October 10, 2013 05:00 PM

There’s rain in the forecast, so nice thick novels – the kind with plenty of plot and things to think about – are just the ticket. Tell us what you think of our staffers’ choices, and let us know what you’re reading.

Sandra Sobieraj, Washington Correspondent
Her Pick: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

A novel in the John Irving and Pat Conroy styles – lushly painted, slightly quirky characters – that transports me back to my college days and also helps me understand a little more the plays in my son’s Little League games!

Nick Jollymore, Legal Counsel
His Pick: Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

It’s about a woman in the British intelligence service MI6. It s intelligent, absorbing, and of course (because it’s McEwan) very well written. A revealing portrait of a woman in a man s professional world, and a mystery to boot.

Kim Hubbard, Books EditorHer Pick: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I remember exactly where I was when I read Tartt’s first novel, The Secret History – and how long it was before I budged. So far her third (out Oct. 22), which begins with a terrorist bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is casting a similar spell. The book’s hero, 13-year-old Theo, loses his mother in the attack, and Tartt captures the awful loneliness of that loss. She’s also a master at evoking the thrill of finding true friends, as Theo eventually begins to – those rare moments when you recognize a kindred spirit and it’s like the sun has burst from the clouds. I’m hooked.

Check back every Thursday for another round of staff picks, and see more book reviews each week in PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands now. Plus, check out last week’s brand new fiction and more great book finds here.

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