This is a weekly tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s challenge is to pick ten books that remind you of autumn – either with their covers, their themes, their content, or all of the above.
Fall is my all-time favorite season. Summer is a close second. But there is something about fall that just makes everything cozier and happier. The crisp air, the hayrides, the corn mazes, the apple cider, the best family holidays… fall has it ALL.
When I want a fall read, I want magic or family or epic stories to explore on a cold night. And fall also has me longing for classic poetry. Here are twelve such offerings.
What would you add to the list? What is your favorite fall read?
Really I think this is an obvious choice, no? It’s made to be read in October.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
Again. Perfect for fall. I know it spans a school year, but all the anticipation of the games is in the fall. And it was released in September 2002, which also means I read it in the fall. Such fond memories of this book!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Okay, this is on my fall TBR this year. So it has to be a fall read! Magic and a circus? What else could you ask for? Carnivals and fairs are so popular in the fall around here, so I have to read this finally!
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
This was such an eerie story when I first read it. It’s a little silly now, but I can still remember reading this as a child and being paranoid about trick or treating while there could be a headless horseman on the loose! It is just spooky enough to still enjoy.
I read this last fall, so I’m partial to it. But seriously, Ketterdam is a perfect setting for the darker days that come in October. And it has the rather macabre new magical gift for Nina. I won’t spoil it, but let’s say things are quite different for our heartrender friend in this second book.
First and Then by Emma Mills
Football! Or more accurately, a spin on Pride and Prejudice with a healthy dose of football. As much as I love reading, football is a family tradition that immediately makes me think of the fall. So this is a good balance of the two!
ACOWAR by SJM
Sorry, I’m oddly enough typing this on my phone so I just don’t want to type the whole name out. Hahahaha. Anyway. We learn a lot about the Autumn Court in this book and get to visit it for the first time. It’s too bad Lucien has such a wretched family because aside from the Night Court, the Autumn Court would be my next choice to live in.
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Witches. Sisters, aunts, daughters and love. And evil too. All the family bonds and feels that you could want in a short easy read. And it’s better than the movie, though the movie is cute in it’s own right. They just changed so much!
Vampires! The original vampire that made me fall in love with all vampires when I was in middle school! How could anyone not love Dracula? The romance, the gore, the betrayals, destiny over centuries, and that bastard Van Helsing. Plus all the myths around the actual man that he’s based on… whew. Love this one.
The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien
So I could be wrong. But I feel like they get to Rohan during the fall. No? Hahaha. I need a fact checker on that one. Either way, it is an epic story which I love late in the year.
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Howl! Again. Magic. And lots of it. And a little romance. And starry nights. A lovely book, a better movie. And there’s a scarecrow with a turnip for a head. Perfection.
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
I promised some poetry, didn’t I? Frost’s works remind me of fall and school days and long walks home under trees of bright yellow and red.
And that’s all for this week! Thanks for reading ☺️