Fall Vibes Book Recommendations For Every Reader
Goodbye, Labor Day. Hello, prospects of lower temps and chunky sweaters and football Sundays and changing leaves and ALL THE BEST THINGS IN THE WORLD.
(Actual footage of me diving into September.)
And nothing pairs with knit blankets and apple cider like a stack of books. So here’s a stack of recommendations — something for everyone, no matter what your fav genre is — from me to you. Happy reading, my friends.
If you want something magical
The Shades of Magic Trilogy by V. E. Schwab. This trilogy is sweeping, exciting, filled with lovable characters, and super magical. Perfect for burrowing into your couch and getting lost in an alternate universe.
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. This book is whimsical, conversational, light, and fun. I really loved it and it’s the perfect book to scoop you up, either because you haven’t read much lately or because you need a good bridge between heavier reads.
The Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. This YA fantasy trilogy kicks off a universe six books (soon to be seven) strong. After this, read the Six of Crows duology and then continue on to King of Scars.
If you want something thrilling
Limetown by Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie (creators), with Cote Smith. Okay so here’s how this goes. FIRST you listen to season one of the Limetown podcast, which is truly master class audio fiction work. This is SUPER fall vibes — an entire town of people disappeared overnight and fades into historical mystery before a reporter (the narrator) decides to investigate years later. This book is the prequel to season one. So listen to season one, read this book, then listen to season two. You will not regret it. (It also just got picked up by Jessica Biel and Facebook Watch!)
The Need by Helen Phillips. This book is WILD, with a twist unlike literally anything I have ever read. It starts with a woman home alone with her kids and she thinks she hears an intruder. The truth about that will blow. your. mind.
Recursion by Blake Crouch. He’s back (after his first book, Dark Matter) and possibly even better. Science meets thriller — nobody does it like Blake.
If you want something heartbreaking (in the best way)
The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall. About four people — two couples — whose lives are intwined because the men are co-pastors at a church in NYC. The story’s centered on something religious, but the book isn’t about religion — it’s about the people, and the way their relationship with one another, and their faith (or lack of it), changes their lives.
Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis. About five queer women living through the Uruguayan dictatorship in the 1970s. They find a slice of paradise in a tiny beach a day’s journey from their city, where they can be themselves. They come and go and come and go and experience life, love, trauma, healing, and everything in between. Gorgeous.
The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri. This one is about a Syrian refugee couple who are awaiting asylum in London. Flashbacks tell the heartbreaking story of their journey across continents and through loss and grief. But they also have so much love, and it’s really breathtaking.
The Summer of Dead Birds by Ali Liebegott. A collection of poems written by Ali after breaking up with her long-term girlfriend. She explores grief and herself and rides her own wave of emotion.
If you like historical fiction
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I recommend listening to this one’s audiobook, but lots of people loved reading it too. Told in a sort of script/interview style, it’s about a rock and roll band who split at the height of their success, and what happened to cause it. Love, drugs, rock and roll — super fall vibes.
The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse. Kate Moss did her homework on this one, people. A clean romance about a couple during the Catholic vs Huguenot conflict in 1500s France, it’s exciting and filled with plenty of mystery, too.
If you like Nonfiction
Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee. The author has spent her life understanding the “elements of joy,” like color and surprise and repetition. This book is a study of those elements and filled with recommendations about how to make your own life and home joyful, too.
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink. This one’s filled with practical, psychology-based advice about timing — how to find out when your peak time of day is, when to release impactful messages, etc. Daniel Pink uses great examples and a light tone to make it interesting and fun to read.
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon. This is unlike any memoir I have ever read; almost unbearably honest, incredibly raw, fiercely moving. Much to learn about race and power and how our history affects who we are every day. Read it.
Have any fall recommendations for me? Leave them in the comments!