Cozy Nights In | Fiction Stories for the Fall Season

Earlier this week there was a SNIFF of Fall weather and cooler temperatures, and you bet I wasted no time in figuring out decor plans for the house and our balcony to kick off the season. On top of decorating, all of the apple picking, campfires, hikes, cozy clothes and of course all the prep for Halloween that I am looking forward to, one of my favorite past times for the end of the year is always cozying up and reading a great book!


Below I have compiled a selection of recommended reads for the fall season for both myself and all of you! This is a mixture of well anticipated reads that have been on my list for a while, classics that you should just always read at this time of year, as well as books that I have received in my book boxes that just seem like great reads with fall themes.

1. The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe


Edgar Allan Poe is for anyone who loves a short story or poem that gives you the shivers! I have always been a huge fan of Poe’s writing style, and even studied him a bit while I was in college (one of my favorite courses). You simply can’t beat the content when the fall weather hits and we all begin thinking about Halloween and all things spooky!


Some classics you can jump too first are: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Cask of Amontillado and The Pit and the Pendulum.


2. The Dark Corners of the Night by Meg Gardiner


This book came in one of my Bookish Box subscriptions last year I believe, and though it didn’t make the cut for last year’s fall reading, I am pumped to get to it in 2020. Stephen King has raved about the writing and the story, and with the description of the book involving hunting down serial killers, and all sorts of twists and turns... I can’t imagine I won’t like it. Plus, sometimes it is great to grab a book that you know NOTHING about and just go for it. Sometimes having no expectations makes things more exciting as you go!


3. Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel


This book has been on my list for a few years now - the film Hocus Pocus (a classic of course) has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. I was thrilled to find out that the book had come out, as well as an all new sequel which you DON’T get by watching the movie. I may devour this one in a day... or an hour... we shall see. I did take a sneak peak (shame on me) and I definitely liked what I saw!


4. Supermarket by Bobby Hall


This book is BRAND new on my shelf this season. Bryer and I went on a date to Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago, and this was one of the first books that stood out; the simplicity of the cover with just the title, as well as the bright red color had me reading the description right away. One of the blurbs on the back included a review by Ernest Cline, who wrote one of my favorite novels, Ready Player One. Supermarket is going to be a thriller with a comedic twist, and if Ernest liked it... we are bound to love it as well!


5. See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt


I had started See What I Have Done a few years ago after borrowing it from the library, and the whole concept of the book excites me. Those of you who know me, know I am a huge fan of retellings and also murder mysteries; so when I found out that there was a story created based on the Lizzie Borden murders, I was in. I remember the characters being super memorable, and I know the rest of the book is going to throw me for a loop!


6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Disclaimer... I haven’t ever finished watching the movie, and I have never read the books. I know. I feel as though as a Harry Potter and Series of Unfortunate Events lover, it should be something I enjoy, I just haven’t ever had the time. We are going to change that this fall ladies, and by the end the peculiar children may have a new biggest fan.


7. DeathNote by Tsugumi Ohba


SUPER out of my comfort zone (yes, that is a thing for readers as well). This TBR edition is entirely influenced and inspired by my siblings love of manga and the culture that it stems from. I haven’t always been interested or found it easy to read manga, especially because I find the concept of reading “backwards” a bit bizarre, BUT, this was recommended to me by the family, and well... I’m trusting them this time around!


8. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


An absolute classic - I had to throw at least one in the mix. Not much needs to be said about this one except that if you haven’t ever cracked open this book... this is the Halloween season to do so.


9. The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox


Another Bookish Box selection, and another book that I am going into reading with no expectation. This book involves a story of ghosts (again, relevant for the season) and it takes place in Massachusetts which is also relevant to me because it is where I am currently living. I have a feeling this book will hit home - literally!


10. Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano


I fell in love with Elle’s writing after reading one of her books The Suffering Tree a couple of summers ago; those who were reading back in The Literature Bug days, know that I raved about it for forever, and would still consider it a top 10 favorite. This book is even more along the lines of the fantasy that I usually crave, and I am sure she will not disappoint!


11. The Girl from the Other Side by Nagabe


All I am going to say about this manga selection is that it seems spooky, and I am here for it. This is definitely much shorter than DeathNote, so I think it will be a quick read as well.


12. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney


I haven’t read this book since the sixth grade, but it is a story that has stayed with me - the idea that you could be taken or even switched at birth, and not know who you truly are or who you belong to is CRAZY; it seemed even crazier to me back then. This is a more “child friendly” book (especially in reading level), but I wanted a refresher and wanted another quick mystery to throw into the mix. Highly recommend.


13. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


This one is quite the beast in size, but I have heard great things about the story and the writing style. I always enjoy throwing some YA options into my TBR for when I need an easier read that I don’t have to think to much about to grasp or enjoy, and though it is longer, I think this will be just that.


Bonus Wish List Read


The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson


This series on Netflix BLEW ME AWAY! I loved it. Though slow at the beginning, the cast and the cinematography was phenomenal, and it truly was a story that stuck with me. As an avid reader and a former English major, I always find myself paying attention to things like plot, character development, etc. and this show checked all the boxes for me. When I found out it was an older book, I was dead set on throwing it into my TBR pile for the fall season - it is in my cart as we speak!


If you haven’t already, check it out!

Well all, that’s it for now! I hope this is inspires you to grab some reads and get ready for a cozy fall full of adventure this year. I have created links for places you can purchase these books, with focus on some of my favorite bookstores to visit in the New England area.


If you aren’t a big reader, a fun aspect of most of the books listed above is that most of them have film adaptions or TV series’ you can cuddle up on the couch and check out instead! Frankenstein, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, as well as tons of movies and TV series’ based on the Lizzie Borden murders - let me know which you pick to watch!


Happy Reading (or watching)!


XOXO Autumn