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Snuggle Up In A Blanket This Autumn With These 7 Books

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 As the end of the year is ramping up, our schedules can get packed, but I still do my best to keep up with reading and find new books to dive into. Looking for some reading material for these chilly autumn nights where you want to hide under a blanket? Here are seven books to snuggle up with this season. You can also click here to check out our new Comfy Club collection, your new favorite loungewear line if you're looking for some pullovers or super-soft tees to make your reading experience an extra cozy one. 
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I think every woman should read Bridget Jones's Diary, as it's laugh-out-loud funny. Bridget Jones is a thirty-something single woman living in London who just can't seem to get the whole "love" thing right. She chronicles every hilarious thought and interaction she has, including crushing on her boss Daniel, setting New Year's resolutions then inexplicably breaking them, and an unfortunate wears-bunny-costume-to-normal-party incident. This is the best book on the list to read if you're feeling down and need some rom-com vibes to cheer you up. After you finish, don't forget to invite your pals over to watch the film! 
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Read Bottom Up introduces us to Madeline and Elliot, who meet briefly at a New York City restaurant opening, and their chance encounter quickly blossoms into romance. Here's the fun part–the entire book takes the form of emails and text messages between the two. We also get to see the situation from the point-of-view of Madeline's best friend Emily and Elliot's best friend David. The book is a take on the quirks of modern romance and how our friends are truly our biggest confidantes who give us much-needed advice, even when it isn't what we want to hear. It's sweet as sugar, and just as addicting–I read it in one sitting.
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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is wholesome and quirkyperfect if you're feeling nostalgic for your childhood. The story takes place in a quaint neighborhood in 1970's England. A woman has gone missing, and everyone is abuzz, especially curious 10-year-olds Grace and Tilly. They don't believe her disappearance should go unsolved and they go door-to-door trying to gather as much intel as possible. Meanwhile, neighbors are trying to put the pieces together and keep the past from surfacing, but that's the trouble with secrets–they often don't stay secrets for very long.
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Sharp Objects is addictive. I don't want to give anything away, because in this case, going in blind is the best way to experience it. The narration through main character Camille is shaky, dysfunctional, and at times you'll stop and think, "Did I really just read that?" Yes, yes you did. Flynn is known for crafting plot twists that are utterly jaw-dropping–I've officially warned you!
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City Beasts is a collection of short stories focusing on the complicated and often disastrous relationships between humans and animals. I'm going to say this right off the bat: Kurlanksy's characters and writing style aren't for everyone. It took me a few stories to get used to the pace and language he uses, but after that I dove in headfirst and didn't look back. All of the stories are wildly different. (P.S. These are my two favorites: "Twice Bitten in San Pedro" and "The Science of Happiness in North Shore Frogs.")
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Technically Things Hoped For is aimed at middle/high school students, but the prose is so breathtaking that I always find myself coming back to it. We're introduced to Gwen, a gifted 17-year-old violinist living in New York City with her grandfather. She's got auditions at top music schools coming up–and it's crunch time. Everything comes to a screeching halt when her grandfather disappears, leaving only a voicemail behind. Gwen is beautifully self-reflective and wise beyond her years, and the narration will leave you begging to know more. You'll be surprised at the shocking curveballs Clements throws at you in a book that's intended for a younger audience.   
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In Good to a Fault, Clara is a divorced woman in her 40s who has let life pass her by. Everything changes when a traffic mistake sends her car crashing into a family of five. The car turns out to be the family's actual "home," and after it's destroyed in the wreck, they have nowhere to go. Not long after, the father takes off, taking with him money and their last hope. Clara takes a leap of faith and welcomes them into her home, setting off a chain of events that shakes up her quiet existence and redefines her definition of family. It's an uplifting story of devotion and what we owe to each other, especially when brought together in the face of tragedy. 
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Have you read any good books lately? Let us know in the comments!


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