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Fall brings crunchy leaves, rainy days and cinnamon smells that caress the air creating the overall perfect ambience to read. I love to cuddle up on my bed, put on some music and read. Unfortunately, as midterms approach, I have found less time to read, however, I wanted to take some time and reflect on some books that I think are perfect to read during this season. If any of them sound interesting, please consider reading them!

5. The Atlas six by olive blake

Every ten years or so, a secret society called the Alexandrines recruits five of the world’s most uniquely talented magicians to compete against one another to gain access to the documents of the Library of Alexandria. With six people recruited, they must prove that they are capable of providing contributions to the following categories: time and space, luck and thought, life and death. At the end one of them will be eliminated while the rest will live a life of security, wealth and power. 

When I read this book back in September, I was immediately excited for fall. If you love the Dark Academia aesthetic/trope, I definitely recommend giving this one a try.

4. the invisible life of addie Larue by V.E. schwab

Addie Larue begins to grow fearful of not being able to live the life she wants as a girl in the 1700s. One night she decides to strike a deal with a sort of darkness, resulting in her practically being immortal and most importantly, no one remembering her. She lives like this for centuries; meeting new people, building a one-day relationship just for them to forget. What happens when one person remembers? What makes him so different that he is the only one to remember her in 300 years? 

This is a Booktok classic but it is a great book if you are trying to start reading fantasy. Although it wasn’t necessarily a fall book, I think it’s perfect to cozy up underneath a warm blanket and investigate how Addie lived her life all those years.

3. Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone by j.k. rowling

As a struggling orphan who lives with his aunt and uncle, Harry Potter goes through his life constantly being ignored and neglected as a part of the family. One day Harry receives a letter from a school called the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Throughout the book we follow the course of Harry and his friends’ first year of Wizarding school.

There is no better book to start off the fall season with than Harry Potter. As we start to get back into the swing of things as the semester starts to pick up, reading about how Harry, Hermione, and Ron return to Hogwarts is highly relatable, in a way. At this point it’s sort of a fall staple whether it is being read or watched, Harry Potter provides the comfort that fall season gives.

2. November 9 by colleen hoover

When actress Fallon finds herself caught in a fire, she is convinced that her father is to blame for his carelessness. As a result, Fallon received burn scars on her face in which she is convinced her career as an actress is over until she meets someone, Ben, that shows her otherwise. While she is focused on her career, she agrees to meet Ben once a year, on November 9th. 

The book is called November 9 so it has to be read in November (even though I didn’t, I wish I did). If I had nothing to do on November 9th, I would definitely pick up this book again and attempt to read it in a day just for the mere fact that it is the same day.

1. verity by colleen hoover

When tragedy strikes the Crawford family, husband of acclaimed author, Verity Crawford finds a writer, Lowen Ashleigh, to complete Verity’s series of novels since she has been deemed incapable. While attempting to follow Verity’s legacy, Lowen briefly moves in with the Crawford family to gain a better understanding of what Verity intended for her series, moving forward. While sifting through her notes, she discovers a manuscript written by Verity herself which reveals what could potentially be her deepest, darkest, secrets. 

This is my absolute favorite book of all time! It is the perfect book to read during the spooky season. This romance/thriller has everything from the plot twists that made me feel like I did a complex math equation, to questionable ending that left me wondering to this day what was the truth. Before picking this book up, please read the trigger warnings before reading. 

Anjali is currently a freshman studying Business Administration at the University of Michigan. She loves to write, annotate her books and listen to music.
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