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30 Autumnal Book Recommendations

September 13th, 2022

Hi Readers!

I’m not sure I’ve ever anticipated Autumn like I did this year. We had such a hot Summer, and I think most of Britain has been longing for a bit of rain the entirety of August. It’s not quite sweater weather and ankle boot season, but it’s definitely starting to feel Autumnal, and my reading is reflecting that.

If you yourself are looking for books that would perfectly fit the feel of Autumn, then here are some of my absolute go to’s!

First, one of my favourite genre’s to read this time of year, some gothic classics.

The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins

Walter Scott receives directions from a mysterious women he later discovers escaped from an asylum.
If you like something a little unsettling, with intrigue and plot twists, I would highly recommend this book. It’s Victorian Gothic at it’s finest.

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The Paris Opera is being terrorised by the Angel of Music.
I’m sure a lot of you will have watched the musical by now, but the book is also worth a read.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Dorian Gray stays youthful and beautiful, his portrait does not…
This book starts off bright and Summery, but the darkness soon consumes Dorian Gray and turns this into a gothic masterpiece.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane finds a job as a governess at Thornfield, the home of Mr Rochester.
It starts off on a cold, rainy day, and it never really warms up. It’s got a creepy manor, mysterious characters, and shocking twists. All the vibes for a perfect Autumn read.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Gothic obsessed Catherine often lets her imagination run away with her, which gets her into all sorts of trouble.
This one is more of a comedic look at the gothic genre. Don’t take it seriously. Austen was just having a bit of fun when she wrote this.

If you want something a little more supernatural, here are some perfect for you:

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue belongs to a family of clairvoyants, and they predict that when she kisses the boy she loves, he will die.
Need I say any more?

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Lyra sets out to find her best friend Roger after he goes missing.
Now especially is the perfect time to pick up these books if you haven’t already because the final season is soon to air! If you like the sound of witches, animal sidekicks and talking polar bears wearing suits of armour, you should absolutely be reading this series.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This follows a wandering circus of acrobats, ice gardens, and magicians.
I found this a bit of a slower book, but with the most beautiful writing. It would make the perfect companion once the nights start getting longer.

Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Tessa Gray arrives in London, only to be abducted when she steps off the boat.
It feels kind of redundent to recommend CC books, but I just had to mention these. Set in Victorian London, these books give me all the Autumnal feels.

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

If you’re looking for something with a bit more fantasy, then how about one with elves, wizards, and the odd Hobbit?
There is no cosier book than Lord of the Rings. They get dark, yes, but the characters are so easy to love and the settings are so vaste and beautiful.

Or, if you’re particularly looking for something with ghosts, here are a few I’d recommend:

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

The ghost of Yadrial’s classsmate appears and they set out to find his murderer.
This book might have ghosts, but it isn’t spooky. It’s cute and charming, but definitely has those darker Autumnal vibes.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

A group of strangers stay at Hill House and experience paranormal activity.
This is a bit of a slower ghost story and I didn’t personally find it creepy, but the writing was wonderful.

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Maggie inherits a house that is famous for being haunted.
This one succeeded in creeping me out so much I had to sleep with the light on. I recommend not reading this when it’s dark, unless that’s what you’re looking for!

The Woman In Black by Susan Hill

Personally, I did find the movie scarier. But this book has some gorgeous writing and a really traditional ghost story feel to it.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The ghost of Hamlet’s father appears before him and tells him the truth of his death.
This is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, the characters especially as so well done.

A huge Autumnal trend right now is Dark Academia. I really haven’t read many myself, but here are a few I have which I would recommend.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

A group of college students are burying a body, and then we go back to the moment they all meet in a classical studies class.
This book is so over recommended when it comes to Dark Academia, but I can’t have you thinking I haven’t read it, or wouldn’t recommend it!

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Two university students want to cheat death, and find it unlocks a terrible power within them.
These books brilliantly explore jealousy, the anti-hero, and the corruption of greed and power.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Obsessed scientist Frankentein tries to bring a corpse back to life and creates a monster, or does he?
This is the OG Dark Academia.

I also associate chillier weather with historical fiction. Here’s a few I would recommend for Autumn:

The Manningtree Witches by A.K. Blakemore

Follows the witch trials that occured in Manningtree.
This is a dark story and the whole book feels dark and eerie. It’s very atmospheric.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

A plot to steal a woman’s inheritance in Victorian England.
This book feels gritty and dirty. The writing is so immersive it will take you to the streets of Victorian London.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Thomas Cromwell serves as chief minister to Henry VIII as he seeks divorce from Catherine of Aragon.
I know some find this a hard book to get into because of the writing, but when you do you’ll be blown away. If you’re still struggling, I highly recommend the audiobook.

Finally, here are some mysteries to keep you entertained on rainy days.

The Unseen World by Liz Moore

For all her life, it’s just been Ava and her excentric, computer obsessed father.
What will captivate you about this mystery is that it is more about the people involved. It’s got some of the most beautiful, heartbreaking relationships and bond between mother and daughter.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

The main protagonist of this novel is never given a name herself. Forever feeling overshadowed and haunted by her new husbands ex wife.
This one is set in a manor house with suspicious characters and unsettling mysteries.

Agatha Christie

I really haven’t read enough Christie. I’ve read a few Poirot and, of course, And Then There Were None. I always get the urge to pick up more this time of year.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Set in a boarding school with a dark past.
I personally wasn’t a huge fan of this, but it’s so Autumnal, I just had to mention it. For me this book would have been perfect if there hadn’t been a romance because the mystery and the setting were top notch.

Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Holmes, Private Detective of 221B Baker Street and his sidekick Dr Watson solve mysteries across Britain.
I count any classic mystery as a ‘cosy mystery’, and what better time to pick up one of those than in Autumn? The TV Show also feels very Autumnal.

Not everyone would associate romance with Autumn but there are definitely some that fit the feel of this season…

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Years ago Anne rejected the man she loves, years later he reappears in her life.
I actually really can’t think of a season Austen isn’t perfect for, but this one features a blustery November trip to the coast, so it definitely has those Autumnal feels.

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Only Blue knows Simon is gay, until someone reads his emails.
This is autumnal because it’s set around the festive season. There’s even a Halloween party!

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

After a near death experience Chloe Brown decides to time to live.
This had all the warm fuzziness of a comfort romance, I loved all of the characters, and it’s set in the Autumn months.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath goes to college with anxiety and an obsession with Simon Snow fanfiction.
It’s been a few years but I remember finding this book so cute and cosy.


5 thoughts on “30 Autumnal Book Recommendations

  1. I’m reading Chloe Brown right now, so that’s perfect timing! Your list really made me want to reread Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Rebecca–and I love the way you’ve described Jane Eyre, very fitting and funny! Great list.

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