I’m smack in the middle of my fall travel season, which means I’m spending a lot of time on airplanes and in airports. Reading is one of my favorite ways to pass the time, so I thought I might share some of what I’ve finished lately. I’ve linked each book’s profile in Goodreads (just click each image to view), so you can learn a little more if one looks interesting.

Harlan Coben books are the best for plane reading. Lots of action, great mysteries, and short chapters make these books a perfect way to pass the time on a long flight. This one involved family secrets and a husband trying to find his missing wife.

I always love a good memoir and this one about a woman who learns that her husband has a psychopathic personality was definitely engaging. I listened to it on audiobook (read by the author) and found it hard to put down.

I’ve read several of Fiona Barton’s books in quick succession. Her main character is a reporter who also tries to solve crimes — this book involved a cold case and those are always my favorites. The books don’t have to be read in order, but I think they are more powerful if read as a series.

I designed a new keynote in October that I gave just a couple of days ago, so this book served as good inspiration. I enjoy books on craft since they can be good motivators for always trying to be better even if you are doing something that feels familiar.

This is the most recent book by Barton and it might be the best so far. In this book, the main character’s son is accused of a crime in a foreign country. Getting to the real story of what happened made this book into a page turner. I’ll definitely read whatever Barton writes next.

I love a good unreliable narrator so this book was perfect. The main character is the daughter of a man who was incarcerated for raping her childhood friend. In this novel, she has to come to terms with their shared past after he is released from prison.

This was the first book I read by this author and I immediately grabbed her second one. It’s an atmospheric police procedural with a troubled police detective as the main character. Lots of twists and turns kept me engaged to the end.

Dee Henderson is an old favorite since I began reading her books in my teens. This book had a major twist in the middle that I did not see coming. It was a little unbelievable, but also a really fun direction to take the plot. Henderson does include religious themes in her books, so keep that in mind if that’s not your cup of tea.

I read The Handmaid’s Tale years ago, but I wanted to revisit it now that the sequel is out. It was just as powerful as I remembered and now I can’t wait to see what Margaret Atwood did to continue the story. I have the new book next on my hotel nightstand as I write this and it’s next on my to-read pile.

I’ve read all of Lisa Gardner’s books and I love them all. This one is an installment in a longer series and I would definitely recommend reading from the beginning if you want to make sure you are following all the character development. The books also take place in Boston, so it’s always fun to visit the city where I used to live through these books.

See anything that looks interesting here? I’d also love to know what you’ve been reading lately – what should I add to my list?