My favorite fall reads (because fall is longer than just October!)

I know what you guys are thinking. Wow, look at Emma, late to the scene. We were all giving our adorable recommendations for atmospheric/cozy reads in the first week of October, and look at her. Dusting off the same concept well into November.

To you imaginary haters, I have just one thing to say: FALL IS LONGER THAN OCTOBER!!!

Also, I’m unoriginal and bad at coming up with blog ideas. So two things.

As some of you may recall, I blog for an on-campus magazine at my college called Atlas Magazine. If you just can’t get enough Me (and to be honest, who can?), you can read my posts for them here.

This is one post I did for them last week, or something, I don’t know time is a human construct leave me alone.

Anyway. Here it is! In all its lowkey-belated-but-not-really-if-you-think-about-it glory.

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The best reading season is inarguably fall. Summer is sometimes nice for reading outside, except that actually it’s super hot and sweaty and buggy and awful. People glorify “beach reads,” but books get all sandy and suncreen-y and warped just from being near the ocean, I guess. (Insert Danny from The Mindy Project shouting “I fear the ocean out of respect” here.) Reading in the winter is terrible because it’s constantly freezing, and if you’re wrapped in a blanket, your hands are exposed in order to hold the book. Unless you’re in possession of a Snuggie™, months of suffering ensue. And spring is mostly just Winter: The Sequel.

But fall…fall is the best. It’s a mix of nice days—you can read outside and the trees are pretty!—and brisk days—you can read inside and be super comfy! Also, hot beverages make their triumphant return, and everyone knows that there is no better way to read than with a cup of coffee/tea/cocoa/cider.

Luckily, there are also a ton of books that fit perfectly with fall. Whether they take place during the season, are ideal to curl up with, or just feel cozy and atmospheric, some books just scream “autumn.” (And not just because they’re thrillers or horrors and therefore feel Halloween-y. That’s the coward’s way out of a fall recommendation list. No, we’re going genre by genre.)

YOUNG ADULT

The Hazel Wood

Image result for the hazel woodAuthor: Melissa Albert
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Series?: More books set in this world are forthcoming.

This is a dark, twisty, suspenseful YA fantasy centering around an oldish book of creepy fairytales called Tales from the Hinterland. We follow Alice, whose estranged grandmother wrote the book. When Alice’s mother disappears, all she leaves behind is a note: “Stay away from the Hinterland.” Dun dun dun!

Find it on Amazon and Goodreads
Read my review

Harry Potter

Image result for harry potter sorcerer's stoneAuthor: JK Rowling
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Series?: Yes, and if anyone who needed to know that after living under a rock for 20 years has any more questions, I’d be happy to answer them.

One of my hotter takes is that I don’t think the Harry Potter series is worth, you know, twenty years’ worth of fangirling and cosplaying and waiting in lines to see/read/experience things. However, I do think that the first three books in this series are perfect for fall rereads. (Some people say they’re winter reads; don’t listen. They begin in the fall, and the fall is when you should read them.)

Find it on Amazon and Goodreads
Read my review

Fangirl

Image result for fangirlAuthor: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Series?: No! But there is a spinoff.

If you’re looking for a sweet romance, OR a means of reopening the wound of all your new-college anxieties, only to have it stitched back up and then get a big ol’ hug, OR an ode to seasonal drinks at coffee shops everywhere, OR myriad other things, this is the book for you. Carry On, by the same author, is a Harry Potter-esque fantasy based on a series of books that exists within this one, and is also very fall-like.

Find it on Amazon and Goodreads
Read my review

GENERAL AND GENRE FICTION

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Image result for the ocean at the end of the laneAuthor: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Magical Realism
Series?: No

Neil Gaiman is basically the king of Halloween, and also fall in general, and also just writing because have you read this guy’s books? It’s hard to pick one that feels the most autumn-y, but The Ocean at the End of the Lane is atmospheric and short enough to read in a sitting and also creepy in a whole new way.

Honorable Mentions: The Graveyard BookCoraline

Find it on Amazon and Goodreads
Read my review

All the Light We Cannot See

Image result for all the light we cannot seeAuthor: Anthony Doerr
Genre: Historical Fiction, War Fiction
Series?: No

I am personally very susceptible to the appeal of a really long historical fiction book in the fall. There’s something cozy about them. This Pulitzer Prize winner has slow-moving charm to it, and will break your heart in the exact same way. For suffering and heartbreak that’s a little more hit-you-over-the-head, try Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale.

Find it on Amazon and Goodreads

MYSTERY & THRILLER

Murder on the Orient Express

Image result for murder on the orient expressAuthor: Agatha Christie
Genre: Mystery, Classics, Crime, Detective Fiction
Series?: Christie has written a ton of other books following the same character, but they can be read as standalones.

Probably every Agatha Christie book is perfect for fall, but this is the only one I’ve read. Also, it takes place on a train, and that feels fall-ish to me for some reason. Half the fun of this comes from the twist, and also another good chunk of the fun from how short it is. So revel in those things.

Find it on Amazon and Goodreads
Read my review

Every Heart a Doorway

Image result for every heart a doorwayAuthor: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Young Adult, LGBT, Magical Realism
Series?: Yes, but they act kind of as standalones

You will never, in your life, read another book like this book. This is a murder mystery but also takes place at a school for children who came back from fairytale worlds. Think Lucy getting back from Narnia and getting murdered while Edmund tries to crack the case.

Find it on Amazon and Goodreads
Read my review

Sharp Objects

Image result for sharp objectAuthor: Gillian Flynn
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Series?: No

If you didn’t read this in time to watch the miniseries, get to it now. This book takes place in dead summer, but is so dark and twisted and creepy that it feels way more like a fall read. It’s also my favorite Gillian Flynn book, and my opinion counts times infinity.

Find it on Amazon and Goodreads
Read my review

CLASSICS

In Cold Blood

Image result for in cold bloodAuthor: Truman Capote
Genre: Nonfiction, Classics, True Crime, Mystery
Series?: No

This is one of the greatest true crime books of all time. After tremendous amounts of research and years of work, Truman Capote constructed the narrative as if he were writing a novel, so this feels as much like a crime novel as it does a real account. The combination of the fall murder it investigates, the writing style, and the movement of the plot make this book perfect for fall.

Find it on Amazon and Goodreads
Read my review

Jane Eyre

Image result for jane eyreAuthor: Charlotte Brontë
Genre: Classics, Romance, Gothic
Series?: No

I just reread this book very slowly over the course of about two months, and it was perfect. The writing is so atmospheric and the book itself is so cozy. There are hints of mystery and even horror that contribute to that feeling, since it is Gothic – but also, this is just a beautifully written classic, and that always feels fall-like to me.

Find it on Amazon and Goodreads
Read my review

Dracula

Image result for dracula bookAuthor: Bram Stoker
Genre: Classics, Horror, Gothic
Series?: No

Okay, so this one isn’t the most original, but come on. Dracula is the perfect book for the season. There’s horror and fantasy and vampires, plus the nineteenth-century Gothic language that seems to fit the most with this season. And also, again: vampires.

Find it on Amazon and Goodreads
Read my review

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Which of these books have you read? (Because you’ve definitely read at least one.) What’s your favorite reading season?

Is it obvious that this post is a lazy two-birds-one-stone less-work tactic?

ATLAS

The best reading season is inarguably fall. Summer is sometimes nice for reading outside, except that actually it’s super hot and sweaty and buggy and awful. People glorify “beach reads,” but books get all sandy and suncreen-y and warped just from being near the ocean, I guess. (Insert Danny from The Mindy Project shouting “I fear the ocean out of respect” here.) Reading in the winter is terrible because it’s constantly freezing, and if you’re wrapped in a blanket, your hands are exposed in order to hold the book. Unless you’re in possession of a Snuggie, months of suffering ensue. And spring is mostly just Winter: The Sequel.

But fall…fall is the best. It’s a mix of nice days—you can read outside and the trees are pretty!—and brisk days—you can read inside and be super comfy! Also, hot beverages make their triumphant return, and everyone knows that there…

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39 thoughts on “My favorite fall reads (because fall is longer than just October!)

    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      right?? now i really want to reread fangirl…

      also i’m so jealous!! the leaves are already nearly gone here. which also means it’s cold. which i haaaaate.

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      i have read Carry On!! i’m really in the mood to reread it actually. and also fangirl.

      ah so glad you love The Hazel Wood!! so many people weren’t into it but i had so much fun w it.

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  1. Bookchanted says:

    IVE BEEN MEANING TO READ EVERY HEART A DOORWAY FOREVER??? I HOPE IT LIVES UP. Also, YES to FANGIRL and The Hazel Wood!!!! Also, this isn’t connected to this post, but I know you’ve read and LOVE A Million Junes, and I read it a while ago and I don’t have anyone to fangirl about it with, so here I am- OH MY GOD ITS SO GOOD I LLOVED IT SO MUCH????? I mainly read it bc you’d put it on your blog so many times and I was like “HUH if Emma loves it I gotta try” AND I LOVE IT SM OMG ITS SO PURE AND BEAUTIFUL AND MAGICAL AND JUST W O W

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      I LOVE EVERY HEART A DOORWAY. i five starred it. but i hope it lives up to the hype for you b/c it is…devastating when that doesn’t happen

      OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG YOU READ AN DLOVED A MILLION JUNES???? AH I AM SO HAPPY I AM SO EXCITED THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER. that book is criminally underrated and it breaks my heart and i want to give emily henry the biggest hug and also cry and laugh forever

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  2. Linda @ flourishreader says:

    I totally agree with you! And a lot of ppl are already in their christmas mood and I’m here loving my Hocus Pocus wallpaper and every other things fallish though I do also love winter as a reading season. Ppl should see fall as more than October. You are right. 🧡🖤

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  3. thebookcorps says:

    This is such a great post Emma!! I absolutely adore Fangirl — I cried my eyes out reading that book. I have In Cold Blood on my TBR and can’t wait to read it. Heard so many great things, I’m so glad you love it! And Jane Eyre is 100% the ultimate fall book

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      ahhh thank you!! Fangirl ruins me every time. it gets in my brain like few other books can…but also i’m dyyyying to reread it at the moment. i hope you love In Cold Blood – it’s such an impressive book!! and yay jane eyre ❤

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  4. may says:

    le gasp the first lie i’ve heard from you was “I’m unoriginal and bad at coming up with blog ideas” how dare you talk badly about my favourite blogger in the whole world

    ahhhhhhh EVERY HEART A DOORWAY MADE THE LIST I AM HAPPY. i wasn’t planning on reading the hazel wood but youre making me reconsider my choices hmmm 🤔🤔

    also you should be happy to know ‘all the light we cannot see’ AND ‘sharp objects’ are both on hold from the library so they are in the works (basically im going to dedicate the rest of my reading career to reading your favs, i know, youre welcome) ❤

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      sgdhjasgjh i love you but also like…i post reviews and wrap ups basically. not exactly the queen of creativity

      yesss shoutout to Every Heart a Doorway! even if the second book brutally disappointed me and i have not since continued.

      & omg on the one hand i wanna be like YES READ THE HAZEL WOOD but also…it was basically me and 2 other people who liked it. everyone else hated it. so i do not know if i can in good faith recommend

      i literally love you so much. i am overcome with love. sharp objects is soooo creepy and quick and all the light we cannot see is long and slow but so beautiful!!! i hope you love both so we can scream about them together ❤

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  5. Norrie says:

    Fall is defo more than just October 🙂
    Great list, all the books are pretty nice choices for the season. I’m planning to read Fangirl at some point and maybe Hazel Wood.

    I watched Sharp Object series recently. I think it was pretty good, but not as good as the book for sure.

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      woo!! thank ya. i’m honestly considering rereading fangirl, and by “considering” i mean “find it hard to imagine i won’t read it at this point.”

      i watched i think the first episode of the sharp objects miniseries? and i meant to continue, i just…didn’t.

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  6. malanielovesfiction says:

    I adore your posts with all my being, also jane eyre!! MY FIRST BOOK WIFE!!? sometimes when I’m nostalgic I go back and reread Rochester being an Original Drama Queen™️ and Jane being like um nope “i must respect myself sir”

    I didn’t know The Hazel Wood was a thing people liked???? my mom bought it for me as a gift and I had to pretend to be happy + excited but now I’m actually excited to read it?????? I can finally be a delight to my parents sldkfjsc: c: c:

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      i just wrote my review of jane eyre today (b/c classic me) and like…dude. that book from 18 freakin 47 had no right to be as feminist and cool as it was

      dghasjgdjhs I AM THE ONLY ONE WHO LIKES THE HAZEL WOOD. everyone else in the world hated it i think but i’m sentenced to a life of unpopular opinions & thought it was soooo cool and unique

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  7. Marie says:

    Ohh this is a great post! I agree that The Hazel Wood would be a perfect fall read, there’s something about that atmosphere that fits perfectly 😀 Same for Harry Potter. And oh, I really need to read Fangirl at some point haha I am so late on that hype train!
    Lovely post! 🙂

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      thank you thank you!! i almost wish i’d held off on reading The Hazel Wood till now, since it fits the season so well, though that’s insane b/c i read it like 8 months ago. and yes yes read Fangirl!! i’m thinking i’m probably going to reread it in the next couple weeks 🙂

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    • emmareadstoomuch says:

      ahh definitely!! i read it for a class a few semesters ago, so i’ll likely reread it eventually and will hopefully do so in the fall 🙂

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