These may not be the scariest spooky season reads, but there’s no denying these book have captured a certain fall vibe! Check out my favorite autumn reads.
Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella
Taking place at Harvard (obviously), this book expertly captures the fall season as the first semester starts. Many books that make me feel most *autumn* seem to be taking place in schools! Maybe I’m just not far enough away from my school years to shake that feeling. Either way, I love the New England autumn portrayed in Ghosts of Harvard – and while I liked the whole book, I still wasn’t quite sure what to make of it when I finished. You can get a copy of your own here.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
How can you not love this Victorian-esque hidden picture cover? The colors, the vibe? I think it’s just a really pretty book, but it’s a huge plus that I thoroughly enjoyed the story inside. The school-time story brings me tons of fall vibes, in the same way that Ghosts of Harvard did… the incredible mystery is just an added bonus when it comes to my favorite fall novels. Pick up a copy here.
Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper
I made no secret of loving the borderline fantasy novel in Payback’s a Witch – this first installment is an excellent novel of magic and a town of witches, and I devoured it. I read it in January, but I think you will find it oozes the vibes of autumn, just the same way that From Bad to Cursed screamed spring. This one remains my current favorite in the series, and it makes me think Halloween! You can read my full review of Payback’s a Witch here, or get a paperback for yourself here.
The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
The Ex Hex didn’t completely wow me, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t the perfect fall read. Between fall festivals and witchy vibes and kitschy tourist stores, I just want to crawl into the town of Graves Glen and nap there. I’m even more excited to get to The Kiss Curse, which I think is finally out now! Her cousin’s story sounds far more interesting, given that I much preferred her character. You can read my full review of The Ex Hex here and get one of your own here.
Cackle by Rachel Harrison
Ahhh, Cackle. Nothing says fall like Rachel Harrison (and I heard she’s just released another novel about werewolves…I’m all over it). While The Return is technically my favorite, Cackle just captures the spirit of the season a lot better. The shifting weather matches the shifting vibe of the story, and it leaves you completely unmoored and unsettled. The plot wasn’t my favorite, but Harrison has a gift for the craft of prose and horror that can’t be denied. You can see my full review of Cackle here, and get your very own (now in paperback!) here.
What will you be reading in this autumn season? It’s the final few weeks of books before we buckle down with our tbrs for winter – so I’m excited to check out some new releases. Enjoy the very best time of the year!