This week I am presenting you with ten books that feel like fall to me. Insert Pumpkin emoji here. I have a huge love for Christmas but Fall is my favorite time of year. I think it might be the teacher thing? Fall for me is all about potential, renewal, a chance to improve, to make things better. I love the start of school, I have a pumpkin cookie recipe, and the cooler weather is my jam. It follows then that I love books with a fall setting, a fall feeling, or a fall colored cover.
Heads up that I chose books that feel like fall to me rather than books that are completely set in fall. That's just how I roll.
The Serpent King
by Jeff Zentner
“Nothing makes you feel more naked than someone identifying a desire you never knew you possessed.”
It takes place over the course of a year but I swear this is the book equivalent of a crip fall day. I have so much love for this book that writing about it actually makes me incoherent. Gah!
The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater
“My words are unerring tools of
destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.”
1. It takes place at the start of a school year.
2. Ravens and crows are fall birds in my head.
3. Just 'cause Ronan and Gansey.
Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast
by Robin McKinley
"You will find no mirrors here, for I cannot bear them: nor any quiet water in ponds. And since I am the only one who sees you, why are you not then beautiful?”
I know I mention this book a lot. I can't help it, though! There is so much lush description in this book but some of my favorites are the description of Autumn woods and castle grounds. Also, Beauty and the Beast. I know that fairy tale retellings are all the thing but this is just a straight novel lengh "telling". Which I could do with more of. Especially of more diverse fairytales that I am not as familiar with.
A Certain Slant of Light
by Laura Whitcomb
“I couldn't take my eyes off him. Like a desert wanderer afraid of mirages, I gazed at my oasis, but he was real.”
Not enough people talk about this book. It is a love story and a ghost story and has some of my favorite writing in it. I turn into some sort of vixtorian maiden thinking about this book both hands over my heart and sighing.
The Scorpio Races
By Maggies Stiefvater
“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”
The entire book is a lead up to November 1st. You might not think that a book about disturbing horses from the sea that will eat both their riders and passers by without proper supprvision would be so completely awesome. You would be wrong.
Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo
It is possible this book takes place in late fall/winter. I really picked it because it is one of my favorites and belongs on this list. Capers! Thieves! The best hate to love subplot, evah! Also, KAZ! In fact why am I not reading Six of Crows AT THIS VERY MOMENT? #disappointedinme
by Tiffany D. Jackson
“Well, people tend not to think clearly when a black girl is suspected of killing a little white girl,” Ms. Cora says.
One word. Halloween. This book is so fantastically creepy that it is almost like a realistic horror novel. I would also like to
Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery
“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
Pretty sure that it is this quote about October. Or that the book opens with Anne coming to a new home which I associated in my head with starting a new year of school and therefore fall. #mentalgymnastics
Daughter of the Forest
by Juliet Marillier
“Perhaps this is what the stories meant when they called somebody heartsick. Your heart and your stomach and your whole insides felt hollow and empty and aching.”
Another fairy tale retelling. I guess in my head they are a fall thing. Actually, yes. They usually are. This one is a retelling of The Six Swans