Harlan Coben shares 6 book to learn this fall

It’s finally October 1st, which means the summer reading is over and it’s time to prepare your favorite corner on the couch for the fall reading.

We’re always on the hunt for the best book recommendations, and while you might have added a few novels to your list for Hispanic Heritage Month, New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben has joined TODAY’s 3rd Hour for some other top tips for sharing your fall reading list.

Whether you’re looking for a novel to read after you log off from work or you need a page turner that you can use to curl up in bed before turning off the lights, Coben has a suggestion for you any kind of perfect fall moment you have. ‘I am bound to have this season.

Best fireplace reading

1. “Whale Day” by Billy Collins

According to Coben, Collins’s “nimble language and funny thoughts” make it easy to dig into and read on, and his latest book shows that he is an American poet for a reason.

Collins’ latest collection of poems leads audiences to poems that stimulate their imaginations. The themes of life and mortality play a role in this collection, with poems introducing readers to an Irish spider, old dog, Collins’ own funeral, and more.

The best book to enjoy with your pumpkin spice latte

1. “The Book of Two Ways” by Jodi Picoult

Choosing this New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult novel as a novel to read for thoughtful thoughts when you have your morning coffee, Coben noted that it was “part story, part love story.”

During her flight, Dawn Edelstein is told to prepare for a crash landing, and in those moments she thinks not of her husband, but of a man she met years ago. Although she survived the crash, she begins to think about the decisions she has made so far as life seems to have given her a second chance. If she gets the chance to travel again, will she choose to return to her family or go on a journey to find the character she met almost 15 years ago?

The best secrets to prepare for Halloween

1. “The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman

The spooky season is officially here, and Thursday Murder Club is one of two novels Coben proposes to help you immerse yourself in the spirit of this time of year. This is Osman’s first novel, a popular celebrity in Britain.

The novel revolves around four friends in a retirement village who meet weekly to discuss unsolved crimes under the title “The Thursday Murder Club”. However, this unlikely group of friends find themselves in the middle of a live case when a local developer is found dead and more murders take place – and it’s up to the Thursday Murder Club to resolve the case.

2. “The End of Her” by Shari Lapena

Coben’s other choice for Halloween is a classic suspense story that revolves around a husband and wife, Stephanie and Patrick, who are raising their two twin daughters.

Stephanie has settled into life with her husband and believes she has the perfect life – until a woman from her husband’s past shows up and accuses him of murder. Stephanie believed she knew her husband by this point and the allegations keep rolling making her feel like she didn’t know who to trust or believe.

The best book to fall in love with

1. “No Time Like the Future” by Michael J. Fox

Coben’s next pick is a collection of personal stories from Fox, including illness, health, family and friends, and mortality. Although the book won’t be available to the public until Nov. 17, Coben said he got “foggy eyes” in certain sections. Fox also talks about his ongoing experiences with Parkinson’s disease and the spinal cord problem that forced him to undergo immediate surgery, marking two traumas that have forced him to learn to walk again. For all that, Fox’s humor exudes in his most recent memories as he ponders love, loss, and life.

Best scary children’s book

1. “The little ghost that was a quilt” by Riel Nason

For little readers, Coben recommends this heartwarming story of a little ghost who stands out from his friends. While his other friends are sheets, the little ghost that was a quilt can’t fly as fast as they can or zoom around as they can. That changes on Halloween when he has an experience that changes everything and learns that it’s okay to stand out from the crowd.

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