The Winter Book List

Have you already read through our summer book list? Have no fear, we’re here with our fall must-reads list. These books are perfect for listening, while watching the leaves change on fall road trips, or for cozying up with, in your room at the end of a long day. We suggest pouring yourself a glass of wine, drawing a bath and cracking open one of these intriguing books.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest TrailCheryl Strayed
Don’t be fooled by the Oprah Book Club sticker. While this is a book about the aftermath of a woman’s marriage falling apart, this is not another Eat, Pray, Love. Cheryl’s dark and gritty memoir will have you up reading until all hours of the night, as she recounts her time as an inexperienced backpacker hiking from California to Oregon. This book is being turned into a movie, and the actress Reese Witherspoon is getting lots of Oscar buzz. Read this book before the Academy awards her with another best actress nominee.

Edge of EternityKen Follett
If you love a good epic, we highly recommend The Century Trilogy, where the author traces the history of the 20th Century via five families. The Edge of Eternity is the final book in the series and it captures the eras most of us know best, 1960-1990. At over 1000 pages, this is a great pick for a business trip of a week or more.

Yes PleaseAmy Poehler
She made you laugh when she co-hosted the Golden Gloves, and in her first book, being released this fall, she’s guaranteed to have you laughing from start to finish. If you love Tina Fey’s Bossypants or Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, then you’re going to fall in love with Yes Please.

You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News: Shocking but Utterly True Facts – Multiple Authors
This is a great book to download as an audio file for long, dull highway driving, as it will keep you entertained for hours on end. This non-fiction book is by the smart and hilarious team at Cracked.com. Our favorite article from the book is “Five Conspiracies that Nearly Brought Down the US Government. Read it and let us know what your favorite true story was.

Gray Mountain - John Grisham
Love a good thriller? Pick up Grisham’s latest legal thriller, Gray Mountain. This fast paced novel set in Appalachia will keep you turning the pages. It’s perfect for reading while flying or waiting at the airport.

What book are you most looking forward to reading this fall?

 

 

 

 

Top Coffee Shops in Charlotte, North Carolina

Traveling to Charlotte and need your java fix in the morning? Fear not, Charlotte is a great city for coffee lovers. We’ve scoured the city to find the best cafes and coffee shops. The next time you need a caffeine boost, stop by one of these places for a taste of liquid gold.

Not Just Coffee
Not Just Coffee pours exquisite cups of coffee, lattes, cappuccinos and more. They brew up beans roasted in North Carolina and go the extra mile by using local milk and making their own sauces and syrups. You can really feel the love in each cup of coffee at their 7th Street Public Market and Atherton Market locations.

Dilworth Coffee
Dilworth Coffee is the oldest specialty coffee shop in Charlotte, and its coffee today is just as delicious as it was when they first opened. The company now has inviting coffee shops all over the city. We recommend paying a visit to their shop at 110 A Matthews Station Street, conveniently close to our Matthews location.

Cluck-N-Cup
We love the homey vibe of this shop every time we visit the 4th Street location of the Cluck-n-Cup. Their coffee really is delicious, but it’s even better when you pair it with their Wednesday special – Chicken Pot Pie. The pot pie is homemade and absolutely chock-full of chicken. This place is the perfect spot for a filling and tasty Charlotte lunch.

The Secret Chocolatier Come for the coffee, but stay for the delectable dessert. The homemade chocolates are delicious, and if you want, they will even create a three-course dessert menu for you to enjoy. Make sure to grab a box of chocolates to snack on, back in your room.

Smelly Cat Coffee
You’ll know why we recommend Smelly Cat Coffee as soon as you step foot in the shop, the atmosphere is friendly and eclectic. The best part of this coffee shop is that they roast their own beans, in house. This helps to guaranteed you a perfect cup of coffee, every time.

Did we miss your favorite Charlotte coffee shop? Let us know which spot is your favorite in the comments!

 

 

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