We are creeping up on the fall season so I started compiling my to be read list of cozy fall books for this year! The books are a mix of genres, so there will be something for everyone if you are looking for a book to add to your fall reading list. These are all books I have yet to read, so do not consider these recommendations, but I have read great things from other readers which is why I have added them to my to be read list!
Ever since my husband and I’s travel to Denmark where we learned about Danish ‘Hygge’ we have tried to incorporate that in our home and daily life. Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. Picture the feeling of curling up on your couch with a fuzzy blanket, plethora of candles, a warm drink (apple cider yum!) and a fire crackling. For us Floridians we settle with a fake fireplace or playing some sort of fireplace ambiance on the TV because we don’t really get winter weather…we can dream though!
The essential ingredient of Hygge for me is a great book, which is why I compiled the list below. I have scoured through other blogs, Good Reads, Story Graph, Booktok, and bookstagram to compile this list of fall reads. There are 8 books on this list which is somewhat ambitious, so it remains to be seen if all will be finished… I have listed the books in no particular order, but I will say I am starting with #3 as the plot just pulled me in with how unique it is!
1. The Year of the Witching
Horror Fiction | Fantasy Fiction | Dark Fantasy
This book is out of my normal genre of choice (Historical Fiction) but I have heard great things and I think it is the one I am looking forward to reading the most on this list! I have also heard rumors that a sequel to the book is set to be published this year..
Description: “A young woman living in a rigid, puritanical society discovers dark powers within herself in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut. In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy.” – Penguin Random House
2. The Secret History
Novel | Mystery | Psychological Fiction
Description: “The Secret History is an inverted detective story narrated by one of the six students, Richard Papen, who reflects years later upon the situation that led to the murder of their friend Edmund “Bunny” Corcoran – wherein the events leading up to the murder are revealed sequentially.” – Wikipedia
3. When No One Is Watching
Mystery | Thriller | Psychological Fiction
Description: Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos are sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, and the neighbors she’s known all her life are disappearing. To hold onto her community’s past and present, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block—her neighbor Theo.
But Sydney and Theo’s deep dive into history quickly becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised. – Good Reads
4. Meet Me On Love Lane
Romance Novel | Fiction | Contemporary Romance
Description: “a romantic comedy about a woman who grudgingly returns home to small-town Pennsylvania, only to find herself falling in love—not only with the town, but with two of its citizens.” – Amazon
5. The Thirteenth Tale
Thriller | Gothic Fiction | Suspense
Description: Vida Winter, a famous novelist in England, has evaded journalists’ questions about her past, refusing to answer their inquiries and spinning elaborate tales that they later discover to be false. Her entire life is a secret: and, for over fifty years, reporters and biographers have tried innumerable methods in an attempt to extract the truth from Winter. With her health quickly fading, Winter enlists Margaret Lea, a bookish amateur biographer, to hear her story and write her biography. With her own family secrets, Lea finds the process of unraveling the past for Winter bringing her to confront her own ghosts.
6. The Miniaturist
Novel | Historical Fiction
Description: Enchanting, beautiful, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam—a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion—a masterful debut steeped in atmosphere and shimmering with mystery, in the tradition of Emma Donoghue, Sarah Waters, and Sarah Dunan. – Amazon
7. Practical Magic
Romance | Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
Description: “For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic…” – Amazon
8. Ninth House
Fantasy Fiction | Thriller | Paranormal Fiction
Description: Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.
Are you going to read something from this list or do you have a fall recommendation of your own? Let me know, I love chatting about books and hearing recommendations! Here is to a hygge filled Fall and may the cozy vibes be with you.