The season of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, crunchy leaves, and cozy sweaters has finally arrived, which means it’s time to shake those beach novels out of your reading list and decorate your nightstand with something a little more festive. I have 10 books that should only be read in the fall, for those of you in need of suggestions, so don’t worry if you haven’t changed up your seasonal TBR just yet.
Fall is my favorite season, because it means the summer heat is finally behind us, and we have nothing but the holidays to look forward to. Autumn is a time to chill out and refresh yourself, knowing that you’ve made it through another year on this space rock. Being from the south, I have grown up with fall seasons that last only a few short weeks, so I’m all about making those orangey, pumpkin-spiced days count.
Check out my picks for 10 books that should only be read in the fall below.
1.’The Secret History‘ by Donna TarttBuy it from Amazon
I’m a big believer in reading campus novels during the fall and winter, and the twisty, murderous stylings of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History bring the perfect air of mystery to your fall reading lineup.
2.’Fever Dream‘ by Samanta SchweblinBuy it from Amazon
Sure, there’s Halloween to come in October, but fall brings a naturally spooky mood when it blows into our lives at the end of the year. With a strange and unnerving story told from an isolated hospital, Samanta Schweblin’s short novel, Fever Dream, makes a great accompaniment to autumn’s moody chill.
3.’Behold the Dreamers‘ by Imbolo MbueBuy it from Amazon
I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but would you just look at the color palette used for the cover of Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers? This dreary but beautiful story about two couples attempting to weather the 2008 financial crisis will set a somber mood for your fall.
4.’Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe‘ by Kapka KassabovaBuy it from Amazon
Fall makes you want to stay close to home, maybe even indoors, where you can curl up with a good book and a hot beverage. You can still travel, though, so long as you pick the right reading materials. For a new adventure, check out Bulgarian-born writer Kapka Kassabova’s Border, in which she revisits the country of her birth, decades after the end of Soviet rule.
5.’The House of the Spirits‘ by Isabel AllendeBuy it from Amazon
In keeping with the spookiness of fall, make sure Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits is on your nightstand this season. This family saga centers on the descendants of Clara del Valle, a Chilean woman whose psychic powers allows her to predict the misfortunes that will befall her family.