Could there be a better season to cuddle up in your bed with a good book, and a giant cup of tea? Fall is the best time to catch up on that much deserved self care and relaxation while indulging in an epic read. There’s a lot of amazing, new book releases to choose from, but this list contains top picks from the team at We Heart It.

Spoiler: No bookmark needed. You might finish reading these, the same day you start them! #bingethatbook

“The Return” by Nicholas Sparks

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Nicholas Sparks does it again. In typical Nicholas Sparks fashion, “The Return” will immediately suck you in. This story is about true love, forgiveness, and life’s unique way of taking us through those journeys. The payoff is always worth it.

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Trevor Benson never intended to move back to New Bern, North Carolina. But when a mortar blast outside the hospital where he worked sent him home from Afghanistan with devastating injuries, the dilapidated cabin he'd inherited from his grandfather seemed as good a place to regroup as any.

Tending to his grandfather's beloved beehives, Trevor isn't prepared to fall in love with a local . . . yet, from their very first encounter, Trevor feels a connection with deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson that he can't ignore. But even as she seems to reciprocate his feelings, she remains frustratingly distant, making Trevor wonder what she's hiding.

Further complicating his stay in New Bern is the presence of a sullen teenage girl, Callie, who lives in the trailer park down the road. Trevor hopes Callie can shed light on the mysterious circumstances of his grandfather's death, but she offers few clues - until a crisis triggers a race to uncover the true nature of Callie's past, one more intertwined with the elderly man's passing than Trevor could ever have imagined.

In his quest to unravel Natalie and Callie's secrets, Trevor will learn the true meaning of love and forgiveness . . . and that in life, to move forward, we must often return to the place where it all began.

The Midnight Library: A Novel by Matt Haig

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At some point in our lives, we have wondered about the choices we have made so far. We ask ourselves, “did I make the right decisions”.....or….”what if I had chosen this, instead of that?”

You’re probably saying, “yep, been there, done that.” Curiosity is inevitable. “The Midnight Library” tells the story of a woman who is presented with a jaw-dropping opportunity to discover what life could have been, had she made different choices.

Spoiler: she has a chance to start over. Talk about the opportunity of a lifetime!

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Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig's enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

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Nothing better than getting that adrenaline pumping via the written word! “When No One Is Watching” delivers that exact experience. This book explores paranoia and the psychological strength it has to literally change the world around you.

You control your reality. But do you really?

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Rear Window meets Get Out in this gripping thriller from a critically acclaimed and New York Times notable author, in which the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood takes on a sinister new meaning…Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos are sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, and the neighbors she’s known all her life are disappearing. To hold onto her community’s past and present, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block - her neighbor Theo.

But Sydney and Theo’s deep dive into history quickly becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised.

When does coincidence become conspiracy? Where do people go when gentrification pushes them out? Can Sydney and Theo trust each other - or themselves - long enough to find out before they too disappear?

The Book of Two Ways: A Novel

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Do you ever read a book, or watch a movie, and play a different ending for the story in your mind. “The Book of Two Ways” allows you to do that, only it won’t just be in your mind. It’s how the book is set up. Half of the book tells the outcome of the main character to be one way. The other half tells the other outcome based on different choices the main character made. This story is thrilling, and you get the best of both worlds - pun intended.

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Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong.

Dawn, miraculously, survives the crash, but so do all the doubts that have suddenly been raised. She has led a good life. Back in Boston, there is her husband, Brian, their beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula, in which she helps ease the transition between life and death for her clients.

But somewhere in Egypt is Wyatt Armstrong, who works as an archaeologist unearthing ancient burial sites, a career Dawn once studied for but was forced to abandon when life suddenly intervened. And now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the choice she once made.

After the crash landing, the airline ensures that the survivors are seen by a doctor, then offers transportation to wherever they want to go. The obvious destination is to fly home, but she could take another path: return to the archaeological site she left years before, reconnect with Wyatt and their unresolved history, and maybe even complete her research on The Book of Two Ways - the first known map of the afterlife.

As the story unfolds, Dawn’s two possible futures unspool side by side, as do the secrets and doubts long buried with them. Dawn must confront the questions she’s never truly asked: What does a life well lived look like? When we leave this earth, what do we leave behind? Do we make choices . . . or do our choices make us? And who would you be if you hadn’t turned out to be the person you are right now?

Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

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We’ve all thought about it before - what if we could live forever? What if you could, but under one big condition? This book explores this opportunity for the main character. Do our personal gains outweigh the prospect of a happy/joyful life?

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France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever - and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

Want: A Novel by Lynn Steger Strong

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Nothing comes easy in life. The bigger you dream, the more sacrifices you have to make. But, is that fair? Should we be punished for dreaming big, and wanting more? The main character in this book digs deep into this societal contradiction, especially for women. Expect to heavily relate to this story.

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Elizabeth is tired. Years after coming to New York to try to build a life, she has found herself with two kids, a husband, two jobs, a PhD - and now they’re filing for bankruptcy. As she tries to balance her dream and the impossibility of striving toward it while her work and home lives feel poised to fall apart, she wakes at ungodly hours to run miles by the icy river, struggling to quiet her thoughts.

When she reaches out to Sasha, her long-lost childhood friend, it feels almost harmless - one of those innocuous ruptures that exist online, in texts. But her timing is uncanny. Sasha is facing a crisis, too, and perhaps after years apart, their shared moments of crux can bring them back into each other’s lives.

In Want, Lynn Steger Strong explores the subtle violences enacted on a certain type of woman when she dares to want things - and all the various violences in which she implicates herself as she tries to survive.