The Most Superb Books for Fall and Halloween

A snippet of my bookshelf.

Fall is a perfect time to curl up on the couch with a blanket, tea and a good book or books. It is literally my favourite thing to do during this season, especially with Halloween coming up. But, there are so many books out there that sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect fall or Halloween read. So here is a short list of some YA books that I think are great for fall and Halloween.

The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern

This book has a bit of a mysterious vibe to it. It follows a circus that comes without announcement and leaves like it was never there. This circus is like one no one has ever seen, leaving many bitter and perplexed when it is suddenly gone. While visitors are enthralled with the circus the performers are having their own competition of who is the better performer. However, this isn’t some normal, playful competition, it could be life or death.

The writing style is so unique for this book it makes you never want to put it down.

Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

In a world where magic and darkness is everywhere, these books follow Alina and her best friend Mal. They grew up in an orphanage together and have been inseparable ever since day one. They have learned about the Grisha, those with special magical powers, and have been taught about legends that are truly remarkable. Legends that everyone worships as gods. But for 2 teenagers it was never imaginable that one of them would turn out to be one of those gods.

This is such a unique world that you will get sucked into the magic and the world of the Grishaverse guaranteed. 

A Lesson In Vengeance by Victoria Lee

Witchcraft is written in the walls of Dalloway school, but it is not a thing to practice anymore. Not after things went awry in previous years and now the school is haunted, not after Felicity Morrow’s girlfriend died a tragic death. Felicity is back to school to finish her senior year, having controlled her darkness, leaving the past in the past. However, new student Ellis Haley, won’t let Felicity leave it be.  

Personally, I haven’t read this one yet but it seems like the perfect Halloween Read!

Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

I’m sure most people have heard of or know about Harry Potter, but trust me the books are so good and the perfect fall reads!

Harry Potter is the boy who lived and because of that he is the legend of the wizarding world. Everyone knows his name and about the scar left on Harry’s forehead when he lived and his parents didn’t. The series starts when he is eleven years old and receives his letter accepting him into Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You follow Harry as he learns that he is a wizard and what that entails, especially with this legend on his shoulders.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder Trilogy by Holly Jackson

5 years ago there was a murder in Pippa Fitz-Amobi’s small town. The case is solved, closed and stored away, Sal Singh having killed his girlfriend, Andie Bell. But, when Pip chooses to dive into this case as her final year school project, she starts to wonder if that’s what actually happened. As she uncovers secrets that don’t add up to the conclusion that is written in the file and the news. 

This series is so good and so addicting! You are following the main character as she is trying to solve this mystery and that makes it so captivating.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

We all know the history of Jack the Ripper, the serial killer in the late 1880’s who went after and killed women. This book is a retelling of a certain girl in that era. 

Audrey Wadsworth is a lord’s daughter, who lives a life of wealth and privilege; prim and proper like she’s supposed to be. But, she has a secret that her father strongly disapproves of; Audrey often goes to her uncle’s laboratory and learns about forensic medicine. After they receive a series of the same horribly killed corpses, Audrey finds herself smack dab in the middle of a tyrant of a serial killer. 

This is actually a series, but the other 3 books follow other big legends like Dracula and Houdini. All of them giving a piece of history and some mystery to your reading plans.

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

As a Scooby Doo retelling, this book follows a group of teenagers and their dog after they have grown up and grown out of their detective ways. After high school they all went their separate ways and all are living lives they weren’t expecting. For 13 years, Andy has been going over and over that last case in 1977, having this notion that they missed something; until that notion becomes concrete evidence. He then rallys up the gang one more time to see if it was really just a man in a mask.

Again, a perfect Halloween read for the spooky season and lovers of Scooby Doo (which I am haha). 

The Diviners Series by Libba Bray 

In 1926, Evie O’Neill’s parents have had enough of her partying and bad girl ways, so they send her to New York to live with her uncle, who is part of the occult. As someone who has hidden supernatural powers, Evie is worried that her uncle will find out,. But that is her only worry about going to New York. Evie is ecstatic to be in New York, the central for speakeasies and pickpockets. However, when a girl is murdered and her uncle is called to help and brings her along, she realizes that her powers can actually help catch a very dark and dangerous entity. 

With 4 books in the series, this book is so addictive and different with being set in 1926. Definitely a must read!

Truly Devious Series by Maureen Johnson

This series follows Stevie, who is a true crime enthusiast and aspiring detective. She gets accepted into a special school, Ellingham Academy, for the best thinkers, inventors and artists. Going into her first year, Stevie knows of the mystery leering over the academy, the founder and his daughter being kidnapped and never found. She is determined to solve this cold case but she doesn’t know how deep and challenging this mystery actually goes.  

A series of 4 that will leave you unable to put the book down until the very last page.

There you have it, just a small list of suggested books to read this Fall and Halloween season. Check out Goodreads (I’m on there!) to find some more great reads for this time of year.

What are you reading right now? Is there any you read every year at this time?

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