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Guess what guys… I went outside today to walk the dogs around 6 AM, and… it.. was… chilly! I mean, really, really, chilly. Like I was quite upset I didn’t grab a hoodie and some sweats chilly. This makes me the happiest little bean in the pot! You wanna know why?  I’m sure most of you  already know why from my very festive graphic art for this blog post…

 

This makes me the happiest bean because it means that Autumn, Fall, the turning of the leaves is finally here! 

 

I swear I say it all the time: Once my birthday passes on the 12th of August, the season goes from HOT to Fall… quickly. I absolutely love this. I know I’m a summer baby, but there is something about late September-October that steals my heart and holds it captive in its pumpkin-scented, loving embrace. I am your willing captive. 

 

With any change of the season comes change in all things- my reading preference included. So, even though we still have one more day before it’s  officially  Fall  here in Atlanta, in celebration of the chilly, breezy mornings that (in my opinion) officially marks the change into our favorite hoodie season, I bring to you some books that will help you Fall into some Autumn  reads…

 

Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.

I began reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  series late Fall a few years ago, and there are a few things I remember:

Lisbeth is my spirit animal, this series is absolutely amazing, and the setting and mood of this book put me in the Autumn frame of mind.  

Even the way the seasons moved within the story-line matched our weather in real life at the time that I was reading it. Everything about reading this series reminds me of this time of year, so it’s only fitting that it would be my first choice on the list. 

I think this would be the perfect read for anyone looking to get in that eery, “I can feel it in the air” type of reading vibe… 

You know you want to read more. You remember losing yourself in books. You recall how exciting the adventures were, how late you stayed up following your favorite characters, and how you cried, gasped, or bit your nails. But how to start reading again when binge-watching TV is so easy and — let’s be honest — fun? You start slowly, of course. Baby steps. First, with a story that’s only twitter-sized in length. Then the next, a mere seventy-five words. Then a few hundred words, followed by progressively longer tales until you’re reading novels without even knowing it. That’s assuming you survive the terror. That’s The Binge-Watching Cure II, a collection of petrifying tales, each longer and more frightening than the one before.

What puts you in the mind of Fall more than the spookies? I mean, our favorite holiday of this season is Halloween, and if there’s one thing I want to read during this time, it’s horror. If you’re like me, and really love a nice scare during this time of year, then here’s a great option for you to read:  

Picture this: A book of scary stories where the first story is only a few words (the same amount as you’re allowed on a Twitter post, but as you progress, so does the word count for each story. Really cool, huh?  Well that’s the premise behind The Binge Watching Cure  and, I must say, that  the reasoning behind this concept of progressive story building is just as cool: 

To get those who don’t have the attention span to read, to actually read. They do this by starting off with a story that’s  short and sweet, so the person reading it won’t get bored or overwhelmed. Then, slowly, the word count increases, and hopefully by the time the reader notices, they’re so wrapped up in the creepy stories that they forget they’re reading at all.

I know! Trick the brain into some getting some solid reading time… genius. Not only is the psychology behind the book pretty dope, the actual stories are really creepy. I remember reading some late at night, and getting a solid case of the “what’s that noise?” 

 I don’t think this one would disappoint. 

Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

Nothing quite screams Fall like a creepy story about girls away at a boarding school. 

For some reason, the entire concept of boarding schools makes me immediately think of the seasons transitioning from warm to cold: 

Everyone is coming back from summer break, attending school in a cathedral-esque building, the leaves are beginning to change color…

Now add an unsolved, disappearance from years before, troubled youths, and a ghostly haunting, and you got yourself the perfect Autumn read.

That’s where The Broken Girls  shine! It’s an easy read, a solid story-line, and it delivers some chills every now and then to keep things spicy. 

 

Dan and Liss are witches. The Black Book granted them that power. Harnessing that power feels good, especially when everything in their lives makes them feel powerless.

During a spell gone wrong, Liss’s boyfriend is snatched away by an evil entity and presumed dead. Dan and Liss’s friendship dies that night, too. How can they practice magic after the darkness that they conjured?

When another teenager disappears, the girls know it’s no coincidence. What greedy magic have they awakened? And what does it want with these teens it has stolen?

Witches and Autumn go together like ice and cream, so A Wicked Magic  is a must-read if you’re looking for some Fall-ish tale to get you in the season’s mood. 

 

This book gives you teenage witches, black magic, a black cat, and a Black Book… all the makings of the perfect witchy story. The setting is dreary to match the tone of the story-line, so it’s another ideal read for this time of year.

 

While you’re at it, check out my Review + Favorite Quote post on A Wicked Magic

Seventeen-year-old Aderyn (“Ryn”) only cares about two things: her family, and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead.

The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?

Magical Forests are known for two seasons: Autumn & Winter. It’s almost a rule for every book to have their magical forests set during this time of year. 

C’mon, you get trees, leaves, woodland creatures, eeriness, supernatural happenings… all these things and more are necessities to create a perfect magical forest read. And all of these things ooze “the perfect Fall read”.

 

The Bone Houses  was a part of my September 2019 OwlCrate box, and this just furthers my point that when you read this, you know what season it is. 

This book was so incredible to me, and I know that I will read it again this year because the nostalgia is real. I won’t get into how great this book is too much, but just trust me when I say: 

“If you’re looking for a book that gives you everything that would make you think of the Fall, look no further…”

 

There you have it guys, a bunch of amazing books to kick your Fall/ Autumn into over-drive. I hope you all get to “Fall” into these reads soon, you “Autumn” love em! 

 

 

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