my Autumn reading list 2021

Don’t you just love curling up to a great book to sink your eyes in? Whether you are in your comfies in front of the fire with hot chocolate, apple cider, or a good glass of wine, a cocktail (for me that would be a martini), on a cool, cozy Fall night? Or, perhaps outside on a nice Autumn afternoon? Whether it’s to enjoy watching the leaves change to a beautiful red, orange, golden yellow? In a comfy sweater and pants/jeans? Me, too! With so many novels hitting the shelves in the coming months, and with some that have been released this year, plus one book, that is a classic I couldn’t believe I hadn’t read, yet, until now, how can anyone not want to enjoy, to devour in any of these wonderful novels. Here is my Autumn reading list for 2021. Enjoy!!

I should note that a couple of the books on this list I had removed, because I thought they deserved their own post, however they are part of this list, too. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn, Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe, The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles, The Paris Library by Janet Skesllen Charles and The Madness of the Crowds by Louise Penny.

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

The Maidens, the secret society in question involves a group of well-connected young women who flock around their favorite professor — the handsome and possibly murderous Professor Fosca. … The writing in The Maidens is definitely above average for the genre.

The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Walt Clayton
Launches November 30, 2021

The Postmistress of Paris is the haunting story of an indomitable woman whose strength, bravery, and love is a beacon of hope in a time of terror. Set in the dark early days of the German occupation in France in this haunting novel—a love story and a tale of high-stakes danger.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Lara Dave

A gripping mystery about a woman who thinks she’s found the love of her life—until he disappears. Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her.

Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad

A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman’s journey from diagnosis to remission to re-entry into “normal” life.

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

a young Black woman working at a prestigious publishing house (Harris worked at Knopf) and turns into something altogether different and unexpected. When another Black girl shows up to work at the publisher, the drama is set into motion. Are they allies? Enemies? Neither? And who is leaving threatening notes? Billed as a thriller, and even horror, The Other Black Girl is something else altogether—its own thing—which means readers going in with preconceived expectations are unlikely to find them as they move through the novel. But Harris is tuned to her story, and open-minded readers will be, too. This is one to think about, and talk about, for a long time after.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve.

Will by Will Smith
Launches November 9, 2021

I first heard of Will Smith, from my older sister. when she would listen to one of his popular songs, Parents Just Don’t Understand as The Fresh Prince, before he would pop up onto our television screens with his hit T.V. show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Yeah, I know, whenever I hear the title of the show, it makes me want to break out into singing/rapping along to the theme song, too. I’m so glad out of all of the celebrities who wrote a memoir/autobiographies while living in quarantine, and there are many, Will wrote one. After watching his interviews as he opens up, or things you hear in the tabloids, I think it’s just great to finally hear his side is.

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honoree Jeffers

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois is the 2021 debut novel by American poet Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. It explores the history of an African-American family in the American South, from the time before the American civil war and slavery, through the Civil rights movement, to the present.

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Happy reading to you all!!

Xo,
Stacey

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