My Fall 2015 Reading List

It’s that time of year….the weather is cooling down, the leaves are starting to change, and Pinterest is flooded with pumpkin recipes. It must be fall! Time for a new reading list, but first, a few updates on my summer list:

The Girl on the Train was over-rated and not nearly as suspenseful as I was expecting it to be. Mostly just depressing haha.

This is Where I Leave You was really funny and well-written but really raunchy and I wouldn’t recommend it or read any of his other books now, sadly.

-I ate Belong to Me right up (and I wrote about it here).

How to Talk so Kids Will Listen (and Listen so Kids Will Talk): This is really good so far. I’m still working on it, and I like how in the introduction the authors suggest reading it slowly and practicing different techniques in the book before moving onto a new section. That being said, I think it’s probably aimed at parents with kids that are a little older than Ella. Still helpful for the future, though!

And…the rest of my list I didn’t get to. Instead, I went through a phase where I read the memoirs of Ann Romney, Hoda Kotb, and Kathie Lee Gifford. What can I say, I am a middle-aged cat lady in 20-something’s clothing.

This fall, I’m not tackling anything too lofty, haha. These are all books that have been on my “to read” list on Goodreads for a while, and I was lucky enough to find Still Alice and A Walk in the Woods at The Dollar Bookstore today, so they made the fall reading list cut!

Small side-note: If you live around Utah Valley, you have to check this place out! There is a location in Orem and Spanish Fork. It’s a used bookstore and all books really are only $1! And they actually have a lot of good stuff. I looked around for about half and hour and easily came away with several books I was pumped about (I think Carl’s Christmas was actually the one I was most thrilled by. I really want to build up our Christmas book collection!).

Without further ado…here’s what I’m excited to read this fall!

1. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling: Ok, ok, I recognize that any girl under the age of 40 has already written about her excitement for this book to come out so I’ll just add my name to the list. I really do believe that Mindy and I would be best friends if she got to know me, though. I just know it!

2. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson: This book has been around for a while and I’ve heard how funny it is about a million times so I figured it was time to give it a try!

3. The Royal We by Heather Cocks: This seems a little more “chick-lit-y” than I’m usually into, but I’ve heard it’s such a fun, cute story I am intrigued. And, isn’t it a little bit based on Kate Middleton? So sign me up.

4. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande: I found a recommendation for this book on Everyday Reading, and her review was so glowing, I was really interested. Admittedly this topic (the science of dying) isn’t really normally my cup of tea, but I’ve been known to embrace some less-than-warm-and-fuzzy subject matter if it’s written about in a captivating way (Nothing to Envy, anyone?).

5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: This book had its heyday this summer and I want to see if it lives up to the hype! I mean, Pulitzer Prize? Seems pretty promising.

6. Still Alice by Lisa Genova: (I know, I’m late to the party on this one too haha. I have to hear a lot of good reviews before I take a chance!) The idea of a book about early-onset Alzheimer’s seems almost too sad for me but….it’s supposed to be extremely moving and triumphant. Plus it’s got a crazy high Goodreads average so that’s a good sign, right? Also, I found it for $1. Sometimes that’s enough to convince me to read something.

Let me know what you think! What’s on your reading list this season?

  • Hi Claire–I kind of stumbled onto your blog because I saw that you had commented on another blog I was reading and I just wanted to say hi. I am glad to see that you and your family are doing well. It seems like so long ago that we were roommates at Glenwood. Ha! Anyway, hope you don't mind that I read your blog. Have a good day! –Erin (Eves) Chapman

  • Oh my gosh! Hi Erin! I'm so glad you commented. I hope you're doing well too!

  • So love your reading lists! My thoughts:
    Carl's Christmas is a classic!
    A Walk in the Woods an old favorite! A new r-rated movie…whats up with that?
    Hated the Girl on the Train.
    Loved All the Light We Cannot See. A blind French girl,her grandpa, and a German orphan! So good!

    Went to Title Wave and came home with a stack of books. So far have read:
    Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington: Straight forward autobiography.
    The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley: Eyeopening! (is there a theme here?)

    To change the subject a bit now reading Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie. Best writing ever!

  • Ok. Girl on the train. I was SO disappointed. Your description was perfect.

    And I loved The Royal We! I Just read it and I weirdly loved it. It's also totally 100% based on Kate, which I'm fine with!

  • I loved The Royal We. It was so much better than I expected it to be. It both made me feel and laugh out loud. I love when books can make me do both.