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Heidi Shaffer, Published November 04 2012

Favorite Things: Shaffer shares her favorite fall reads

ditor’s note: SheSays Favorites is a weekly feature in SheSays that runs each Monday. SheSays staffers will gather a few of their favorite things to share with readers. Do you have a favorite you’d like to share? Email shesays@forumcomm.com.

Nothing sounds more appealing this time of year than curling up with a cup of tea and a good book.

My reading generally trails off a bit in the summer, but the dark evenings of fall lure me back to an endless list of books I’ve been meaning to finish.

I’m always taking suggestions, and here are a few I recently finished.

“Wild” by Cheryl Strayed

I’m not very outdoorsy and not usually one for memoirs, but this is a great one. “Wild” serves as well-written inspiration to overcome any rough patch in your life.

You can even have a chance to hear Strayed talk about the book when she is in Grand Forks on March 21 for the UND Writers Conference.

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

I originally picked this up thinking it would be some easy fluff fiction. Twenty-four hours later I was done with it, praising the plot and wanting more. Good thing they’re making a movie possibly starring Reece Witherspoon out of it.

“State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett

This was a book club pick a few months back, and I’m already considering revisiting it. Patchett weaves a wonderful tale that somehow takes you from a Minnesota winter to the Brazilian rain forest.

“The Sweet Life in Paris” by David Lebovitz

Lebovitz takes readers directly to Paris and holds them hostage with his delicious stories of food and baking in the City of Lights. If you’ve ever been (or every really want to go) to Paris, I highly recommend this.