Autumn Book Recommendations

It’s fall, y’all! The first day of autumn was two days ago and Colorado has decided to go from sunny, high 80s weather and hot to cold and rainy overnight. I couldn’t be happier about it. I am so ready for sweater weather.

Recently, one of my favorite bloggers, Polly Florence, posted five book recommendations for autumn, and it inspired me to write a post of my own book recommendations. So here are five fun fall books.

Ariel (1965), Sylvia Plath


The last collection of poems she wrote in her short lifetime, Ariel is an excellent book to curl up with while the rain drums away outside. Though on the dark side, the poems are beautifully written. Pro-tip: read them out loud to fully experience the gorgeous rhythm.

The Underground Railroad (2016), Colson Whitehead


Admittedly, I haven’t read this one yet, but I’m about to! This was my bookclub’s current pick, and since it’s part of Oprah’s book club, I know it’s going to be stellar. Not to mention I’ve heard fantastic things so far about it. So I’m recommending it as part of my fall list since I too will be reading it this fall.

The Night Circus (2011), Erin Morgenstern


This one was featured on Polly’s blog as well, but I couldn’t not include it on this list because it is simply the best book for getting cozy with a cup of tea. This is perhaps one of the most gorgeously written books out there, and the aesthetic is absolutely fantastic. As someone who does many things for the aesthetic, I have immense appreciation for this book.

In Cold Blood (1966), Truman Capote


This was one of those books they made us read in high school and I am so happy they did. In Cold Blood is a non-fiction novel, a true crime story that took place in Holcomb, Kansas. The Clutter family is murdered in their home in 1959, and Capote wrote all about the ins and outs of the crime. It’s like Journalism 2.0.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2011), Ransom Riggs


You know what the fall has? Halloween. And what’s good around Halloween? Spooky stories. Riggs has such a delightfully weird style, and using old photographs, he spins a eerie tale about children with supernatural powers. I might pick this one up again this fall because it is good. Have I read the sequel yet? No, but I will. Have I seen the movie? No, and I don’t know that I want to, simply because this book is a work of art and I’m on the fence about how well it would translate into a movie. But who knows, maybe I’ll watch it one day.

Five autumn books, yay! Not to mention, getting back on track with my blogging schedule. It’s week 3 of the quarter and I’m ready to do this!

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