The leaves are starting to change colors, the weather is getting cooler, and pumpkin spice everything is back in stores. (Seriously, have you been to Trader Joes lately?)
Yes, autumn has arrived! And with it comes a new crop of cozy books to read.
I’ve got you covered with the best books for autumn vibes.
So, here are some of the best books for fall from creepy horror novels to cute romances.
Chilling Books For Fall
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
If you’re looking for a spine-tingling read to get you in the Halloween spirit, look no further than Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. This classic horror anthology is perfect for budding horror fans who are looking for a taste of what the genre has to offer.
Featuring eerie tales of ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is sure to send a chill down your spine.
Some of the scariest short stories in this novel are definitely “Harold”, “The Wendigo,” and “The Dream.”
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
This dark fantasy novel tells the story of two boys who encounter a sinister traveling carnival that comes to their town every few years. The carnival’s owner is a dangerous man with a taste for mischief and mayhem.
He and his freaks are up to no good, and it’s up to the boys to stop them before they can wreak havoc on the town. This novel is perfect for fans of Stephen King.
If you’re a fantasy lover and in need of a wickedly awesome book to read this fall, add this to your list right now.
Summer of ‘Tiny Nightmares: Very Short Stories of Horror by Lincoln Michel
“In this playful, inventive collection, leading literary and horror writers spin chilling tales in only a few pages. Each slim, fast–moving story brings to life the kind of monsters readers love to fear, from brokenhearted vampires to Uber–taking serial killers and mind–reading witches.
But what also makes Tiny Nightmares so bloodcurdling—and unforgettable—are the real–world horrors that writers such as Samantha Hunt, Brian Evenson, Jac Jemc, Stephen Graham Jones, Lilliam Rivera, Kevin Brockmeier, and Rion Amilcar Scott weave into their fictions, exploring how global warming, racism, social media addiction, and homelessness are just as frightening as, say, a vampire’s fangs sinking into your neck.”
Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge
Dark Harvest is a perfect read for anyone who loves horror anthologies. This book features tales of ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night, and is sure to send a chill down your spine. Featuring stories from some of the best horror writers around, including Norman Partridge, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, and Robert Bloch, The Dark Harvest is a must-read for any fan of the genre.
So curl up with a cup of tea and a blanket, and prepare to be scared!
Honestly, given that this book has a mix of some of the best horror literature out there, you’re going to want to include this in your books for fall list.
More Books To Read For Fall
A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
A Lesson in Vengeance is a chilling thriller that will keep you up all night long. A group of students at a centuries-old, ivy-covered campus decide to face the darkness that surrounds the school causing the mysterious death of their own.
This book is perfect for anyone who loves a slow-burn thriller or mystery. Follow along as Felicity and Ellis tear apart the secrets that are hidden behind the shadowy walls of Dalloway.
It’s a perfect book for fall and anyone who loves revenge thrillers. This book is full of twists and turns, and will keep you guessing until the very end.
The Last House On Needless Street by Catriona Ward
A shocking and immersive thriller for anyone who love books with a haunted house aspect. Follow along this family of three, a teenage girl, a man and a house cat as an unspeakable secret binds them together.
I’d personally recommend listening to this spooky book as an audiobook if you have the opportunity.
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Stalking Jack the Ripper is the perfect read for anyone who loves a good mystery. This book follows the story of Audrey Rose Wadsworth, a young woman who is determined to find the identity of Jack the Ripper. This book is full of suspense and is sure to keep you guessing until the very end.
For those who want a book that has a bit of mystery, some truth and a sprinkle of romance you found your match.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus is a novel by Erin Morgenstern that tells the story of a magic circus that only appears at night. The book follows the rivalry between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who are trained to compete against each other in a series of dangerous games.
As the stakes get higher, the two begin to fall in love, which complicates matters even further. The Night Circus is a beautiful and atmospheric novel that will transport you to another world entirely.
The Cutest Books To Read This Fall
The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling
One of the cutest witchy romances I’ve read in a while.
Follow our young witch, Vivienne Jones, as she is searches for answers about what is happening to her little town and to break a curse on the boy who broke her heart many moons ago.
Sometimes wrong time right person can actually find their way back to each other, and this book proves just that.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women is a classic novel that follows the lives of four sisters as they grow up in 19th century America. Each sister goes through their own journey of self reflection, discovering new things about themselves and those around them as the days change.
There’s no book with a stronger sister and family bond than Little Women. It’s heartwarming, and breaking and just truly a classic everyone should read at one point or another.
Payback’s A Witch by Lana Harper
Emmy Harlow is a witch but not a very powerful one—in part because she hasn’t been home to the magical town of Thistle Grove in years.
Her self-imposed exile has a lot to do with a complicated family history and a desire to forge her own way in the world, and only the very tiniest bit to do with Gareth Blackmoore, heir to the most powerful magical family in town and casual breaker of hearts and destroyer of dreams.
But when a spellcasting tournament that her family serves as arbiters for approaches, it turns out the pull of tradition is strong enough to bring Emmy back.
She’s determined to do her familial duty; spend some quality time with her best friend, Linden Thorn; and get back to her real life in Chicago.
But, that’s not quite the case when new figures show up and revenge is on their mind to get back at Gareth Blackmoore and Emmy. Emmy’s witchy-side will be put to the ultimate test.
Payback truly is a witch!
The Best Scary Books
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
If you’re searching for a short, but terrifying book to read this fall then you need to pick this one up.
Students of Osborne Hugh are beginning to die one by one in a series of gruesome murders. Each more disturbing than the next. Makani Young thought she left her dark secrets back in her past when she moved away and started falling for the new mysterious outsider, Ollie Larsson. But, that’s not the case when gruesome murders force Makani to look back in her past to figure out what’s really going on.
The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh
A supernatural skeptic Dare Chase doesn’t believe in ghosts at all. But, she’s keeping these thoughts to her self as she runs a brand-new paranormal podcast called Attachments and needs her ghost-loving listeners to tune in.
However, things change when she begins an investigation into Arrington Estate. An estate where 30 years ago a young girl died, as Dare is drawn more into the mysteries hidden behind the estate will she finally face what she’s so skeptical about?
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
From a wedding celebration to a very dark thriller. Guests are gathering on an island off the coast of Ireland to celebrate two people joining their lives as one. Everything is perfect, the bride, the groom, the wedding and all.
Festivities begin, but quickly come to a startling halt as one of the guests turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And who’s to blame?
The Fall Fun Doesn’t Stop Here
Are you a thriller junkie like myself? Do you get a hoot out of the things that go bump in the night. Well, do I have the post for you. Check out this post on the best thrillers of all time.
No, seriously…of ALL time.
I hope you enjoyed this post on the coziest books for fall. Whether you love horror novels or cute fall-ish books, keep this list on your radar for next season.