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Five Fall Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

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With chilly autumn nights creeping upon us, now is the perfect time to light a candle and curl up with a good book. And nothing is better than a book to get you in the mood for fall. Fall is the season I reignited my love for reading and it’s time you do the same. So grab a coffee, sit back and prepare yourself… because you won’t be able to put any of these reads down!

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Starting strong, my first recommendation is The Grace Year by Kim Liggett. Now trust me, I do not recommend reading this book the night before an exam. The plot makes it impossible to put this book down and will keep you reading late into the night. This book follows Tierney James as she is sent off to an island along with several other girls to release their magic before they are ready to be married. The magic these teenage girls possess in Garner County is pretty much illegal and it must be gone before they can embark on their journey through womanhood. However, there are no promises that these girls will make it back alive. If you enjoyed reading “The Hunger Games” or “The Handmaid’s Tale” I highly recommend this book. 

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

As a girl who grew up obsessed with Twilight, I can say that fall is not complete without it. Back in 2020, Stephenie Meyer released a brand-new book, a retelling of her first book in the Twilight Saga. In Midnight Sun, we get to experience Edward’s point of view which completely changed my perspective on the entire series. Being able to better understand the motive behind Edward’s actions and take a deep dive into what he was really thinking the entire time made me view the story differently. I’d say this book added a lot more depth to Edward’s character and made me appreciate his character even more. It’s a long book, but I’d say it’s worth the read. 

The House Across The Lake by Riley Sager

I’d have to say this has to be my favorite thriller book I’ve ever read. The House Across The Lake by Riley Sager is about Casey Fletcher, an actress who recently lost her husband and returned to her family’s lake house. She spends her time observing her seemingly perfect neighbors living directly across the lake who appear to be harboring a mysterious secret. However, Casey’s neighbors aren’t the only ones keeping secrets. This book kept me busy for hours and was a quick, easy read. I highly recommend this book if you’ve been in a reading slump. I guarantee this book will get you out. 

Verity by Colleen Hoover

If you’re looking for a chilling, suspenseful book that will have you second-guessing everything you just read, this is the book for you. Verity by Colleen Hoover follows Lowen Ashleigh who accepts a job offer from a man named Jeremy Crawford. Jeremy wants Lowen to finish his wife Verity’s famous book series because she had been injured and was unable to write. As Lowen begins researching Verity’s series, she stumbles upon shocking information about Verity she never expected to come across. Throughout the book, Lowen keeps Verity’s secrets hidden, because she knows they would ruin Jeremy’s life and his love for Verity. However, the truth always comes out. I loved every second of reading this book, but there were definitely parts where I was genuinely scared. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Saving the best for last, the final recommendation I have for you is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. If you’ve been wanting to get into the fantasy genre but aren’t sure where to start, I suggest you start here. This book follows Feyre who kills a wolf in the woods in an attempt to keep her starving family alive. However, things aren’t always as they seem and the wolf turned out to be one of the dangerous faeries from the other side of the wall that separates the land of the fae and the land of the mortals. Feyre is soon brought to the other side of the wall to live out her years to pay for her crime. However, as she begins to catch feelings for the faerie Tamlin, her entire perspective begins to shift and works with Tamlin to prevent his world from collapsing forever. This was an easy read for me and I found myself getting sucked into the plot very quickly. I also enjoyed watching Feyre’s character change throughout the story. If there was one book I could go back and read for the first time, it would be this one. 

Abby is a WRTC major at JMU who has a love for writing, Taylor Swift, and books!