Weekend Roundup: Fall 2014 reading list

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By Emilie Plesset, Weekend Roundup Editor
Published September 24, 2014

If you somehow find enough free time during the day or are looking for a book to curl up with before bed, here are some novels you should read this fall.

“The Cuckoo’s Calling” by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling)
J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym “Robert Galbraith,” moved from the wizarding world of Harry Potter to the world of struggling private investigator Cormoran Strike. After the death of supermodel Lula Landry is ruled a suicide, her suspicious brother hires Strike to determine what may have really led to her death. If you want to read more about Strike, Galbraith released “The Silkworm,” the second Strike mystery, earlier this summer.

“Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” by Piper Kerman
Whether you spent a solid three days watching the second season of “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix this summer or haven’t seen an episode, Piper Kerman’s memoir is a fast and interesting read. While the television show is loosely based on her experiences, Kerman’s book does an amazing job of telling her real story and reflecting on her sense of shared humanity with the women with whom she was locked up for a year.

“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
After surviving a terrorist bombing that killed his mother, Theo Decker’s fate is changed as he is bounced around to different friends and family members throughout his childhood. As he grows into a teenager and later into adulthood, the one thing that remains a constant guiding force in Theo’s life is his possession of a small, 19th-century painting masterpiece called The Goldfinch. Tartt brings great emotional depth to the development of her characters as the reader follows their lives over the years.

“Paper Towns” by John Green
If you felt strangely out of the loop for not having read The Fault in Our Stars this summer, this is your chance to stay on top of pop culture fandom and prepare yourself for next summer’s release of the second John Green movie adaption. His novel Paper Towns follows Quentin Jacobsen (known as Q) as he follows a series of hidden clues left for him by his runaway friend.