Ah, fall. When I was younger, I loved the end of summer only because it meant school was starting soon again. Yes, I was that kid. But the change of season that brought cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and back to school clothes and supplies was a fun and exciting change after the lazy days of summer.
This time of year, I typically like to read books that have a certain atmosphere. It might be through a setting that has cool and crisp fall weather, a tone that is slightly eerie, or just a nostalgic mood that reminds me of when I was younger. If any of that sounds like the kind of book you’re looking for this season, you’ve come to the right place!
As usual, most of the books I’ve picked have been previously published to make it easy for readers to find a copy. But I did have to include one newer option that I think is absolutely perfect for this season!
Curious to see my picks?
The Thirteenth Tale is the story of an old and ailing reclusive author who has one more story to tell – the truth of her past that she has kept a secret from the world. She calls on a young biographer to transcribe her story into a book and the plot unfolds. This gothic drama and mystery has multiple layers and plenty of atmosphere that helps fully immerse the reader in these characters’ lives.
After picking The Dry as one of my summer reading recommendations, I couldn’t pass by Force of Nature for fall. The second book in the Aaron Falk series, this one takes place in the Australian bush land where a women went missing during a business retreat. Detailed and evocative, the cold, wet, windy atmosphere permeates through these pages. You don’t necessarily need to read these books in order but doing so will help the main characters overall development feel more complete.
Broken Branches follows a man who has moved back into his childhood home with his seemingly happy family after a tragedy. An eerie atmosphere is present from page one and gets stronger as the story progresses. This almost reads like a ghost story, but it’s not one. Instead, it’s more of a contemporary with a gothic tone that the author uses to great effect.
The Chalk Man unfolds from both the present day and the main character’s childhood in the eighties to uncover the answer to a mystery that has been hanging over him for decades. Full of uncertainty and suspense, the atmosphere here is creepy without being overtly scary. In addition, the writing is engaging, with plenty of life truths and relevant topics that round out an already interesting story.
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a thoroughly unique and atmospheric mystery that is reminiscent of both Agatha Christie and Groundhog Day. The reader is pulled into this story just as the main character forgets everything from moments before, making this an intriguing and confusing story from the start. This isn’t what I’d call an easy read, but it is an original and clever puzzle for readers who enjoy trying to piece everything together.
There you have my fall reading recommendations for 2018! I’d love to hear from you if any of these books are on your TBR or if you’ve already read them. If you’re a seasonal reader, what are your favorite books to read in the fall?