Fall Reading List

My Top 5 Books for the Chilly Weather


Gwyn Riddle

Fall Reading List (Top 10):


  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 
  2. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  4. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  5. Stolen By Lucy Christopher


Pride and Prejudice is a romance book and movie that follows the character Elizabeth Bennet through England at the turn of the 19th century. This piece of English literature is what you think of a stereotypical love story. Elizabeth’s love interest, Mr.Darcy is a very logical, prideful, and arrogant man. Although this book is a favorite of mine, I would say it definitely can be a confusing read. After reading the book I watched the movie to help me follow the plot. After rereading it I was able to enjoy the book even more now landing it very high on my favorite books list. This book has sold over  20 million copies and is one of the most loved books in the reading community. 

Where The Crawdads Sing is a crime drama and bildungsroman type of book that follows Kya, a 19 year old girl who is battling the abandonment of her mother and siblings leaving her with her abusive father. Throughout the book Kya battles different relationships, adventures, and even murder, as she runs away from her father. This book has topped the NYC Bestseller list for 2 years and over 1 million copies have been sold. I definitely recommend reading this book!

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt follows 13-year-old Theodore Decker as he survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum where his mother is killed. After the attack he finds himself with a Dutch Golden Age painting called The Goldfinch. The book later skips 8 years forward as you follow Theo through his love of a childhood friend Pippa who is living with her boyfriend in Paris. This novel is literary fiction that also expels suspense and thrilling parts as well. The Goldfinch was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014 and Amazon selected as the 2013 best book award. This book has sold over 3 million copies as of 2016.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy takes place in 1812 at the time of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. In this book you follow 5 families, the Bezukhovs, the Bolkonskys, the Rostovs, the Kuragins, and the Drubetskoys. This is one of the first historical fiction books and although it was not a particularly very hard read it did take a very long time to finish. The page count for this book in some copies reaches 1,225 pages. Considering the page count and tough literary elements if you aren’t very into reading I wouldn’t recommend reading this book right away but definitely recommend reading it at some point since it holds such interesting motifs and themes. 

Stolen by Lucy Christopher follows 16 year old Gemma who is kidnapped in the Bangkok airport by 24 year old Ty and taken to the Australian outback. This book highlights the struggles she faces and the disturbing reality of Stockholm syndrome. As you follow Gemma and her story you find yourself questioning your own relationships. This book is an easy and quick read that fully engulfed me in its pages and plot. I recommend this book to young adults who enjoy fiction. Its personally one of my favorites.