As summer comes to an end and fall weather is right around the corner, it’s a good idea to prepare for those rainy days by getting some really good books. These are some of LMGPR’s favorite reads from this summer so you can stock up on your collection for fall:

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

This memoir tells Elizabeth Gilbert story of how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the frills of modern American life (including her marriage, house in the country and career) to find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. The journey takes place over a year where she studies three different places to find out her true nature. She learns who she is by learning about the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. This outstanding story literally transports you into these three cultures where you begin to learn a little more about yourself through her travels.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story by John Berendt

This book has everything you need to be completely engulfed by a story; it’s suspenseful, witty and completely engrossing, yet it is a work of nonfiction. The author is able to give an incredible entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated city of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case. It is an amazing book created out of an amazing true story.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Bella Swan moves to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, where she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Bella, the person Edward holds most dear. This deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful story captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires.

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

The book embarks on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest and the most successful individuals in the world. Gladwell investigates what makes high-achievers different by looking at their culture, family, generation and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The story of two sisters competing for the greatest prize in England: the love of a king. Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of 14 and ends up catching the eye of Henry VIII. Mary falls in love with not only the king but her unofficial title as queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the king’s interest begins to fade and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. This story introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart.

 Enjoy!