The 2020 Fall Minimalist Reads List

The first annual BiblioLifestyle Fall Reading List is finally here and I’m super excited for it to be out in the world!  Since childhood, fall has always been my favorite season.  I have fond memories of cozying up under a blanket with my book or sitting under my favorite apple tree reading in the cooler weather.

The 2020 Fall Reading List has twenty-six new releases and six classic novels.  All books are organized into categories, so you can head straight to your favorite section if you prefer.  Because we’re all about lifestyle here, you’ll also find some fun things to do at home, along with some fall-themed recipes.  I’ve also included some reading tips.

In the guide, we have dedicated one category to the “minimalist reader.”  Our Minimalist Reads list has six titles that we highly recommend if you’re only planning to pick up a few reads this Fall!

It’s super hard narrowing an initial list of hundreds of books down to a third of the size and then narrowing them down to our top six.  You can expect these reads to be across genres, beautifully written, compelling, thought-provoking, enjoyable, and great for discussions.


The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld 

The lives of three women ― Sarah is accused of being a witch, Ruth is navigating life in the aftermath of World War II, Viv is still mourning the death of her father and is cataloging Ruth’s belongings ― weave together across centuries while highlighting the devastating indictment of violence against women. It is also an empowering portrait of their resilience throughout the ages.

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

A deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants in Alabama ravaged by depression, addiction, and grief. It’s also a novel about faith, science, religion, love.

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

A novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong. It’s a novel about the complexities of parenthood, race and class, how our closest bonds are reshaped — and unexpected new ones are forged— in moments of crisis.

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

Lena is held captive with her two children. Her routine is dictated by her captor and strict rules must be followed. But when Lena manages to break free nothing is quite as it seems and when the police start to help, things don’t quite match up. Twisty, dark, original and clever!

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

Plus-size geologist April spends her spare time cosplaying and writing fan fiction. When a photo of one of her cosplays goes viral, Marcus, the star of the show, asks her out on Twitter to save her from a slew of fat-shaming comments. But don’t be fooled by this meet-cute — April hardly needs saving and Marcus may look like an alpha, but he has a vulnerable core.

Memorial by Bryan Washington

Two gay men of color — one Black, one Japanese— are trying to salvage their dysfunctional relationship while searching for the truth about themselves, each other, and their families. A novel that explores love, family, race, and the search for belonging and home.

I really hope you enjoy the Minimalist Reads list.  Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below and share what you’re reading!

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