As fall swiftly approaches us and the days of extensive sunlight and warm weather begin to dwindle, I would be remiss to say I am not looking forward to sitting down and enjoying a nice book. The autumn season is a perfect time to catch up on any light reading, or extensive reading if you are feeling up for it, that you might have missed during your summer tenure.
Here is a list of several books I am excited to start reading this season:
"Recursion" by Blake Crouch
Protagonist Barry Sutton witnesses the suicide of a woman after she tells him that her son has been erased. This prompts Barry to investigate the many cases of people waking up with memories that never happened. Barry suspects that it is False Memory Syndrome, but something a bit more malicious threatens to be the true culprit. At the same time, a neuroscientist, Helena, discovers a way for people to relive old memories, which Barry soon discovers is no good thing as he tries to save his crumbling reality.
"Normal People" by Sally Rooney
Two immensely different teenagers find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other, but they are determined to keep it a secret. They follow each other to college, and no matter how much they drift apart, they are always pulled back together as they explore first love and friendship.
"Ayesha at Last" by Uzma Juluddin
Described as a Muslim "Pride and Prejudice" in a modern world, this novel tells the story of Ayesha, who falls in love with the conservative and irritating Khalid. Ayesha is annoyed by her interest in Khalid, but must soon learn to face her true feelings when his engagement to her cousin is announced
"Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson
An autobiographical story about justice and redemption, Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. This story is also being made into a film starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan this coming Christmas.
Take your pick at any of these exciting books and enjoy the fall season. I hope you are as excited as I am.