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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at ODU chapter.

Although fall can be a busy time full of academics and sports, readers know that autumn is the perfect season to get cozy with a book, blanket and tasty refreshment of choice.

Sometimes finding a book can be a challenge, so just in case you are not sure where to start this season, here are some recommendations brought to you by Old Dominion’s HerCampus chapter!

“You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty” BY AKWAEKE EMEZI

One of my personal favorites; a stunning, unconventional romance filled with the most captivating imagery and beautiful prose. Filled with POC and LGBTQIA+ representation along with deep examinations of love and loss. An enchanting read that I couldn’t put down.

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Page Number: 288

Topics of Interest: Healing from Loss, Self-Love

“Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry” by Joya Goffney

“‘To All the Boys I Loved Before’ vibes!” An amusing, light romance tackling relevant issues with colorful characters. A lost diary goes missing, gets leaked, and a duo is formed to track it down while learning lessons in honesty and vulnerability along the way.

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Page Number: 368

Topics of Interest: Coming of Age, High School

“A Far Wilder Magic” by Allison Saft

“An autumnal combination of romance, agency, and whimsy.” A heart-pounding narrative exploring belonging, loneliness and alchemy. Praised for its atmospheric world and compelling characters.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Page Number: 384

Topics of Interest: Magic, Slow Burn Romance

“Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus

“Was the 2022 Barnes and Noble Book of the Year!” An unconventional story with romance, tragedy, humor, multiple POVs and a thorough timeline spanning around 13 years. Garmus touches on important subjects like feminism and women’s role in the workplace in the 1960s. 

Genre: Adult Historical Fiction

Page Number: 400

Topics of Interest: Feminism, Romance

“Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon

“An oldie but a goodie!” A unique story featuring a complex mother-daughter relationship with a hint of romance. A heart-wrenching yet inspiring read.

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Page Number: 312

Topics of Interest: Boy Next Door, Mother-Daughter Love

“Pucking Around” by Emily Rath

“I’ve read everything she’s written!” For Kindle Unlimited users and fans of hockey romances, this “why choose” romance follows a physical therapist and her journey with the team. Features healthy communication and intense moments in this first installment of Rath’s three-part series.

Genre: Adult Sports Romance

Page Number: 750

Topics of Interest: Hockey, MM Romance

“The Half of It” by Madison Beer

“It’s a comfort to relate to the ups and downs of her life.” This memoir by singer-songwriter Madison Beer accounts for the past decade of her life as a testimony of life being deeper than how it appears from the surface. Heartbreaking, vulnerable and a looking-glass into the challenges of a woman who grew up into fame.

Genre: Memoir

Page Number: 176

Topics of Interest: Mental Health, Feminism

“Happy hour” by Marlowe Granados

Granados explores the boundaries of youth and the art of observing human behavior through 21-year-old Isa Epley. Filled with travel, stretching money and favor, and creating adventure out of the otherwise mundane, making it another one of my personal favorites.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Page Number: 280

Topics of Interest: Women in New York, Human Analysis

Hopefully you found something to read that captured your interest courtesy of our wonderful chapter here at Old Dominion University!

Cristina Rodriguez is a second-year student at Old Dominion University. She is the Culture Editor at Her Campus ODU and is currently majoring in English, Technical Writing. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, scrolling on Pinterest and rereading a good book. She also loves to spend time with her bunny, Cesar.