18 books I want to read this fall

I’ve decided that for Halloween I’m going to dress up as the size of my TBR, since that’s the scariest thing I can think of.

Happy first day of autumn, everyone! This fall, there are so many books I want to read – spooky books, new releases, ARCs, books to fulfill my 2019 reading goals, and more. Today I’m talking about 18 books that I hope to get to within the next few months. Ambitious, I know, but I believe I can do it!

A few of these I’ve already talked about in previous anticipated releases posts, so I won’t get into that too much now. Needless to say, this fall has some of my most anticipated books of 2019 and I NEED THEM ALL NOW. I’m impatient.

Now let’s talk about the books I want to read!


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Lair of Dreams and Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray (The Diviners #2-3)

The time has come to continue with The Diviners series! The fall seems like the perfect time for these spooky, slightly terrifying books, especially since the fourth and final (? I think) book comes out in early 2020. Gotta get caught up!

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Everyone seems to be talking about the upcoming book by the author of The Night Circus – and lucky me, I have an ARC! I definitely want to read this before it comes out, so that’ll probably be within the next few weeks.

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Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab (Cassidy Blake #2)

The sequel to City of Ghosts is out and I’m SO EXCITED to read it! Perfect timing, really, because what better time to read about ghosts in the catacombs of Paris than during the Halloween season??

Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry

My Greek mythology obsession continues with another retelling of the Orpheus myth. I’ve heard mixed reviews of this one but I’m still eager to read it (if only to help boost up my NetGalley feedback ratio oops).

Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia

I know next to nothing about this book except that it’s spooky, the main character is ace, and it’s written by the author of Eliza and Her Monsters, which is really all I need in order to pick it up!

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The Library Book by Susan Orlean

In my ongoing mission to read more nonfiction, I’m planning to pick up this true crime (??) book about the LA Public Library system and a fire that devastated it in the 1980s. I’m tentatively hopeful!

Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns #4)

I’m not remotely emotionally prepared for the last book in the Three Dark Crowns series, but it’s out now so I guess I’ve gotta read it. Oh boy.

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden

This is another book that I know very little about besides the fact that it’s by an artist/author that I love and I need to get my hands on it ASAP! Tillie Walden has never disappointed me once and I doubt this book will be any exception.

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Lovely War by Julie Berry

Am I getting my hands on every single Greek mythology-related book I can? Yes. Do I have any regrets? Not one. This book is supposedly narrated by Aphrodite and tells multiple love stories from WW1 and WW2 and it sounds SO COOL.

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages but it didn’t feel right to read it at any time except the fall! This is a middle grade book involving demons I believe, and I think it’s going to be lots of fun. And maybe I’ll even get to the sequel this fall?? But let’s not get our hopes up too much.

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

I have no reason to read this book now other than the fact that it’s been out in the world for a few months now and it feels Wrong that I haven’t read it yet, since I try to read every Pride and Prejudice retelling I can. I can’t wait to dive into this one!

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As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka

One of my goals this year is to read more books from other countries, so this Finnish YA thriller seems like the perfect thing to pick up this fall!

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

I mean, how could I possibly not read this book around Halloween?? This graphic novel seems like just the thing to pick up in between some of these darker books I’m planning to read, without loosing the feel of the season!

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

I’ve been wanting to read this for ages and hopefully this fall I’ll actually get around to it! I mean, historical horror mystery?? This SCREAMS fall reading. Hopefully not literally, but you never know with horror books…

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Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell (Simon Snow #2)

*deep breath* THIS BOOK COMES OUT TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, I’ve been excited for this book from the second it was announced last summer, and the fact that I’ll have read it within the next few days is Something.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo’s adult paranormal mystery sounds SO AMAZING I cannot wait to read it! I know it’s going to terrify me and I’m so excited. Plus, Leigh Bardugo is doing an event near me so I get to meet her again!!!

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

If you listen carefully, you can hear me sobbing about the fact that I still have to wait for this book. I’m currently in the middle of a Raven Cycle reread, which is only making me more excited for the first book in this sequel trilogy! Nothing else is as important as this tbh…I’m going to put down my entire life once this is in my hands.


What books do you hope to read this fall? Have you read any of the ones on my list? What are your most anticipated fall releases?

x Margaret 

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38 thoughts on “18 books I want to read this fall

  1. !!! I’m doing a Raven Cycle reread, toooo!! Must have more Pynch content. Which book are you reading currently?

    Looking forward to your thoughts on Orpheus Girl. I’m intrigued by the retelling aspect, less so by the conversion therapy setting. :/

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      1. It really is! Fall is just perfect Maggie Stiefvater weather. I just finished The Dream Thieves last night and am picking up a copy of Blue Lily, Lily Blue from the library tomorrow!

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    1. EVERY SINGKE ONE OF THESE IS SOOO SOOO BEAUTIFULL!! 😍😍😭 I am excited for The Starless Sea tooooo! + Pride and Prejudice one, even if just to see how good or bad it’s gonna be you know.. There’s just been soo many retelling of P&P that I feel it’s crucial for me to analyse every single one that comes out, you know? 😅😅
      This is one of the most aesthetically pleasing TBR posts I have ever read you know. I LOVEEDD ITT!! 😍😍❤️❤️❤️

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  2. You make me excited for all of these books! I’m definitely going to start The Diviners this fall, and I’m almost done with reading The Dream Thieves for the first time! 😊 I already have Tunnel of Bones, and I’m actually planning on starting it tonight! I’m trying to read as many spooky books as possible right now, haha. I’ve been trying to read The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding for a while, too, and maybe I can fit it in before spooky season is over.

    And I’m very excited for Wayward Son!! I can’t believe it comes out tomorrow!

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    1. Yay, I’m so glad to hear it! Fall is the perfect time to read The Diviners. And I hope you’re loving The Raven Cycle!! Good luck to both of us with fitting in as many spooky books as possible this halloween season 😄 And yesss Wayward Son is ALMOST HERE 😱

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  3. Tunnel of Bones definitely lived up to my expectations and more. I feel you on Five Dark Fates, though. It’s been sitting on my TBR cart for a couple weeks now, and I’m just avoiding the heck out of it. And Prosper Redding is so sweet! Mildly spooky, but mostly just adorable and totally perfect for Halloween vibes.

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  4. Ah this is such a lovely TBR, I really hope you’ll love all of these books! I really enjoyed The Night Circus and am so curious about The Starless Sea, plus I adore that cover. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it 🙂 Happy reading! 🙂

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  5. I have read Welcome to Addamsville and Five Dark Fates. Addamsville was really interesting, and I am hoping there will be a sequel. I have a hold at the library for Lovely War. I am not huge on historicals, but for some reason, I love the way Julie Berry does them. Hope you read and love all of these.

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  6. I’m still waiting for “Pumpkinheads” to be delivered. Tracking says middle of October at the moment. 😐 And I can’t wait to read “City of Ghosts”, so if it’s as good as you say I might need “Tunnel of Bones” stat as well. 😀

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  7. Oh my gosh! Margaret! I had no idea about The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding! HOW had I not heard of this before? I’m now super excited for it! The Starless Sea is a novel that I’m super excited for too, and I also can’t wait for Ninth House! Also, your intro about the Halloween costume had me cracking up! Hahaha! Lovely post!

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  8. I hope you’ll enjoy your fall reads! 🍂🥰 I’ve been eyeing Now Entering Addamsville, but I’m not sure if I’ll like it as I had some mixed feeling about Eliza and her Monsters, but it is on my maybe list on Goodreads 😄 I also plan on reading Wayward Son soon *screaming* 😱

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  9. Gosh that first line made me laugh, it’s far too real. I’m so excited it’s officially autumn, my favourite time of the year! I’m being far less ambitious with the number of books I want to read, since I’m also doing Inktober, but I definitely want to read Feed for Halloween. A zombie book seems like the perfect spooky read 👻🎃

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