Our Fall Favorites: Top Five Reading List
Fall is prime reading season: it’s cool and crisp outside, the leaves are turning, and a whole harvest of new books are hitting the shelves. As 2020 comes to an end, social distancing doesn’t have to be boring—you can escape into a great novel. Curl up with one of your top fall picks and escape stress as summer fades away.
The Likeness by Tana French
If you like page-turners, Tana French is the author for you. The Irish mystery writer is a master of suspense who has earned international recognition for her strange, compelling tales of crime and confusion. In her 2008 novel The Likeness, French weaves a story about a detective named Cassie Maddox, investigating the death of a young woman who looked just like her. You’ll be sleeping with the lights on after you finish following the twists of this impossible-to-put-down book.
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf is famed for her stream-of-consciousness writing—and her flowing, intense prose is a perfect mirror for our own frantic brains in quarantine. (What could be more fitting for a socially-distanced fall than “A Room of One’s Own”?) Virginia Woolf has only grown more popular in recent years, and new editions have been released recently—with increasingly pleasant book design, for those of you who love a good cover. It doesn’t hurt that there’s a healthy dose of feminism mixed in with her writing, too.
The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante
Elena Ferrante’s “Neapolitan Novels” are supreme escapist literature. Set in 1950s Italy (and slowly covering time up to the present), the novels capture an entirely different world, and they do so in a compelling way that will keep you turning the pages. The twisting story of Elena and Lila—close yet competitive friends—moves across decades as the girls grow up, remaining inextricably bound to each other. Plus, there are five novels and over a thousand pages in the series, so you won’t feel the anxiety of running out of great chapters.
The Guest List by Lucey Foley
Lucy Foley is a British author whose books take place in far-flung and often glamorous locations. Foley’s novel The Guest List tells the intriguing story of a picture-perfect wedding gone wrong. When a mysterious dead body turns up just before a successful bride and groom are set to the tie the knot, relationships begin to fray and the plot begins to thicken. A perfect mix of glamor and creepy suspense, The Guest List is a must-read this season.
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
With all the time spent at home, it’s time to get cracking on those classics you’ve always wanted to read. Whether it’s Jane Austen, the Brontës, Dickens or Tolstoy, we bet there are some doorstoppers on your shelves that will be wonderfully immersive once you start them. The long-beloved tale of the Dashwood sisters is a great choice. It will transport you to a different time and place, with plenty of drama and uncannily modern plot twists to keep the pages flying past.
With all this reading to stack on your TBR, make sure you don’t lose your place in the books you’re into! Page Petal Bookmarks offers custom bookmarks that aren’t just practical—they’re carefully designed with hand-pressed flowers for a unique look. You’ll be itching to get back where you left off.