Books to Get You Ready for Fall

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With fall just around the corner, need some books that make you feel like orange, red, and yellow leaves are falling all around you? Then I have a few book recommendations for you! Below are two books I’ve read that made me feel like I could smell the apples in the air, and two I haven’t read (but hopefully will soon) that have autumnal chills in them; me at least.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

A very popular book Ninth House has an atmospheric autumn and winter feeling right in your hands. With a dark academic aesthetic, this book (set at Yale University) follows main character Alex Stern after she becomes the sole survivor of an unsolved multiple homicide. While lying in a hospital bed, she is offered to visit Yale with a quest to delve into the world of secret societies. Prepare for a wild ride of magic, horror and fantasy through the dark lens of the secret world in these 450 pages.

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Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Adult, Paranormal, Horror, Urban Fantasy, Magic

The cartographers by Peng Shepard

This is a book I read recently and absolutely fell in love with. It’s got everything from elements of mystery to fantasy to an upstate New York setting (and don’t worry, there’s a bit of romance to sate your every need). The story follows Nell Young’s journey after her reputation in the field of cartography was ruined by her father of all people. But when her father, Dr. Young, is found dead and in possession of the item that ruined her career before she could even begin, she can’t resist investigating. Immerse yourself in the world of cartography and cutthroat science for an ending that will leave you breathless to the end.

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Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Fiction, Magic Realism, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Adult Fiction

The Midnight Library by MattHeig

A book I bought last year and loved The Midnight Library will definitely get you into your feelings. Whilst initially I didn’t know what to think of the book, as time has gone on I have come to appreciate the subjects addressed, albeit obscure subjects, but subjects that need more talking and discussion. The novel follows Nora Seed after she finds herself caught between life and death in a library containing an infinite number of books, each of which is another possible path in her life. So you can see how your life would have been if you had made different choices. So if you had the opportunity to do something differently, would you take it?

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Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Magical Realism, Adult, Science Fiction, Mental Health, Adult Fiction, Books upon Books

death notice by Tsugumi Ohba

One story I want to read but haven’t had the chance to do is death notice. This is a manga, which is what Japanese comics and graphic novels are for those who don’t know manga. This story is about Light Yagami, a great student who is bored to death. However, his boredom soon subsides when he finds the Death Note, which is a notebook dropped by a death god (a shinigami), and soon finds out that every human whose name is written in it dies. I hope to read this soon and see what all the hype and praise is about.

Genres: Manga, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Horror, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller