Although some of the unseasonably warm weather recently would have you believe otherwise, fall is upon us (as proven by yesterday’s cold snap!). You’ve all been back in school for several weeks, the leaves are starting to turn, and there have already been quite a few boots-and-scarves days. I don’t know about you, but I love fall, so this is all good news for me! And now that it’s fall, my books are accompanied by hot tea and blankets, instead of cold lemonade and warm summer sun. And since there’s nothing like reading a seasonally appropriate book with seasonally appropriate comforts, I thought I would share a few books set in the fall to help everyone get into the joys of autumn!
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – Not only is The Scorpio Races set in the fall, it has one of the most memorable seasonally-based opening lines ever: “It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.” Set on the cold, atmospheric island of Thisby during a bleak fall, The Scorpio Races is practically begging you to get into a big, warm, comfy sweater, make a nice hot cup of something to drink, and immerse yourself in the characters, the excitement, and the season.
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – Admittedly, each of these books take place over the course of a whole year, and they typically start in summer. But plenty of the most memorable scenes – the troll in the dungeon, Harry’s first Triwizard Tournament task, Hagrid’s oh-so-memorable hippogriff lesson – take place in the fall. Plus, as far as I’m concerned, any excuse to read Harry Potter is a good one, and autumn seems like as good a reason as any!
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – This sweet, romantic novel takes place over the course of a fall semester. Lara Jean misses her sister, who is starting college abroad, and is trying to find her own place in school and at home without her big sister. Although the season is less important in terms of weather, the start of the school year is an important factor in this book. And Lara Jean’s baking will certainly leave you wanting your own warm cookies to complement the cool weather.
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters – This is another book where the weather is the less important part of the fall season – in fact, since In the Shadow of Blackbirds is set in San Diego, the fall weather is almost non-existent. But the fall of 1918 was an important season for everyone in the United States, as World War I raged in Europe, and a Spanish influenza epidemic ravaged the population at home. It is during this difficult autumn that Mary Shelley Black must deal with love and loss, all while questioning her own beliefs about what is and is not real.