Fall Must-Reads

Autumn is all about falling leaves, falling in love, and falling deep into the pages of a great novel. This year read all the best fall classics by following this list, our list of Fall Must-Reads.

Get cozy, get scared, and get reading. 

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker.
    • Fall back into the late 19th-century as you follow the English lawyer Johnathan Harker to Transylvania, in hopes to finalize a transfer of real estate to the mysterious Count Dracula. Wolves, blood, and seductresses follow, making this a perfect cozy cold night read.
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    • This is one of the most common classic fall reads we could think of, the story used as a school-time norm for spooky Halloween stories. Set sail with Captain Robert Walton as he listens to Victor’s story of terror and vengeance.
      Poor Frankenstein, or should we say, poor Victor!
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
    • Ah, Jane Austen in the Autumn…there’s really nothing quite like reading a classic love tale when the leaves begin to change. This one, in particular, is one of her more comical ones, the story following 17-year-old Catherine Morland around in her world of class-driven socializing and love-stricken fantasizing.
  • The Complete Tales And Poems by Edgar Allan Poe.
    • From the Tell Tale Heart to Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe has his hold on classic fall spooky reads and has for quite some time. Sink into the Pit and the Pendulum, dance over the pages of Ligeia, or fall right into the Fall of the House of Usher.
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
    • An utterly classic seasonal read awaits within the bounds of Bronte’s best (in our opinion only) book, Wuthering Heights. This fall-classic provides readers with all the drama, love, and creepy Victorian vibe that you will need to make your crisp autumn night a little bit warmer.
  • The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow By Washington Irving.
    • Ichabod Crane, the schoolmaster from the quaint village in New York, wants nothing more than to spend the night with his sweetheart at her party, but ends up being chased and terrorized through the cozy autumnal woods by none other than the Headless Horseman himself! Talk about a bummer.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling
    • We think ANY Harry Potter book is an extremely excellent read for the fall season, but there is just something in particular about the Goblet of Fire that makes us want to cozy up under some blankets and lose a day in deep reading. Maybe it’s the tournaments beginning in fall, maybe it’s the holiday themed Yule Ball, heck, maybe it’s just the school setting in general that makes this so perfect for Autumn. Honestly though, can you go wrong with Harry Potter in any season? No. The answer is no.
  • Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
    • Sally and Gillian will allow you to escape to their wonderful world of witches in Alice Hoffman’s classic, this tale one of love, magic, and even horror. This is a Halloween classic for us, both for the mystery factor and the creepy ghost scenes. And the love part, of course, that’s a pretty big deal in here. 
  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    • Again, this is one of those options in which truly any of the books in the series would do, but we are always drawn to the Little House in the Big Woods most in this season. See the family’s beginnings and learn what life on the homestead is all about, from fall to summer.
  • Salem’s Lot  by Stephen King
    • Diving straight into the horror realm, our next option comes from the king himself, Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot. This story follows Ben Mears as he makes his way back to Jerusalem’s Lot, Maine, in search of good novel content by way of the old creepy Marsten House. It turns out that much more than the house is creepy, as the towns folk are slowly turned into horde of vampires by the home’s new owner.
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    • There is something about Scout and Boo that puts readers in the fall mood, whether it’s their heartwarming, albeit harrowing, chain of events within the novel or the fact that we all had to read this when we headed back to school in autumn.
  • The Call Of The Wild by Jack London
    • Though the setting is much more frosty than fall, the story line takes us to Autumn in mindset nonetheless. Read all about Buck’s trials and tribulations on his sledding journey across the Yukon and find out what it truly means to be wild. 2 (2)

10 Comments Add yours

  1. nicholeqw1023 says:

    Such a good list! I think 4 of them are already on my list, so maybe in the next couple months I’ll pick one of them up. 😀

    1. dbreshears91 says:

      These are pretty much all my go-to’s for the rest of the year, I love them all!

      1. nicholeqw1023 says:

        I honestly couldn’t stand Wuthering Heights. They all seemed like complainers and I didn’t quite get the love story. However, I did like Jane Eyre and the Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Charlotte and Anne Bronte. 🙂

      2. dbreshears91 says:

        Oh I am a big fan of Tenant of Wildfell Hall as well!

  2. That’s not a bad effort I’ve got about 500 books in my office and only one of them is on that list 🙂

  3. HeyGrace says:

    I’m going to start reading Wuthering Heights very soon, and i’m wondering whether i’ll enjoy it. From what I’ve heard it’s quite a divisive book but it’s a classic for a reason right? I also haven’t read Goblet of Fire in years so I might have to add that to my to-read list for the year!

    1. dbreshears91 says:

      I think Wuthering Heights is extremely diverse. It focuses on several different ‘themes’ I would say, providing a lot more than your typical romantic Victorian novel (not that those are bad).

  4. Samantha says:

    Seems like fun list (Except for Harry Potter – that just never did it for me). I have read some of those books already, such as Frankenstein and Dracula. Definitely good companions when hiding inside from stormy weather with a nice cup of tea. Or a glass of wine.

    1. dbreshears91 says:

      There’s nothing better than a glass of wine and spare time to reread Frankenstein!

  5. Bumba says:

    Lot of horror there, some good books, tho.

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