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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.