ITS SPOOKY SEASON which means bring on all the mystery, fantasy, and thriller books this fall!
There’s nothing I love more than lighting a cinnamon pumpkin candle, getting cozy under my barefoot dreams blankets and binge reading a good book. After a sunny summer full of beachy romance novels, I’m ready to break out all of the mystery novels this fall. Do you feel this way too??
I’m back for another year of fall book recs. I tried not to be too repetitive from the 15 books I recommended last autumn, but some of them are just too good I had to include them! Unlike last year, ALL 12 of these are ones I’ve read in the past and think fit the mold of a cozy fall book.
You’ll find the 12 fall recommendations broken into three different genres: fantasy, mystery, and fiction. I hope you guys enjoy this post as they’re always super fun for me to make!! Let me know in the comments what books are on your TBR list this year!
If you’re looking to venture into the world of fantasy novels, I highly recommend starting here. This series follows the story of a young huntress named Feyre and her journey from the mortal world to the magical world full of challenges, love interests and an overarching theme of survival. It’s fast-paced, steamy and will have you fully invested in their magical world and all that comes with it.
If you’re looking for an incredibly complex, unique fantasy story to read this fall, this is the one for you. The Measure follows 8 interweaving character’s lives after one morning that changes everything. Each and every person in the world wakes up to a box that holds the length of their lives inside.
One of my go-to book recommendations if you’re looking for some magical realism during the fall. The Midnight Library is the definition of “what if?” We follow Nora Seed as she ventures to a magical library where each book inside provides the chance to undo any regret and chose and different path.
Any Ruth Ware book would be fitting for spooky season! This one in particular follows a group of coworkers as they travel to a snowy chalet for a team bonding weekend getaway. Soon, everything goes awry after an avalanche snows them in and one of their coworkers was still on the mountain skiing. Now, one by one, people are turning up dead, the team is turning on each other and they are running out of time to find out who is behind it all.
I had to throw in another Ruth Ware! This one is my favorite of the two I mentioned. It’s another “whodunit” story set in Oxford. Goodreads sums it up best by saying, “The It Girl is a psychological thriller about a murder at Oxford and the woman who may have been responsible for the conviction of the wrong man for the crime.”
If you’re looking for all the creepy vibes, pick up this book! We meet Chloe Davis who’s father was charged with serial murder of 6 local teens. It’s now 20 years later, and Chloe has tried to move on with her life with a great career and planning her upcoming wedding. That is, until 2 local girls go missing and the crimes are almost an exact replica of her dads. This books is completely unputdownable and will have you guessing throughout the whole novel.
This book brings all the fast-paced, entertainment that a mystery should. We meet Hannah who’s new husband Owen suddenly disappears, leaving behind his teenage daughter Bailey and a note that says “protect her.” The novel follows the rocky relationship between Hannah and Bailey as they try to uncover 3 pressing questions: Where is Owen? Why did he disappear? And protect her from what?”
Full of drama, twists, betrayal and deceit. The Other Woman follows Emily who finds the love of her life Adam. The only problem is Adam’s mother will stop at nothing to make sure Emily is out of Adam’s life forever. The other problem ? Adam seems to always take his mother’s side. Manipulation takes a shocking forefront and the ending will have you questioning everything.
A twisted page turner of a thriller! The Housemaid tells the story of ex-convict Millie who is in desperate need of a job. She soon gets hired by a well-to-do family of three to be a live in housekeeper/nanny. She at first believes this is her dream job, but soon discovers unusual happenings and that maybe this family is hiding something after all.
The most heartbreaking, yet heartwarming story ever! Perfect to cozy up with this fall. We meet curmudgeon Ove and his personable neighbors in a small England neighborhood. Through one brilliant cat, unlikely friendships and the overarching theme of “you never know what someone is going through so be nice”, Ove’s life will be forever transformed.
If you have yet to pick up this guaranteed 5 star read…. do it now! The novel is set during World War II and follows two sisters as they face the Nazi takeover in France. With themes of survival, impossible choices and overarching courage, this is a must-read for the fall.
Ending my fall book recs on a lighter note with this fall-inspired romance! It’s a cute, quick, ( a little cheesy) & enjoyable story that follows two infatuated characters as they meet one day, every year on November 9th.