Fall into Reading: *Our Most Anticipated Books of the Fall

Fall Books

by Chris Schluep, September 06, 2017, first appearing on Omnivoracious

As book lovers, we know that the close of summer is something to anticipate. Maybe there aren’t as many beachy reads available–but the ones that are on the horizon are BIG ones. Stephen King. Michael Connelly. Nora Roberts. Ken Follett. Janet Evanovich. John Grisham. And Dan Brown. BIG.

But fall is also the traditional season of serious nonfiction. Walter Isaacson has written a book on Leonardo da Vinci. Ron Chernow has a huge biography coming out on Ulysses Grant (in this book, I learned that the “S” in U. S. Grant was the result of a fortunate clerical error that Grant decided to keep). And National Book Award-winner Ta-Nehisi Coates has a collection of essays coming out in October.

In literature, some other names that stand out are Jennifer Egan, John Green, Celeste Ng, and Jeffrey Eugenides.

But that’s really just scratching the surface. There are lots of books in our Fall Reading list. Some of the authors will be familiar, but it’s our hope you’ll discover new ones as well. Have a look. And happy reading!

(Oh, and cookbooks. There are lots of new cookbooks.)

*”Our” referring to the writers of Omnivoracious, Amazon.com’s book blog

It’s time to get things in order

If spring is for cleaning out all of the dust and clutter that accumulates over winter, then fall should be about trying to get things as neat and tidy as you can in order to keep the inevitable dust and clutter to a minimum.

And if it’s true for your home it should be true for your self as well. Here’s something to help get you sorted, for fall, winter and beyond. Fall

Four Books with Simple Messages that Will Help You to be a Better You

by Chris Schluep, August 23, 2017, first appearing on Omnivoracious

A friend of mine is sending her son off to college this year. We recently talked about books she could give him to help him prepare for college and life.

“I want to give him something other than Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” she told me.

Since he was taking it with him to school, we agreed the book should be short and sweet. And, most importantly, the message had to be simple– something useful that he could absorb quickly. I offered up the first book on this list.

But there are other books to recommend as well. Here’s a short list of books with simple messages that will help your student–or you–to be a better you.

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed – If you just follow the first rule of this book, which is to do a good job of making your bed well in the morning, you will have succeeded in doing something well each day.


7 Habits

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – If you live by your own habits and principles, and judge yourself accordingly, you’ll be ahead of the game. If you live by how others judge you, you’ll always be bound to the whims of other people’s moods and opinions.


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – We all have a lot of crap. If you do a one-time tidying session, in which you only keep that which “sparks joy,” your life will be simpler, more organized, and happier.


Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly – Putting yourself out there–being vulnerable–is a show of courage. And if you’re not putting yourself out there, you can’t be the best you.