Sinking into a good book is a great way to spend time year-round. But there’s something special about being inside, nice and cozy with blankets, flannel, a fire, a hot drink—and a book. But with so many choices to pick from, how will you narrow down you to-read list for this fall?
These old and new works are interesting yet gentle enough to keep a relaxing atmosphere, and they might even allow you to doze off a little bit if you feel like it. Choose your next read from this list of well-known classics and less-popular hidden treasures.
A Novel: The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
This Newbery Honor winner is a simultaneously sweet, humorous, sad and serious tale of a boy growing up in the 1960s during the turmoil of the Vietnam War. But it’s not just about Holling’s growth—it’s also about his teacher, his family and his friends, all of whom have differing struggles and heartaches. Grab this book if you’re ready for a touching, easy-to-read story that will make you laugh, cry and want to read it all over again.
A Non-fiction Book: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Diaries are where you find the most raw emotions, the realest circumstances and the most touching life events. Anne Frank’s journal is no exception. Not only did she have to go into hiding during World War II, but Anne Frank was a Jew in a time and place Jews were persecuted and killed. For reality, rich history and unedited emotion, choose this honest diary of a young girl.
A Classic: The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics) by Alexandre Dumas
If you’re looking for swashbuckling adventure, hatred and revenge, love and longing, complicated vendettas and the most complex backstories, this is your book. The detail and depth are mind-boggling, yet Dumas manages to move through the story so seamlessly and intriguingly, you can’t stop reading. This is the go-to book if you want to get lost in a complicated, involved, character-driven, international adventure. You might want to bring a dictionary along.
A Feather Favorite: Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7) by J.K. Rowling
This classic set is not just for kids. These lovable books with their memorable characters, unique adventures, magic, humor and more are the perfect companions for a cool, fall evening by the fire—for any age! The best part? You can read them over and over again—they’re that classic. And the other best part? The original seven aren’t it anymore. Yes, there is more where that came from.
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