It’s officially the best time of the year: September through December. I love everything about it: the weather, the holidays, my birthday, and lots of time spent with loved ones. There’s also an aesthetic with this time of year that is just to die before. Sweater weather, scented candles, and leaves changing colours. That being said, there are some books that just give me fall vibes. Here are some books that fit the fall aesthetic!
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
I don’t know what it is about this time of year (maybe September 1 is the start of the Hogwarts school year?) but I’m always in the mood to read HP. There’s something about the world-building and dark tropes within the work that line up with September through December. You can reread any of the Harry Potter books during this time of year! I think Prisoner of Azkaban is the most autumn-feeling book (even though I can’t explain it).
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
I have heard glowing reviews of this book. Even though I haven’t read it yet (it’s been on my TBR for a while now), a bunch of reviews say that this book has some of the best world-building in recent books. It’s a retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses fairytale, but with ghosts and murder. It’s dark, which is perfect with the darker season upon us. I look forward to reading it while wearing a large sweater and drinking hot chocolate!
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
I’m a fan of the dark academia aesthetic and this book falls under that. I’m reading a bunch of Leigh Bardugo books right now so it makes since that this book fits the fall vibe! This is Leigh Bardugo’s first adult novel and I’m looking forward to reading it. It’s a story about ghosts and raising the dead, so it’s one of the best books for this time of year. I highly recommend it just on the reputation of Leigh Bardugo!
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
The cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous. The plot of the book is about a human girl who can paint portraits beautifully. The powerful Fae do not have this ability and so they ask humans to create things for them. The main character goes a step too far and gets pulled into the world of Fae and has to fight to survive. I’m looking forward to reading it during the colder season!
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
When I first heard about this book, it was described as a “feminist Harry Potter with a darker aesthetic” so I’m here for it. I love reading about magic and I love academia, so this book was written for me. It’s going to be released on September 28th, 2020, and I’m counting down the days! This is one of those books that I can’t wait for. Based on the summary, I’m recommending it to everyone!
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
I’m so excited about this book and the series! I was able to snag the collector’s edition boxed set of the trilogy. All of the covers are beautiful and include exclusive stories and bonus content. I have heard such great things. This book fits into the fall aesthetic because of the colder weather and darker nights. I can’t wait to read it.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Yet another Beauty and the Beast retelling that I plan on devouring. This retelling is slightly different because it involves a girl from our world falling into the world of the prince and she might be the one to break the curse. There have been so many good reviews of this book and its’ been on my shelf for a hot minute. I have the second book and the third book of the series comes out early next year, which I am excited for!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
There are a few books by Leigh Bardugo on this list and I think it’s because she’s a master of world building. Six of Crows is a heist novel with a diverse cast of characters that has been described as lovable and hilarious. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book (the lowest review I’ve seen is four out of five stars) and I think it falls under the fall vibes perfectly.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Margaret Rogerson has been described as a master of fantasy. This book is about a magical library and the girl who is sworn to protect it. When something goes wrong, she has to trust someone she never had faith in in order to save her job and the library. It’s the perfect book to read by the fire while drinking hot cocoa!
These are all of the books that give me fall vibes! This time of year is my absolute favourite. I’m looking forward to the cold weather and being able to curl up with a thick book and not move for hours. What’s your favourite time of year? Have you read any of these books? Let me know down in the comments. And, as always, thank you so much for reading!