Four of my Favorite Fall Books

Can you believe that I found the time to read six fall-ish books this season? Because I can't. My god, time is flying by so fast, my head is spinning! Thankfully, reading is how I manage to keep insomnia at bay, so I always fit in at least 30 minutes every night, more if I'm so into the book that I can't put it down. And by more, I mean well enough into the night that the birds start chirping and darkness turns that navy color that signals the imminent appearance of the sun.

A few of you have asked me on Instagram what fall books I recommend, so I figured I should share the ones I really loved. Out of six, four are worth mentioning.

Let's get into it. I've rambled enough.

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
Synopsis: Quiet Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley's Candies, but it's nothing like she thought it would be, and it's slowly taking over her life. Claire's wild sister Sydney, still trying to leave her past behind, is about to combust with her desire for another new beginning. And Sydney's fifteen-year-old daughter Bay has given her heart away to the wrong boy and can't get it back.
Quote: "There was a discernible chill in the air now, and wet leaves were everywhere—in yards, on the sidewalks, in the streets, stuck on cars. It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon."
Why I Loved It: I've sung the praises of the this book on every platform I could because I loved it so much. It's a sweet contemporary story with a light touch of magic and amazingly well-developed characters. I know the characters are from a previous book, but I haven't read it and it wasn't needed to enjoy this book. The writing is amazing, it's full of delightful fall descriptions, and the story will warm your soul. A must-read!
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Sunrise Cabin by Stacey Donovan
Synopsis: Dylan is an overworked investment banker. Paige is a free-spirited first-grade teacher. From the first time they meet, these two opposites attract. However, when Paige learns that Dylan wants to buy the cabin she is renting—and also wants to purchase—, their new romance turns into a real estate rivalry.
Quote: "Above the dark silhouettes of the trees, still hanging onto their leaves for now, small pink and purple clouds flocked to the brightening blue sky."
Why I Loved It: This is one of the first Hallmark Publishing original novels being released, and I was so excited to get my hands on it. It was exactly what I expected: a sweet, adorable romance just like a Hallmark movie! It's light, it's cute and it's full of fall activities like apple picking, trick or treating and chatting by a cozy fire. The perfect book for a rainy fall evening!
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Final Girls by Riley Sager
Synopsis: Ten years ago, Quincy Carpenter became the sole survivor of a horrifying massacre, joining a "club" of three similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Ten years later, Quincy is doing well. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past. That is until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, and Sam, the second Final Girl, appears on Quincy's doorstep.
Quote: "More leaves continued to fall, the late-afternoon sunlight shining through their brittle thinness as they spun, tumbled and whirled. Falling stars speckled red and orange and yellow."
Why I Loved It: We're changing genre this time. This one is a thriller that is very hard to put down! Although autumn doesn't have as big of a presence in this one compared to the other novels in this list, it's still has quite a bit of wonderful descriptions, and the atmosphere is spot on for a spooky Halloween night. Plus, the story is fantastic and one of the most gripping I've read in a while. If you're looking for a wild ride, try this one!
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A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny
Synopsis: Loyally accompanying a mysterious knife-wielding gentleman named Jack on his midnight rounds through the murky streets of London, good dog Snuff is busy helping his master collect the grisly ingredients needed for an unearthly rite that will take place not long after the death of the moon. But Snuff and his master are not alone. All manner of participants, both human and not, are gathering with their ancient tools and their animal familiars in preparation for the mysterious dread night.
Quote: "The sun was shining through gray and white clouds and only the crisp scents of autumn rode the breezes."
Why I Loved It: I've read this one a few years ago, but I decided to read it again. The wonderful thing about this book is that each chapter is one day in October, from October 1st to October 31st. This means that you can read one chapter a day and follow along a spooky, dark, magical journey through the best month of the season. The first time I read it, I couldn't wait and finished it in a few days. This time, I'm taking my time, and I love it even more. The autumn atmosphere is thick and foggy, and the story itself is dark and humorous at the same time. This is the kind of book that gets you in the right mood for Halloween.
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