Often pictured on fall inspirational photos is a girl cozied up on a chair or on a porch with a steaming mug of coffee—or tea—and a book. Do you often wonder what she’s reading? What is it about this time of year that gives it such a reputation when any time of the year is perfectly fine for turning pages?
It must be magic.
Considering that bookstores everywhere have pushed magically inclined novels to the front of the store, it must be so. Here is a list of three novels that popular stores like Books-a-Million and Barnes and Noble have out on their racks this season.
1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter is one of those cult classics that built a generation. The 11-year-old wizard and the school of Hogwarts build a world that’s easy to get lost in. The reading level makes these books a cinch to read in the midst of a busy life. Most of the wizarding-world fans own the whole series and because of the element of magic, they are almost always out when the leaves start falling. This year, however, there is another reason that Harry Potter is on the front lines: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It’s written in screenplay format but who cares? He’s back!
2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I remember being freaked out by the ultra-creepy, ultra-realistic, black-and-white pictures that permeated this novel and feeling like if I picked it up, it would give me nightmares. Once I started reading, though, I could see why Amazon had named it one of “100 Young Adult Books to Read in a Lifetime.” Following Jacob Portman through time loops and meetings with the strange children who make it their home, it’s a creepy, heartwarming tale of a boy who learns his history and finds purpose amid depression. If the changing temperatures and shorter days have you feeling down but you still crave the October aesthetic, this novel should do the trick.
3. Sherlock Holmes Series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Collections of the famous investigator, Holmes, and his sidekick John Watson, are rampant this time of year. I prefer the collections format because it allows me to finish a tale in my spare time without worrying about when I might have time again to read. There may not be any magical elements in play here, but Holmes deductions can often give that illusion. They’re quick, snappy mysteries that go great with coffee (or tea) and a quiet, fall morning—or perhaps a dreary, cloudy evening that just oozes intrigue? Caution: you may find yourself feeling like a master of deduction upon finishing these mysteries.
Which novels have you seen shining in the spotlight this spooky season?
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