Fall is my fave. Just going to get this out there. I love the weather cooling down, I love the crisp air, I love back-to-school festivities, and I love that I have an excuse to start buying new scarves. One of very favorite things about fall is curling up on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book while it pours outside. If you’re looking for some book recommendations to get you into the autumnal mood, look no further!
1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Bronte sisters are some of the most read British authors of the 19th century – and for good reason! There is something so fall about Wuthering Heights. I think it’s the English moors, the scary relationships, and the brooding characters. The story follows the love of Heathcliff, a Byronic hero, and Catherine Earnshaw, and their disastrous lives with revenge against the others spouses, dysfunctional and abusive family relationships, and never-ending love. It’s creepy, romantic, and instantly makes me think of fall!
‘He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.’ Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
I’m not sure about y’all, but nothing screams fall like back to school, mysteries, and the UK. There is something so magical about the first Harry Potter book for me! Perhaps it’s the ghosts, trolls, and monsters that make this book so perfect for fall, but I also find myself reaching for this book on a crisp fall day. I’m sure you don’t need a synopsis on this one.
3. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe
Anything from Edgar Allen Poe, the quintisential macabre author, is perfect for Halloween time. The Fall of the House of Usher is one of my favorites because at short-story length, it’s easy to read and is thoroughly creepy. I read this way back in high school and found myself engrossed from day one! The narrator of this story tells us about a pair of twins he stays with, who think there is something alive about the house. Yup – thoroughly creepy and wonderful for autumn!
4. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
If you’re into Game of Thrones, you will LOVE Joe Abercrombie’s writing. I’ve been reading his books constantly for nearly a year now and I’m more in love with them than ever. This novel follows the most deadly man of the North Logen Ninefingers, a spoiled nobleman Jezel dan Luthar, and a tortured torturer Sand dan Glokta in the beginnings of a war brewing in their home land. It’s gruesome and awesome and perfect if you’re into dark fantasy. Abercrombie is incredible at creating intricate, gray-shaded characters and gives a fantastic plot twist you never see coming at every turn. I can’t recommend this book (or any of his books!) highly enough!
5. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
This was one of my absolute favorite books when I was little and continues to be to this day. It follows the story of 4 siblings who discover a secret world in a wardrobe in their relatives house. It’s perfect for fall because of Narnia’s eternal winter! It’s such a perfect easy read to help you escape to another world.
What are you favorite books to read during fall? I can’t wait for it to be winter so that I can share my favorite winter reads as well!
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