10 Fall Books to Read


Sophia Stone

Original artwork for the Herald

Alina Hart, Staff Writer

 *look up trigger warnings before reading

  1. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven [4.1/5] on Goodreads. Genre: Novel, Young Adult Fiction. “All The Bright Places” has a focus on suicide awareness and finding value in everyday life, even if the situations are not the absolute best. Violet and Finch are a couple struggling with maneuvering the world in a bright light, but after Violet meets Finch, he teaches her to shine bright in dim circumstances and she learns to bloom.
  2. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides [4.2/5] on Goodreads. Genre: Thriller, Psychological Fiction, Mystery, Novel, Suspense. A well-renowned painter named Alicia Berenson murders her husband. Alicia is completely silent through psychological treatment and hasn’t spoken a word since the act; her doctor Theo, a criminal psychotherapist, becomes obsessed with her case and her motives.
  3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris [4.3/5] on Goodreads. Genre: History, Novel, Fiction, Biographical Fiction. Lale Sokolov a, Jewish man who is a tattooist in a German concentration camp, meets a woman named Gita while tattooing her identified serial number and falls in love with her. As his attachment grows his determination to survive thrives likewise. How will this couple deal with separation, violence, and horror? Will they make it?
  4. The Language of Flowers by Vannesa Diffenbaugh [4.1/5] on Goodreads. Genre: Novel, Romance Fiction. This is the story of Victoria Jones, who grows up in foster care switching in and out of thirty-two different homes. The book focuses on forgiveness; should Victoria receive it, even with every mistake she has made? Is she worth the second chance?
  5. Cold Enough for Snow by Jessica Au [3.9/5] on Goodreads. Genre: Domestic Fiction. A mother and daughter arrive in Tokyo from abroad and, as they spend their time in Tokyo for the autumn season, their bond grows as they converse between all the activities they get to do in the city, both trying to learn and understand each other’s inner worlds.
  6. Moon Palace By Paul Auster [4/5] on Goodreads. Genre: Novel, Picaresque Novel. Marco Fogg, an orphan who has an exceedingly harsh upcoming, eventually meets a famous painter who happens to be his grandfather. Marco Fogg is looking for love and a purpose for his life, throughout the book hoping to find it. Twenty years later, the narrator tells three different stories that explain Marco’s complex family past.
  7. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck [3.9/5] on Goodreads. Genre: Fiction Tragedy. This classic is about two migrant workers who are lifelong friends, George Milton, small and witty, and Lennie Small, a large, intellectually disabled, but kindhearted man. These two endure hardship trying to achieve their dream of owning land during the Great Depression. This tale shows the nature of human strength to keep pushing forward. Dreams and friendship are foundational to humans meaning and worth.
  8. Self Portrait in Green by Marie NDiaye [3.8/5] on Goodreads. Genre: Biography. Marie NDiaye moves back and forth through time to show us different perspectives of her life. She is immensely honest about our private fears, insecurities, and our obsessions and how they ruin us. She talks about how we form personal identities and the way we navigate through life. Her book is a reflection of self and true identity.
  9. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave [3.9/5] on Goodreads. Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Domestic Fiction. Hannah Michaels finds the love of her life, Owen Michaels, and one day he just disappears. Hannah finds out he’s being investigated for a crime and is left with his daughter. Bailey, a 16-year-old, despises Hannah, but Hannah has to find it in her heart to care and grow.
  10. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover [4.2/5] on Goodreads. Genre: Romance Novel, Psychological Fiction, Domestic Fiction. Quinn and Graham are in love and have the perfect marriage until Quinn finds out she can’t have a baby. Her infertility consumes her, and she becomes depressed. Instead of communicating, they couple both avoid the topic which worsens their marriage. Through all of this Quinn feels like she isn’t enough for Graham, while he loves her no matter what the situation is.