For the past few months, I’ve been hard at work with a project from Nori (Read, Write, Love) and her Book Blogger Creativity Project. The project was designed to gather bloggers of all sorts together to forge friendships, enhance our community, and get a little creative as we all worked together on a “group project”. Throughout August and September, I worked with Debbie from Silk Serif, Erica from Escape Under the Cover, Kailia from Life According to a Bibliophile; Kj from Birds that Love Words, Let from Other Side of Ordinary, Maggie from The Novel Orange, Nori from Read Write Love, Orchid from The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia, and Veronica from Grounded Wanderlust. After so many great and creative ideas, we landed on each one of us doing a post based upon the seasons and sharing some of our favorite seasonal reads!
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year — the weather is cooling down, Halloween is around the corner, I get to wear pants and long sleeves again, and of course PSLs — so autumn was the season I chose to pair up with some books today! I love when the weather gets a little cooler and I can wrap myself up with a book, a hot beverage, and a blanket for some quality reading time! Here are some of my favorite “fall reads”!
THE RAVEN CYCLE and THE SCORPIO RACES by MAGGIE STIEFVATER
The series totally doesn’t even start in the fall (it’s not autumn in the books until book three) but there’s just a really nice vibe in these books that just shouts “fall” to me for some reason! I think part of it is because THE DREAM THIEVES was released in September and BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE takes place in the fall and I also read it in the fall so that sort of stuck. Regardless… I love the feel of these books and I think they’re perfect to curl up under the blankets, light a candle, grab some coffee/tea, and binge read the whole series (because let’s be honest, you’re gonna need to and you won’t care about the light of day).
Okay, I know I already mentioned The Raven Cycle, but maybe even more important is THE SCORPIO RACES. I first listened to the audiobook a few years ago and I will forever listen to the audio each fall — during the end of October into November, to be precise — since that’s when the Scorpio Races take place in the book! The audio is amazing and these two narrators have really become the characters for me. It’s a yearly tradition now to listen to this in the fall!
Halloween is just around the corner and even though it’s one of my favorite holidays, I’m also a HUGE scaredy cat. Halloween is the one holiday I always seasonally read for so my mood-reads in September and October tend to be of a more spooky/mysterious/gothic vibe rather than scare-your-pants-off.
A MADNESS SO DISCREET just came out in September (and I was on the blog tour with a fun interview with Mindy McGinnis!) and it’s the perfect gothic horror with a little mystery/thriller for all of you fellow horror-chickens!
I also loved reading THE FALL by Bethany Griffin last year. It’s a Poe retelling (The Fall of the House of Usher) and it was a little scary but an excellent amount of creepy for me!
“BACK TO SCHOOL”
I’m not in school anymore, but every fall I get that feeling of nostalgia from my school days… mostly from college! Considering I read YA, I’m constantly in the world of school with my reading but two examples stick out specifically in my mind that I think are great fall “back-to-school” reads!
Harry Potter is the first one, of course. Harry Potter is perfect for any season but why not starting reading (or re-reading) in the fall! The Hogwarts Express leaves September 1st and reading about Harry’s trips back to school always get me in a fall mood — and vice versa.
I also just read FIRST & THEN by Emma Mills and it’s Jane Austen meets Friday Night Lights. How much more back-to-school can you get?? I’m not an Austen fan but I loved the football feel and it had me throwing it back to when I used to go to all the football games in high school. Great memories!