I’m in a bit of a post-portfolio haze, but I’m loving that I’ve been able to start reading for fun again. In honor of that (and that I’m back in a state with seasons!), I wanted to post about a few of my favorite books to read in the fall. These aren’t necessarily books about fall or taking place in the fall, but simply ones I find myself turning to again and again this time of year.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

There is something about pranking and intrigue at a boarding school that is just so very autumnal.  Frankie makes me long for my own teen years, though mine were quite a bit different than hers.  Bonus points for her being such a great character, too.



The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

 A story about stories narrated by a lover of books, this is one to read when the days are shorter and  colder and curling up with a book is all you want to do.  This gloomy, creepy, absorbing book is perfect for reading while sipping with some hot cocoa – main character Margaret Lea’s favorite drink.


Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I can’t read Wuthering Heights in the spring or summer; it is strictly a cold weather book for me.   A book this darkly passionate is best read during the darkest part of the year.



The Secret Circle Series by L.J. Smith

I love L.J. Smith and The Secret Circle is my favorite of her series.*  I first started reading this series one rainy fall day while making homemade apple cider. Every time I pick the books up, I think of fall and crave cider.  It certainly doesn’t hurt that the books take place primarily in the fall, too.


The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray

I’ll be honest, this is a series I can read any time. I adore Gemma and I have such a literary crush on Libba Bray.  However, the Gothic Victorian setting, the mystery of The Order, and Gemma’s awakening are the perfect kind of magic for this time of year.




*I’m referring only to the original trilogy that she wrote, not the books that are written after they took the series away from her.  I don’t have a very favorable opinion of the newest one I read.

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