I love autumn. I think it’s the most wonderful time of year, where cozy and spooky intertwine and people seem intrinsically happier than in the summer months. I love a lot about this season, like the scary movies, the decorations, and the pumpkin spice, but I really love reading outside in the nicer weather or curled up inside with a cup of something warm, books that give off an immediate fall feeling. Some of these books I’ve read before, maybe a few times in fact, but others are ones I’m planning on reading this fall season. I really love sharing this and talking about books in this sense, especially regarding the season that is so close to my heart.
I think it’s quite essential to read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte at this time. The eerie unknown of who’s in Mr. Rochester’s attic, and Mr. Rochester himself quite frankly, is perfect for the fall. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books of all time, so it is a lot of fun to go back and read it, especially with the thought of Halloween on the mind. The Bronte sisters’ novels are really great for this time of year, as Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is another classic that is terrifying and perfect for Halloween. Our main character is a ghost, essentially, and I just think that’s absolutely the coolest thing. Heathcliff himself is also a scary gothic figure I would not want to run into in a dark alley, much like Mr. Rochester.
Another book that is literally made for this season is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It’s perfectly frightening. I also recommend reading anything to learn more about Mary Shelley because she was an incredible and spooky person altogether. The whole calcified husband’s heart in her desk drawer is pretty fascinating to me. And, I mean she was 16 when she wrote Frankenstein, if that’s not the coolest damn thing, I don’t know what is. One of the first pieces of science-fiction/horror is essential to the fall season.
Edgar Allen Poe, anyone? Perfect for the season. Or anytime else too, really. Perfectly creepy and with the touch of melancholy that just feels like autumn to me. Poe is a great storyteller with his poetry and it is so incredible to read, especially around Halloween. Other poets that I think are great for this season are John Keats and Emily Dickinson, as I think poetry is a very autumn-centric art, but also they are two of my absolute favorites in literary history so we have to include them. Poetry is an important part of literature and the fall feels like a fun time to read through lengthy books of poetry, finding among the words moments that really speak to you.
Clearly, I have a thing for gothic and Romantic literature. It’s like my favorite. I love the foggy mists and old castles creaking. I want to wander around an old castle in a Victorian nightgown with a candle melting onto my fingers, looking for the source of the screaming ghosts, and I think that is really what I hope fall to be like, even though in central Florida, that’s really not about to happen. But reading always throws me into that world regardless of what my world looks like.
Some more modern books that I think are really perfect for this time of year are the essential Harry Potter series by JK Rowling and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I grew up with these novels at the center of my developing mind, thus making me far too interested in the spooky and magical worlds of reading. The Harry Potter series, especially the early ones, is really special and feels perfect for the season, as one slips into the hopes of receiving a letter from Hogwarts and hopes to drink some pumpkin juice along the way. Miss Peregrine’s… is another special series too where the vintage, haunting photographs help to tell the story in such a fun way.
I also have a fun little playlist I made last year of witchy fall songs that perhaps you can read to if you don’t get too distracted, but also they’re just a lot of fun songs and interesting moments for the season. Definitely some of my favorites on here. Let me know what you think!
I’m excited for October and for all the spooky and pumpkin spice filled moments upcoming. Let me know some of your favorite fall-themed books or books that simply remind you of this season. I’m always on the lookout for some fun new creepy, gothic reads. I’ll be sure to continue posting into this month when I get a minute spared from warding off all the ghosts that like to follow me around. 🙂