The cooler temperatures and earlier sunsets that accompany fall make for the perfect reading season, and with the perfect reading season comes a batch of great fall reading suggestions. Because we’re all about health, happiness, and a balanced, heart-healthy lifestyle here at South Denver Cardiology, we thought we’d offer up some great fall reads books for your consideration. Reading has been proven to decrease stress and stress is a big factor when it comes to what causes heart disease, so grab one of these reads and curl up with your favorite blanket this fall!
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
A captivating and much-anticipated novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, this novel revolves around the story of the first female diver in the Brooklyn Navy Yard amidst the backdrop of WWII, and the complex secrets she uncovers about her father’s life after a chance meeting at a nightclub. Part noir thriller, part war novel, this historical fiction is rife with organized crime, the merchant marine, and the clash of classes in New York.
The Power by Naomi Alderman
This novel features a group of teenager girls suddenly dealing with a new, and dangerous power. A breathtaking commentary on our modern world and what could happen if the world was in the hands of women, The Power is an illuminating novel with a unique take on the world in which we live, and a great option for fall reads.
Catalina by Liska Jacobs
Though this one delves into the darker parts of a damaged psyche and brings you face to face with a woman hell-bent on destruction and showing rock bottom what’s below it, this novel is a captivating fall read that will have you turning pages like none other. It might be an intense read that gets your heart pumping, but it’s also an interesting look at mental health and what a narrative looks like when you know the protagonist is headed down a dark path.
Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda
Los Angeles serves as the backdrop for this novel about a teen who runs away from his father’s commune and sets in motion a spiral that connects six characters desperate for hope and love along the way. An interesting cast of characters with greatly differing personalities but a unified desire drives the intriguing plot line of this stunning read.
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
If you’ve read The Fault in Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines, or Looking for Alaska (among his other works), you’ve probably already heard whisperings about the much-awaited return of John Green to the literary landscape, and he’s finally here this fall with an unexpected story about a teen girl who winds up entrenched in the mystery of a fugitive billionaire and winds up learning important lessons about love, resilience, and lifelong friendship along the way.
Top off your to-read list for fall with some of these great picks and watch your stress melt away as you turn the pages. Since stress is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke, anything that chips away at that particular malady is a great addition to your daily routine. And as it happens, reading can reduce your stress by as much as 68 percent – even more than listening to music or taking a walk.