Autumn is … pumpkin soup time, hot chocolate galore and a stack of books on the bedside table just waiting to be read. In keeping with the new season, I’d like to introduce you to my absolute faves of the last few months, so that you are prepared and have plenty of reading material at your disposal. I love Young Adult literature, good ol‘ crime stories, a touch of mystery and must have read everything BEFORE the movie version comes out (are you with me?).
Are you ready for my list? Let’s do this – but wait, I have a request at the end: make sure to leave your book recommendations for me and everyone else in the comments! I am already done with all of these and in desperate need for more autumn reads.
Herbst ist … Kürbissuppenzeit, heiße Schokolade und ein Stapel Bücher auf dem Nachttisch, der nur darauf wartet, gelesen zu werden. Passend zur neuen Jahreszeit möchte ich euch meine absoluten Lieblinge der letzten Monate vorstellen, damit ihr vorbereitet seid und jede Menge Lesestoff in der Pipeline habt. Ich liebe Young Adult-Literatur, gute Krimis, einen Hauch Mystery und muss alles gelesen haben, BEVOR es ins Kino kommt. Seid ihr bereit? Sehr gut – eine Bitte habe ich noch zum Schluss: Lasst unbedingt eure Buchempfehlungen für mich und alle anderen in den Kommentaren da! Ich brauche nämlich ganz dringend Nachschub …
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
„Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realizes, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.“
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
„Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.“
You by Caroline Kepnes
„When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works he is instantly smitten. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realises and much more to Beck than her perfect facade. The obsessive relationship quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences…A chilling account of unrelenting, terrifying deceit, Caroline Kepnes‘ You is a thriller more perversely clever and dangerously twisted than any YOU have ever read.“
Where the light gets in by Lucy Dillon
„It was Betty, defiant to the end, who sent Lorna back to Longhampton. If Lorna’s learned one thing from Betty it’s that courage is something you paint on like red lipstick, even when you’re panicking inside. And right now, with the keys to the town’s gallery in her hand, Lorna feels about as courageous as Betty’s anxious little dachshund, trembling beside her. Lorna’s come home to Longhampton to fulfil a long-held dream, but she knows, deep down, there are ghosts she needs to lay to rest first. This is where her tight-knit family shattered into silent pieces. It’s where her unspoken fears about herself took root and where her own secret, complicated love began. It’s not exactly a fresh start.“
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.
„Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should – and should not – marry.
The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty
„Mother of three and wife of John-Paul, Cecilia discovers an old envelope in the attic. Written in her husband’s hand, it says: to be opened only in the event of my death. Curious, she opens it – and time stops. John-Paul’s letter confesses to a terrible mistake which, if revealed, would wreck their family as well as the lives of others. Cecilia wants to do the right thing, but right for who? If she protects her family by staying silent, the truth will worm through her heart. But if she reveals her husband’s secret, she will hurt those she loves most . . .“