Welcome to Blogtober day 7! I’m just now realizing that I never officially announced that I am doing Blogtober, so hello! I’m doing Blogtober this year! Now that I’ve got that out of the way, today I wanted to talk about some books that I’ve either read and are great fall reads, or books that I want to read that sound like they will give me fall vibes. So lets get to it!
What kind of fall reading list would this be if I didn’t mention this series? I’m actually reading this series for the first time right now and it is totally giving me fall vibes. There is just something about the setting that makes me think of fall, and the fact that there are paranormal aspects to the story makes it even better!
This is a debut novel about a girl who dissects dead “unnaturals”, which are supernatural beings. It’s been described as Dexter meets This Savage Song, and I think that is a pretty accurate description. I’m still working my way through this, but Nita is such a fascinating character. I mean, she dissects the dead while listening to Disney songs for crying out loud!
“But Katie, you just named an author instead of a book!” Well that is because anything that Victoria Schwab writes is so fabulous and has great fall vibes. A Darker shade of Magic has, well, magic! This Savage Song has monsters, City of Ghosts has ghosts, and Vicious is about villains, and all of those elements are definitely a large part of this spooky time of year.
There is no way I can talk about fall atmosphere without mentioning The Wicked Deep! This book gives you all the fall, spooky vibes, and is almost reminiscent of Hocus Pocus. Years ago, three sisters were accused of witchcraft and were hung. Now they come back and get their revenge on the town that killed them. Sound familiar?
This has been described to me as a female version of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and follows the daughters of famous mad scientists in literature who are trying to solve the famous (or infamous) Whitechapel murders. If that doesn’t scream fall and Halloween, I honestly have no idea what does.
I would be completely surprised if you haven’t heard of this book yet. It’s a retelling of Jane Eyre, except Jane is actually friends with Charlotte Bronte, and oh yeah, she can see and talk to ghosts.
This is not a book I would recommend for young audiences, mainly for the sexual content. But if that doesn’t bother you, then this book is a fantastic fall read! This follows Deanna who has been locked into her apartment for 3 years, and not because she is a recluse. She has been locked in because she has homicidal tendencies and all she wants to do is kill people. Deanna works as a cam girl, and one day her client shows that he may be about to murder a child, so she decides she needs to leave her apartment to save that child. But who will save everyone from Deanna?
I love the movie Practical Magic, and when I found out it was based on a book, I almost immediately bought the book! I haven’t read it yet so I can’t give my own thoughts yet, but many reviews have said that the movie is completely different from the book. BUT it still follows witches and still has that spooky vibe that the movie has, so here it is on the list!
Audrey Rose is not your average well-to-do girl. She leads a secret life away from high society where she helps out in her uncle’s lab. But it’s not just any lab. It’s where Audrey Rose is learning to dissect the dead. And when a string of murders starts to happen, Audrey Rose has to team up with the mysterious Thomas to catch Jack the Ripper. This is such a creepy and thrilling read, and definitely fits the fall vibe!
And of course there are the usual answers of any horror/thriller/mystery, but many on my shelves I haven’t read yet and I don’t want to keep you all here forever, so I’ll just leave it with these books. What are some of your best fall reads? Have you read any of these, or want to? Let me know!