I’ve been looking forward to this Top 5 all month!
As ever, we’re doing Bionic Book Worm’s Top 5 challenge and this week it’s Top 5 Fall Reading Recommendations.
I’ll be honest, I don’t really know what it means to read a “fall read” because the seasons come and go a lot in the books I tend to read. But there are books I’ve loved to read that either have great autumn scenes or give that cosy, autumn feeling.
The Top 5 Fall Reading Recommendations on this list are going to have some memorable snippets of autumn or make us feel so cosy that we really feel like autumn is on its way. Those warm, burrito-blanket feels are on their way with these books:
This book really stuck with me since I first read it as a teenager. Magical creatures stalking the streets of a Victorian city and a mysterious girl at the heart of the travesty.
Thaniel Fox is a wych-kin hunter and it’s his job to destroy the dark creatures that are snatching people off the streets. Enamoured by Alaizabel Cray after rescuing her from the wych-kin, Thaniel doesn’t realise that she is a danger to his cause.
This book is super dark, gritty and has some big Halloween feels. All the scary monsters and the night-time adventures made me feel like I was curled up safe in bed while still getting the scary-chills. There are a lot of dark, rainy nights in this book and the Halloween-esque scares combined make this an awesome fall read.
If you want to check out this autumn read, here’s the Amazon link.
This might be book two in the series and some might argue it’s not truly a fall read, but for me, this is something to enjoy during the autumn months. The All Souls Trilogy is an urban fantasy series for sure but in Shadow of Night there is time travel involved – to Elizabethan London.
This era gives me autumn feels and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the contrast between today and back then when the UK was less city and more endless countryside. I picture golden trees, fallen leaves and the smell of the earth after recent rain. It’s a beautiful picture and definitely represents the lighter side of autumn.
The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee
I have gushed about this book for a long time, it’s one of my all-time favourites. While it doesn’t specify exactly what season it is in the book, it kinda feels like it’s the same time of year as we’re in now: straddling that transition between summer and fall. There’s downpours and bouts of sunlight but often overcast. It has those earthy autumn feels for sure.
Although this book has autumn feels, it’d be an amazing book to read at any time of year because it’s So. Damn. Awesome.
This one is straight-up fantasy and I am generally not a major fantasy fan but this one is a serious winner for urban fantasy readers.
We’re back to the dark side of fall with this one.
This book is full of ghosts, possessions and a desperate events organiser who gets thrown into the dark, scary history of a York manor and all its haunted antiques. It’s truly scary and the perfect Halloween read.
This is one of the few books that gave me the chills throughout reading it and for a while afterwards, too. Roz Acclam, the main protagonist, puts on a haunted necklace and becomes immediately possessed by the ghost of Jane, a well-meaning woman who made all the wrong choices for all the right reasons.
Be warned. Don’t read this alone at night, you will get the heebie-jeebies. Plus, everything that makes a noise will automatically be a ghost.
An award-winning novella. A haunting story.
This is another one that will leave you with chills and you’ll be super confused as to why. There are love chills, scary chills and straight-up heartbreak chills. It’s a really emotional story that will suck you up into a whirlwind of feels.
A forbidden love between Fae and human turns deadly with this origin story for the Irish banshee. This in itself makes it the perfect autumn story as it’s scary enough to qualify for Halloween. But prepare yourself for some serious gut-wrenching feels and in the end, that’s why I gave it a full five stars when I reviewed it.
Thanks for reading!