13 Books to Read this Fall

by - September 15, 2021

The official start of fall is one week away! Are you the type of person who likes to read books to suit the season? If you answered yes, then you're in luck because I've rounded up 13 books to get you through the season. They vary from magical to mysterious and a little bit spooky. Nothing too scary, though, since I'm not a fan.

So grab your pumpkin spice whatever and get ready to cozy up with one of these recommendations!

The Starless Sea - This is one of the best books I've ever read. Erin Morgenstern has such a way with words. Her writing is simply beautiful. It is a story inside of a story that meanders in the most whimsical way to tie all of the elements together. Zachary Ezra Rawlins discovers a door to an underground library that was created around Time and Fate, soulmates who are repeatedly torn from each other. Zachary, a man called Dorian, and the mysterious Mirabel are the key to Time and Fate's happy ending.

The Guild Codex: Demonized - This is a spin-off series of Annette Marie's Spellbound series. Robin and her demon, Zylas, don't have a traditional contractor agreement, and they both want out of it. The only way to do that is for them to work together, but along the way they discover a lot of secrets about both of their pasts and the fate of the world.

The Haunting of H.G. Wells - Robert Massello has crafted a ghost story around the no-man's lands of WWI starring none other than famed author H.G. Wells. Acting as a war correspondent, Wells is sent to the front line to investigate the validity of a story circulating about a brigade of angels fighting alongside British troops. While there, Wells discovers a wasteland inhabited by the living, the dead, and those trapped in between. When he returns to London, those souls follow him and help unravel a deadly plot that could change the tide of the war.

Verity - Written by Colleen Hoover, this is a dark romance. A semi-successful author, Lowen, is hired to finish writing a mega successful series after the original author, Verity, is gravely injured and can't continue. Circumstances lead to Lowen moving into Verity's home with her husband and young son. While working in Verity's office, Lowen discovers what appears to be an autobiography, full of terrible family secrets and the answers to a horrible mystery.

A Discovery of Witches - This is the first book in Deborah Harkness's All Souls trilogy. It's the story of Diana Bishop and Matthew de Clairmont, a witch and vampire who fall in love despite the laws against it.

The Coven saga - Chandelle LaVaun has created a world that I very much would like to be a part of. I don't have a good way of summarizing this series without spoiling it, but I'll give you some basics. The Coven is made up of 22 witches, male and female, who represent the Major Arcana of the Tarot. They are the ruling force of the world's witches and the first line of defense against demons trying to invade the world. There are several intermingled series making up this saga, and you have to read them in order. I've linked to the first book.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely - This is the first book of Brigid Kemmerer's Cursebreaker series. Prince Rhen and and his captain of the guard, Grey, have been trapped inside a curse for years, bringing countless girls to Emberfall in the hopes one will fall in love with the prince and break the curse. After hundreds of seasons, it all feels hopeless, but then Grey finds Harper - a girl with cerebral palsy who just doesn't give up.

The Cutthroat - This was the first Isaac Bell mystery (written by Clive Cussler) that I read, and it remains to this day my favorite. After years of terrifying London, Jack the Ripper mysteriously stops killing. Then, in 1911, Bell discovers a series of murders that follow the same pattern as the ripper.

Opium and Absinthe - Lydia Kang is the queen of mystery and suspense. There's a murderer running loose in NYC, staging their crimes to look like vampire attacks. When Tillie's sister, Lucy, becomes one of the victims, she sets out to find the killer.

Ghosts of Gotham - Craig Schaefer left me in open-mouthed shock as he revealed the secrets of this mystery. So as to not spoil those same moments for you, here's why I downloaded the book in the first place: Lionel Page is an investigative reporter known for debunking the supernatural. When he's hired to find and authenticate a lost Edgar Allan Poe manuscript, it should be cut and dried, but when the first body shows up, Lionel realizes he's involved in something far bigger than a manuscript.

Jar of Hearts - Georgina, better known as Geo, has served her time for the part she played in the death of her best friend, Angela. The killer is her ex-boyfriend, Calvin James, better known as the Sweetbay Strangler. Just before Geo is released, victims matching Calvin's methodology start popping up, and Calvin's been on the run for the last five years. Detective Kai Brody knows Geo is the link; he just has to find the connection.

Blindfold - Maggie and her friends sneak into the soon-to-be-torn-down old courthouse to explore the old jail cells. Their adventure goes wrong when Maggie gets locked inside the coal bin and the ceiling collapses during their escape, revealing evidence of a long-forgotten murder. To protect his secret, the killer will have to kill again.

Circus of the Dead series - This series is pretty dark. There's a lot of death and just plain old evilness, but that should probably be expected when you're dealing with voodoo, ghosts, and zombies. Callie is sent to spend the summer with her estranged uncle at the circus where he works. Her first night there, someone tries to kill her. Stuck for at least two weeks, Callie learns more about the island, and it's all bad. Eventually, she strikes a deal with the ringmaster and becomes trapped like everyone else there.

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