I love reading books about novelists, and this beautiful work of fiction just so happens to open in New York in the fall. Winter coats abound, there’s plenty of fall foliage to be had, and a very Royal Tenenbaums-esque family drama unfolds. Totally worth the read.
E just tore through this book in three days. He wasn’t able to put it down, and he even LOL’d a few times, even though it’s a totally sad book about two kids who fall in love while dealing with cancer diagnoses. The page turner quality, coupled with the fact that it’s an easy read, make this an ideal book to pair with some hot cocoa, and finish over a weekend when it’s too cold to go outside.
If you’re looking for a great non-fiction read for fall, then I think you’ve got to get Hallucinations. I remember hearing about this book on NPR when I was driving home from Comic-Con, and listening as Dr. Sacks talked about hallucinations in a way that made them seem eerily common. Almost like everyone has them, but nobody talks about them.
After reading the book, I was a bit surprised to learn that I have, in fact, experienced hallucinations. (i.e. whenever I think I’ve heard my phone beep. That’s a hallucination, sorry folks! We all do it.) Rather than exploring something specific, like schizophrenia, this book covers the wide range of hallucinations that people experience, and discusses reasons for why they happen in the first place. For example, many elderly people experience hallucinations after the loss of their eyesight, because it’s the body’s way of compensating for that lost sense. The book really is fascinating, and will give you some cool talking points at all those holiday parties.
Everyone is talking about how great this novel is, and you will be too after reading it. Much like The Fault In Our Stars, this is one of those books you won’t be able to put down and will finish one cold and wonderful weekend. It clocks in at 700 pages, but once you start reading about Theo Decker, a 13-year-old boy who’s just lost his mother, you truly won’t want to stop.
This was the first graphic novel I ever read, it’s 600 pages, and I loved each part of it. Blankets is a memoir by Craig Thompson, and it’s all about his first love. It’s epic, and tragic, and will make you feel like you’re in high school again, dealing with your first crush. It’s a great book to read as people are starting to go back to school, and chances are there will be some moments where you’ll tear up. (In a good way.)