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Books to Read in the Fall

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The earlier sunsets of fall make us want to spend more time reading in a cozy sweater with a pumpkin spice latte. While we agreed that we look forward to reading in our favorite season, we were having trouble articulating what types of books make the best autumn reads!

We polled our Read with the Book Girls Facebook group, and they helped us come up with a list of characteristics that make the best fall books. Of course, anything set in the fall was the easiest qualifier, but we also agreed that fall is a season of deeper reads after light beach read season. Thrillers for Halloween and back-to-school themes also made it to our fall reading list.

Our list of fall books includes a mix of brand new books, along with some of our favorite books from the past few years.

Grab a throw blanket and coffee or wine and curl up in a chair with one of these perfect for fall novels.

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Best Fall Books

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While those are our autumn favorites, along with the books we at the top of our fall reading lists, there are a few other authors that consistently come up as winners for this season. If you need more books for your TBR pile, check out Anthony Doers, Colson Whitehead, Sally Rooney, and even romance by Nicholas Sparks.

Do you have any favorite fall books? Add your book recommendation to the comments below!

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Maureen Larson

Thursday 7th of October 2021

Just read Into the Darkest Corner, based on your recommendation. I am a thriller lover and this one was excellent. You know what what is coming, but the author's build-up is so well done that you remain on pins and needles waiting for it. Thank you for the title.

Melissa George

Thursday 7th of October 2021

We're so glad you enjoyed it!

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Tuesday 5th of October 2021

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Sunday 3rd of October 2021

The book about the people and what they did in Gander, Newfoundland was the most uplifting and best feeling ever. Those people and that country should have received the Nobel Peace Award.


Wednesday 29th of September 2021

I feel a strong sense of fall every time I read the first couple of chapters of A Wrinkle in Time. It's cozy, mysterious, and there's a hint of ripe apples in the air.

Melissa George

Wednesday 29th of September 2021

Oh, great suggestion!

Weezie Fitzhugh

Tuesday 28th of September 2021

So very happy to see West With Giraffes on this list! I’ve been recommending it to everyone since I read it in January - it and American Dirt are my favorite books of the last 5 years. This is the first time I’ve seen it on any of the bazillions of “lists” I read. Kudos!