Nothing says fall is here like cozying up with a fuzzy blanket, a warm cup of coffee and an exciting new book. Whether you want something that will expand your knowledge, escape to a fictional world, or read about a real person’s real life, we have some great suggestions for your fall reading list.
The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
This thrilling novel is one of those can’t-put-down, stay-up-all-night-to-read books. The story follows Jacob Finch Bonner, a once promising young novelist turned MFA-program professor who publishes a student’s work under his name after the student dies. But then Jacob’s secrets start to catch up to him and someone — but who? — threatens to expose him. Will Jacob be able to keep up with his lies? Who exactly was this student of his? And who is trying to reveal the truth? Jean Hanff Korelitz keeps readers on their toes and ready to turn the next page.
Misfits by Michaela Coel
In case her Emmy win for Outstanding Writing wasn’t enough to convince you that Michaela Coel is a gifted author, perhaps Misfits will. The creator and star of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum penned a beautifully written story about the ups and downs of trying to stand out. “By embracing our differences,” she says, “we can transform our lives.” Misfits is an honest account that champions all of us to be “misfits” ourselves.
Live No Lies: Recognize and Resist the Three Enemies That Sabotage Your Peace by John Mark Comer
In our daily lives, John Mark Comer explains, we face three major enemies: the devil, the flesh, and the world. In Live No Lies, Comer identifies each of these enemies and the role they play in our lives, and how we can overcome them. You can learn how to find and maintain tru peace by identifying the lies and replacing them with truth.
He spoke with the RELEVANT Podcast about his book ahead of its launch, which you can listen to here.
The Wisdom of the Body: Finding Healing, Wholeness, and Connection through Embodied Living by Hillary McBride
Hillary McBride, a psychologist and award-winning researcher, explores the broken and unhealthy ideas we have about our body in The Wisdom of the Body. In this book, McBride expertly explains how various systems of influence in our world shape the way we view ourselves and our bodies. She combines personal narrative with years of research to provide practices and tips on how we can view our bodies in a holistic and healthy mindset. “Instead of the body being a problem to overcome, our bodies can be the very place where we feel most alive, the seat of our spirituality and our wisdom.”
Divine Disruption: Holding on to Faith When Life Breaks Your Heart by Tony Evans, Chrystal Evans Hurst, Priscilla Shirer, Anthony Evans, Jonathan Evans
Dr. Tony Evans is joined by his four children — Chrystal, Priscilla, Anthony, and Jonathan — in their first book together as a family. Divine Disruption explores the various hardships we all experience in life and how God can break through with the power of hope. In the book, the Evans family discuss their faith-shaking experiences, from the grief of losing six loved ones in less than two years’ time, including the family matriarch, to an exploration into dealing with the various hard, unexpected curveballs. It’s a timely message that everyone can find a way to relate to.
My Body by Emily Ratajkowski
Emily Ratajkowski, model, actress, entrepreneur and now, writer, gets deeply vulnerable and honest about what it means to be a woman and a commodity in My Body. The essays explore moments from Ratajkowski’s life while investigating the culture’s fetishization of girls and female beauty, its obsession with and contempt for women’s sexuality, the perverse dynamics of the fashion and film industries, and the grey area between consent and abuse. Ratajkowski’s experience in her career and personal life make her an excellent choice to give insight on the topic of our culture’s commodification of women.
Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult is an accomplished author of 27 bestselling books. From The Book of Two Ways to Small Great Things, Picoult knows how to turn a dark situation into a hopeful experience.
In Wish You Were Here, Diana O’Toole’s life is derailed when her trip to the Galápagos rapidly derails. She finds herself isolated and out of her comfort zone, slowly unraveling the truth about her relationships, her choices, and herself. Picoult weaves humor and wit with moments of truth and vulnerability in her latest novel.
Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman
Presidential inaugural poet and New York Times bestselling author Amanda Gorman has a way with words. In Call Us What We Carry, Gorman explores this chaotic moment in time and turns it into a melodic poem of hope and healing. She leaves no stone unturned in her poems, exploring history, language, identity, grief and erasure to reflect on our past and be a voice of hope for the future.