8 Books to Fall into

By Jessica Freni
Photo by Sunshine Gipson


It’s Labor Day weekend, where did summer go? It’s the unofficial end of summer, the days are getting shorter and your favorite coffee chain might already have pumpkin flavors on the menu. Time to swap out your beach tote for some cozy Fall reading materials.

  • To Tug at Your Heartstrings:
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain Garth Stein

What Amazon says

The New York Times bestselling novel from Garth Stein—a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope—a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

  • A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for HumansBruce Cameron

What Amazon says

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog’s Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

  • Slow Burn Mysteries:
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle David Wroblewski

What Amazon says

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose remarkable gift for companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar’s lifelong friend and ally. Edgar seems poised to carry on his family’s traditions, but when catastrophe strikes, he finds his once-peaceful home engulfed in turmoil.

  • The Hounds of Baskerville Arthur Conan Doyle

What Amazon says

Sir Charles Baskerville is dead—and the footprints of a giant hound have been found near his body. Sherlock Holmes and his faithful friend Dr. John Watson agree to investigate the truth of the matter. They will soon learn that in this case, nothing is quite as it seems….


The most famous of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, The Hound of the Baskervilles is a classic of masterful detection and hair-raising suspense.

  • Light Reads:
  • Jonathan Unleashed Meg Rosoff

What Amazon says

National Book Award finalist and bestselling author Meg Rosoff’s charming, hilarious new novel about a young New Yorker’s search for happiness and the two dogs who help him find it—the perfect summer read

  • Thought Provoking:
  • Fifteen Dogs Andre Alexis

‘Alexis manages to encapsulate an astonishing range of metaphysical questions in a simple tale about dogs that came to know too much. The result is a delightful juxtaposition of the human and canine conditions, and a narrative that, like just one of the dogs, delights in the twists and turns of the gods’ linguistic gift.’

—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Halloween vibes:
  • The Girl in Red Christina Henry

What Amazon says

“From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a postapocalyptic take on the perennial classic “Little Red Riding Hood”…about a woman who isn’t as defenseless as she seems.”


  • Cujo Stephen King

What Amazon says

Outside a peaceful town in central Maine, a monster is waiting. Cujo is a two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. One day, Cujo chases a rabbit into a cave inhabited by sick bats and emerges as something new altogether.