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Staff picks: the best books to read this fall

By Kobo • September 30, 2019The Bookish Life

As the crisp fall weather kicks in, it's hello to apple picking, plaid shirts, and pumpkin spice lattes. We asked our expert booksellers to share the books they couldn't put down and recommend we cozy up with. From romcom romance to celebrity memoirs; narrative nonfiction to psychological thrillers, we can't wait to dig in. Without further ado, these are the best books to read this fall.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

This book is for readers interested in: science fiction; romance; contemporary female stories

Staff Pick: "The Starless Sea explores the magical way that stories can connect people and the impact that they can have on your life. The less you know going in the better—this eBook is the eBook for booklovers."

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Greenwood by Michael Christie

This book is for readers interested in: multigenerational stories; literary fiction; environmentalism

Staff Pick: "Greenwood is about so many things. It's about family - the ones we are born into and the ones we choose ourselves. It's about forging your way in the world, and the many bumps along the way. It's about loneliness, but also happiness. And, perhaps most of all, it's about trees. Greenwood is a breathtaking novel."

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

This book is for readers interested in: dystopia; literary fiction; stories of suffering

Staff Pick:
"Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up more than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale and offers the explosive testaments of three female narrators—two from inside the bounds of Gilead and one from the outside looking in. Chances are your book club already has this on the agenda, with good reason—hands down the book of the year."

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Well Met by Jen DeLuca

This book is for readers interested in: rom-coms; enemies to lovers romances; Renaissance faires

Staff Pick: "Fresh off a bad break up, Emily moves to a small town and gets roped into volunteering for the town’s annual Renaissance faire. Almost immediately, she starts butting heads with the organizer, Simon, but feelings get complicated when their faire characters begin a flirty showmance. Full of witty banter, small town shenanigans, and heartwarming familial love, Well Met is the perfect swoony romance."

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This Tender Land by William Kent Kruger

This book is for readers interested in: literary fiction; historical fiction; the Great Depression

Staff Pick: "On the run during Depression-era America after escaping their abusive orphanage, four young orphans will take you on an unforgettable journey of courage and hope. Read this if you like experiencing all the feels— you'll be choking on tears of joy and despair throughout."

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Cold Storage by David Koepp

This book is for readers interested in: dystopia; dark humour; thrillers

Staff Pick: "A deadly organism from outer space is locked miles beneath the earth in a secret government bunker, which is forgotten about decades later and sold as part of a self-storage unit. Over one harrowing night, a Pentagon bioterror operative, a single mum, and an ex-con must figure out how to quarantine this horror again. This novel is disgusting and hilarious in equal measure."

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After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

This book is for readers interested in: dystopian adventures; pirates; unconditional motherly love

Staff Pick: "After the Flood is a debut novel taking place more than a century from now— the world is flooded, with little land remaining. Following Myra and her daughter, Pearl, the book takes us across the now endless ocean on a journey that will keep you up at night and saying 'just one more chapter' until you reach the end."

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American Royals by Katharine McGee

This book is for readers interested in: YA; the Royal family; draaaahhmmaaaahhhh

Staff Pick: "Imagine if instead of becoming the first president of the United States, George Washington became the first king of America. Fast forward to present day, and follow the lives of his royal descendants. It's as dramatic as it sounds."

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Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

This book is for readers interested in: fantasy; romance; YA

Staff Pick: "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. An undercover witch has to make a choice when she’s unable to ignore her feelings for a huntsman of the Church. Full of dark magic and out-of-this world romance, this stunning debut novel and book one of a duology will leave readers yearning for more."

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The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

This book is for readers interested in: unreliable narrators; psychological thrillers; a new spin on the classic novel The Turn of the Screw

Staff Pick: "After Rowan is offered a too-good-to-be true nanny post, she realizes she shouldn’t have ignored all of the warning signs. Writing to her lawyer from prison, Rowan recalls the events that landed her there. But she insists she had nothing to do with her employer’s child’s death...so who did? With Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, you won’t be able to put this novel down."

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Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

This book is for readers interested in: human sexuality; narrative nonfiction; women’s issues

Staff Pick: "Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women has been taking the literary world by storm since its release earlier this summer. Though the book isn’t without fault (it would benefit from a broader representation of cultural backgrounds), Taddeo’s creative angle to her writing will draw you into the stories of these three women and their complicated relationships with sexuality and desire and hold you right until the end."

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Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness [Audiobook Pick]

This book is for readers interested in: LGBTQ+ issues; celebrity stories; stories of strugz

Staff Pick: "If you’re familiar with Netflix’s Queer Eye star and self-care expert Jonathan Van Ness (and if you aren’t, you’re missing out!) you know him to be a beacon of positivity, acceptance, and gorgeousness, uplifting others and spreading love to anyone who needs it. But it wasn’t always easy to shine so bright. In his autobiography Over the Top, JVN opens up about his past struggles and the journey he’s taken to get to where he is now. #HIPTIP: JVN narrates the audiobook—it’s like listening to a warm hug, hunny."

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Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee

This book is for readers interested in: literary fiction; family stories; contemporary female stories

Staff Pick: "This touching novel is about Chinese-American sisters Miranda and Lucia. Lucia is headstrong, unpredictable, and impulsive while Miranda is responsible and her younger sister’s protector. When Lucia becomes mentally ill, it’s Miranda who has to find a way to reach her sister to protect her and her loved ones. This story is unputdownable and will touch your heart immediately."

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Liked this list? For more book recommendations, read Staff Picks: the best books to read this summer

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