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Ahhh Autumn…the perfect reading weather. There’s not much that I love more than curling up with a good book in my reading nook. This is also the season when a ton of new releases are coming out, so I put this list together to include two books I’ve recently read, and two that I want to read this fall. Just ordered them both yesterday and can’t wait for them to arrive!

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The City Baker’s Guide To Country Living by Louise Miller

This book is about pastry chef Olivia Rawlings who works at the Emerson Club in downtown Boston. After an unfortunate accident including flaming desserts and buildings on fire, Olivia flees to the countryside of Vermont to visit with her best friend Hannah. While she’s there, a spot in the kitchen opens up at the local Sugar Maple Inn. Embarrassed to go back to Boston and wanting to get away from an unhealthy relationship she left, Olivia applies and gets the job. Little did she know that such a small town in sleepy Vermont would change her life completely. The friendships she forms and the pies she bakes leads her to a new life, but not without some bumps along the way.

Author Louise Miller is herself a pastry chef from Boston and drew on her career as a chef to write in exquisite detail all the delicious ways food can bring you home. Tip: don’t read this book on an empty stomach. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself in the kitchen trying to perfect the apple pie right alongside Olivia Rawlings at the country fair. This book is great to read during the fall as it talks about the changing of the seasons, pies of all kinds, and an escape to the countryside.

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The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

If you don’t know already, Amy Schumer is a comedian and actress who really does have a lower back tattoo. In this autobiographical book, you’ll learn more about Amy than ever before. She shares stories from her past, including a not-so-perfect family, an abusive relationship that almost ended her life, her collection of creepy stuffed animals and the night she lost her virginity. I love myself a good book by a comic and this one doesn’t disappoint. Side note: For a good laugh, check out this interview Amy did with Chelsea Handler.

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All At Sea by Decca Aitkenhead

This book reminds me of another book I read in once sitting one called “Wave” by Sonali Deraniyagala. Here’s a quick synopsis from The Guardian:

“On Saturday 17 May 2014, Decca Aitkenhead picked up the Guardian and read: “Charity worker drowns on holiday in Jamaica while rescuing son.” The piece reported that Tony Wilkinson, partner to Guardian journalist Decca Aitkenhead, had been caught in a strong current on a family holiday, in Calabash bay, while trying to rescue their eldest son (who had survived). Here it was – her tragedy – in a couple of throwaway paragraphs. She found herself reading this account of what her family had endured in disbelief, as if it were about strangers. And now, two years on, we have her book about what happened – her prolonging of the story’s life.”

Sounds like a book that’s going to be hard to put down!

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Have you see the TV Show Wayward Pines? It is a psychological thriller based in a mysterious small town in Idaho named Wayward Pines. “Visitors and natives of the unusual town struggle to understand the complex origins of Wayward Pines, what the town really is — and if there is a way to get out. As explosive and shocking events unfold, it becomes clear that a civil war is emerging, and that the human race is in danger.”

Blake Crouch is the author of the books this show was based one, so when I heard he had a new novel coming out I was already hooked.

Dark Matter is a “science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.” The hero wakes up in a world that is not his own confused, and with a new identity.  Really can’t wait to start this one!