Call me a nerd, but as soon as the colder weather hits and daylight savings time rolls around, the more and more I want to be found curled up in bed or on the couch with a hot cup of tea (or cold glass of wine) and a good novel to get lost in. And whether you are trying to relax for the upcoming holiday festivities or are recovering from a Halloween candy hangover (hey, we don’t judge), we’ve compiled five of the best page-turners to get your hands on this fall. So light some candles, draw yourself a bath, and get cozy to jump into these books – hey, treat yourself right?
In the Woods – Tana French
By now, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely read (or at least seen the bad movie versions of) Gone Girl and Girl on a Train. But you may not have heard of Irish novelist Tana French. As of September, French has published 6 books, all of which focus on the Dublin Murder Squad. What’s great about French’s novels (other than the fact that they are almost painfully suspenseful and make you want to read 500 pages in one sitting) is that each book focuses on a different detective, usually a minor character from the previous novel. So while you don’t necessarily need to read all six books in order, I highly suggest starting with the first (and in my opinion best) book of the series – In the Woods, which focuses on a detective returning to his hometown and being forced to relive a dark and mysterious past he’s tried his whole life to leave behind him.
What I was Doing While You Were Breeding – Kristin Newman
If you are anything like me (travel addicted, incapable of staying in one place for more than a month …) then this should be the next book you read. And if, also like me, all of your friends seem to be settling down, getting married, and (yikes!) even having babies, then this absolutely needs to be the next book you read. What I was Doing While You Were Breeding is a memoire of one woman who chose travel over marriage and babies in her 20s and 30s. From her ridiculous hookups with foreign strangers to her eat-pray-love style trek through New Zealand, all of her stories are inspiring, captivating, and of course, hysterical (she was a writer for That 70’s Show after all). But warning: reading this book is going to have you booking your next flight …. like immediately.
Before I Go to Sleep – S.J. Watson
If we are talking nail biting thrillers, Before I Go to Sleep is an absolute MUST. I read the entirety of this book in about two sittings, and couldn’t stop thinking about it for a week straight. The main character of the novel is a woman suffering from amnesia, whose memory is wiped clean every night when she falls asleep (basically a terrifying version of 50 First Dates). When she meets a mysterious psychologist, he begins to help her recover from her amnesia by having her write herself notes each day. Upon doing so, she begins to realize her life is not entirely as safe as she believed, and starts doubting everything and everyone she knows. And with a film adaptation starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, you know it has to be good.
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
While slightly older than the other books on this list, The Handmaid’s Tale is modern classic that every woman should read in her life. The novel, set in a dystopian future (I know… bear with me), depicts life in a world where births are rare, the elite minority rules, food is scarce, and non-elite women are forced into one of several occupations which either involve cooking, cleaning, or, in the main character’s case, bearing children for her master and his wife. While the book may be incredibly dark, it forces you to take a serious look at our current society and realize how close we could be to ending up in a wold like this. I’m telling you Babes, this one stays with you.
The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware
I know, I know, enough with the psychological thrillers. But Babes, this book is the real deal. I actually ended up cancelling plans to go out on a Saturday night because I was too curious to see how this one ended (#nerdalert). But if you are a fan of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train this will be RIGHT up your alley. Written in basically the same style, The Woman in Cabin 10 follows Lo Blacklock, an amateur travel writer, as she covers her first big story on a private cruise from London to Norway. Her first night on the ship, she overhears a fight, which culminates with a woman being thrown overboard. There’s no record of that woman on ship, and of course, no one believes Lo. In true Clue fashion, Lo is left suspecting every single one of the passengers left on the ship. Seriously, I don’t say this often, but the ending completely shocked me – and, I DEFINITELY don’t say this often – was definitely worth sacrificing a couple of margaritas!
So Babes, are there any page-turners we’ve forgotten that we need to dig into these next couple months? Let us know in the comments!