16 Favorite Books to Read During the Fall

Posted by Hayley on October 2, 2015

Now that it's October, we're in the mood for books that pair well with crackling fires, big sweaters, and hot drinks. We asked you on Facebook and Twitter: What's the perfect book to cuddle up with during the fall? Your top answers are below.

The October Country
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Wuthering Heights
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The Secret History
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Red Scarf Girl
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The Name of the Wind
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The Historian
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A Discovery of Witches
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The Night Circus
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The Thirteenth Tale
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An Ember in the Ashes
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Halloween Party
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Night Pleasures
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
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Did your favorite fall read not make the list? Then share it with us in the comments! And be sure to check out more seasonal reads over on Listopia: Best Books to Read in Autumn.

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message 1: by Novel Nymph (last edited Oct 02, 2015 10:51AM) (new)

Novel Nymph This list has some good ones. :)

My favorite Autumn reads are mysteries, English/ Early American classics, and non-fiction books on herbs/plants. I also like certain kinds of fantasy like Chalice by McKinley or The Princess and the Goblin by MacDonald.

message 2: by Gerald (last edited Oct 02, 2015 11:28AM) (new)

Gerald Hickman It is an interesting time of year - autumn. Our thoughts turn to cooler days and chilly nights. A good time to wrap up and read a mystery like
Arsenic and Old Lace, or Agatha Christie's Halloween Party.
Enjoy the reading and the most beautiful time of year with walks to view the changing of the leaves.

Zombieslayer⚡Alienhunter Two words.

message 4: by Shelby (last edited Oct 03, 2015 04:21AM) (new)

Shelby Definitely Harry Potter! It just gives me a cozy homey feeling! And also mysteries like sherlock Holmes where its usually rainy and cold in Victorian London and its like that here in the great old Midwest!

message 5: by Sara (new)

Sara Naveed Wuthering Heights. Definitely!

message 6: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Currently reading The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater and its a perfect fall book. Set in November and it's definitely has the Autumn mood (that I don't get where I live cause I live in the tropics where the seasons are hot and rainy and hot and sunny)

message 7: by Marina (new)

Marina Right now I'm reading The Old Man and the Sea, and it fits my mood wonderfully.

message 8: by Marina (last edited Oct 02, 2015 01:21PM) (new)

Marina Out of my read books, I can recommend:
-the Moomins (perhaps especially Moominvalley in November!)
-the Devil Wears Prada
-the Troll: a Love Story

I'm also going to read Tolkien's "Letters From Father Christmas" in November/December :)

message 9: by Naailah (new)

Naailah I'm reading the Night Circus right now, its a wonderful book

Mercedé Khodadadi  مرسده خدادادی The long nights of autmn is so good to sit by fire with a warm cup of tea/coffee and read something.

message 11: by Mikki (new)

Mikki The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

message 12: by April (new)

April Harrison Any Bronte book will do!

message 13: by Andrea (last edited Oct 02, 2015 02:29PM) (new)

Andrea Agatha Christie's mysteries, Dracula, fairy tales, non-fiction on polar exploration, true crime, Russian classics. I have strange preferences :)

message 14: by Emma Ruth (new)

Emma Ruth Seeing as it's Spring here, I like to re-read Deltora Quest. Spring is definitely the perfect time to embark on a quest imho.

message 15: by Kirby (new)

Kirby And Then There Were None!

message 16: by sublimosa (new)

sublimosa A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny
I'm neither a fantasy nor dog person yet I found this book thoroughly entertaining.

message 17: by Diana (last edited Oct 02, 2015 03:49PM) (new)

Diana My favorite reads for fall are Edgar Allan Poe, or Nathaniel Hawthorne.

message 18: by Kimberley (new)

Kimberley doruyter he i've read some of these, that's new:)

message 19: by Aaron (new)

Aaron Something Wicked This Way Comes.

message 20: by Kimberley (new)

Kimberley doruyter Aaron wrote: "Something Wicked This Way Comes."

are your thumbs tricking, it could be dangerous;)

message 21: by Lailah (new)

Lailah Diana wrote: "My favorite reads for fall are Edgar Allan Poe, or Nathaniel Hawthorne."

Definitely Poe

Ertica*~She'sABookBirdy~*Castley The name of the wind. Totally badly wanna read this book this october. I heard great review and positive about this book.

message 23: by nose (new)

nose bagrenal Its magnificent :)

message 24: by Kay (new)

Kay J Wuthering Heights, and Pride and Prejudice, are good fall books. I go backstop them during fall and winter.

☯ DαякєηRнαℓ  ❛ ᶜʳᵒᵘᶜʰᶤᶰᵍ ʰᵘᵐᵃᶰ ; ʰᶤᵈᵈᵉᶰ ᵗᶤᵗᵃᶰ ❜  I can't believe it but I've actually read one of them! And there are more on my list! Amazing :D Nice list!

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I have read two of the books!! There are so many good books I have read lately I wouldn't want to choose one in particular.I am on book two of The Game of Thrones( which is fantastic!) and this series will keep me occupied all Autumn,Winter and beyond!!

message 27: by Beth (new)

Beth Carpenter I enjoy reading horror espically around Halloween. Like to read love stories too, but mostly enjoy reading horror on those long, lonely, cold nights

☯ DαякєηRнαℓ  ❛ ᶜʳᵒᵘᶜʰᶤᶰᵍ ʰᵘᵐᵃᶰ ; ʰᶤᵈᵈᵉᶰ ᵗᶤᵗᵃᶰ ❜  That sounds both creepy and scary though really good as well. Would be funny it a strange noise came from the garden or something too for added effect! :D

message 29: by Beth (new)

Beth Carpenter I know it sounds creepy,but I've always enjoyed reading horror and what better time to read it than in the fall when it gets dark and chilly early in the evening?

Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ} Zombieslayer/Alienhunter{Honest Machinery} wrote: "Two words.

Totally agree!

message 32: by Rajan (new)

Rajan Kumar "Elementary my dear Watson" Yes, what better than reading those lines over and over again this fall. Nothing excites me more than entering the Victorian era in a foggy London and Sherlock Holmes is the one who let me feel the very essence of Victorian culture vicariously.

message 33: by Mariuki (new)

Mariuki Wow, great list! I'd love to read them all! I'll start with Wuthering Heights! :D

message 34: by papilionna (new)

papilionna I somehow connect fall with the Twilight series, so I'm really looking forward to reading them the next few weeks :)

message 35: by bluish (new)

bluish silverish I would love to wear sweaters and drink hot cocoa beside a fireplace, but it's still summer where I live :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

message 36: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Naailah wrote: "I'm reading the Night Circus right now, its a wonderful book"

One of my all time favorites.

message 37: by Ebony (last edited Oct 03, 2015 07:34AM) (new)

Ebony Reading Faerie wrote: "This list has some good ones. :)

My favorite Autumn reads are mysteries, English/ Early American classics, and non-fiction books on herbs/plants. I also like certain kinds of fantasy like Chalice ..."

Non-fiction books on herbs/plants. I completely agree. Mushrooms and herbs in particular. <3

message 38: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Starling A great list of books!! Wuthering Heights and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow are two of my all-time favorites! I just came across a seemingly unknown novel called "The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster" by author Scott Wilbanks(http://www.scottbwilbanks.com/). I was looking for something unique and different and was pleasantly surprised with this story. The book tackles time travel as young Annie Aster discovers a letter from a 19th century schoolmarm from Kansas in her San Francisco backyard. The letter is addressed to Annie and scolds her for trespassing on Elsbeth's property. I think the wit and humor is shown well in Annie's response: "You might want to sit down for this one, dear. You see today is May 17th, 1995 for me. So I'm left to wonder how my back door leads to your back forty with a century and half a country between them" The characters are absolutely wonderful. They are witty and lovable. Elsbeth and Annie have to figure out what is connecting their two worlds and the potential disaster that results from it. I can't recommend it enough.

message 39: by Rachel (last edited Oct 03, 2015 08:52AM) (new)

Rachel Kimberley wrote: "Aaron wrote: "Something Wicked This Way Comes."

are your thumbs tricking, it could be dangerous;)"

I'm reading this now. ;)

Personally I get an inkling to read the first Harry Potter, also Dracula, and Sherlock Holmes.

message 40: by Elisa Santos (new)

Elisa Santos I have read 2 or 3 books out of the list.

I just came from the library and brought my fall selection (at least the 1st one): Nemesis by Agatha Christie and A Chave de Salomão by José Rodrigues dos Santos.

My fall readings are donne mostly on classics - i plan to re-read P&P, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre - they have the right eerie mood for this particular season.

message 41: by Diane (new)

Diane October, Halloween... sounds like good a good Stephen King novel-any one of them!

message 42: by Kimberley (new)

Kimberley doruyter Diane wrote: "October, Halloween... sounds like good a good Stephen King novel-any one of them!"

i don't think he has any. just long ones;)

message 43: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Crime and Punishment. :) Very dreary, but in a good way.

Also. Anything written by a Bronte

message 44: by Zouagie (new)

Zouagie The thirteenth tale is definitely a great one. Always a favorite of mines for those cold and rainy seasons.

message 45: by Wayne (new)

Wayne Don't assume that the World revolves around the Northern Hemisphere...you wouldn't be spinning if WE of the Southern Hemisphere weren't still ATTACHED.
You need more South Americans New Zealanders, Pacific Islanders, Australians,Southern African nations and Southern Asian nations amongst your Goodreads Librarians perhaps?; ones who will speak out against your Jaundiced Geography.

Speaking on behalf of the Other Half of the Globe,
who are just entering the Season of Spring...(yes we are!!) which here in Australia is already experiencing bushfires in Tasmania, and 34 degrees Centigrade in parts of Australia, we are expecting a VERY warm Summer which may have crushed Spring's very existence. Perhaps your Autumnal Reading List is JUST the REminder we need that cool cold crisp icy rainy weather exists??? Perhaps your overlooking Our Existence may not express your Ignorance but reveal your Kindness, although I don't believe THAT for a second !!!
May I remind You whoever YOU might be, that Goodreads claims to have an International Membership.

message 46: by Carrie (last edited Oct 04, 2015 05:42AM) (new)

Carrie Frankenstein. Perfume-A Story of Murderer.

message 47: by Elisa Santos (new)

Elisa Santos Halah wrote: "what qualify a good fall book ?"

To me, an eerie ambiance, mistery, foggy-London, rainy Scotland, tweed clothes, warm fire place.

message 48: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante I've had Wicked on my reading list for quite a few years (it was recommended by a formerly Wiccan classmate when we toured Salem as a group).

This spring, at our local library sale, I managed to pick up a copy. October seems the perfect time of year for this one!

As for those in the Southern Half, is there no Hallowe'en? Are there no great October-related (spring or otherwise) books written by Southern writers? I somewhat remember otherwise...

message 49: by Vera (new)

Vera Conceição Shelby wrote: "Definitely Harry Potter! It just gives me a cozy homey feeling!"

Was thinking exactly the same thing :)

message 50: by Susan (new)

Susan awesome.

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