However much it may make you cringe, your friendly local librarian's favorite cheesy saying around this time of year, "now's the time to fall into a good book," couldn't be more true. Summertime beach reads may get all the hype but autumn — which arrives in just a couple of short weeks — is the perfect time to commit to literary pursuits: the light is less harsh, cozy throw blankets start to re-circulate around the house, and you can still comfortably read outdoors (just don't forget those extra layers). There's really nothing lovelier than sitting on a park bench with a pair of warm socks on your feet, a cup of hot apple cider in one hand, and a good book in the other.
Below you'll find a few forthcoming and newly released titles worth checking out (FYI, it's National Read a Book Day). It's an eclectic bunch, for sure — topics range from tree houses to small space decorating advice — with thoughtful text and pretty pictures in equal measure. And if you spent the entire summer shamelessly enveloped in the tawdry world of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, you may want to consider backtracking a tad to catch up with these notable summer releases. Is there a green home design/archiecture or gardening books that you're looking forward to sitting down with this fall?


"A Garden Makes a House a Home" by Elvin McDonald (The Monacelli Press) 9/25

















"Frank Lloyd Wright: Natural Design, Organic Architecture: Lessons for Building Green from an American Original" by Alan Hess (Rizzoli) 10/16













"1000 Tips By 100 Eco Architects: Guidelines on Sustainable Architecture from the World's Leading Architecture Firms" by Marta Serrats (Firefly Books) 10/16 












"House" by Diane Keaton (Rizzoli) 10/9
















"Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid: Your Path to Building An Energy-Independent Home" by Sheri Koones (Abrams) 10/1













"The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces" by Kyle Schuneman (Clarkson Potter)














"From the Ground Up: Innovative Green Homes" by Peggy Tully (Princeton Architectural Press) 10/24














"Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air" by Philip Jodidio (Taschen) 11/15















"Roman and Williams Buildings & Interiors: Things We Made" by Stephen Alesch, Robin Standefer, Jamie Brisick (Rizzoli) 10/23















Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

2012 fall reading list: Green home edition
Although your trashy summer tomes ('Fifty Shades of Grey' included) officially have a couple of weeks left before retirement, here's a few standout green home a