Now that flipflops are packed away and cute boots have appeared in the closet, it’s time to cozy up with some good books. Am I right? As much as I adore reading on the beach, there’s something comforting about snuggling under a warm throw with a cup of tea, emergency chocolate, and a gripping read. Hello, autumn. And I have five reads for fall especially for you…
I’ll admit, these are not “fall books” per se—although I spy a couple of autumnal-colored covers—but you can absolutely enjoy reading them all alongside a pumpkin candle! As always, I’ve included my reviews along with my Amazon affiliate links in the titles in case you want to grab a copy (full disclosure here) which means I get a tiny commission while you pay the regular price for any of the books. Without further ado…
WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens (literary fiction)
Set in a small town on the North Carolina coast, this is a heartbreaking tale of Kya Clark, known to locals as the “Marsh Girl” —essentially abandoned by everyone and left to raise herself in her beloved marshlands. We are transported between Kya’s growing years through the 1950s and the shocking murder of a popular local young man in 1969. Delia Owens weaves a magical thread of intrigue in this haunting coming-of-age story which I couldn’t put down and can’t stop thinking about… the mark of an excellent read!
THE KILLING TIDE by Dani Pettrey (Christian romantic suspense)
I’ve been looking forward to Dani Pettrey’s latest release—and it did not disappoint. The suspense and tension run high throughout the book and the romance between Finn, a Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent, and Gabby, an investigative reporter, keeps the reader invested right to the end. Plenty of plot twists and sparks combine with a strong thread of faith and a peek into the heroic lives of Coast Guards—a wonderfully-written page-turner for lovers of Christian romantic suspense!
GIFT FROM THE SEA by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (inspirational, biography)
“I find there is a quality to being alone that is incredibly precious. Life rushes back into the void, richer, more vivid, fuller than before.” In this timeless classic, the author covers subjects of simplicity, solitude, and soul care in a way that almost mimics the poetic rhythms of the sea. Originally penned in 1955 whilst on vacation by the ocean, Ann Morrow Lindbergh’s writing is just as relevant today as she reflects on love, marriage, middle age, and balancing busyness. She draws wisdom from creation—shells specifically—and invites the reader to take a breath and appreciate the beauty of an unrushed life. A gorgeous little book!
THE HUNTRESS by Kate Quinn (historical fiction)
Kate Quinn is a master story-teller and the vast extent of her research is evident in this thrilling post-WWII read. The hunt is on for “the huntress” who committed atrocities in the name of war, and the story follows three main characters in Europe and the USA: Ian the English journalist, Nina the Russian bomber pilot, and Jordan the budding Bostonian photographer. I wasn’t a fan of the edgy romance but appreciated the desperation and unimaginable horrors of the time. The information on Russian female bomber pilots—”night witches”—is absolutely fascinating and the strong characters are woven together seamlessly into a nail-biting page-turner!
THE ROAD BACK TO YOU by Ian Morgan Cron &Suzanne Stabile (Christian non-fiction)
“A practical, comprehensive way of accessing Enneagram wisdom and exploring its connections with Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of ourselves, compassion for others, and love for God.” Until I read this book, the Enneagram has been intriguing and confusing at best—but I now feel like I have better knowledge and compassion when it comes to different personalities. It’s written in a very witty, light way even when discussing deep principles which makes for a great read. Each of the nine Enneagram numbers is discussed thoroughly and the book as a whole is utterly fascinating. If the Enneagram interests you at all, I would recommend The Road Back to You!
“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” Samuel Johnson
As a writer, I know it’s vital to be reading a variety of books—hopefully, there’s something in this little list for your reading pleasure, too. Of course, I’m always interested in what YOU are reading and would love any recommendations below in the comments!
Happy snuggly autumnal reading,
P.S. If you fancy a novel actually set in early fall in the Oregon Coast, try my Christian romantic suspense: The Lighthouse Baby:
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