Mary K’s Fall 2019 Reading List

At the beginning of each season, I like to share a new reading list — not only for compiling my book recommendations, but for the sake of accountability.

But first, have you ordered my book yet? Have you written a review? I’m in the middle of working on my second book, and I’m hoping to have finished the first draft by the end of the year. Fiction is so challenging, but I can’t wait to share it with you all.

I read some amazing books this summer and you can see the whole list here. Here are my favorites:

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

As one of the best books I’ve ever read, I can’t recommend this enough. I’ll admit — It’s hella long and it starts slow. Once you’re in, you won’t be able to put it down.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

This was definitely the most fun book I’ve read this year. The story of 1940s showgirls was irresistibly entertaining.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

It begins with the Irish gay culture of the 1950s and finishes with the AIDS crisis. How can such hard topics be written so cleverly and hilariously?

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed For Men by Caroline Criado Perez

If you’d like many data points for why we should smash the patriarchy, you should read this. The main fact that has stuck with me is that the “female viagra” has been almost entirely tested on men, and that’s why you never hear about it. Like, what????

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kokl

The body truly does hang onto trauma remarkably well… for better and for worse. This has really helped me with my own mental health journey, and I recommend it for anyone to better understand how trauma affects people.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I already knew I would love this. SO GOOD.

Out East by John Glynn

Think Great Gatsby circa 2013 in Montauk. It was the perfect LDW read — light-hearted with serious undertones.

Aaaaand now for what I’m reading this fall!

Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

I never buy books, but I bought this book for myself. It’s a collection of essays for supposedly the prime Millennial.

Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Many book clubs this month are highlighting the late Toni Morrison.

Origin by Dan Brown

The most recent book in the Angels & Demons series (my favorite books from high school OMG) takes place in Barcelona, which will be the perfect vacation read.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

A heartbreaking novel about normal people. Also bring it.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The book is told by a dog. I have major puppy fever, so I’m here for it.

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

Another recommendation from her, but this is low in priority tbh.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

A psychological thriller including therapy.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

It’s a new movie, and I’m hoping to read the book first.

Three Women by Lisa Tedeo

An author follows three women’s sex lives. Some journalism, huh?

No Hard Feelings by Liz Fosslien

As someone who has cried at work more than I would care to admit, I’m eager to read this book about embracing your emotions in the workplace.

Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

An ~exploration~ of women’s sexuality.

The Art of Noticing by Rob Walker

All about sparking creativity and joy in the little things of life. There’s a good chance this book will just piss me off, but I’m going to try anyway.

Don’t Call Me Princess by Peggy Orenstein

I listened to a podcast with Peggy, and now I need to read all of her books. This is a collection of essays.

Boundaries by John Townsend

As my word of the year, a friend recommended it. I feel like I may have already read it, but clearly I could use another read.

What are you reading this fall? Send me your recommendations as always!

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