Is it just us, or does the coziness of fall make curling up with a good book even more enjoyable? Best of all, sharing the magic of an exciting story or touching tale brings your family together like never before. Whether age 15 or age 50, written words have the power to connect us on new levels — ‘tis the season to start a family book club!
Whether you love thrillers, non-fiction, drama, or fantasy and sci-fi, there are so many family-friendly treasures on the shelves today. Your lanai, living room, and front porch are the perfect places to get cozy and dive in! You and your family are going to love indulging in something new this fall — take a look at our top picks.
Our Top Picks for Fall Reading
The Great Alone (Kristen Hannah, 2017): A “stay-up-all-night story about love and loss,” this unforgettable novel chronicles a family’s struggle to survive in the Alaska wilderness. Partly a coming-of-age story centered around thirteen-year-old Leni — full of themes like independence, belonging, and strength of character — The Great Alone is an ideal story for families to read together.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (Sheryl Sandberg, 2013): A must-read for professionals of all ages, this book is packed with anecdotes and discussions from female leaders across the country. Touching upon the discrimination that women face in the workplace, Lean In aims to empower women (and anyone reading) to rise above adversity and feel confident in their careers.
Ghost World (Daniel Clowes, 1997): A cult-classic graphic novel that has received widespread praise, Ghost World is ideal for those looking for something off-beat and witty. Centered around two best friends who love to criticize popular culture and others around them, Ghost World explores the ins and outs of friendship, the trials and tribulations of transitioning into adulthood, and modern American life.
A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle, 1962): An all-time young adult classic that’s beloved by all generations, this science-fantasy epic follows three young characters as they travel through space and time to save the world. With major themes including spirituality, purpose, and the battle between goodness and evil, A Wrinkle in Time is the perfect book for a fantastic family discussion.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz, 2007): Recipient of numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, this novel tells the multi-generational story of a Dominican family living in New Jersey. Narrated by several characters and focusing on Oscar de Leon, as well as a curse that has plagued the family, this treasure by Junot Diaz is suited for older or more mature readers who enjoy a literary challenge.
Stargirl (Jerry Spinelli, 2000): Focusing on a new student named Stargirl who dresses and acts much differently than her peers, this thought-provoking novel examines the pressure that high school students face to fit in and be accepted. Selfless, kind, and unapologetically herself, Stargirl is both shunned and celebrated for her bravery — which makes for great discussions around the dinner table.
From all of us at Green Key Village, happy reading!