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Fall Into Classic Literature: Timeless Tales For Autumn Reading

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

There is no better time than now to take a literary journey through timeless classic masterpieces as the leaves change color and the air becomes crisp. This fall, immerse yourself in the worlds of fascinating people, complex narratives, and timeless ideas by curling up with your favorite hot beverages and snacks. Here are some timeless books to add to your autumn reading list.

1. “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice, one of Jane Austen’s most well-known works, is the ideal setting for fall. Readers are introduced to the lively Elizabeth Bennet and the mysterious Mr. Darcy in this classic story of love, class, and humor set in the English countryside. As the story progresses, you’ll be transported to a world where sincere affection and social expectations collide.

2. “Dracula” by Bram Stoker

As you turn the pages of “Dracula” during the fall evenings, you’ll feel the chill of suspense and the allure of the unknown, making it a captivating and fitting choice for those seeking a literary thrill that mirrors the season’s darker moods. For a spine-tingling fall experience, sink your teeth into Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” which introduces Count Dracula, the iconic vampire who terrorizes Victorian England. As the nights grow longer, follow Professor Van Helsing and his companions in their quest to thwart the vampire’s evil plans. “Dracula” promises suspense and intrigue to keep you riveted.

3. “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

Discover the roots of one of literature’s most memorable monsters as Halloween draws near by reading Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” This Gothic classic explores the struggles of creation and the results of scientific experimentation. The Creature, a product of Dr. Victor Frankenstein, struggles with loneliness and the need for belonging in a haunting story that reflects the darker tones of the season. As you delve into the chilling depths of “Frankenstein” this fall, you’ll find yourself unraveling the secrets of the mad scientist’s creation and pondering the very essence of humanity itself.

4. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving

No fall reading list is complete without a visit to Sleepy Hollow. Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” brings to life the infamous Headless Horseman and the timid schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane. This classic short story captures the eerie charm of autumn nights and ghostly legends, making it a perfect choice for a brisk October evening as you follow Ichabod Crane through unexplained mysteries to unravel what comes next.

5. “Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery

If you aren’t a fan of all the spooky fall recommendations, we also got you covered. For a more heartwarming fall reading experience, join Anne Shirley in the enchanting world of Avonlea. L.M. Montgomery’s “Anne of Green Gables” follows the adventures of a spirited, red-haired orphan who captures the hearts of everyone she meets. The picturesque landscapes and Anne’s indomitable spirit will fill your fall days with warmth and optimism and fill your hearts with hope and happiness right in time before Christmas!

6. “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

As the holiday season approaches, share in the joys and challenges of the March sisters in Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women.” Set against the American Civil War backdrop, this timeless classic celebrates the bonds of sisterhood, love, and personal growth. The cozy family gatherings in the novel will resonate with the spirit of fall. This novel, with its heartwarming portrayals of family bonds, resilience, and hearts filled with dreams, will make sure your autumn read is embracing experience.

7. “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini

How could I not add one of my favorite books of all time to the list of favorite fall reads? Thousand Splendid Suns” is a book that beautifully encapsulates autumn’s essence. Set against the backdrop of Afghanistan’s tumultuous history, Khaled Hosseini weaves a poignant and heart-wrenching tale of two women, Mariam and Laila, whose lives become intertwined amidst the changing seasons of their country. As the leaves fall and the world transforms, their friendship blossoms, offering solace and hope in adversity.

This autumn, let the pages of these timeless books take you to many eras and locales, each bursting with unique charm and fascination. These classic stories promise to make your fall reading season unforgettable, whether in the mood for romance, intrigue, or a hint of the paranormal. So grab a blanket and some tea, and embark on this literary tour through the autumnal season with these timeless works.

I'm a senior majoring in political science at the University of Texas at Dallas. I write for the her campus chapter in my school sometimes, and plan their events all the time :)