My Fall Book Recommendations


As some of you may know from my Instagram, I am a huge bookworm. I have loved reading ever since I was a child, and if I could I would just read all day. These past few months I’ve made more time for reading in my life. Because of this I decided to at least 4 times a year share with you some of my book recommendations! A few of these I read 1-2 years ago, but most of them I read all in September. So in this year’s fall book recommendations there is everything from self-help, romance, and my favorite – thrillers.

You Are A BadA**

This is one of my favorite self help/growth books that I read last summer. I find that self-help books can be long and complicated, but this one was the opposite. There are 27 short chapters that cover some amazing topics all about changing your mindset. It covers how to stop listening to your self doubt and how to do the things you want in life + more.

Me Before You

I’m sure most of you have heard of this book because it is also a movie. I’ve never seen the movie, but I found this to be one of the better romance books I’ve read. It covers the story of a young women named Louisa who gets a job taking care of a young man in a wheel chair that is paralyzed from the neck down. This book will make you cry, so make sure to have tissues with you while reading.

After You

This is the sequel to ‘Me Before You’. Now I loved the first book, but I loved this one a bit more. It covers Louisa’s journey after the main event in the first book. An unexpected character comes in to her life, and she meets some new people in the process. It’s heartfelt and although a bit sad, it does a great job of closing up the story of the first book.

The Girl On The Train

I’m sure most of you have heard of this book, but this is the book that got me into thrillers. Paula Hawkins is an amazing writer and one of the things she does so well is switch between different characters points of views. So although this book is mainly written in the main characters point of view, we do get some chapters of other characters.

This book is about a women, Rachel, who takes a train to work everyday and she always sees this couple on their back deck. She starts to come up with names for them and a whole story about their lives. Then one day the women in the couple goes missing and because Rachel has almost become obsessed with them, she starts her own investigation of what happened to her. If you’ve never read thrillers before I would highly recommend starting with this one!

The Couple Next Door

This one reminded me very much of ‘The Girl On The Train’ because of the writing style and story. It is written completely in third person, so you get a look at what everyone is thinking and feeling. It’s a great read and it is one of the shorter books.

This book is about a couple who goes next door for a dinner party at their neighbors house, and leaves their baby at their home in the crib. The baby goes missing while they’re at the party, and it starts this long investigation of what happened and who did it. It has lots of good twists and surprises.

A Stranger in the House

This book is also by the same author who wrote ‘The Couple Next Door’. This author likes to write her novels in third person, which I like because you get to know what everyone is thinking.

It is about a suburban house wive who one evening gets a phone call and runs out of the house. Her husband comes home to find she’s missing, and she it later found in a car crash. She can’t remember anything that happened that night, and so the book follows the journey of discovering what happened and who she really is. One of favorite things is when a author leaves a plot twist and surprise right to the very end. And in this book the last chapter is a plot twist and the last paragraph has a huge surprise.

The Break Down

This book tells the story about a women, Cass, who on a stormy night goes home from dinner in a shortcut through the woods. She sees this women in her car and stops before driving off. It then turns out that the women from the shortcut is dead, and now the event is weighing heavily one Cass’s mind. And while all of this is happening she starts forgetting little things more and more. Not to mention she has been getting these silent phone calls every day.

This novel is written where it starts with the night of the storm and each chapter is a new day. The surprise in this book is amazing, and something you wouldn’t ever guess.

Behind Closed Doors

Although I love all of these books, ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is my favorite. It evokes so many emotions when reading, which is what the author does best. There were plenty of times where I wanted to scream, cry, and strangle the main guy character in the book. This book is about a couple, Jack and Grace, that seems absolutely perfect. Everything from dinner parties, to work and their relationship. But like everything in life things are not always as perfect as they seem. And trust me, you will have no idea what is coming with this book.

I personally love how this book was written. One chapter is in present time, which starts with the couple having a dinner party and goes on from there. And then it switches to the past, where it starts off with them meeting, and shows you how their relationship started and what is really going one. So each chapter you get a look at what is going on in the present, and a look at what really happened in the past. And with this book the last two paragraphs sent chills down my body, and left me stunned for over 24 hours. So if you read one book, let it be this one.

Into The Water

‘Into The Water’ is also by Paula Hawkins, and I think I loved this one a bit more than her first book. It covers the story of a women, Jules, who is coming back to the town she spent her summers at as a child because her sister is found dead. It is said that she committed suicide at the point in the river that runs around the town called the drowning pool. The sister who is dead always had an obsession with the river and pool because it turns out other girls and women have died there too. Or so the stories say.

The book shows the journey of figuring out what happened to the sister, while also giving the history of the drowning pool and what has happened. It is written in 10 different characters points of view. It can be a bit confusing at first on who is who, but once you start reading it’s easy to remember. I loved how this whole story line is based on this one point in the river. And the last line is a complete shock to the plot.

I hoped you guys liked my fall book recommendations! I plan to do one of these for each season, so 4 times a year at least. Be sure to click on each book title so you can read the full summary on what they are about. Let me know if you’ve read any one these, or if you plan to read any of them x

15 responses to “My Fall Book Recommendations”

  1. Kim says:

    What a lovely list, Kara! Me Before You was such a good book, yet I had totally forgotten to pick up the sequel, After You. That’ll probably be next on my list. I am eager to read your other suggestions too. Heard so much about The Girl on the Train.


    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you Kim! You’ll have to let me know if you read any of them and what you think x

  2. E says:

    Wow! I will add them to my long long list of books. My sister bought the second part of “Me before you”, “After you”, a couple of months ago and it is going to be one of my next readings. I also want to buy the new one of Dan Brown “Origin”, it is set in Spain!

  3. nat says:

    I enjoyed ‘Into the Water’ more than ‘The Girl on the Train’. But it was a tad … underwhelming, Then again I think it may be because I read a lot of thrillers and have become quite used to the plot twists!

    Great list – do you have a Goodreads account?

    nat // dignifiable

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you Nat! I can see what you mean about “Into the Water’ being a bit underwhelming. I just found the overall plot to be amazing. And I actually don’t have a Goodreads account, but I’ll be making one soon now x

  4. Yuksel says:

    I like when a book has surprises. After your list, now I would love to read The couple next door and the girl on the train 🙂 thanks for this great post! ❤️

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I’m so glad you liked the post Yuksel! If you read either of those books you’ll have to let me know what you think of them x

  5. Joanne says:

    I LOVED The Girl on the Train but have never even heard of Into The Water! Reading your description makes me really want to buy a copy now! Paula Hawkins is incredible, as I remember from her first book. I’ll definitely pick it up on my next visit to the bookstore.
    You have a really lovely blog! I’d love if we can follow each other on Bloglovin maybe? Do let me know!
    Have a nice weekend x

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you so much Joanne! You have an amazing blog as well, and I’ve already followed your blog on Bloglovin. And you’ll have to let me know what you think of Into The Water if you read it! x

  6. Angie says:

    I also love books, although I prefer audio books. I have read the girl on the train and thought it was so good! I have on my list to read Into the water. I will add all these books to my playlist of audio books they all sound really good!!

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I’ve never tried an audio book before but maybe I’ll give it a go. You’ll have to let me know what you think of Into The Water! x

  7. Pallavi says:

    These are some lovely recommendations! Coincidentally I’m reading Me Before You at the moment as well, Haha! 🙂 I love the movie.

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you Pallavi! I’ve never seen the movie because I’m afraid I’ll cry my eyes out even more than when reading the book. But I might just have to give it a watch x

  8. Stacey says:

    Wow thanks for sharing these!! I’m sharing to get back into reading, its weird because I find I read the most when the temperatures get colder – I guess because if the wanting to stay in and cuddle under the blankets with a nice book vibe? I would like to try a thriller for once so I’ll have a look at the girl on the train. I prefer physical books but I wanted to try out the google books app or whatever it’s called and I ordered you are a badass. I can;t seem to get into it because of it on a screen so I’m a bit cheesed with that fact. I’m debating if I should spend another few bucks on the book to hold now lol.