Best Books to Curl Up With This Fall
By Caden Armstrong
Fall… the time of pretty orange leaves, pumpkin lattes, and cold days that allows all of us book nerds to curl up with a blanket and a good book. It is a beautiful time that is full of fun anticipation for the holidays, but one question always in my mind is, “What are the best books to read during autumn?” and “Is there a specific type of book I should be reading during fall?” A few years ago, I decided that I had to read a specific type of book during the fall. It wasn’t as if someone had told me, “You are only supposed to read Fantasy and Science Fiction during the months of September to November,” but for some reason, either through what I saw other people reading or through some need to dive into another world once school started, I decided that I should only read fantasy in the fall. Now I have a very different view on what I should read and not read: anyone should read whatever they please at whatever time of year they want to read it. However, I do have some very exciting suggestions for you all today! These books down below, which I recommend reading this fall season, are all books that give me the warm and cozy vibes that I associate with autumn. I hope that you take these recommendations in the spirit which they are intended, as mere suggestions, and I hope you enjoy!
How could I not include this wonderful novel? Leigh Bardugo is a personal favorite author of mine that always knocks her stories out of the park, and Six of Crows is no exception. This novel shocked me the first time I read it. I remember receiving an ARC of it at San Diego Comic-Con and laying on my bed reading it after a long day of running after books and celebrity panels. After reading the first chapter, I was hooked. Her characters and narrative are so diverse, deep and humane. Her writing is magical and enticing. I personally love Bardugo’s style of writing and always go back to this book whenever I need a pick-me-up and some me time. If you love intricate world building and plots with layered characters that jump off the page, crime and conflict that is dark and magical, then Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is the book for you!
Synopsis: (From Goodreads)
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
I recently read Josh and Hazel over the summer; and looking back, this is a perfect book to read during the fall season because it is a book that gives me all of those warm and fuzzy romantic feelings. I am a huge fan of books by Christina Lauren, and their newest book was no exception. It was funny, original, and so much fun to read! It felt like the romance was natural and real. The love story that develops throughout the novel is one of my all-time favorite romances I have ever read. Not only did I connect with each character on multiple levels, but I felt that this novel spoke out about how important it is to be true to oneself. It is a romance that makes you think while reading it and also allows you to escape into the story of Josh and Hazel.
Synopsis: (From Goodreads)
Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.
Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.
Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double-blind dates means there’s nothing between them...right?
I don’t know why I associate this novel with autumn. I guess it is because the story is absolutely magical. It reminds me of the otherworldly anticipation and feelings that come to me around the beginning of the holiday season. Erin Morgenstern created a story that is so intricately beautiful. It starts out subtly and slowly creeps up on you. By the time you are into the second chapter, you are pulled head first into this magical story of true love and life and cannot escape its clutches. It is beautiful in its portrayal of life, characters, love, and existence and manages to portray all of this through a unique and interesting circus. It is a story I hold very dear to my heart and soul and that I love rereading next to the fire with a warm cup of tea on those rainy and cold days and nights.
Synopsis: (From Goodreads)
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Okay… I know that this book is set during the summer… and is technically a summer romance… but IT IS AMAZING AND GIVES ME THE WARM AND FUZZIES. If you haven't figured it out by now, I associate the warm and fuzzies with fall! This book… I don’t even know where to begin. One, it is written by two very talented authors and, two, is a book that I recommend to almost every single person that I meet. This book has a wonderfully heartfelt look on sexuality and love. It is a cool breeze on a hot summer’s day. It is chocolate with peanut butter. You get the idea. If you are a fan of musicals, undying romance, and New York City, then this is your book! It is such a real story that touched my heart and soul. I loved this take on a summer romance because it was realistic but still gave hope for the future and for true love.
Synopsis: (From Goodreads)
Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a show stopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?
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About the Author
My name is Caden Armstrong. I am 18 years old, and the owner of the Instagram @athousandbookstoread and the YouTube Channel 'A Thousand Books To Read!' I am a new freshman, starting college in Paris! I love to write, read and connect with others about how amazing fandoms and books are.
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