10 Books on My Fall Reading List – Dark Fiction for Fall

10 books on my fall reading list

It’s almost fall! Which means it’s almost time for falling leaves and cozy sweaters and curling up with a cup of tea and a good book. It is the best time of the year, and I am ridiculously excited. Since I get some of my best reading done when the weather turns cooler, I thought I’d share some of the books I’m looking forward to this fall.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. We are so close to getting this book and I CANNOT WAIT. This has been one of my most anticipated reads all year, and I am incredibly excited about it. The Night Circus is one of my favorite books of all time, and I am very much looking forward to seeing what Erin Morgenstern came up with. I intentionally don’t know much about this book, because her writing is what is magical, so I’m sure I’ll love it.

The Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I haven’t read very much of Leigh Bardugo’s YA books (I made it through half of the Grisha trilogy – I put it on hold in the middle of Siege & Storm). But I am very curious about this one. It is adult fiction, and it sounds so dark and interesting. I have a feeling I’m really going to like it.

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah. This is the last of the five-star predictions I have left to read, and I’ve been waiting for the fall to read it. I always love historical fiction more when the air is crisp and smells like rain and leaves. So far, three of the four books I predicted would be five-star reads were actually five-star reads. So I have high hopes for this one.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been looking forward to reading the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. I just got my copy in the mail, and I can’t wait to dive in.

Little Weirds by Jenny Slate. Yes, the Jenny Slate from Parks and Rec and The Secret Life of Pets has written a book. It’s nonfiction and probably very funny, and I’m excited. I did receive an ARC, so expect a review at some point.

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett. This one gives me very strong The Power vibes, and I have a feeling I’m going to like it. I’m always up for feminist science fiction/fantasy, and this one has gotten excellent reviews so far. Plus, it was blurbed by Libba Bray, which will sell me on pretty much any book.

Vanity Fair’s Women on Women edited by Radhika Jones and David Friend. This sounded like an interesting nonfiction book to read this fall. It’s a collection of stories published in Vanity Fair about women, written by women. I’m not a huge pop culture buff, but I’m curious enough to pick this up.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. I keep seeing people mention “cozy mystery novels” and I want in on that. This is one that kept popping up, so I decided to go with it. Victoria Schwab liked it, so I think it might be a good pick. Plus, it’s the start of a series, so I can always keep going if I love it.

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. I’ve been interested in this one for a while, and I think I’m finally ready to pick it up. I’ve heard so many great things, I kind of want to know why everyone loves it so much.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power. I picked this up as soon as I heard Casey McQuiston rave about it. It looks dark and fun and I’m excited to read it. I kind of get the same feeling I had with Neverworld Wake last year, and I’m hoping this one is just as good.


That’s it for this list! Keep your fingers crossed I can actually get to all of these books. But I don’t think that’s going to be a problem, since I am pretty excited about all of them.

What book are you most looking forward to reading this fall?

19 thoughts on “10 Books on My Fall Reading List – Dark Fiction for Fall

    1. I’m excited, too! I actually got an early copy, so I’m hoping to read it in the next week or two and have a review up before it comes out. It sounds really good.

      1. Same here I got one for the raincoast preview event and Ive been wanting to read it ever since but I have other review books I need to read first

    1. I just looked it up (because I didn’t even know there was going to be a movie), and I don’t think it’s the same thing. The book is about two sisters during WWII. The movie looks really cool, though! Now I’m excited about both 🙂

  1. Can’t wait for Starless Sea! I’m excited to see what else her imagination conjured up.
    I’m stuck in the middle about The Testaments. I think I want to read it, but I’m also nervous about it for some reason. I’m sure I will read it but probably way after everyone else haha
    happy reading!

    1. Thanks! I kind of feel the same way. I do plan on reading it soon-ish, but I just got it in the mail, and it wasn’t calling to me. I need to read it before I accidentally spoil myself, though.

  2. I haven’t read any of Leigh Bardugo’s books but I’m so interested in Ninth House for its “dark academia” vibe! I recently read The Wych Elm by Tana French and The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell, both of which I think would be great autumn reads!

    1. I really want to read a Tana French book! I can’t believe I haven’t yet. But I’m definitely into the whole dark academia thing, too. I loved If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio and really just want more of that.

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