I think it’s finally starting to feel like fall here in Nashville, and I could not be more excited. This summer has been nothing short of amazing, but I’m ready for cooler days and for it to be more acceptable for me to stay at home and read on the weekends. Fall is the perfect time to read some creepy thrillers, magical mysteries, and cozy love stories. Let’s get into my fall TBR list…
1. It by Stephen King
I’ve been trying to finish this book since last year. It’s such a monster of a book, but I’ve really enjoyed it so far. I hope to finish it this year around Halloween. It is best known for featuring a terrifying clown that lures children to their doom, but It is really just an it. It can appear in many menacing forms, but It generally takes the shape of a clown to appeal to It’s favorite prey — young children. It is narrated from two different perspectives — the present day by adults and in flashbacks to the characters’ childhoods. The novel incorporates themes of memory and the effect of childhood trauma. Stephen King is incredibly verbose, but he’s also a magnificent storyteller. Finger’s crossed I finish this book before 2020.
2. A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
I’m about halfway through this book as it was on my Summer TBR List, but my reading was disturbed when a wave decided to rouge and soak my book while I was on a beach trip. Since I’ve already started this, I’m really hoping to finish it this fall since it’s a perfect book to read on a cozy night. The sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows takes place four months after all the destruction that occurred in the first book. Kell misses Lila and has no idea where she disappeared to after everything that happened with Prince Rhy and the Dane twins of White London. But he can’t think about her too much because his London, Red London, is preparing for the Element Games — an international competition between neighboring countries. It’s supposed to be both elegant and choc-full of rivalry, so it reminds me a little bit of the Hunger Games. There’s been even more magic in the sequel than there was in the first book, and I’m loving the non-relationship between Lila and Kell.
3. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
I bought this book recently during Barnes and Nobel’s massive sale, and I can’t wait to read it over the course of one weekend in October. Just like its title describes, this book takes place in the woods and it’s a reunion of sorts between old friends and a meeting of new friends. It doesn’t take long for the group in the woods to realize they are not alone and things are about to go horribly wrong. What better time to read this thriller than the spookiest month of them all?
4. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
I finally read Sarah J. Maas’s book Throne of Glass last month, and I’m excited to continue on in the series. I’ve had lots of people tell me how amazing her writing is, so I’m excited to dive further into the plot. Crown of Midnight follows Celaena as she serves the evil king as his champion. It features Prince Dorian, Captain of the Guard Chaol, and Princess Nehemia again, but Celaena has no idea if she will be able to trust them. When tragedy strikes, Celaena is forced to choose where her loyalties lie.
5. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
I bought this book during the Barnes and Noble sale as well, and I think October/November is the perfect time to dive into the murder mystery with a twist. Evelyn Hardcastle is destined to die day after day until Aiden can discover who is her killer. Aiden thinks he’s just a guest at a party at Blackheath, but when Evelyn is shot, he is destined to wake up in a different guest’s body until he discovers the murderer. What is supposed to be a celebration turns out to be a deadly investigation.
What books are you planning on reading this fall? Let me know in the comments below.