The weather gets colder, the leaves turn red and gold and it’s THE bookworm season. Finally the non-bookish people, the social people, the people who actually like to leave their room stop judging you for holing yourself up in your lair with a hot cup of tea and a fuzzy blanket. It’s our time!
So I am going to tell you which books I think are perfect for this time of the year. Now I know every person thinks of slightly different things in fall.
I like to read dark, twisted fantasy, magical and whimsical stories and sometimes a few mystery or historical fiction books.
So here are my recs:
The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
Prepare yourself to see this book countless times on my blog in the future (or other books by Walter Moers) because it is just so awesome. It is extremely unique, has no human (or human-y creatures) in there, but a Lindworm (the protagonist), Spinxxx (no typo there – a spider-like monster), the Booklings (the loves of my life!) and The Shadow King!
It features a quest to find an extraordinary author, a wild adventure all around books (venomous and deadly) in and under the ‘Book-City’ Bookholm where everyone who wants to be something in the bookish world goes, and the feared Book Hunters. This world has it’s own literary history/epochs and everything!
Seriously guys, read it! (Though I don’t know how well the translation is …)
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
This book has one of my favorite settings: Welcome to Gomorrah – The festival home to Freaks, Thieves, Prettyworkers, and assassins. Surrounded by smoke (of the burning souls of ancient Gomorrah proprietors).
And meet Sorina and her amazing family of illusions. Follow her trying to find her place and keep together her family after the murder of one of her illusions.
I loved this book so much and it fits perfectly the vibes I get during fall.
(Also prepare: Have to hand tissues and chocolate!)
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Maybe it’s nostalgia, but I love this trilogy so bloody much! I would read myself into this book, into the world if I only could.
It manages perfectly to feel light while some grave things happen. It is magical and the Inkworld is what fall would be like were it a whole place and not a season. Full of faeries, glass people, dead people and magical folk. And even if it can become quite dark sometimes, it always feels so warm and cozy. It features a great family relationship, awesome ambiguous characters (one of my all-time fav characters!) and a protagonist you always root for!
Can you tell I love these books?
The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York by Kory Merrit
Jonathan is #relatable. He is pretty normal and lives a, to be honest, a quite boring life. Oh, and he has anxiety. (He is pretty much me .. well, aside from being a dude, with a job and I think he’s older than 30? So … We do have some things to set us apart)
But everything changes when he gets lost in a creepy swamp. And he meets some interesting, to say the least, characters and has to go through some weird and dangerous situations.
But this graphic novels strong point is definitely the art! The colors and the style are perfect for not only fall but this story in particular. I loved it so much and I can’t wait to read more from this author!
‘For the strange at heart’
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline is pretty well known, but I wanted to put it on this list still. Because I think it’s perfect if you do want some Halloween-y vibes without going full horror novel. And the illustrated edition (by Chris Riddell) is so beautiful! (And my fav character is hands down the cat. It is just so … cat-like!)
Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs
Now, I’m sure you’ve heard of this book before! And if you have seen the cover you already know … this book is for October! The vintage photographs are awesome and the whole story is inspired and build around those which I found really cool (also this was (if I remember correctly) the first book I read in English)
Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Carlos Ruiz Zafón is just a brilliant writer, in my opinion. He writes and you can practically feel, see and smell everything. The atmosphere is always a huge part of his books (The Shadow of the Wind is also amazing, but I thought this was more Halloween-y).
I loved the characters and their relationship in this book and didn’t even care that much about the plot. I could have just read about them having breakfast all day! But the plot took some unexpected turns and the book was completely different from what I expected. So this might be a hit-or-miss book, but I really enjoyed it!
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
This is another of my all-time favorite books and I’m soo happy I read it! It is about man-eating horses, a race in November on the beach. It has Maggie’s magical writing and interesting characters. Inspired by legends about the capaill uisce and I could picture everything. I could not get any of my family to read this because they think I finally lost my mind when I tell them about the horses, but … creepy horses! Island and everything that is awesome! How can you not want to read this book???
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Only the coolest characters ever! All morally grey.
A hero that is a villain, a villain that does the right thing? A criminal that loves chocolate milk, sisters with a … let’s say complicated relationship.
Throughout this book, we get flashbacks about how the two main characters met and became friends and how the whole mess/rivalry/murderous thing started.
I fell in love with this book and now I can’t wait to read more V.E. Schwab!
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Unreliable narrator. Weird shit happens. Creepy vibes. I especially loved the beginning.
If I had to describe this book with a weather phenomenon/type it would be fog! Cold, but soft, and very creepy at times.
Perfect for October.