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Fall Recommendations 2020 πŸ‚πŸŽƒ Cozy, Sad, Spooky & Atmospheric stories

Fall Recommendations 2020

Hello fellow bookworms πŸ‚ It’s officially Fall!!! I’m especially excited about this, as it means at I get to share my recommendations for the season with you again πŸ₯° I love seasonal reading when it comes to Winter and Fall so I always pick out books that I personally associate with the season πŸ’• For the colder months this will usually be Fantasy books as I tend to reach for Contemporary books in the summer. Today’s recommendation post includes several genres and this time I separated my recommendations by four different moods that I associate with autumn: Atmospheric, Spooky/Creepy, Cozy, and Sad/Melancholic! πŸ‚Β I thought this would be nice so you can pick the books according to what kind of book you’d most like to pick up!

Time for autumn recs ❀

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πŸ‚ Atmospheric πŸ‚

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Bring Me Their Hearts (Sara Wolf) ➽ The main character Zera was an absolutely delightful heroine! She is full of snark, determination, and boldness. I actually loved it that the heroine was the one who is ‘the monster’ and fighting to hold on to her humanity so she doesn’t become the person she used to, who enjoys killing others and getting her revenge. I loved also found the worldbuilding to be really interesting There are witches who possess great magical powers and can turn into animals. They are the ones who turn humans into Heartless by cutting out their hearts and keeping them by their side. The whole concept was really cool and unique πŸ’•

Jackaby (William Ritter) ➽ If you’ve been here a while you know I ADORE this book!! It’s set in the 1890s in an American small town called New Fiddleham and involves an eccentric detective who is the one true seer and therefore takes on cases that are supernatural! His new assistant Abigail – who is the one telling the story – quickly gets caught up in his shenanigans and encounters all kinds of creatures that she didn’t think were possible, including a friendly house ghost and a human-turned-duck. I love the mysterious and ominous perspective of this book, it’s also right up my alley with all of the fantasy elements and amazing characters who I all love very much πŸ’—

The Will and the Wilds (Charlie N. Holmberg) ➽ I was really into the world and atmosphere of this bool.Β The atmosphere is rather ominous and creepy, with the expansive woods that the main character Enna lives close to and the dangers that lurk within.Β  liked seeing her looking out for herself and her mentally ill father, fighting to stay afloat as they only had each other. Enna’s also very interested in knowing more about the Mystings – demons and creatures that sometimes roam the earth and are very dangerous – and how to protect herself against them. I loved seeing her aspirations to become a scholar and each chapter opens with a new bit of information about her world, which was really interesting to read 😊

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πŸ‘» Spooky/Creepy πŸ‘»

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A Blade So Black (L.L. McKinney) ➽ Β I adoredΒ  how A Blade so Black retold Alice in Wonderland. It’s a great, imaginative retelling in which Wonderland is like a whimsical parallel world to ours but also dark and dangerous as you would expect as it’s plagued by Nightmares – negative human emotions that turn into monsters. To face this threat several chosen humans get trained as Dreamwalkers to protect Wonderland! This book is a mix of sinister and ominous threats and how Alice balanced being a hero with everyday life. I liked Alice a lot, she was a fantastic heroine who genuinely cared for her loved ones and would do anything to save them from harm, including taking it up with Wonderland’s biggest terrors πŸ–€

Wilder Girls (Rory Power) ➽ Honestly one of the best things about this book is TheΒ  the atmosphere.Β The author was really good at making us feel immersed in Raxter Island and the tones of survival and misery that accompanied the sickness that was spreading. This definitely has huge horror elements as the so-called Tox has infected everyone on the island. All the girls that went to school there have developed mutations as a result, with many dying after several toxic flare-ups. The ominous, creepy atmosphere of the illness and the way the girls had hardened in order to survive definitely illustrated the story well. Getting a glimpse into their daily life at school, was very interesting, especially as there were many secrets lurking in the corner πŸ‘€

Seven Deadly Shadows (Alameda & Maetani) ➽ As much as I love High Fantasy, I’m all here for more stories where myths and magical creatures coexist among humans. Seven Deadly Shadows isΒ set mainly in Kyoto, Japan, and draws inspiration from the Shinto Religion as well as Japanese Mythology to build its world. The world in Seven Deadly Shadows is divided into humans and yokai. Not all yokai are bad though because a lot of them do no harm to humans . Kira’s family has been tending one of the Shrines dedicated to the sun goddess and have the special ability to see through yokai glamour. I definitely liked all the legends and magic that was shown in the books, especially the shinigami, who are death gods that are the only chance for Kira to defeat the demon king Shutendoji who is rising from the shadows 😱

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πŸ’— Cozy πŸ’—

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Mooncakes (Xu & Walker) ➽ Mooncakes can be described in one word: heartwarming. Don’t get me wrong, the book deals with a few heavy topics such as recovering from losing a loved one and running away from abusive parents, but it was such a positive force as well. I flew through the graphic novel and would still consider it a great comfort read because there were so many loving dynamics in the story. First if all, theΒ art style is aesthetic, atmospheric and very cute. I also loved the adorable romance, family relationships and great friendships that were represented in the story. Oh and it has got witches as well as shapeshifters, so that’s a cool paranormal twist πŸ’œ

The Tea Dragon Society (Katie O’Neill) ➽ This is such a wholesome graphic novel!! The characters are adorable, and I really liked the story behind the tea dragons. Taken together, the art, found family trope and adorable tea dragons make this graphic novel a delight to read. I found myself enjoying the different characters coming together: a blacksmith apprentice with goblin blood who wants to become a part of the forgotten Tea Dragon Society, the last two members of said society and a former priestess who suffers from amnesia. The story really has a diverse set of characters that manages to draw readers in and provides a comforting story πŸ’•

Every Heart a Doorway (Seanan McGuire) ➽ This is part of a pretty well-known novella series, which despite this being short, felt like we got a really well-rounded story with amazing characters that immediately stole my heart. Despite not having much time with them I got a good idea about their personal journeys. The main character Nancy gets welcomed by a lot of the students, including the eccentric Sumi and Kade. All of them are accepting her being different and that alone makes their friendship so great: there’s a big understanding between all of them. Everyone qas ripped from the other worlds they got sucked into and called their homes, so that’s something that connects them πŸ’—

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πŸ’§ Sad/Melancholic πŸ’§

Fall Recs

How to Make Friends with the Dark (Kathleen Glasgow) ➽ I knew going into the book that it would break my heart, as its premise is honestly a horror scenario: losing your mother when you’re young. Unlike most families, Tiger never got to know her father and as her grandparents are dead, she’s suddenly all on her own, which is terrifying as she’s also mourning who she lost. Being thrown in foster care and coping with everything that’s going on is tough and it broke my heart how overwhelmed and numb Tiger was due to the sheer number of things happening to her all at once. The book explores the journey of losing someone you love and grieving for everything you have lost πŸ’”

Salt to the Sea (Ruta Sepetys) ➽ Being about one of the biggest maritimeΒ  disasters in history, this book could be quite grim, especially as it’s set during world war two. The book was written in a very engaging way.Β Once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down again. There is definitely a lot of suspense as we follow the journey of people just trying to survive and get on a ship that brings them far away from the war. I was wholly invested in the characters and especially their relationship. So I can definitely get why so many people love Ruta Sepety’s stories, as she has a way of making you care about her characters and then also getting your heart broken in the end 😰

The Book Thief (Markus Zusak) ➽ Another story set in World War 2 that 100% made me cry. It’s almost impossible not to get emotional when it comes to this book, as the topics tackled are heavy. The main character Liesel had felt much grief in her short life and is confronted with the reality of war seeping into her little village. She develops a profound bound to so many people, her kind papa, the jew Max they are hiding and of course her best friend. There are so many heartbreaking things happeing and Death – our narrator – foreshadowing heavily did not make it easier to get closer and closer to the end. I knew it would be a hard ending, as one would expect from such a story, but it still hit me right in the feels 😭

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Have you read any of the books on my list? What are your favorite books to read in the Fall? πŸ‚

 

36 thoughts on “Fall Recommendations 2020 πŸ‚πŸŽƒ Cozy, Sad, Spooky & Atmospheric stories

  1. The Book Thief was my first favorite book. It holds a really special place in my heart ❀ I read it for the first time so many years ago. Every time I look at my well worn copy though it feels like an old friend ❀ I love that book so much!

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  2. Tea Dragon Society is such a warm and cozy series ❀ I really enjoyed Seven Deadly Shadows and would definitely read the sequel if it ever exists, since there are just so much more that can be explored from the story. I have Jackabby on my TBR for so long, it does sound perfect for the season!

    Great recommendations, Caro! πŸ™‚

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    1. I love the Tea Dragon world so much, it’s so comforting and wholesome πŸ’• I sadly think Seven Deadly Shadows is a standalone even though I could also see the potential for a sequel! I hope you enjoy Jackaby, it’s a great book πŸ₯°
      Thank you, Tasya! 😊

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  3. Great recommendations on here! The Book Thief is one of my favorite books! I really want to get to Wilder Girls and Mooncakes this fall! They sound so perfect for this time.

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  4. This is such a great list! I read The Tea Dragon Society a couple years ago and really liked it, and ended up reading Aquicorn Cove by the same author which was also really sweet and amazing. I also loved Every Heart a Doorway and keep meaning to continue the series.

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    1. Thank you so much πŸ₯° The Tea Dragon Society is honestly so wholesome! I haven’t read the second book yet, so I hope to do that soon πŸ’• I’ll be reading books 4 and 5 in the Wayward Children series soon, so I’m caught up when the next book comes out 😊

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  5. Loving all these autumnal recommendations!! Atmospheric, spooky, cozy, and sad truly are the four moods of the season πŸ˜€ Wilder Girls is such a good creepy book for fall, and I LOVE The Tea Dragon Society for this time of year! I really need to read Mooncakes too because it sounds adorable. And yesss The Book Thief is the perfect sad book to curl up with as the weather turns. I should really reread that soon…

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    1. Thank you so much, Margaret! πŸ₯° Omg yes, they are such fall moods! Wilder Girls is perfect for Halloween, as it’s SO creepy! And the Tea Dragon Society and Mooncakes are such comfort reads for me πŸ’• I also need to reread The Book Thief, it’s such a great book but also so sad 😭

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  6. How To Make Friends With the Dark looks like a great read, as do a few others. I did enjoy Wilder Girls. I keep seeing Jackaby and that cover is so intriguing yet I haven’t read it yet. Great post!

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  7. Ugh, I adore this post so much, love all the recs and categories and the cute aesthetic edits. I’ve only read a couple because I’m so bad at seasonal reading. I always like to make a Halloween tbr but I never stick to them so probs not happening this year welp. Anyways, I’ve only read Mooncakes off your list, but have been super keen on Tea Dragon Society, Book Thief and How To Make Friends With The Dark ❀ loved this post Caro xx

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    1. Aww thank you so much, Ruby!! πŸ₯ΊπŸ’• I won’t be able to make an ambitious Halloween TBR this year, as October will be so busy, but I hope to at least read some spooky booksπŸ‘» These books are all amazing! Tea Dragon is especially wholesome, while the two other books are super hard-hitting 😱 Thank you! πŸ₯°

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