As the evenings once again turn cold, dark and dreary, all we want to do is retreat to our beds and curl up with a good book. And, for that reason, we’ve collated a list of 12 reads that are sure to keep you entertained this fall, ranging from hot new releases to the literary classics you really should make time for. So take at look though our book club suggestions and let us know what you’ll be reading this season by leaving a comment below.
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY:
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll – Reese Witherspoon sure knows how to spot a good story, having previously purchased the film rights to Gone Girl, and her production company Pacific Standard are now adapting Luckiest Girl Alive for the big screen. So stay ahead of the curve and read the female-driven thriller before everyone starts talking about it!
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson – Another thriller that’s getting a lot of attention right now is Peter Swanson’s The Kind Worth Killing. It tells the story of a wealthy businessman who meets a mysterious woman at the airport, and together they hatch a plan to murder his unfaithful wife. We’ll be picking up a copy ASAP so that we don’t miss out on all of those water cooler discussions.
The American Lover by Rose Tremain – Orange Prize winning author, Rose Tremain, is getting a lot of praise for her new collection of short stories. The four fictional tales are set across the globe – ranging from London to Moscow – and all carry the theme of love and loss. It’s the perfect companion if you’re travelling a lot ahead of the holidays.
MAKE TIME FOR THE CLASSICS:
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – If you love dark crime thrillers like Gone Girland The Girl on the Train it’s probably about time you read Truman Capote’s “non-fiction novel” In Cold Blood. Telling the story of a real-life multiple murder, which took place in Kansas in 1959, Capote paints an enthralling picture of the events leading up to the killings and the criminal investigation that followed. It’s the kind of book you have to read with a friend, so you have someone to discuss every chapter with.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – If you’ve only ever seen the Elizabeth Taylor and Winona Ryder movie adaptations of Little Women, now is the perfect time to enjoy the classic novel. The touching story of four sisters growing up in post-Civil War America is sure to keep you warm on chilly autumn evenings. And the special hardback version [pictured above], available at Anthropologie, is an item you’re sure to treasure forever.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – This modern classic is no stranger to the “greatest books of all time” lists, and in 2009 a panel of international writers voted it the novel “that has most shaped world literature over the past 25 years”. It’s an intense read, so perfect to tackle over the winter when you can give it your undivided attention.
LIFESTYLE AND HUMOUR:
Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge – Lisa Eldridge can now add bestselling author to her long list of accomplishments, as her glossy coffee table book Face Paint quickly sold out online and in book stores, upon its release (don’t worry, more copies are being printed as we speak). She explores the history of makeup, going right back to the Egyptian era, and looks at how changing trends reflected women’s roles in society. It’s a fascinating read, whether or not you’re a self-confessed beauty junkie.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling – Mindy Kaling is back with a follow-up to the bestselling Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and it’s equally as entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny. Essay topics range from Kaling’s thoughts on shooting sex scenes to her infamous 2014 Emmy snub. It’s such a fun, easy read, so you could easily finish the entire book in one sitting! We did…
Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton – If you constantly find yourself getting lost in the amazing @humansofny Instagram account you must check out photographer Brandon Stanton’s latest book, which focuses on the moving, unique and intriguing stories his subjects share when being photographed. It proves, yet again, that is nowhere on earth quite like New York City!
TEAM CTP’S FIRM FAVOURITES:
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld (chosen by founding editor, Ella Gregory)– “I’m constantly telling friends to read American Wife. But unfortunately the fact that it’s a fictional re-telling of former First Lady Laura Bush’s life often puts people off. Sure, that does make it sound like a fairly random novel, but it’s honestly the most beautifully-written, absorbing saga. Pick it up and I’m sure you’ll agree.”
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber (chosen by web developer, Chloé Watts) – “The E-Myth Revisited is my favourite book of all time, and I advise all of my chloédigital clients to read it. It’s all about creating systems to make your business work, and from those systems you’ll be able to scale and grow.”
Vivienne Westwood by Vivienne Westwood and Ian Kelly (chosen by our fabulous intern, Gabriella Tavani) – “This memoir offers a unique insight into Vivienne Westwood’s five-decade career told in her own voice. Many of Westwood’s close friends contributed to the book, which helps to paint a vivid and insightful picture of the icon.”