Fall is the perfect season to curl up with a cup of tea or coffee and slip into a story . . . I thought I would share my recommendations for the 5 Best Books to read this fall!
The Language of Flowers. . .
By Vanessa Diffenbaugh
My very favorite book of all time. It’s hard to put into words why I love it. It’s partially the story, partially the eloquent writing & so, so much about the feeling. Oh, it’s good for the soul.
The language of flowers was used in the victorian era to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love, etc. (I find this so fascinating & charming) But the main character in this story has spent her whole life communicating grief, mistrust and solitude with this beautiful, old language. She spent her childhood in the foster-care system and is unable to get close to anybody with only connection to the world being flowers and their meanings.
After being emancipated from the system at age 18, with nowhere to go, she sleeps in a public park until a local florist discovers her talents. She then is able to realize that she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious man at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
Sweet Salt Air. . .
By Barbara Delinsky
My heart just sings while reading this. Taking place on an island off the coast of Maine (duh, I’m going to love it), it’s filled with twists and turns. The characters are so well developed, compelling & relatable. It’s easy to totally be immersed in this story & feel as if your dearest friends are the ones being written about. It’s a story of friendship, love & life gone off track but you are easily pulled into the compassionate, compelling story teaching you to see the beauty even in darkness. I’ve read it three times now & keep finding myself drawn to this story!
Where’d You Go Bernadette. . .
By Maria Semple
If you’re in the mood for a thriller that keeps you on your toes & entertains you the whole book, this one’s for you! It’s a story of a quirky, charming family that has something go very awry. I thought I had it figured out what had happened to Bernadette & I was wrong! Loved this one.
The Violets Of March. . .
By Sarah Jio
An invigorating, page-turning story that connects the present with the past. While the main character is doing research for her next book, she a diary from 1943. The words in the hand-written journal reveal startling connections to her own life. Esther, the woman in the diary, is at once bold, beautiful, and spirited–yet fragile. A lot like a violet — the perfect symbol of redemption, forgiveness and reconciliation. To find out what happens to the main character of the book & the main character of the diary, you’ll have to read this wonderful novel. . .
Everything I Never Told You . . .
By Celeste Ng
I have heard so many amazing things about this book! You can currently find me with my nose in this book, gobbling up every last word of this tragic & fantastic book.
It’s described as. . . “When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart.”
Bonus: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
It’s an amazing read!
If you read (or have read) any of these, please share your thoughts with me in the comments below or on my Instagram! Also, I would love any book recommendations you may have! I always love adding to my reading list.