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Looking for a real page-turner to pass the time this fall? We’ve found the five best books to accompany you as you curl up with your outdoor patio sofa, perhaps sipping on a refreshing cocktail and enjoying the last of the summer heat going into fall.
Books are the Perfect Activity
After you’ve gotten everything done for the day (or decided what to leave for tomorrow!), there’s no better or more fulfilling way than a good read to pass the time and unwind at the end of the day.
Even if you’re not a big reader, what better time than now to dive into a new adventure? You might even laugh, or cry, or learn something new that you hadn’t ever considered! Even if you’ve got nothing to do during quarantine, a good book keeps your mind busy.
With so many new releases, where do you even begin? What are some of this year’s must-read books? Fear not, we’ve done the research for you and narrowed it down to our top five favorite picks.
1. Thriller/Mystery: “The Passengers” by John Marrs
The Passengers by John Marrs explores the dark side of human nature and the life-or-death decisions we make based on our perceptions of other people.
At the core of the plot are 8 passengers, each traveling in separate self-driving cars who have been hacked, and are set on a fatal collision course. Each of them represents a very different background and demographic, each with a unique story and perspective. It’s been widely hailed as one of the most powerful and engaging books of the past year.
Goodreads score: 4.3
2. Memoire: “Becoming” by Michelle Obama
Perhaps no first lady is as widely loved and respected as Michelle Obama, and widespread anticipation of her memoire Becoming sold over 1.4 million copies in its first week alone. She later did a nationwide book tour in which she was interviewed by celebrities ranging from Gayle King to Stephen Colbert, which inspired a Netflix spinoff documentary by the same name.
Overall, this is a fantastic and inspiring read for anyone who wants to know more about the enigmatic and brilliant former first lady.
Goodreads score: 4.5
3. Development/Motivational: “F*ck Your Diet” by Chloe Hilliard
In a rollercoaster ride of entertaining essays, short stories, and inspiring anecdotes, Chloe Hilliard takes the reader on a tour of her life through her own lens—touching on issues of body shaming, race, feminism, and overcoming society’s expectation of how she should look and act. It’s an inspiring read for anyone who needs a little self affirmation. Maybe we could all start caring less about those superficial things and focus on the things that really matter!
Goodreads score: 3.7
4. Historical Fiction: “The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book” by Peter Finn
If you’re a fan of Cold War history, or simply love a historical tale based in reality with a flourish of whimsy, be sure to check out The Zhivago Affar. Revolving around a forbidden book in the Soviet Union, the story takes us through an intense yet highly secretive battle between the CIA and the Kremlin, each seeking to exert influence over the other, with some jaw-dropping tactics.
Goodreads score: 3.7
5. Young Adults: “Clap When You Land” by Elizabeth Acevedo
Two sisters, separated in two countries, who share a father, suddenly lose him in a plane crash. Yet in his absence, they learn of each other and are faced with a strange new reality in which they must both share a tremendous loss and face a new life. This coming-of-age story is inspiring, heartbreaking, and hopeful. A read you definitely won’t regret.
Goodreads score: 4.4