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The fall season began last week, so it’s time to break out the knit sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes. What’s even better than the cozy weather are some new book recommendations to keep the fall vibes rolling.

You, Again by Kate Goldbeck

A hopeless romantic and a non-committal bash heads continuously, but something shifts when a sudden heartbreak and the undeniable chemistry flourishes between them. This enemies-to-friends-to-lovers trope will be sure to not only make your heart flutter, along with the fall season 90s romantic comedy setting. 

This Spells Love by Kate Robb

Don’t we all wish we had a little magic within us to change everything? Well, for a broken-hearted woman trying to heal by casting a spell to erase her ex from her past, she ends up waking up in another reality where she has erased much more than that. The friends-to-lovers will have the perfect witchy vibe to keep you reading. (not being released until December 5, 2023) 

Witch of Wild Things by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

A Flores woman a long time ago offended the gods, and now their family is cursed with every woman born with magic. Sage Flores has been on the run from her family since her sister’s passing but returns home eight years later and starts to work with her old high school fling. Will her magic help her? Will it complicate things? Not sure, but there’s also a chance her sister was communicating with her beyond the grave.

The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic by Breanne Randall

Anyone who is a fan of Gilmore Girls and Practical Magic, this is definitely the book for you. This is the tale of a girl who always knew the bad magic behind her four heartbreaks would come back to her, but not when her grandmother gets diagnosed with cancer. Her first love comes back into town while her twin brother brings a whole tornado filled with issues for their family, so she is left asking herself: is a second chance at love worth it over her magic and family?

Mother-Daughter Murder Night by Nina Simon

Keeping with the Gilmore Girls energy, when a murder happens next door, the estranged dynamic of a daughter, mother, and grandmother are going to be learning the biggest life lesson. The women will have to rely on one another while digging through their family trauma as they start with amateur snooping that leads them to the dangers of murder.

The Coworker by Freida McFaden

Thriller novels are an absolute favorite of mine, and this one is for sure going on my TBR list. Two women are in an office that is filled with secrets until the breaking point, one of them is being stalked. The other woman gets caught along in the web of endless possibilities of what is going on with her worker. The question that lies within her, though, is the real victim caught in this game.

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

The trend in our witchy-themed novels appears with the heartbreak being fixed with some good ole fashion fun to forget, along with a curse on her terrible ex-boyfriend. Nine years later, the ex returns to their town and begins to spend more time with our lovely Vivienne, she realizes he wasn’t so bad after all this time. Teaming up with one another again with their strong connection, they must save their town from some really wicked events.

The Pumpkin Spice Café by Laurie Gilmore

Jeanie’s aunt gives her the small town Pumpkin Spice Café, to which she jumps at the chance to get away from her desk job and join the town of Dream Harbor. Jeanie meets Logan who stays away from all drama within the town. That is until he finds himself drawn to her peppy spirit. This novel will surely win you over with the small town, grump x sunshine, and found family tropes. 

Let us know if you read any of these fall-themed books. Welcome to the cozy and spooky season. 

Melanie Karniewich

Stony Brook '25

Melanie Karniewich is the Vice President of Her Campus Stony Brook and a junior Journalism major with a minor in Film and Screen Studies at Stony Brook University. You can always find her reading rom-com novels, watching mystery movies, and of course writing.