Hi y’all, I’m back from the dead and sharing some of my favorite fall books today!! Autumn is my favorite reading season, and I typically see a huge spike in how many books I read between October and December. It’s such an atmospheric, sensory season that I think lends itself nicely to reading new books and reliving old favorites. I find myself enjoying books about academia, especially at a traditional boarding school or old university, and don’t mind some magical realism mixed in. All in all, I love stories about changing and growing with the season. If I can bundle up in a blanket, sip some tea, and dive into a book, I’m game.
Here are my cozy fall book recommendations:
The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
Would it be a fall book recommendation post if I didn’t mention the Harry Potter series? This seven-book collection is a fall classic: three brave and quirky friends, a wizarding school, and plenty of magical adventures to keep our cast of characters busy. From reading this series as a six-year-old to reading it as a sophomore in college, the whimsy and magic of these books feel like coming home after a long stay away. What also draws me to this series is how rewarding it is to read: when Harry, Ron, and Hermione win the battle against evil forces, you feel like you’re succeeding alongside them. Plus, the descriptions of food in this series are unreal.
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The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
Continuing with the magic theme, I highly recommend this lovely book for all your autumnal reading needs! The Disappearances is about Aila, who discovers her mother’s mysterious and magical past when she moves to her mom’s hometown. Every seven years, something in the town of Sterling goes missing: the stars, reflections, smells, et cetera. This historical fiction book is the perfect blend of magic, mystery, and romance. It’s a quick read that’s fresh and charming.
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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Nothing like a little murder and mystery to put you in the autumn mood and A Study in Charlotte has plenty of both. This crisp and witty story takes place at a boarding school and is a classic whodunnit with modern nuances. This book talks about family legacy, drug addiction, and toes the line between friendship and romance. It reads like a classic Sherlock Holmes novel and has plenty of clues sprinkled throughout so you feel like you’re solving the mystery with Jamie and Charlotte.
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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
If you’re looking for something a little darker and more thought-provoking, The Bell Jar just might be your next favorite read. This transitionary novel about the descent of Esther Greenwood is a classic that could easily be read in an afternoon or two. Plath’s affinity for poetry shines through in this novel, so if you’re a literature geek like me, you’ll love the beautiful abrasiveness of Plath’s language.
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How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas
In this charming nonfiction book, four Parisiennes divulge their secrets for how to act, eat, behave, love, and dress like a French woman. It’s snarky, witty, slightly self-obsessed, and plain funny. This book inspires you to live without a filter. The audiobook is also lovely to listen to while doing chores or on your commute.
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