Whether you’re looking for something to read over Labor Day weekend or you’ve made the September version of a “New Year’s Resolution,” you may be finding yourself surfing for reading lists. We’ve picked our favorites to keep you occupied this weekend, or at least help in your attempt to make a reading resolution for fall. And just remember, when in doubt, reading the entire Harry Potter series all over again from start to finish is a highly underrated endeavor.
1. Rules of Civility – If you’ve read The Great Gatsby more than once and watch Breakfast at Tiffanys on repeat buy this book immediately. It will make you want to get dressed up and go have martinis at Bemelman’s Bar – and you should!
2. The Girl on a Train – Gone Girl fans will love this thriller. While it may not stimulate you intellectually, it’s a beach read that will make the time fly by. (So if you plan to sit in traffic on your way out to the Hamptons this weekend, you’ll want to pick up a copy).
3. Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs – If you’re artistically inclined, Sally Mann’s autobiography – which is a deep look into her creative process – is fascinating.
4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – If you like Harry Potter, Tim Burton movies, and pretending you’re still a pre-teen, this graphic novel is the book for you. It’s so good you’ll almost forget you are way too old to be reading it.
5. In the Unlikely Event – If you loved Judy Blume’s books as a teenager, you will love her first “adult book” equally as much.
7. The Devil in the White City – Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are about to make this thriller about a serial killer (based on a true story) into a movie, so you’ll need to read it beforehand of course.
8. Bossypants – We love Amy Poehler and Lena Dunham (and would recommend their books too!) but this was our favorite. If you want to be that weirdo laughing outloud to yourself at the beach all weekend, this is the one for you.
9. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Think Catcher in the Rye meets A Secret History. Need we say more?
10. The Last Love Song, or The Year of Magical Thinking – Hurray for Joan Didion! Her biography – The Last Love Song – just came out, and is a great read. But, if you’re unfamiliar, you’ll need to read the very inspiring Magical Thinking first. (Or, if you’re really unfamiliar, start with Slouching Towards Bethlehem and prepare for a life change.)