Moms Must Read:
Fall’s MUST Read Best Sellers

It’s always great when new books are published, but  FALL is when the much talked about books from spring and summer finally arrive! If you’re like me, then you’ve been hoarding saving your money so you can buy all the fall best sellers. The time for light summer reads has passed and now it’s time for books you can totally sink your teeth into. With fall comes some of the biggest and brightest names in the book industry.  Although we love our tried and true authors, checking out a debut author is a necessity too. They might become your next fave author, right? There are new authors and old authors and new series and continuing series. Let’s not forget the title you heard on the radio or the book your sister is reading. There are SO MANY CHOICES! What’s a discriminating bookaholic to buy; with so many choices?Worry down my bookish friends, I have some suggestions just for you. Following are 5 best selling books for everyone in the family.

1. The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead


I don’t know about you but THIS book is on my TBR (to be read) list. In fact, it’s the top book. It’s the very next book I’ll read. And why? Because it’s Colson Whitehead. If you’re not a science fiction or horror fan you might not be familiar with Whitehead. He will take a novel and twist it so much so that even your imagination has an imagination. He writes about the Underground Railroad as it might be. Not just a group of helpful folks moving slaves on to freedom. But he envisions it as an actual train, perhaps, running betweens towns that are so atrocious and real the history books don’t even dare to convey it. So yeah, not just another spin on the UGRR. But a reimagination. I’m totally here for that.

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2. All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

There’s a reason this book has been on the bestseller list for 122 weeks. Did you see that number? One hundred and twenty two. Weeks. That’s like two years. So if a book has been on the bestseller list for two years, there might be something to it (I’m biased against 50 Shades of Grey but if that’s your thing, you do you, boo). I’m only going to say a few words about this book: First, it won a Pulitzer. So yeah, might be worth a read. And Second, World War II, Nazi occupied France, a blind girl and an orphan boy who becomes a Nazi soldier. Do you see where I’m going with this? I’m thinking bring out your tissues for the crying scenes that you know you want to read. Let’s not forget the beautiful French scenery of the walled city of Saint-Malo. PS. I’ve been to Saint Malo. The walls of the city were destroyed during the war and rebuilt later. It is breathtaking. Read the book then see the movie. And have a croissant, too.

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3. SULLY by Chesley B. Sullenberger III
and Jeffrey Zaslow


No one can forget the day a plane landed in the Hudson River. Often in these cases, like the Titanic, the Lusitania, and more, the captain is blamed for the sinking of the ship. A plane crash landing is no different. People want answers. And while fortunately, there were zero fatalities in this landing, Captain Sullenberger’s actions came under scrutiny. This book has also been made into a movie starring Tom Hanks and I’m anxious to see how they both turn out. While the book is old, it’s back on the bestseller list thanks to Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks. Check it out and let me know what you think. I’m also curious about Hanks’ ‘stache action.

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4. A Torch Against the Night
by Sabaa Tahir

Torch Against the Night

Torch Against the Night is the highly anticipated sequel to An Ember in the Ashes. I devoured the first installment of this series. There was so much violence that it was like watching a train wreck unfold that you can’t turn away from. The violence was so palpable that I felt compelled to finish, so that I could close that portion of my brain. There was also a pretty good story there too. Our two heros, the unlikely pair of slave Laia and king’s soldier Elias join forces to fight against the Empire. I’m sure there’s more violence in this sequel as the two have enemies who are trying to stop them. I can’t wait to get my hands on this. Fair warning, I think this title is appropriate for older teens because there is so much violence.

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5.  Moo
by Sharon Creech


If you don’t have a tween then you don’t know Sharon Creech. But if you’ve got a tween, then you know the magic that emanates from her books. Boys and girls alike have loved Hate that Cat and Love That Dog, however, my personal favorite is Walk Two Moons.  There are more to choose from but no matter what Creech book you choose, you’ll become a fan. In Moo, our heroine and her family move to rural Maine and she befriends a cow named Zora. I’m certain there’s a youngish person somewhere in your life who is a Sharon Creech fan. If not, make a new one!

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So there are my five picks for fall. In a minute your back to school routines will be solid and you’ll be needing a new book to read in your spare time; choose a best seller! I’ve given you something for everyone in the family. Plus, many of these books have been turned into movies so there’s even more fun to be had. You could even start a book club at home: food, reading, chatting, wine (for you not the kids).  What time should I come over?

Happy Fall y’all!