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    20 Books Under $20 That You’ll Fall In Love With This Autumn

    Why get left on read when you could be reading instead?

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    1. The Outsider by Stephen King

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    Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard of award-winning author, Stephen King, who gave us renowned works such as It and The Shining. His most recent work The Outsider is a gritty murder mystery that follows the case of an eleven-year-old-boy whose body was found in the local town park. Plus, if you read the book now, you'll be able to finish it time before it airs as a HBO limited series in 2020.

    Price: $14.99+. Also available for Kindle.

    2. The Winemaker's Wife by Kristin Harmel

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    The Winemaker’s Wife intertwines the story of two women, one living in France through the climax of World War II, and the other living in present-day America while uncovering the secrets that connects them to one another. This moving story showcases love, danger, and betrayal — and how the secrets of the past affect the future.

    Price: $13.99+. Also available for Kindle.

    3. I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

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    IIf you’ve ever found yourself saying “I owe you one,” then this book is about to take you through an exciting rollercoaster of love, family, and independence. Following the journey of a young woman whose small favor turns into a life-changing moment, this highly-praised romance novel will have you falling in love this fall season.

    Price: $15.02+. Also available for Kindle.

    4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

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    Author and blogger Mark Manson lays it on you like no one has before. This self-help book cuts through the noise and acknowledges the importance of not being "happy-go-lucky" all the time. Sometimes you have to raise that middle finger to life in order to actually be happy. In short, this New York Times bestseller will teach you The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.

    Price: $16.52+. Also available for Kindle.

    5. First Cosmic Velocity by Zach Powers

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    A tale that mixes history with science fiction, First Cosmic Velocity pulls readers in by re-imagining the Cold War, with the Russian space program and the fictional tale of the last twins on Earth. Reviewers have called this novel an unexpected surprise and is a MUST for any sci-fi and history lover.

    Price: $15.00+. Also available for Kindle.

    6. The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

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    The tale of a sugar baby and sugar daddy takes a dark turn when strong feelings begin to develop. What happens when obsession gets the best of us and love turns to murder? This powerful Pretty Woman-inspired romantic thriller is a powerful murder mystery that will have you sipping your pumpkin spice latte all night long.

    Price: $12.69+. Also available for Kindle.

    7. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

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    Narrated from the perspective of a dog, The Art of Racing in the Rain will play with your emotions more than any fall fling ever could. Redemption, tragedy, danger, and love, this story gives us a look at the human experience through the eyes of our canine companions. Plus, it’s now a major motion picture starring Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried.

    Price: $11.59+. Also available for Kindle.

    8. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

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    You’ve probably read this book at least once before, as it’s a Canadian classic by beloved children’s book author Robert Munsch. Love You Forever is a great fall read for Thanksgiving to share with your loved ones. It’s short and sweet, but conveys the important message of love and family — a timeless tale to be told from generation to generation.

    Price: $5.89+. Also available for Kindle.

    9. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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    This No. 1 best seller is a cross between Pretty Little Liars and The Breakfast Club. What happens when five students have detention but only four come out alive? Everyone's a murder suspect, so put on your detective hat and get ready to be shocked with this plot-twisting story. This YA mystery is a great read for those looking for something fun to do in between studying and baking apple pie.

    Price: $9.89+. Also available for Kindle.

    10. People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges by Jen Mann

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    People I Want to Punch in the Throat is a hilarious collection of essays with no filter. Mann brings her witty personality going from blogger to author and laying it all on the table for this comedic read. The next time you find yourself in a tricky situation, you’ll find yourself thinking, “What would Jen Mann do?”

    Price: $15.92+. Also available for Kindle.

    11. The Book Of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

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    This national bestselling and award-winning novel follows the journey of Aminata, who gets abducted at 11 years old in West Africa in the 18th century. She is put to work and has to depend on the skills she's been taught to survive. From an African village to a plantation in the south of the United States to a refuge in Nova Scotia to Sierra Leona, The Book of Negroes features a strong and well-written female character that will leave you inspired by her journey.

    Price: $13.97+. Also available for Kindle.

    12. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

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    Book lovers know that Jodi Picoult is a mastermind when it comes to writing. Nineteen Minutes is a captivating story of a trial case following a school shooting. When the daughter of the judge is called to the stands, what she reveals destroys friendships and families. This novel takes a look at society and plays on the trope you can't judge a book by its cover. Not to mention it’s great to read while bundled up under a blanket.

    Price: $13.88+. Also available for Kindle.

    13. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

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    Rafe has been out of the closet since Grade 8 and has always been praised for being openly gay, but he wants to be seen as a regular person and not be labelled as “the gay guy.” When Rafe transfers to his new all-boy boarding school, he decides to play it straight to give himself the shot to been for his personality, rather than his sexuality. But what happens when he starts to fall in love with Ben, his new straight best friend? This coming-of-age tale is a great LGBTQ+ read for any YA reader looking to sink their teeth into a powerful queer story.

    Price: $11.54+. Also available for Kindle.

    14. Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life by Gary John Bishop

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    Gary John Bishop calls all of us out in his self-help book Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life. Bishop delves into the idea that the only thing stopping us from reaching success is our own actions and negativity. Through a series of seven instructions, Bishop claims he can help you unf*ck yourself.

    Price: $18.17+. Also available for Kindle.

    15. Naturally Tan: A Memoir by Tan France

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    Grab your printed shirts (or in this case your fall quilted blanket) ’cause Queer Eye’s Tan France is giving us an inside look at his life in his new memoir. Tan dives into his story like never before: his traditional upbringing, coming out, what it was like to be the first openly gay, South Asian man on television, and how being raised as an Englishman in a traditional, religious household helped turn him into the fashion icon he is today.

    Price: $18.99+. Also available for Kindle.

    16. The One by John Marrs

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    Imagine if scientists found a gene in your DNA that was able to help you find your soul mate. Sounds great in theory, but what happens when your DNA doesn’t match with the person you’re currently dating? This novel looks at the ideals of happily ever after and what happens when five very different people meet their true “match.”

    Price: $14.92+. Also available for Kindle.

    17. Educated by Tara Westover

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    Educated is the memoir of Tara Westover, a girl who had never been to school until the age of 17. She grew up learning about herbs, hunting, and helping her family prepare for the apocalypse. Her memoir goes through her coping mechanisms, and how she went from never being in a classroom to getting her PHd and completing a fellowship at Cambridge. Not only is her memoir inspiring, but it will be great motivation for those returning to school this fall.

    Price: $19.80+. Also available for Kindle.

    18. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

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    The Friend Zone focuses on Kristen Peterson, a girl who recently learned that it's impossible for her to have children. She meets Josh, the man of her dreams, but he's made it pretty clear he wants a big family. As their love for one another grows, Kristen has to do her best to fight him off — for his own good, and for hers! This romcom novel will have you feeling the falling-in-love autumn vibes.

    Price: $16.28+. Also available for Kindle.

    19. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

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    Canadian literary royalty Margaret Atwood wrote Alias Grace, which takes readers back in time to meet Grace Marks, a 16-year-old convicted of murder. However, Grace doesn't remember a thing! It’s up Dr. Simon Jordan to help unlock her memory. Is she innocent or is she really a mass murderer? Nothing will get you into the haunting season of autumn quite like Atwood’s book.

    Price: $17.08+. Also available for Kindle.

    20. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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    The author of Gone Girl gifts the world another mystery thriller with Sharp Objects. Reporter Camille returns to her hometown to cover the murder of two preteen girls. This hometown visit is met with an awkward and tense encounter with her mother and half-sister. The eerie story helps Camille tap into her own psychological issues, but something about the death of these young victims feels just a tad too similar. This highly praised novel will LITERALLY make you want to stay in doors all autumn because you truly can't trust anyone!

    Price: $14.21+. Also available for Kindle.

    With that said and done, put those Hot Girl Summer vibes away and cozy on up with your newly found book!

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