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 Vogue, Good Morning America, Bustle, Fortune, Goodreads, 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 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” (People) The 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
A HIGHLY ANTICIPATED, BEST BOOK OF AUGUST SELECTED BY * POPSUGAR * E! NEWS * LIFESAVVY * CRIMEREADS * AND MORE!
“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
A Good Morning America, Esquire, and Read with Marie Claire Book Club Pick and a People Magazine Best Book of Summer
Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Time, The Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, Entertainment Weekly, Marie Claire, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Parade, Goodreads, Fortune, 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.
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!
I’d love to read The Forest of Vanishing Stars – I love a good WW2 novel 🙂
The Perfect Family
The Forest of Vanishing Stars looks interesting.
I would totally read The Forest of Vanishing Stars first!! I have already read “Made in Korea” and it’s SO CUTE!
I’m all about WW2 books so the forest of the vanishing stars sounds good.
I love a good suspense novel so I’m looking forward to reading Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda.
The Other Black Girl calls out to me!!
The Hunted – looks like an exciting thriller.
The Forest of Vanishing Stars, and the YA novels would likely be on the top of my reading pile
The Family Plot. I would read that one first. Fall and Winter reading is amazing.
The Forest of Vanishing Stars!!!
I’m most interested in Such a Quiet Place, The Family Plot, and The Perfect Family.
Such a quiet place sounds really good, that’s on my list.
I would like to read The Other Passenger first.
The Family Plot sounds suitably gruesome.
The Forest of Vanishing Stars!
I really want to read The Other Passenger .
I would love to read The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding. It sounds very intriguing!
The Perfect Family
The Hunted sounds interesting! The Family Plot also sounds like a great fall read.
The Perfect Family looks interesting
The Forest of Vanishing Stars!
id love to read the other passenger
I’m quite interested in The Family Plot and Such a Quiet Place.
I would love ‘The Other Passenger’ by Louise Candlish!
I like the The Family Plot by Megan Collins the most.
The Family Plot looks like a good read.
The “The Other Passenger” by Louise Candlish book caught my eye!
I am really interested in The Family Plot because I too am obsessed with crime and true crime stories
The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding looks very interesting as reading about family dynamics is always fascinating.
The perfect family sounds entertaining. They all do 😩
Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda sounds interesting. I love a good mystery.
The Forest of Vanishing Stars caught my eye.
The Family Plot sounds fascinating, mysterious & twisted. The best kind of book.
Still love a good YA novel – excited about Made in Korea
I love good mysteries. There are a few here I’m sure I would enjoy.
Such a Quiet Place
I am really looking forward to The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris.
Such A Quiet Place and The Hunted sound like a couple of amazing thrillers- great reading for a cold, wet autumn evening – I’d love to curl up and dig in!
I want to read “Well, this is Exhausting” by Sophia Benoit. I follow her on Twitter and she is very funny and insightful.
The Perfect Family
The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish sounds like my type of book!
Family Plot looks interesting. I am trying to get into reading again. I used to polish off a book every day but life got busy.
I am interested in Made In Korea by Sarah Suk because I am a rom-com fan and I may. like this one.
I love a good thriller, so The Hunted and Such a Quiet Place are books I’d like to read this fall! The Other Black Girl also sounds great.
I would love to read Better Then The Movies – Lynn Painter
I’m most interested in reading “Well, This is Exhausting”. Sounds so good.