Fall Reading List: Ignite Your Mind and Embrace Transformation

Fall Reading List: Ignite Your Mind and Embrace Transformation

As the leaves change color and the air becomes crisp, there's no better time to cozy up with a good book. Fall is the perfect season for introspection and personal growth, and this fall reading list features five remarkable books that will not only entertain but also inspire you to think differently, explore new perspectives, and make positive changes in your life. From behavioral science to culinary chemistry, these books cover a wide range of topics, each with its unique flavor.

A Personal Fall Reading List

Each of these books are or have been part of Gael's reading list. Gael is part of a number of book clubs and has the opportunity to read widely across genres, demographics and themes. The books below are a few of her favorites and she is excited to share them with you.

Gael's Fiction Picks for the Fall Reading List

Craig Alanson is an author that she has followed for many years and absolutely loves the Expeditionary Force series. Some of her favorite parts of Lessons in Chemistry had to do with how much rowing there was in the book. As a rower in high school she identified with the main character Elizabeth Zott and her eventual, if not love for rowing, interest in it and determination to continue it.

Gael's Non-Fiction Picks for the Fall Reading List

The nonfiction books on this list have either come from personal recommendations from family or friends or were read as part of book clubs. Each of the nonfiction books are helpful in their own way and can be wildly impactful in your life if you choose to implement even just a fraction of what is covered. Joining your local coworking space like ConnectWork on Main can help you implement and iterate faster to find greater success, sooner.

1. “How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be” by Katy Milkman

Synopsis: In “How to Change,” Katy Milkman, a renowned behavioral scientist, explores the fascinating world of human behavior and offers practical insights into how we can make lasting positive changes in our lives. Drawing from years of research, Milkman delves into topics such as motivation, habits, and decision-making, providing readers with actionable strategies for achieving personal and professional goals.

Unique Aspect: What sets this book apart is its combination of rigorous scientific research with accessible, real-world applications. Milkman's engaging writing style and relatable anecdotes make complex concepts in behavioral science easy to understand and apply.

2. “Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus

Synopsis: “Lessons in Chemistry” is a heartwarming novel that tells the story of Elizabeth Zott, a brilliant chemist in the 1960s who struggles to balance her passion for science with societal expectations. When Elizabeth becomes an unexpected television star, she uses her platform to inspire others and challenge gender norms in a male-dominated field.

Unique Aspect: Bonnie Garmus weaves together science, feminism, and humor to create a story that is both thought-provoking and entertaining. This novel offers a unique glimpse into the challenges faced by women in STEM and the power of perseverance.

3. “The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters” by Priya Parker

Synopsis: In “The Art of Gathering,” Priya Parker explores the dynamics of human interaction and provides a guide to creating meaningful and transformative gatherings, whether they are professional meetings, family reunions, or social events. Parker shares her expertise on how to design gatherings that foster connection, engagement, and purpose.

Unique Aspect: What makes this book exceptional is its focus on the importance of intentional and purposeful gatherings. Priya Parker's insights challenge conventional wisdom about meetings and social events, encouraging readers to think deeply about the impact of their gatherings on individuals and communities.

4. “Fool Proof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe” by Tess Wilkinson-Ryan

Synopsis: “Fool Proof” explores the paradox of safety and danger in our lives. Tess Wilkinson-Ryan delves into the psychology of risk, showing how our attempts to eliminate all risks can lead to unintended consequences. She argues that embracing some level of risk can actually make us safer and more resilient.

Unique Aspect: Wilkinson-Ryan's thought-provoking perspective on risk and safety challenges our preconceived notions. This book encourages readers to reevaluate their attitudes towards risk and consider how embracing uncertainty can lead to personal and societal growth.

5. “Failure Mode” by Craig Alanson

Synopsis: “Failure Mode” is a thrilling science fiction novel that follows the story of Skippy the Magnificent, an ancient and highly advanced AI, and his human companions as they navigate the challenges of interstellar warfare. As they face countless failures and setbacks, they must rely on their wit and resilience to save the universe.

Unique Aspect: Craig Alanson‘s ability to blend humor, action, and thought-provoking themes in a science fiction setting is truly exceptional. “Failure Mode” offers readers an exciting adventure while also exploring themes of teamwork, perseverance, and the human spirit.

Fall Reading List Adventure

This fall, expand your horizons and dive into these captivating books that offer valuable insights into behavioral science, chemistry, gathering, risk, and resilience. Each book has its unique charm, making them perfect companions for the season of change and reflection. 

Whether you're seeking personal growth, entertainment, or a fresh perspective, this reading list has something for everyone. Enjoy your fall reading journey! 

We’d love to hear your take on any of these books. Coworking spaces usually offer book club options online or in person. Check out your local spot today and if you are local to us or you are going to be traveling in the area, we’d love to meet you!