12 Books I'm Super Excited to Read This Fall

Happy October, everyone!

With this new month, fall is now *officially* in full swing, so I thought I’d share with you some of the books I’m most excited to read this season! I can’t say that they’re all the hippest, coolest new fall releases — just the titles that I personally am most looking forward to cozying up with, even if they were published in the spring or summer. Seriously, is there a better time of year for reading than fall?

As you’ll see while you scroll through, I’ve picked up copies of some of these titles already, while others still need to be borrowed, bought, etc. With our trip to Thailand fast approaching, I’m suddenly feeling like I need to be very strategic with my reading (I need to be prepared with A LOT of books when that time comes!), which is playing a big role in my fall TBR, too.

1. Ask Again, Yes: A Novel

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Based on the reading preferences I’ve mentioned several times on the podcast (family dramas, interpersonal stories, LOTS of character stuff), listeners have been recommending this book to me more or less since it was published in May… but I knew that Ask Again, Yes and I were that much more meant to be when I stumbled upon a nearly brand new copy propped up against a gate outside Prospect Park here in Brooklyn. Admittedly, it’s been at the top of my TBR for a few months now and keeps getting bumped, but I’m determined to finish it in the next few months. I don’t think I’ve seen a bad review yet!

2. Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel

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Like Ask Again, Yes, Fleishman Is in Trouble has been on my list for quite a while, but I’m ready to finally read it and become one of the cool kids. I’ve heard some of my friends talk about how it’s a tough one to read during this stage of life when so many of us are newly married, etc. — but that hasn’t stopped anyone from raving about it, so it must be pretty great. I also happen to love the cover of this one! I have it all ready on my nightstand to pick up when I next get a break in reading for the podcast.

3. Very Nice: A Novel

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Having seen Very Nice blurbed and raved about by some of my favorite bookstagrammers over the last few months, I was more than happy to pick up a copy on one of my many strolls to Books Are Magic (my local indie) this summer. This quote from The Washington Post’s review sells me all on its own: “A story of sex and intrigue set amid rich people in a beautiful house with a picturesque swimming pool... Very funny.” Count me in!

4. American Royals

As much as I’m trying to avoid bringing physical books — especially chunky hardcovers — with us to Thailand, I can definitely see myself breaking my own rule for American Royals. It sounds so fun and wonderful and also like the perfect travel read. Maybe this will be the only exception? I feel like it would be absolutely ideal for those longgggg flights!

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5. Modern Love, Revised and Updated: True Stories of Love, Loss, and Redemption

The Modern Love column is one of my absolute favorite parts of the New York Times, and it’s my dream to have an essay published in it some day. A freelance writer’s gotta have her writing bucket list! When I heard about this collection, I knew it needed to be added to my TBR. Maybe a cozy, snuggly read for closer to the holidays?

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6. Star-Crossed: A Novel

I found myself obsessing over the summary printed on the jacket of this book when I found it at a bookstore earlier this year. Since then, I’ve been holding off on reading it, knowing that it will be absolutely ideal for our big trip to Thailand. I’m not super invested in horoscopes or astrology, but I’m definitely interested in them, and I love the idea of a romantic comedy that takes place in that world.

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7. Ohio

I hadn’t heard much about this book until one of my friends mentioned it at a recent book club meeting that she’d really enjoyed it. Given my love for stories that dive deep into characters, I’m very intrigued by the idea of a 512-page book that takes place over the course of a single evening and is told from the perspectives of four different former high school classmates. Ohio may also be joining me in Thailand.

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8. Save Me The Plums: My Gourmet Memoir

Even as a relative newbie to the world of food writing, I’m very aware of Ruth Reichl as the queen of the genre. I’ve heard such great things about her recent memoir, and I think it will be the perfect introduction to her work for me! I’m thinking this could be another one with the right vibes for a Thanksgiving read.

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9. The Idea of You: A Novel

When I recorded with Becca and Grace from Bad on Paper for Episode 54, they were raving about Robinne Lee’s The Idea of You, which was — at the time — a recent pick for their book club. I’ve been waiting for the right moment to pick it up ever since, and I think that moment might be rapidly approaching this fall.

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10. More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)

Truthfully, I can be hot or cold when it comes to any title that might fall under the larger umbrella of “self-help,” but my mom (remember her from Episode 47?) specifically recommended this one to me, and I still try to listen to her… at least some of the time : ) I’m familiar with author Elaine Welteroth from the journalism world and I’m intrigued by the fact that Entertainment Weekly calls the book “the millennial Becoming,” so I’m that much more interested in taking my mom up on her recommendation! This might be a good one to listen to on audio, since I’ve found that I prefer to listen to books in this category.

11. The Gifted School: A Novel

Caitlin Flynn recommended The Gifted School to me back when we recorded Episode 55, and her description of it has been stuck in my head ever since! Caitlin and I tend to have similar taste in books and she really knew how to pitch this story to me! I finally picked up a copy a few weeks ago… and I might be a little tempted to break my no-physical-books-in-Thailand rule for this one, too.

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12. The Wedding Date

I’m embarrassed to admit that this will be my first-ever Jasmine Guillory… but it will be my first-ever Jasmine Guillory. I’ll try to forget the embarrassment and just be excited, since all of my favorite readers absolutely rave about this author. My book club chose this title for our October meeting!

What are you most excited to read this fall? Tell me in the comments below or on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!

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