbrella Academy meets Tana French. Dark, claustrophobic, and beautifully written.” —Andrea Bartz, author of We Were Never Here

From the author of The Winter Sister and Behind the Red Door, a family obsessed with true crime gathers to bury their patriarch—only to find another body already in his grave.

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Good Morning AmericaEsquire, and Read with Marie Claire Book Club Pick and a People Magazine Best Book of Summer

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by TimeThe Washington PostHarper’s Bazaar, Entertainment WeeklyMarie Claire, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Parade, GoodreadsFortune, and BBC

Urgent, propulsive, and sharp as a knife, The Other Black Girl is an electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing.

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

An electrifying novel about the meteoric rise of an iconic interracial rock duo in the 1970s, their sensational breakup, and the dark secrets unearthed when they try to reunite decades later for one last tour.

“Feels truer and more mesmerizing than some true stories. It’s a packed time capsule that doubles as a stick of dynamite.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

You’l notice there are two books in the photo above on the right as well – those are some YA novels for my thirteen year old to check out, thanks to Simon + Schuster. I hope my kids develop a love of reading like I did as a child, though I didn’t have the temptation of a screen (I had an Atari…) so there’s always that. Like me, my daughter has to dedicate time to reading and when she does, gets engrossed in a story.

Made In Korea by Sarah Suk

Frankly in Love meets Shark Tank in this feel-good romantic comedy about two entrepreneurial Korean American teens who butt heads—and maybe fall in love—while running competing Korean beauty businesses at their high school.

Better Then The Movies – Lynn Painter

In this rom-com about rom-coms, in the spirit of Kasie West and Jenn Bennett, a hopeless romantic teen attempts to secure a happily-ever-after moment with her forever crush, but finds herself reluctantly drawn to the boy next door.

Phew! That’s a lot of books right? I’m a big murder-suspense-mystery fan, so I’m absolutely diving into Such A Quiet Place (I love Megan Miranda’s books) and The Perfect Family (if you click on the link to read more, you’ll see why, it’s really intriguing). All the books look great, and I’ll get through them this fall and winter if I dedicate the time to it like I promised myself.

What about you? What book(s) interests you the most? Answer that question in the comments below after filling in the entry form and you’ll be entered to win them all!

Enter to win all the books shared above, courtesy of Simon + Schuster! To enter to win, just fill in your name and email address in the form below and click BEGIN! Then just leave a comment on this blog post sharing which book(s) interest you the most, and you’ll be in to win!


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