As the temperature drops, the leaves start to change color, and pumpkin spice-flavored or scented things are everywhere, making you want to come and get them. There you go: fall is here, and to welcome it properly, you’ll want to put on your chunky sweaters and flannel scarves and read one of these new stories about change.
Though I read all kinds of books all year long, I think of myself as a “seasonal reader.” During the winter, I like to curl up with long, old books and cozy mysteries. In the spring, I pull out my poetry books and inspirational memoirs. I read them all. When it’s summer, I like to read heart-pounding thrillers and steamy romances. When it’s fall, I like to read ghost stories, scary novels, and books about change.
For many people, fall is a time when they want to change and grow. That’s not just because the leaves change color in the fall. Many people start new things at this time of year, whether it’s going to school, getting a new job, moving, or even taking on a new role.
Make sure to read one of these nine new books about transitions, metamorphosis, and more if you’re going through a change this fall.
‘Clock Dance’ by Anne Tyler
This is the story of Willa Drake, a woman who decides to fly across the country to take care of an unknown young woman, her nine-year-old daughter, and their dog. Anne Tyler’s new book, Clock Dance, tells this story, as well. She finds that hope and happiness can be found in places you don’t expect.
‘An Absolutely Remarkable Thing’ by Hank Green
April May was the first person to find one of the Carls, tall, strange, and mysterious people who started to show up in cities all over the world. The video she made with it went viral, and it made her a star overnight. For answers, April looks for information about who the Carls are and what they want from humans. As April struggles to figure out how to deal with her newfound fame, she looks for information about who the Carls are, and what they want from humans. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is the debut of a talented new author and the brother of John Green. It asks, what happens when your life changes completely in a split second, and how do we deal with the changes in our modern culture?
‘The Bucket List’ by Georgia Clark
Make a “boob bucket list” of everything you want to do with your breasts before you get a preventative double mastectomy. Lacey Whitman, 25, made the list after learning that she has the BRCA1 gene mutation, which is also known as the “breast cancer” gene. When Georgia Clark wrote this book, she did an amazing job of telling the story of a year-long journey of self-discovery, sexual exploration, and total transformation.
‘The Lido’ by Libby Page
She’s lived in Brixton, London, her whole life. But the community she’s always known is changing quickly, and Rosemary Peterson can’t keep up with it. It’s not just the library and the grocery store that could close. The outdoor pool she’s been swimming in every day since it opened is in danger, too. A promising but struggling writer, Kate Matthews, is assigned to cover the lido’s closing. When she does, she learns that there is more to the pool’s story, and more to Rosemary’s life, than meets the eye. The Lido is a lovely story about community, friendship, aging, and change. It’s a good book to add to your fall TBR list.
‘The Late Bloomers’ Club’ by Louise Miller
In the diner Nora owns, she spends her days taking care of the people who come in and out every day. When she learns that she and her free-spirited younger sister are about to inherit a home and land from one of the town’s best-loved residents, everything changes. There are a lot of people in Kit’s neighborhood who aren’t happy that a big-box developer is going to buy land. In this new book from Louise Miller, the sisters are torn between their own feelings, desires, and needs when it comes to the land. If they don’t decide what to do, they could lose everything.
‘When We Found Home’ by Susan Mallery
Callie didn’t know where her life was going, but she didn’t think it would lead her to a brother and sister she didn’t know she had, or to a grand family home where she could live with her siblings and her grandfather. When you start over, it’s not going to be easy, especially when you’re learning how to be part of a family for the first time. Love, connection, and new beginnings are all in When We Found Home. It’s a great book to read from start to finish.
‘Goodbye, Paris’ by Anstey Harris
For many years now, Grace has lived a quiet and predictable life for herself by fixing instruments and having an affair with David, who promises to leave his loveless marriage when his kids are old enough for him to do so. That is, until David saves a woman’s life in a Paris Metro. Then, David’s fame shows the truth about his life and relationships. With no hope of finding love or happiness or winning a violin-making competition, Grace is devastated. Her friends refuse to let her give up in this sweet and quirky book about learning how to start over – again.
‘The Intermission’ by Elyssa Friedland
Cass told Jonathan that she wanted to take a six-month “intermission” from their marriage so that they could figure out whether or not the life they’ve built together is the one they want. Jonathan was shocked. Even though Jonathan and Cass are apart, they find that the time apart forces them to face the secrets they’ve tried to hide for years. A book called The Intermission is smart, funny, and incisive. It’s a story about love, the things that keep us together, and the lies that drive us apart.
‘A River of Stars’ by Vanessa Hua
This will happen to the two main characters in A River of Stars soon. There are few bigger changes than becoming a mother. In San Francisco’s Chinatown, Scarlett Chen and Daisy, a friend who is also 16, flee from a secret maternity home in Los Angeles. They both have to figure out where they live, how to live, and what their futures will be like. If you like books about motherhood, immigration, and survival, this is one you won’t be able to put down.