Good Books To Curl Up With This Fall

Good books to curl up with this Fall


Posted by Alicia Sell

Fall is the perfect season to curl up on the couch with a cup of hot tea and a good book.  Here is a picture Randall took of me reading on the couch just the other day.  My hair happened to be looking spectacular.


Just kidding!  This is how I assume I look reading, just in sweatpants.

Anywho… I thought I would share some of the books I have read over the past few months that I thought you might enjoy.  Fair warning – some of these are a little nerdy but I think there is enough of a mix here that I hope you all find something to enjoy.  I won’t bore you with a summary of each book but I have linked to the Amazon copy where a summary is available. However, as a librarian, I highly encourage you to check these out from your local library (they even loan e-books for free). I will give you a simple 1 through 5 star rating and share with you my highly biased opinion on each book, so take it for what it is worth.

Have you read any of these?  Let me know what you thought about it in the comments section.  Do you have a favorite book that isn’t on the list?  Let me know, because I am always looking for favorite books to add to my reading list.  Can’t read books because you have kids?  I get it – been there, done that.  Keep reading those magazine articles and know that in just a few short years you can read full, adult books again.  I promise!

Fall Reading List


The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer (Autobiography)
*****5 Stars

I have to say I was a little bit skeptical about this book because I have always thought of Amy Schumer as too brash for my taste, but I did not stop laughing from the moment I picked it up.  Believe me, she is still brash but her insights into incredibly awkward or difficult situations are spot on.  Surprisingly, she also has some inspiring words for ladies about being confident in who we are and what we believe.  I read through this in two days.


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah  (Fiction)
*****5 Stars

I can’t wait till this book becomes a movie.  And I am pretty sure if it becomes a movie it will win Oscars – it is that good.  This story about two sisters and their harrowing bravery during War II made me ugly cry on the airplane while I was reading it.  It is full of suspense that makes it impossible to put down.  If you don’t read any other books on this list, this is a must read.


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Fiction)
****4 Stars

This is another book set in World War II and is told through the eyes of a little girl who is completely blind.  This book was a slow start and I almost didn’t make it past the first 50 pages, but once I did I was glad I stuck with it because it was very suspenseful and, similarly to the Nightingale, reminds us that no one is safe from the horrors of war and its lingering impact. There is a good reason why it won the Pulitzer Prize.


Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Toibin (Fiction)
***3 Stars

This is a great coming of age story about a young Irish woman sent to America for opportunities. It is an easy read, but I made the mistake of watching the movie before I finished the book and I ended up liking the movie better, which rarely happens.  The book goes into greater character development than the movie does, but it can be slow at times.  If you don’t have time to read it, see the movie.


The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (Fiction)
*** 3 Stars

This story of slavery is told from the perspective of a young white child who served as an indentured servant to a family in the Antebellum South.  She lived in the kitchen house with some of the house slaves, and the slave’s experiences are shared through her eyes, as well as from the perspective of the slave who was forced to raise the girl.  While the story is engaging, it ultimately left me feeling unsatisfied.


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Nonfiction)
****4 Stars

I will not lie to you that there is a lot of medical information in this one, but Skloot has presented it in a way that makes it easy to read and completely engaging.  The story of Henrietta Lacks and the legacy that she unknowingly and unwillingly left for all of us to benefit from is remarkable.  Her story calls into question medical ethics and patient rights.  A lot of the cures that have been discovered for major diseases were made possible in part because of Henrietta’s immortal cells, and it is worth honoring her memory and the unfortunate story of how her cells came to be.


The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston (Fiction)
**2 Stars

While this was an easy read, I don’t know that it was entirely worth my time.  I kept thinking something would happen, and then it just ended up being the same events just told in a different time period.  And I knew how the story would end by the third chapter.  So, if you want a light read, this is a good one to pick up.  Otherwise, try something different.


The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls (Autobiography)
*****5 Stars

This is another book that I can’t wait till it becomes a movie.  It is a must read.  Jeanette Walls’ memoir about her unpredictable and chaotic upbringing left me laughing, crying and feeling furious all at the same time.  Her story is remarkable.  I highly recommend it.


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9 thoughts on “Good books to curl up with this Fall

  1. Mary Ann says:

    These are great and many are already on my “I need to read these” list! I hadn’t heard of Henriette Lacks until just the other day…and she keeps popping up. My friend just posted on FB that Oprah is at Johns Hopkins today filming a new HBO biopic about her! So cool!

    • Katie Gambone ( says:

      Awesome! Glad you found some on the list that you need to add to yours. Let us know if there are any books you think we should add to our list. We are always looking for a good recommendation!

  2. Alix Suggs says:

    I agree with your rating of The Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See. You did better than I did with The Kitchen House, as I didn’t bother to finish it.

    Three books I highly recommend are Cup of Light and The Last Chinese Chef, both by Nichole Mones; and The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. This is VERY different from her Eat, Pray, Love. Beautifully crafted, but it might not appeal to everybody. Your Mom turned me onto it, and she loved it too.

  3. Sarah Gallup says:

    I’m going to pick up The Girl With the Lower Back Tatoo immediately. I need a good laugh! I love books that make me laugh ’til I cry! To be honest, I was put off by the cover. I’m gettin’ old. hahahahaha. Then I’m going to read The Nightingale, then I’ll read …I LOVE BOOKS.

  4. Linda says:

    Wow, that’s a lot to read. I need to find some time and curl up as you stated. Thank you for your recommendations. As always I appreciate you sharing at DI&DI. have a great weekend.

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