My Fall Reading List


One of my favorite things to do when the weather gets chilly is to curl up on the couch with a mug of coffee or tea, and read a good book. I was very happy with the books I read over the summer, and I’m looking forward to some more good reads this fall. Here’s what’s on my fall reading list:


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance. I saw the author of this book discuss it on several news programs this summer, and it sounded like a very interesting look into a place (Appalachia) and culture (hillbilly) I know very little about. (Confession: I actually finished this book last weekend. Is including here like putting something you’ve already done on a to-do list, just so you can cross it off? I’m not saying I’ve ever done that, but I’ve heard that other people do…)


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg. I read another book by this author – Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business – over the summer, and heard this book mentioned on the Afford Anything podcast. I’m generally a big fan of habits, so I’m hoping this book will help me make the most of this trait.


The Bucolic Plague, by Josh Kilmer-Purcell. I’m late to the Fabulous Beekman Boys party, but I’m on-board now! I watched the first season of the show on DVD this summer, and it fed right into my secret desire to be a gentlewoman farmer some day. Plus, who doesn’t love a flock of adorable goats??

41r1sidfyl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Columbine, by David Cullen. I heard about this book on the true crime episode of the Sorta Awesome podcast – one of my absolute favorite podcasts, BTW – and I was intrigued when one of the hosts said it gives a much fuller picture of that awful incident than is typically covered in the media. (I read the amazing book, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, by Sue Klebold, this spring, and could not put it down.)


I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time, by Laura Vanderkam. I wasn’t familiar with this author, until I heard her interviewed on the Afford Anything podcast. I found what she had to say about the effective use of our time, very interesting, and decided to read her books. I’m starting with this one.


The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate, by Susan Kaiser Greenland. I struggle with making mindfulness a consistent part of my life, but I understand the immense benefits it can provide. I want to help my daughter take advantage of these benefits, too, only earlier in life than I have.

What are you reading these days? Can you recommend anything else I should read?
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25 thoughts on “My Fall Reading List”

  1. I love seeing what other people are reading. I’m adding Hillbilly Elegy to my to-read list. I just listened to an old Fresh Air podcast with the author too.

    1. Thanks for the opportunity!

      I’ve heard so many good things about The POwer of Habit, I can’t wait to start it!

  2. The Columbine book sounds really interesting. I’m not sure if I’d really want to read it or not. I get sucked into stuff like that but they also kind of break my heart and make me more paranoid about humanity. Hope you have a great week!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  3. Wow, what a fantastic range of titles – I real a lot of nonfiction, so these titles are right up my alley. Though I have to admit, I did a double-take when I thought I saw two happy men pictured above the words “Bubolic Plague” – it didn’t really seem like something to be too happy about! 😉

  4. I share your love of curling up with a cup of coffee and reading a good book…although it rarely gets chilly where I live:) And I have to say that this is a refreshing list of books. I love the mixture of genre, and I’m also a big fan of habit, so I’m going to be checking out the one on your list. Glad to hear about this on Fresh Market Friday, and welcome to the community! So glad you are here:) Blessings, Crystal~

  5. I love reading about what others are reading. I want to read The Power of Habit, I know How She Does It and The Mindful Child. And I TOTALLY write things on my to-do list just so I can check it off. Especially on days when the things I wrote down aren’t getting done because I find a more important task to do or a tangent that needs following. I should still get credit for what gets done even if it I didn’t plan to do it right then 🙂

    Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup and I hope you link up with our Pretty Pinterest Party too that starts Friday morning. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!

  6. The ‘Hillbilly Elegy’, that looks right up my alley! Thanks for the recommendation, I was just thinking last night about needing a good read♥ #smallvictoriessundaylinkup

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