8 Books to read this fall

I love to read, but it is really difficult for me. I’m severely dyslexic. I hated to read when I was little. I would be painful. I gritted my teeth when I needed to read out loud in school. I hated everything about it.  I would listen to books on tap and follow along through the book in high school. I knew that the world around me was so reliant on reading. I needed to learn this skill. I would force myself to read. I needed to find books that I actually enjoyed. Becuase reading is such an effort for me; I felt like I need to be learning. So I love non-fiction.

This fall, I picked a little both of non-fiction and fiction.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren– Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and, soil. This book makes it easy for people that don’t do science the insight in how the process works. I love this book! It is an easy read in the middle of it right now.

Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery– This book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus. A surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. I love this book. I just finished it. It is a fun read.

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston– This book is a suspenseful and shocking, filled with colorful history, hair-raising adventure, and dramatic twists of fortune. This book is the true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century. This is a great read! I’m halfway through it. I can’t wait to finish it. I can’t believe it is true.

The Spy by Paulo Coelho– Summary: When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless.  Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city.But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion. In 1917, she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees, and accused of espionage. I love Paulo Coelho. I know that this is fiction, but I think it is important to keep the creative stories alive.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson– This is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice. I read this book in a weekend. It was an incredibly moving book.

Dead Wake by Erik Larson– This book captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history. I love Erik Larson. He does a great job in his books to pick historical mysteries and explore the unresolved storylines.  If you haven’t read some of his other books, it is well worth it.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls– This book is truly astonishing, a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family. They made this into a movie, though I heard the book is better. This is non-fiction! This has been on my list for a while.

Coming to My Senses By Alice Waters– Dotted with stories, recipes, photographs, and letters. This is at once deeply personal and modestly understated, a quietly revealing look at one woman’s evolution from a rebellious yet impressionable follower to a respected activist who effects social and political change on a global level through the common bond of food. I can’t wait to pick up this book, it comes today in the mail. I love Alice Waters, going to UC Berkeley, her restaurant is down the street. I can’t wait to read about her perspective.

I love reading in the fall with my book and a cup of tea. Enjoy getting lost in the pages of your book.

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