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Fall Books to Read

A short list of books perfect to read during fall, organized by genre and mood. A short synopsis is provided for each book.

Mysteries and Thrillers


Photo courtesy of Celadon Books.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

A shocking psychological thriller about a woman’s act of violence against her husband, and the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive. 


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Photo courtesy of Random House Children’s Books.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Small town teenager, Pip, decides to investigate a closed murder case that happened in her town five years ago, as a topic for her senior year project. This is the first book in a trilogy by Holly Jackson. A TV show adaptation on BBC has been announced.







Photo courtesy of Wednesday Books.

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Girls in Garner County are banished for their sixteenth year (the grace year), so they can return as women, ready for marriage. The Grace Year examines the complex relationships between girls, the women they will eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in between.







Comforting Cozy Reads


Image courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is a modern classic about Santiago, a shepherd boy, who goes on a journey learning life lessons about following your dreams and the things that really matter in life. 








Image courtesy of Washington Square Press.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A chatty and outgoing family moves in next door to a seemingly cranky, bitter old man Ove, but behind Ove’s harsh exterior is a story and a deep sadness. (Trigger warning for discussion of thoughts of suicide)








Dystopian Fiction


Image courtesy of ‎Scholastic Press.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

A prequel to the Hunger Games series, telling the story of the rise of Cornelius Snow, future president of the Capital. Snow is assigned to mentor the female tribute from District 12, and their fates are now completely intertwined.  







Dark Academia


Image courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf Publishing.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

A group of misfit students at an elite New England college become influenced by their charismatic classics professor and are driven gradually into obsession, corruption, betrayal, and eventually evil.







Image courtesy of Flatiron Books.

If We Were Villains by M.L Rio

Oliver Marks has just served ten years in jail for a murder he may or may not have committed. When released, he meets a detective who wants to know the real story of what happened ten years ago. Oliver and his friends had been playing roles in Shakespeare plays, but when the casting changes, the plays spill dangerously into real life. 

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Sania Pathan, Reporter
Hi my name is Sania Pathan and this is my third year on staff. I am a senior and I am in varsity orchestra, book club and Diversity Club. I am also interested in crocheting and traveling. I am looking forward to another year in newspaper!
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