Every year, I mourn the end of summer starting in…August. It’s just my thing. I absolutely despise transitions. Literally the only good thing about the change of seasons is discovering all the clothes and shoes I forgot I had. But then, fine, once September rolls around. all it takes is one whiff of that crisp air and suddenly I’m fall’s #1 fan.
It’s that leaves-crunching-under-new-boots, pumpkin-flavored-drinks-warming-your-insides, cracking-open-a-new-book kind of vibe that makes fall the snuggliest, most relaxing time of year. Books and fall were made for each other. I’m calm just thinking about all the hours spent reading that await future me. So to help you achieve the ultimate ~hygge~ (hey, we’re all still social distancing anyways, right?), I compiled this list of the 12 best new books of fall 2020.
And if you’re a super fast reader and therefore in need of more literary recs, check out all 42 of Reese Witherspoon’s book club picks, 11 Spanish-language authors you need on your bookshelf, excellent self-help books, and finally, the most romantic reads of 2020. Happy hygge-ing, bbs.
‘Transcendent Kingdom’ by Yaa Gyasi
In her latest book, best-selling author Yaa Gyasi delivers a stunning story about family, mental health, and sacrifice. Poignant and raw, the novel explores faith, science, religion, and love within a family of Ghanian immigrants.
‘The Lying Life of Adults’ by Elena Ferrante
The author of My Brilliant Friend is back with what’s sure to be another wildly successful novel. The setting = Naples, Italy. The plot = our teenage protagonist learns that all the adults in her life have been lying to her. It’s moody in the best way possible.
‘Ties That Tether’ by Jane Igharo
When she was 12 years old, Azere promised her father she would marry a fellow Nigerian. But to quote the patron saint of real-talk Selena Gomez, the heart wants what it wants. And what Azere’s heart wants clashes with her family and their values—and makes her question her entire identity. If you and your parents have gotten into fights about “what’s right for you,” you’ll appreciate this read.
‘Eartheater’ by Dolores Reyes
A young woman can see visions of murdered and missing people when she eats dirt. Set in a slum in Argentina, this story, told with a feminist POV, explores the dark tragedies of ordinary people.
‘Dearly’ by Margaret Atwood
Did you know that before she set our lives on fire with A Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood launched her career with poetry? Neither did I, until I heard about Dearly, Atwood’s first book of poetry in over a decade. The collection is a rumination on absence, ending, loving, and passing.
‘His Only Wife’ by Peace Adzo Medie
Peace Adzo Medie’s debut novel is both a fierce and funny study of modern womanhood within Ghanian culture. We follow Afi Tekple as she learns to adjust to her new sitch: She has a married a man she doesn’t know and has moved from her small hometown to the big city of Accra to be with him.
‘What Can I Do?’ by Jane Fonda
Can we just take a sec to ponder what a badass Jane Fonda—the model, movie star, fashion icon, and climate-change activist—is? Her new book is both a call to action and a personal reflection, but most urgently, it lays out the steps for you to join her in the fight to save our planet.
‘The Searcher’ by Tana French
Oh, just Tana French’s highly-anticipated new thriller. Its premise: Cal Hooper wanted to peace TFO of his stressful and painful past, but a local tragedy in his picturesque new life makes it hard. All things atmospheric and mysterious, this one may keep you up past your bedtime.
‘Cobble Hill’ by Cecily von Ziegesar
The author who brought us Serena Van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf is back at it. Except instead of the Upper East Side, we head over the bridge to Cobble Hill. Dive into the lives of four Brooklyn couples over the course of a year. You’re in store for some majorly juicy drama, duh.
‘This Just Speaks to Me’ by Hoda Kotb
I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been feeling all kinds of fragile and frazzled lately, so a book chock-full of daily intentions is exactly the kind of calm, peaceful energy I need in my life.
‘Black Sun’ by Rebecca Roanhorse
Once you open a Rebecca Roanhorse novel, expect to get reeeal invested, reeeeal fast. This tale of adventure, prophecy, politics, and magic across civilizations in the pre-Christopher Columbus Americas will have you hooked on page one.
‘Anxious People’ by Fredrik Backman
This book could not have come at a more perfect time because, let’s be real, we’re living in a pretty freakin’ anxiety-inducing period of our lives. House-hunting becomes a matter of life-or-death when a group of prospective buyers are taken hostage by bank robbers. Yep.
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