8 books to add to your reading list: from magical realism to willpower support

Fall means more opportunity to snuggle up on the couch with a good book. This year, I set a goal for myself on GoodReads to read 24 books and I hit 27 books this month. Here are a few I’ve enjoyed this year, in case you’re looking for suggestions:

Top of the list: “The Willpower Instinct” by Kelly McGonigal.

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I have never enjoyed a self-improvement book more. This delightful, easy to digest book gives us tools to use right away, accompanied by scientific studies to back up the advice. I am now applying what I learned in this book to my life on a daily basis, and am a stronger person because of it. The only complaint I have with this book is that the audiobook is read by a man. Suggestion: read this book with a friend or three and get together for a book discussion to learn even more from each other.

All the books by Sarah Addison Allen. I particularly liked “Garden Spells” and “Lost Lake.”


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They’re light, charming, sweet with some sadness, and each novel holds a different type of magical realism within their pages.

When I finished all the lovely books by this author, my friend Athena recommended the book “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, which I couldn’t put down.

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I had read Anita Diamant’s book “The Red Tent” in my late teens, so was excited to revisit this author recently with “The Boston Girl.”

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Diamant is an incredible story teller. You didn’t want to say goodbye to this character as the book ended. I love books that educate us in the way life used to be, while telling a compelling personal story.

Landline” by Rainbow Rowell. A bit of magic comes into play in a sweet story about a marriage on the rocks. Surprise, surprise, more magical realism caught my interest! That seems to be my go-to style for novels these days.

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I also love the sweet young adult novel “Eleanor and Park” by this author. Thanks to Alida for introducing me to this author!

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I fell in love with “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio.

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This young adult novel centers around the life of a 5th grader who has a facial deformity and his challenges of going to school after being homeschooled for years. It’s a beautiful story that I think should be added to classroom reading lists everywhere and especially be read by kids who are demonstrating bullying behavior.

What have you read lately that you’ve loved?

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