Back to School Reading List

4 book recommendations for September. Included on the list are The Couple Next Door, Decisive, Dark Matter, and This is Where You Belong

Hi, Friends!

Welcome to (almost) Fall! I have an ongoing debate with myself about what is the best season and I think right now I would say, Fall is winning.

I love everything about it…the leaves changing, trips to the apple orchard, cozy clothes, and of course all things pumpkin! I am basic and proud.

Today, I have a healthy mix of fiction and nonfiction reads for you to check out in this back to school season!

To shop these selections on Amazon just click the images of each title 🙂

  1. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

This book has been on my hold list for what feels like months. I have seen it everywhere but I could never get my hands on it! Finally, one glorious day I was able to pick it up and I instantly dove in.

This fiction thriller follows a young couple whose baby mysteriously disappears while they are at a dinner party next door. You will not know which characters to trust or believe throughout the story.

It’s a great page-turner or book to reinvigorate your reading life—lots of twists and turns, check it out!

2. Decisive by Chip Heath and & Dan Heath

So…I may or may not have a hard time making decisions. I don’t like having a lot of choices, I become overwhelmed and tend to shut down. This then leads to delays in plans and bad feelings for everyone involved (hello, I’m an enneagram nine)

I’m very interested in self-improvement when it comes to books and podcasts so when I saw this on a book list I quickly checked it out.

This book lays out the science of making decisions as well as practical steps you can take now to make better decisions in your work and personal life.

3. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch


I don’t typically consider myself a huge fan of science fiction. I’m not really into space, time travel, or parallel universes. I find them hard to follow and just not really my thing.

For those that do not know, one of my favorite podcasts is the Popcast with Knox and Jamie. Every week they share their “red and green lights”. These lights highlight the things they love and hate that week. When I saw that both Knox and Jamie green-lit this book I knew I had to add it to my book list! I looked past the science fiction genre label and went with it.

You guys….I could not stop reading this book. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t think. I just had to keep going.

After a threatening encounter with a mystery assailant, a college professor wakes up in a lab and realizes that the world he is in is not his own. You are left on the edge of your seat as he fights to make his way home.

It’s crazy, adventurous, and so entertaining. Go read now!

4. This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick

For anyone who wants to feel more connected to their community, this is a must read. As a new homeowner, I feel very inspired to invest in my town. Jeff and I both work in Ann Arbor and we are committed to making this place our home.

I feel that so many people in my generation are looking for the ideal place to live. We want a city that checks all the boxes. We want a fun night life, bustling downtown, bike lanes, great shopping, amazing restaurants……oh and hiking trails, camping sites, 50-foot waterfalls, 75 degrees year round, and an airport 15 minutes away. Is that too much to ask???

We are constantly chasing an idealized version of a city that maybe doesn’t exist. We write off so many places because we just don’t see how anyone could live in small town USA.

Melody shares tons of research about amazing cities across the country and what makes them so wonderful. Also, she details her experience in learning to love her city of Blacksburg, Virginia.

Sometimes we don’t have a choice of where we live…we have to go where the job is but Melody shows how you can make your place home.

What’s currently sitting on my Nightstand?

The Seven Principals of Making Marriage Work, Walkable City, and The Talent Code

Have a recommendation for me? Drop me a note in the comments 🙂

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