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.
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!