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It may not feel like fall yet, but these books will transport you to crisp mornings, crunchy leaves, and cozy sweaters with stories that range from classic academia to comforting small-town magic.

The Secret History

by Donna Tartt

Its New England setting, obsessive and clever cast of academics, and the mystery at its center make this critically acclaimed novel a cornerstone of fall reading lists.


Garden Spells

by Sarah Addison Allen

In a quiet, tucked-away town, two dissimilar sisters are the last of a family known for their enchanted apple tree. Perfect for anyone who pulls out Practical Magic as soon as the first leaf turns.

The Immortalists

by Chloe Benjamin

Four siblings in New York City sneak out to see a fortune teller who can predict when you’ll die and are left to navigate the rest of their lives with this information.



by Ali Smith

The first of Smith’s “seasonal quartet” embodies autumn, exploring friendships, home, and the passage of time in layered prose.


The Dutch House

by Ann Patchett

Brother and sister grapple with the dissolution of their family and their exile from the lavish family home. The audiobook is narrated by Tom Hanks, which adds an extra layer of Fall comfort.


by A.S. Byatt

In this quintessential “Dark Academia” read, a pair of scholars uncovers a relationship between two Victorian poets through their letters, journals, and poems.


A Separate Peace

by John Knowles

At a New England boarding school during World War II, two boys form an unlikely bond until one summer permanently changes the world they know.


The Forgotten Garden

by Kate Morton

The stories of three women across generations weave together with fairy tales and long-held secrets to reveal a mysterious history in this cozy comfort read.


The Shadow of the Wind

by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

In 1945 Barcelona, an antiquarian bookdealer’s son sets out to find an author’s work and begins to uncover the city’s darkest secret in this moody, romantic mystery.


Little Women

by Louisa May Alcott

Though a comforting classic for any time, the setting, the romance, and the dynamics of sisterhood make this timeless novel a Fall favorite.


Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

by Ruth Emmie Lang

An orphan raised by wolves finds that he has extraordinary abilities in this endearing and magical tale told by the people who know him.

The Orchardist

by Amanda Coplin

At the turn of the 20th century, a solitary man spends his days tending to his orchard until his routine is interrupted by two teen girls who fall into his care.