The Best Fall Books To Add to Your Reading List

Published on September 18, 2021

Hot chocolate, an open book, fallen leaves, and a plaid blanket

There’s no better time to get cozy with a warm blanket, a pumpkin spice latte and a great book than fall. While summer is high time for breezy romances and fun beach reads, autumn reminds us of hushed libraries, plaid skirts and getting back into a more studious and academic rhythm. This calls for books that may require slightly more brain power.

Of course, that’s not to say fall books should be boring. On the contrary, autumn reads are the perfect marriage of thought-provoking themes with all the fun and frisson of a romance.

5 Fall Books You’ll Love

If you’re looking for the perfect book to cozy up with this fall season, here are five options we think you’ll love:

1. Five Little Indians

Michelle Good’s debut novel Five Little Indians has already been honored with numerous accolades including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and it’s definitely worth the buzz. The novel tells the story of Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie, who are released from a church-run residential school with no skills, support or family, as they struggle to navigate the new world they’ve been thrust into. The book’s message is as timely as ever, released only months before the remains of 215 schoolchildren were discovered at a former residential school in Kamloops, Britsh Columbia.

2. Dune

With the brand-new remake of the 1984 sci-fi film set to hit theaters this October (featuring a stellar case including Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet), it’s the perfect time to read Dune before seeing the movie. One of the best-selling sci-fi novels of all time, the book tells the story of Paul Atreides, part of a noble family that rules over the desert lands of Arrakis. The novel blends themes of environmentalism, politics, adventure and more. It’s a great read for cozying up next to the fire.

3. Beautiful World, Where Are You

If you were a fan of Normal People and Conversations with Friends, then you’ll want to add Irish author Sally Rooney’s next novel Beautiful World, Where Are You to your fall reading list. Similar to her first two novels, Rooney’s latest tells the story of young Irish people navigating love, sex, life and friendship, meaning it’s a guaranteed page-turner.

4. The Paper Palace

Rising to the top of the New York Times bestseller list and making it as a Reese’s Book Club pick, The Paper Palace is getting some hard-to-ignore reviews. The novel tells the story of Elle, a married 50-year-old woman who sleeps with her childhood best friend while staying at her family summer house. Exploring themes of family dynamics, abuse and desire, “The Paper Palace” has been called a “nail-biter” and a “deeply emotional love story” by Reese herself.

5. Apples Never Fall

Penned by the author of “Big Little Lies” and Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty, Apples Never Fall is just as juicy as its name suggests. The novel tells the story of the four Delaney siblings, who are faced with a dilemma when their mother goes missing and they suspect their father is to blame. Grab a cup of hot apple cider and enjoy reading the drama unfold.

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The Author
Mackenzie Patterson is a Toronto-based writer and journalist. She enjoys long walks, iced coffee on tap, and discovering all the latest and greatest health and wellness trends.