These 10 books to get you in the mood for fall feature books with cozy, spooky, witchy, and autumnal themes, from campus novels to cider houses, magical circuses to monster-themed horror novels, and so much more. While summer offers an abundance of beach reads and summer romance books, these fall-themed books will get you in the mood for fall and belong on your fall reading list.
10 Books To Get You In The Mood For Fall
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
“Two starcrossed magicians engage in a deadly game of cunning in the spellbinding novel that captured the world’s imagination.”
2. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
“It’s October in Bascom, North Carolina, and autumn will not go quietly. As temperatures drop and leaves begin to turn, the Waverley women are made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree… and all the magic that swirls around it. But this year, first frost has much more in store.”
3. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
4. The Cider House Rules by John Irving
“An old-fashioned, big-hearted novel . . . with its epic yearning caught in the nineteenth century, somewhere between Trollope and Twain.”—Boston Sunday Globe
5. Cackle by Rachel Harrison
“A darkly funny, frightening novel about a young woman learning how to take what she wants from a witch who may be too good to be true, from the author of The Return.”
6. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
“[A] delicious fantasy of witchcraft and love in a world where gardens smell of lemon verbena and happy endings are possible.”—Cosmopolitan. Discover more witches in literature.
7. The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
“For fans of We Were Liars and The Ocean at the End of the Lane comes a haunting magically realistic debut about a family caught between a violent history, a taboo romance, and the mysteries lurking in their own backyard.”
8. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
9. The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Gross
“Based on some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics, this ‘tour de force of reclaiming the narrative, executed with impressive wit and insight’ (Publishers Weekly, starred review) debut is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders—and the bigger mystery of their own origins.” Related: Top 10 Monsters In Literature
10. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
“Shirley Jackson’s beloved gothic tale of a peculiar girl named Merricat and her family’s dark secret.” Find more spooky books to read this Halloween.
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