Everyone talks a lot about “great beach reads” during the summer. But what about cozy autumn reads? This summer it was actually pretty difficult to get to the beach to read or do anything else, but now that the weather is turning and cider and hot chocolate are starting to sound pretty nice in the evenings, curling up with a good book at home is one of the best and safest ways you can spend your time this fall.

Book culture is just another reason senior living in Belton is so great. If you love mysteries, you can browse titles online at the Raven Book Store in Lawrence, KS, which is a nice drive from Belton. The store specializes in mystery titles that are perfect for anyone who likes to try to figure out “whodunnit.” You can place your order online for shipping or curbside delivery.

If you’d like to search for books in person, just call ahead to your local bookstores to make sure they’re open for browsing or use your local libraries. Would you rather not go out? You can download free ebooks from the Johnson County Library or the Kansas City Public Library! If you don’t have an e-reader such as a Kindle or an iPad, this fall might be the right time to pick up a tablet and start borrowing online. The process is contact-free, works the same as borrowing physical copies, and lets you browse safely. The system is easy to use, so take advantage of this great public resource!

Once you figure out how you’ll be getting your book, you’ll need to decide what you’re going to read. We’ve got plenty of recommendations for you below!

Delicious!, by Ruth Reichl. The debut novel of Gourmet magazine’s former editor-in-chief will have you drooling.

The Book of Two Ways, by Jodi Picoult. You can’t go wrong with Jodi Picoult.

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. Timely for all the wrong reasons, this story about life in Nazi Germany is poignant and uplifting.

To Be Taught, If Fortunate, by Becky Chambers. Do you like science fiction? This novelette about the moral implications of space exploration will have you reaching for a tissue when you’re not on the edge of your seat.

Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Did you stream Netflix’s new Rebecca the moment it dropped? Mexican Gothic has been on the NYT Bestseller list for weeks and is in development as a Hulu series produced by Kelly Ripa.

David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens. Did you see the new movie adaptation? Now is a great time to revisit this beloved classic.

Do you have a must-read book? Let us know! We’d love to hear what you’re reading this season. And you don’t have to just tell us. Why not start an online book club? As we continue to protect ourselves and our neighbors by social distancing, a Zoom book club is a safe and fun activity this autumn. You can participate in your PJs with that cup of cider in your favorite mug!

Lazy Acres in Belton is active senior living at its best. Interested in relocating? Give us a call during our regular business hours at (816) 331-4886 or fill out our online contact form anytime!