Well folks, it’s somehow that time of year again! Time for the leaves changing, warm drinks, and weekends curled up reading a good book. Now more than ever I do think diving into a new book is a welcome escape and so we’ll get into some of our recs in a minute but first I just want to speak directly to any Americans reading this: the presidential election is now just over a month away. Please, please, please, make sure you’re registered and make your voice heard. And then, once you’ve done that pick up a book or two to celebrate! Ok now as promised, our cozy fall book recommendations.
When Rigney proposed a round-up of cozy fall reads, my mind immediately went to It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas. The second installment in Kleypas’ Wallflower series, It Happened One Autumn, is a glorious tale of enemies to lovers between a brash American heroine and a stodgy English earl. Filled with humor and palpable sexual tension, this book is far from cozy and one of my favorites to revisit.
Fall, cozy reads to me involve a hot cup of tea. And nothing pairs better with tea than a classic like Austin, Bronte, or Bronte. But it’s also a weird year. Global warming is giving us the sunshine and heat that makes us crave pool reads. The dumpster fire that is the rest of the world is making us want anything but the lofty life-lessons and morbid bleakness found in so many beloved classics. So I am going to recommend a little twist on my go-to fall reads… My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows is a retelling of the classic Jane Eyre with the edge of humor, modern feminism, and quirk you are craving for an ultimately odd fall.
When I think of fall reads, I think of a good mystery. I’m going to recommend two different ones today, a classic and a newer one. My classic is a childhood favorite, Miss Nancy Drew. I recommend the whole series but if you’ve never solved a mystery with Nancy you may as well start at the beginning with The Secret of the Old Clock. If you’re looking for a mystery that’s a little darker, I would recommend the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French, starting with her debut novel In the Woods. Murder mysteries set in and around Dublin, Ireland–what could be better for fall?
What are your favorite fall reads? Do you have one you go back to year after year? Let us know!