With so many great books coming out this fall, how are you supposed to know what to read first (or at all)?

The Savvy Reader is here to help. We’ve narrowed it down to five exceptional reads that won’t disappoint. You simply must add the five following titles to your bookshelf this fall.


Leave Me

By Gayle Forman

Read if you loved: Leaving Time or Where’d You Go Bernadette

In desperate need of some rest and recuperation after a sudden heart attack, harried working mother Maribeth Klein packs a bag and leaves—determined to get a bit of perspective far from the demands of family and career. A book for every woman who has fantasized about driving right past her exit on the highway, this irresistible novel asks: What happens when a grown woman runs away from home?


The Wangs vs. the World

By Jade Chang

Read if you loved: The Nest or Crazy Rich Asians

Charles Wang has just been ruined by the financial crisis, so he pulls his aspiring comedian son and style-obsessed daughter out of schools he can no longer afford, and the family embarks on a road trip from their foreclosed Bel-Air home all the way to New York. Outrageously funny and full of charm, this is a fresh look at how going from riches to rags brings one family together in a way money never could.


The Wonder

By Emma Donoghue

Read if you loved: The Birth House or Orphan Train

In the latest masterpiece from the bestselling author of ROOM, a nurse is hired to stay in a remote Irish village and observe the little girl who appears to be thriving after months without food. Tourists, journalists, and locals are mystified by what appears to be a miracle—but may actually be a murder in slow motion.


A House Without Windows

By Nadia Hashimi

Read if you loved: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell or Secret Daughter

The vivid, unforgettable story of an Afghan woman accused of murdering her husband, the American lawyer trying to free her, and the women from all walks of life who gather around her in prison. For these modern women in a traditional culture, prison is as much a haven as a punishment — and the sisterhood they form inside is as lively and unexpected as the world outside is harsh and unforgiving.


The Perfect Girl

By Gilly Macmillan

Read if you loved: The Girl on the Train or Big Little Lies

Seventeen-year-old musical prodigy Zoe has served her time for her part in a tragic incident that left three classmates dead. Her mother is desperate for a new beginning, but an unexpected tragedy threatens to destroy everything they have worked so hard to rebuild. The Perfect Girl is whip-smart, addictive, and a harrowing reminder of the ways secrets unravel us all.


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