Happy official fall! I’ve been decorated for fall/Halloween since mid-August, so for me it’s just finally appropriate. Reading in the fall is honestly the best — so many new releases, but also the weather changes and it’s the perfect time to read some scary books I might not pick up otherwise. I have a few super long books on this list so I should get started.
Needful Things by Stephen King
I got this at the end of the summer and wanted to save it for the fall, because for me it’s really not fall without a Stephen King book. This is definitely the longest book on my list, and I don’t actually know much about it.
A spooky store opens and you pay with your soul? Something along those lines. I’m hoping this will really dive into the characters’ lives because Stephen King does that so well. For me, it makes the scary parts scarier because the characters are so real. I’ll feel really accomplished if I manage to make it through this, so we’ll see. I couldn’t finish IT.
A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
Another long book, but one I’ve been meaning to read forever. Sarah recently mentioned this on her list of best character-driven novels, and it made me think it might finally be time to give it a try. This is also another one that I don’t know much about. Two boys are friends and I think a mom dies? I don’t like to know a lot about books like this though!
Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami
I love reading Haruki Murakami in the fall for some reason, even though his books aren’t scary or anything like that. I’m also apparently trying to read nothing but hugely long books, since this is something like 700 pages, but I think he’ll make the long journey worth it.
The Witch Elm by Tana French
NEW TANA FRENCH! It’s her first non-Dublin Murder book and I’m dying to read it.
Dating You, Hating You by Christina Lauren
I’ve been binging my way through all of Christina Lauren’s backlist books this past month or so, and finally started this one recently. I’ve saved this one because I know it’s supposed to be similar to The Hating Game, which is one of my all-time favorites, and I’m not sure it’ll really live up to it. BUT, since I’ve been loving them so much it feels like finally time.
The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
Am I turning into a romance blog?? I mean, no. But, it has been the only thing that I can make myself read through the never-ending reading slump of 2018, so we’re going to go with it.
Also, this author has apparently sold millions of books. Millions. That’s gotta mean something good, right? I think so.
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
I honestly saw the trailer for this movie and was hooked. Once I saw it was actually based on a book, I knew I had to read it. Plus, it’s under 200 pages! I can knock this out in a weekend for sure.
The Winters by Lisa Gabriele
Rebecca is one of my favorite classics of all time, and when I heard that this was a retelling, I was immediately interested. I’ve heard only good things about this one from other bloggers who’ve already read it, so my hopes are pretty high for this one so far.
I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan
It’s the month for spooky books and I have almost no thrillers or horror novels on this list — who am I? Gilly Macmillan takes thrillers to the next level though, and when I found out her latest is focused on a podcast and a murder, I knew it was the one for me.
The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox
This book just screams fall from the top of its lungs, and I can’t wait to see what it’s about. Obviously, old-timey witches, but aside from that, I don’t know much about this one. Even the author’s name sounds witchy, so honestly, sign me up. This is the perfect October book, in my opinion.
What are you looking forward to reading this month or season?