Yesterday was the official start of fall (here in the northern hemisphere), and I am so glad summer is finally over! Even though as I’m writing this it is ninety-plus degrees and doesn’t feel remotely autumnal. It’s not stopping me from lighting fall candles and wearing giant sweaters (for the two hours in the morning it’s kind of chilly), but I am really looking forward to when the fall weather finally hits.

You might know that I am kind of a seasonal mood reader. I do deviate from that fairly often, but for the most part the vibes outside my window get me in the mood for certain books. And in fall, that means cozy, historical, classic, dark, mysterious, thrilling… all the dark academia/spooky things. This year, I had to plan out most of my reading because there are a lot of things I’m reading for posts (which I am rethinking for next year). So I don’t have a ton of room to just pick up the books I’m in the mood for whenever.

But there are still a few books that have been calling my name, so today I thought I’d talk about some of the books that are on my “maybe/hopefully” TBR for this fall. I’m honestly not sure I’ll get around to reading any of these books, but I want to because I can’t stop thinking about them. Or staring at them on my shelves. If I manage to get through the rest of my planned reading, these are the books I want to try and pick up this fall.

Mrs. Death Misses Death by Salena Godden

I have been doing a lot better at not buying so many books, especially books by authors I’m not already familiar with. But for some reason, I am so convinced I will love this that I picked up a copy. And then I also bought the white special edition. So now I have two copies of this book I haven’t read. Hopefully I do love it, because it sounds right up my alley. Weird dark books for fall? Yes please.

The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry

I love Christina Henry’s books! I didn’t get to her 2020 release (this one), but I did read Near the Bone which came out earlier this year and LOVED it. Her books are dark and weird and wonderful. I don’t even really know what this one is about, but I don’t even care, I know I’m going to enjoy it. I’m also eyeing her newest book, Horseman, which is based on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and just came out, and Looking Glass, which is a collection of novellas set in her super dark Alice world.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

I’ve heard this one is super fun, and it sounds like something I would really enjoy. I have been staring at this one on my shelves all year, so hopefully I will get to it soon. I am kind of hoping I’m able to make time for it next month, because it seems like the perfect spooky October read.

The Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

I know this one is probably just wishful thinking because I definitely don’t have time for a six-hundred-page historical novel. But it sounds amazing. I’m ninety-nine percent sure this one will probably end up on my reading list for next year, but if by some miracle I manage to fly through everything I need to read, I might jump into this one sooner.

Matrix by Lauren Groff

I wasn’t aware of this one before it was released earlier this month, but it felt like fate. Last month, I read Harvard’s entire summer reading list, which was mostly medieval literature and included The Lais of Marie de France. This book is a fictionalized story of Marie’s life. And you know this literature nerd had to pick it up. I did read the first page and the writing is so beautiful. It would make the perfect cozy rainy day read… if it ever decides to rain here.

Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby

For some reason, I like reading thrillers in the fall and spring. I have no specific reason for it, but maybe being able to wear a sweater just puts me in the mood for darker books. Either way, this is one thriller on my radar this year. It has gotten amazing reviews, and I like that it’s a diverse thriller – I haven’t read many of those and I definitely want to explore more.

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

There are a few phrases used to describe books that I find it very hard to resist. One is definitely “feminist fantasy”. I also love that this is kind of based on the whole witchcraft craze in the sixteenth- and seventeenth- centuries (I have always been fascinated with the Salem witch trials. I’m not sure if I want to start a series right now, but this one keeps catching my eye, so I might just have to pick it up at some point.

Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi

I have a weird relationship with Helen Oyeyemi’s books. I don’t love them, but I think about them for a long time after I finish them. This one involves some sort of mysterious train and a mongoose and I can’t get that out of my head. It sounds like my perfect kind of weird, and if there is any Helen Oyeyemi book I end up loving, I think it’ll be this one.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove is one of my favorite books of all time. And if Fredrik Backman writes a book about anxious people, this very anxious person needs to read it. It also happens to be a mystery, which is perfect for fall. So maybe this will be my excuse to finally pick this up. (It hasn’t been out that long, it just feels like it has since I’ve been seeing it everywhere.)

Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker (aka Seanan McGuire)

If you’ve read Middlegame, you know what this is. If you haven’t, there is a fictional children’s book that plays a huge role in that story. This is the fictional children’s book that Seanan McGuire wrote and made real. And I think it might just be a fun, short read. You know, for when I need a break from all the murders and scary things.


That’s it for this post! Sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately, I’ve just been feeling a tiny bit burnt out (not necessarily with blogging, just everything in general). But I will hopefully by back with a new reading experiment post next week and some more fun things planned for the end of the year.

Let me know what you think of this list. Are there any that I need to get to? I purposefully left my October reading plans a little more sparse so you might just see a couple of these next month. What books are calling your name this fall?

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