19 Great Books to Cuddle Up and Read This Fall

Not much can beat a cool fall morning, a cup of coffee, and a stack of great books waiting to be read. The hardest part is deciding where to start! Whether you are into how-to, DIY, cooking, mystery, or fantasy, we have the latest and greatest in great books for you to dig into this season.


19 Great Books to Read This Fall

David Busch’s Canon EOS RP Guide to Digital Photography

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If you’re going through this year’s vacation photos wishing that you had a nicer camera and a better handle on photography, Rocky Nook can help you get there!

Rocky Nook has a number of great books to help you get to know your new camera a little better, such as David Busch’s Canon EOS RP Guide to Digital Photography. Learn all of the features, controls, and functions inside and out — all with helpful photographs, figures, and screengrabs to illustrate important points.

Similar books are available in other camera types as well! After all, photography is Rocky Nook’s area of expertise!

The Photographer’s Guide to Posing

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Once you’ve mastered your camera, try your hand at posing your subjects with The Photographer’s Guide to Posing: Techniques to Flatter Everyone.

You’ll learn techniques for adjusting body positioning, and creating angles. More importantly, you’ll master the art of learning to see what your camera sees.

This is one of the great books from Rocky Nook illustrated with bad and good photos throughout, so you’ll instantly see what the author means, and you’ll soon begin recognizing and applying the techniques yourself. Bring out the best in every photo subject from here on out!

The Successful Professional Photographer

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If you’re all trained up, well-practiced in photography and want to take things to the next level, check out The Successful Professional Photographer.

There’s much more to being a great photographer than simply taking amazing pictures. You need to understand the business side as well. How do you get clients? How do you set your pricing? How do you create long-term relationships that keep clients coming back again and again?

All of this and more will be answered in this important read for aspiring professional photographers. Rocky Nook loves photography, and by the end of these great books, you will, too!

Kaleidoscope

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Every family has a favorite. And for the Brightons, the biracial Chinese American “it” family, the favorite is Morgan. Morgan’s proclivity for design helps her run the family business, Kaleidoscope, a shopping mecca for luxury goods from around the world.

While Morgan is beloved by all, her biggest fan is her younger sister, Riley. Riley’s love and devotion to her sister are what drive her when the family’s lives are forever changed leaving everyone questioning family ties and loyalty. This is one of those great books that will keep you reading to understand how the fragmented pieces fit into the puzzle at the end of this tale.

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Nothing But the Truth

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What would happen to your life if a birthday wish came true? Lucy Green knows. Because on her 30th birthday, when her expected marriage proposal didn’t come to fruition (and her boyfriend didn’t even show up), Lucy’s birthday wish is answered in the most unpredictable way.

Nothing But the Truth from Dutton is one of the great books this season because it explores just that: the truth. Lucy awakes after her birthday to find she cannot tell a lie. To herself or anyone else. She discovers that being unable to make significant and small lies can be problematic. But could it also be the answer to her birthday wish?

The Rule of Three

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So many great books begin with a peek into the lives of the privileged. And then turns that view on its head. The Rule of Three starts with a window into a weekly book club with three women in a private, gated community called Kingsland. The women’s husbands take that evening to play poker.

The people of Kingsland are shaken when one of these weekly get-togethers leaves all three men either dead or hospitalized. No one knows what happened but as the story unfolds, secrets, blackmail, and deceit surface in this addictive thriller.

Cricut® Made Easy with Sweet Red Poppy®

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Harness the power of DIY by learning how to maximize your talents on your Cricut machine! Great books like Cricut Made Easy can help you eliminate the trial and error by learning from master Cricut ambassador, Kimberly Coffin.

With step-by-step instructions, Kimberly helps you move from one project to the next with ease. Have fun – and create your soccer team’s jerseys – with this simple instruction booklet. Filled with tutorials, downloadable files, and access to giveaways, this book is your one-stop-shop in Cricut creating.

The House with the Golden Door

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Second in the Wolf Den trilogy from Union Square, The House With the Golden Door is one of the many great books from Elodie Harper. The Wolf Den is a brothel in Pompeii that enslaves its women but also forces the bonds of sisterhood on these strong females.

Amara is the heroine in this second installment and she makes it quickly apparent that life outside the Wolf Den may not be as appealing as she once thought. Amara yearns for the friends she left behind and fears the man who she courts. In a bold act, Amara seeks the true freedom of finding real love.

A Broken Blade

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Assassin by trade, Keera is a trained killer with the prized title of King’s Blade. Sent by the king to neutralize a threat, Shadow, Keera finds herself in the magical lands of the Fae. While searching through Faeland for the Shadow, Keera begins to question her allegiance with the Crown. A fast-paced fantasy with strong female characters, this is the debut novel by Melissa Blair.

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The “I Don’t Want To Cook” Book

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Part of being a grown-up is figuring out what to make for dinner every single night even when you don’t feel like cooking. The “I Don’t Want to Cook” Book from Simon & Schuster is one of many great books for those nights. The cookbook features 100 quick and easy recipes that take no more than 15 minutes to prepare.

Learn tips and tricks to making speedy meals, while using ingredients you already have at home. The “I Don’t Want to Cook” Book by Alyssa Brantley has 208 pages and gorgeous food photos. Enjoy recipes like Black Bean Sheet Pan Nachos, 3-Ingredient Pesto Meatballs, and the Pecan Brownie Dessert Smoothie, and learn to like cooking when this book makes it so easy!

The “I Love My Air Fryer” Three-Step Recipe Book

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The “I Love My Air Fryer” Three-Step Recipe Book provides 175 delicious recipes that make cooking a snap. The cookbook by Michelle Fagone gives you simple recipes for breakfast, desserts, and family dinners – all that can be made in everyone’s favorite appliance – the air fryer.

Try Reuben Pockets, Breaded Parmesan Zucchini Fries, or Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Simple and delicious. Enjoy a hot breakfast on a busy morning or an indulgent dessert in minutes. You can even cook your family a mouth-watering weeknight dinner. The cookbook is one of many great books that makes a perfect gift.

Every Child a Super Reader

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Authors and literacy experts Pam Allyn and Ernest Morrell define a “super reader” as “avid readers who consume texts with passion, understanding, and a critical eye.” These experts have organized their understanding of “super readers” into seven strengths: belonging, curiosity, friendship, kindness, confidence, courage, and hope.

This is one of the many great books created as a resource for parents. This book will arm you with learning comprehension strategies on how to develop reading and writing skills. Both analytical and developmental, this is your one-stop-shop for teaching your child not only how to read but how to love reading.

Sign Here

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The devil can’t be everywhere at once. That’s what he has employees for…Riding the L train on a slushy February in New York, it’s hard not to wonder what hell looks like. But as Claudia Lux sways in the lurching subway car, she has another thought: What does the afterlife look like–not for the Hitlers and sex traffickers of the world– but for the joe-schmo, low-grade jerks?

Welcome to the wild, dark, and absurdist mind of Claudia Lux. These are the questions that inspired her debut, SIGN HERE (Berkley Hardcover; October 25). It’s an electrifying, grim, and astute story about a young man who works in Hell. In order to get promoted, he must get one member of the Harris family—a wealthy, secretive New England clan back on Earth—to sign their soul away to him. This is one of the great books you don’t want to pass up!

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The Hello Book: a book about the real me, just for you

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Welcoming a child into the world is always special. Each child’s world is so different from one another – which is why The Hello Book is the perfect way to define what exactly the people in your child’s life are like. Through multiple questions, you have the opportunity of telling your story to a child. An ideal conversation starter through various life stages, this is one of the many great books that help to bring the author and its reader closer together.

The Everything Nut Allergy Cookbook

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Finding snacks the whole family, class, team, or Scout troop can enjoy can be tough because of nut allergies. Avoid the stress and make amazing, healthy nut-free treats with recipes from The Everything Nut Allergy Cookbook. The cookbook by Lisa Horne published by Adams Media includes 200 tree-nut-free and peanut-free recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and desserts. Snack and dessert recipes include Tropical Granola Bars, Sunflower Seed Energy Bites, Sweet Corn Muffins, and Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.

The variety of recipes for meals is quite delicious, too: Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Salad, Kung Pao Chicken, Roasted Pork Tenderloin, and much more. The beginning of the easy-to-use 272-page cookbook is “Living with a Food Allergy.” This is a wonderful tutorial for those newly diagnosed with a food allergy and can be helpful for grandparents, aunts, and uncles too. For food allergies, this is one of the great books you can buy for your loved ones.

On The Road Less Traveled

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On The Road Less Traveled: An Unlikely Journey from the Orphanage to the Boardroom is a powerful story touched by family trauma, deprivation, and adversity balanced by a life of hard work and philanthropy. On the Road Less Traveled is the inspirational story of Edmund A. Hajim, an American financier and philanthropist who rises from dire childhood circumstances to achieve professional success and personal fulfillment. This is one of the many great books that tells the improbable tale of rags to riches. True stories about the American Dream can be incredibly motivating and compelling!

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48 States

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48 States is a dystopian thriller that centers around a government in the future that is forced to rewrite civil liberties and erase two states (cue the title making sense) due to a series of terrorist attacks. A single mother and a hydrologist running from the law circumstantially find themselves partners on the run. Along the road, they share stories of their past mostly revolving around love and loss. Whether you are a fan of thrillers or great books that are set in the future, this is the read for you.

Summer’s Edge

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Summer’s Edge is a page-turning teen thriller that is one of the great books that should be on your list to read. A year after losing Emily to a lake house fire, a one-inseparable group is brought together to honor Emily’s death. The four friends find the house completely rebuilt and all are riddled with the feeling that Emily’s death was not an accident. Following the clues, the four teens try to solve the mystery – but at what cost?

Not Exactly What I Had in Mind

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When new roommates Hazel and Alfie sleep together, it could either be the beginning of a new relationship or a beautiful disaster. Throw in Hazel’s sister and wife in the mix who are on extended holiday looking for a sperm donor. Things get complicated very quickly and everyone has to figure out their own path forward. A fun debut novel from Kate Brook, the perfect light read for a long weekend.


Great books can be hard to find – especially if you are looking for something specific. Regardless of your need, this list has the perfect book for you this fall. Grab one or more for yourself or someone you love!

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Katie Cowan
A Kansas City native, Katie is a mom of three. She left the corporate world five years ago after supporting her husband through medical school, residency, and fellowship. Katie now enjoys being at home, working part time on digital marketing, and volunteering at her children’s school and her family’s Parish. She loves to work out, try new restaurants, read, and binge watch TV shows. All the TV shows.

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