Nothing says “curl up with a good book and a cozy blanket” like the advent of the fall season. I’ve been devouring books lately while on the road traveling, but there’s nothing quite like cracking open a good book in the comfort of your own home. Here are a few of the books I’ve been reading and will be reading this season.
Beartown – I absolutely consumed this book last month, and have since had an absolute fixation with the author, Fredrik Backman. This story about a sleepy town with an enormous heart for hockey was one of the best character-driven works of fiction I’ve read in years. I could not recommend it more highly, and immediately sought out Backman’s other books after completing this one because I love his style so much. Which brings me to…
A Man Called Ove – Utterly different than Beartown, but an absolute treasure. Backman tells that story, quite simply, of a man called Ove, who on the surface appears to be a rigid, curmudgeonly, and essentially a dark storm cloud. As this story unfolds, and I won’t give anything away, you end up falling in love with Ove and rooting from him until the very last page.
Wine All the Time – This book was gifted to me and I figured it would be a fun read, but I think that Marissa Ross did a really great job with this “wine 101” primer. Written with humor, sarcasm, and a light touch not often found in wine writing, I thought that it was a thorough and entertaining overview of how to think about and enjoy wine.
Thirteen Ways of Looking – Anyone who’s read Let the Great World Spin, which I read years ago and loved, will want to check out this follow-up from Colum McCann. It’s a series of short stories that bring different characters to life, and I cannot wait to dive in.
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory – Also this sounds oddly morbid, I have heard fantastic things about this non-fiction account of the author’s time working at a crematory. It delves into not only her learnings about the world of the dead, but about what she learns about life, in turn.