As the leaves begin to fall and temperatures drop, keeping cozy is key! Whether you take comfort in a piping hot PSL or a chunky scarf, this list of must-reads will be the perfect companion for any dark autumn day. From bestselling fiction to captivating memoir, these are the titles that will make your friends envious when they see them on your bookshelf. Put on your favorite autumn-themed Spotify playlist and get ready to fall in love with these unputdownable selections.
1. Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land ($26): This psychological thriller has gotten major buzz since its fall release — and for good reason. A story about mother and daughter becomes a twisted nightmare when Milly is forced to turn her serial killer mother in to the police. Through the challenges of a brand-new life and turbulent trial, Milly is forced to question what her future holds.
2. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green ($20): John Green’s long-awaited new novel doesn’t disappoint. A story about friendship, love, and the resilience of being yourself in the face of adversity, this YA read is a great pick for all ages — the perfect book to curl up with this fall alongside a steaming PSL.
3. A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton ($26): This novel about the complicated history of one family has something to satisfy everyone’s fall-read needs. Capturing 70 years of New Orleans history, this interwoven tale about love, family, and culture has stolen the hearts of many.
4. Before I Knew by Jamie Beck ($13): For fans of P.S. I Love You comes a story of a woman finding her way after the death of her husband. Realizing it’s time to let go of her grief and the unmistakable blunders of their marriage, Colby finds herself caught up in secrets and the mess of an unlikely new love. This novel’s portrayal of relationships will warm you up no matter the dropping temperatures outside.
5. From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty ($25): If you’re looking for a read to kick off your Halloween excitement, this is the read you’ve been looking for. With people’s fear of dead bodies in mind, Doughty, a mortician, made it her mission to document the way other cultures take care of corpses. This intriguing and slightly creepy insight into the funerary history of the world is unlike any other title you’ll read this fall.
6. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur ($17): Kaur’s highly anticipated second book of poetry is a vibrant read for the dark days of fall. In addition to her original poetry, Rupi accompanies her writing with illustrations in this long-awaited work about growth and staying true to your roots.
7. Among the Survivors by Ann Z. Leventhal ($17): Love presents us with complications every day, but what happens when you’ve finally found that impossible love and you still feel lost? Leventhal explores the complexity of one woman’s past while trying to normalize her relations with those around her. With a touch of historical background and family drama, Among the Survivors finds a way to include something for every reader.
8. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King ($33): Stephen King is up to his usual storytelling tricks with this new novel co-written by his son, Owen King. This mix of horror, fantasy, and thriller depicts women veiled in gauze and surrounded by men trying to figure out what to do with them. The Kings do not disappoint in this highly relevant piece of literature; it’s the best transition into the spooky chills of the fall season.
9. Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery by Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal ($21): This light read is the perfect pick for a rainy fall day, complete with illustrations, stories, and tips for enjoying life and finding ways to not always take things too seriously. Fans of their YouTube videos and avid readers alike will find a soft spot in their hearts for these two lifelong friends and their quest to make the world a happier place.
10. Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim ($16): Following her popular performance poetry, Benaim’s debut book of poems documents the struggles and victories of everyday life surrounding mental illness, love, and family. Depression & Other Magic Tricks takes a refreshing approach to some heavy subject matter, creating an artful piece you will pass on to all of your friends.
11. Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides ($27): Following his previous best-selling novels, Jeffrey Eugenides returns with a collection of stories about characters in the midst of compelling emergencies. Fresh Complaint is an honest read about personal and national tragedy that will suck you in from beginning to end.
12. Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich ($28): When mutilated body parts start appearing in the streets of her city and a blonde-haired hunk with no limits comes back to town, badass bounty hunter Stephanie is forced to question the mysterious man’s intentions. This thriller from the #1 New York Times best-selling author will leave you wanting more from start to finish.
13. Swearing Off Stars by Danielle M. Wong ($17): A new kind of romance is unveiled in Danielle M. Wong’s heartfelt story of first love and suspense. Years after a budding romance between two young women, fate shows its hand and sends Lia on a trip spanning the globe to find Scarlett once again. This story of uncovering lost love and finding your true soul mate is sure to earn a front row seat on your bookshelf.
14. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld ($26): You can practically see the snow falling as this enticing thriller, set in a mysterious forest in the Pacific Northwest, unfolds into a book you’ll devour in one sitting. The tie between a troubled investigator and a missing child comes to fruition in this dark tale.
15. Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo ($18): How much would you sacrifice for the sake of a family? Stay With Me is a perfectly complicated piece about marriage in a world where multiple wives threaten the fabric of love. This debut novel will leave you with lots to think about well into the holiday season.
16. Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna ($17): This collection of poetry and illustrations by the widely popular YouTuber is super relatable. It’s a book about the trials of growing up and what it means to feel like a kid and an adult all at once, which any 20-something can appreciate.
17. Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly ($30): Your fascination with space will definitely be satisfied by this new autobiography of long-term spaceflight and the life of a courageous astronaut. Taking us through his experiences in space, this modern-day hero will have readers both laughing and crying.
18. The Rift Frequency by Amy S. Foster ($25): The sequel to The Rift Uprising is finally here! This science fiction read brings us back to the story of super-soldier Ryn in her newest adventure of alternate Earths, unraveling secrets, and true love. Now, facing unparalleled dangers and threats, Ryn must fight for her man and the ultimate key to winning the war back home, all while trying to stay alive.
19. It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor ($22): For fans of the paranormal, government conspiracies, and weird science fiction, this humorous sequel will be your new favorite read. This new release from the fiction duo takes the most unbelievable parts of life and drops them into a friendly desert community where aliens, ghosts, and angels thrive. If you’re looking for a unique reading experience, this one is undoubtedly for you.
20. The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict ($26): This new novel is the perfect pick for the modern-day feminist. Why talk about Albert Einstein when you can revel in the endearing story of his wife Mitza Maric?
21. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman ($23): Pullman’s new publication serves as a counterpart to his previous His Dark Materials trilogy. Returning to his much-loved characters Lyra and Pantalaimon, the bestselling author brings a new story with familiar places and faces, full of epic adventure and fantasy. This young adult novel is a thriller for readers both young and old.
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