Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall Book Recommendations



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about fall book recommendations. When you think about autumn, what comes to mind? For me, it’s Halloween, pretty forests, hockey season, crippling back-to-school anxiety, long nights, cold days, first snow, and high-calorie foods. Also, books (of course. I’m always thinking about books.) Fall is a perfect time to read something beautiful, atmospheric, and a little sinister. Here are 10 books that I’d recommend picking up this season.








Fall Book Recommendations







1. History Of Wolves by Emily Fridlund





Fourteen-year-old Madeline lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Madeline is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Madeline as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong.

And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Madeline finds herself welcomed into their home as a babysitter for their little boy, Paul. It seems that her life finally has purpose but with this new sense of belonging she is also drawn into secrets she doesn’t understand. Over the course of a few days, Madeline makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life. As she struggles to find a way out of the sequestered world into which she was born, Madeline confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do—and fail to do—for the people they love.












2. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll




Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our Neighbor’s House”—though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold.” You might try to figure out what is haunting “My Friend Janna,” or discover that your brother’s fiancée may not be what she seems in “The Nesting Place.” And of course you must revisit the horror of “His Face All Red,” the breakout webcomic hit that has been gorgeously translated to the printed page.












3. When The Sky Fell On Splendor by Emily Henry




Almost everyone in the small town of Splendor, Ohio, was affected when the local steel mill exploded. If you weren’t a casualty of the accident yourself, chances are a loved one was. That’s the case for seventeen-year-old Franny, who, five years after the explosion, still has to stand by and do nothing as her brother lies in a coma.

In the wake of the tragedy, Franny found solace in a group of friends whose experiences mirrored her own. The group calls themselves The Ordinary, and they spend their free time investigating local ghost stories and legends, filming their exploits for their small following of YouTube fans. It’s silly, it’s fun, and it keeps them from dwelling on the sadness that surrounds them.

Until one evening, when the strange and dangerous thing they film isn’t fiction–it’s a bright light, something massive hurdling toward them from the sky. And when it crashes and the teens go to investigate . . . everything changes.












4. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle




The complete collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes tales, both long and short, compiled together for the first time.




















5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier




The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives—presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.


















6. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier




Orphaned at an early age, Philip Ashley is raised by his benevolent older cousin, Ambrose. Resolutely single, Ambrose delights in Philip as his heir, a man who will love his grand home as much as he does himself. But the cozy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. There he falls in love and marries—and there he dies suddenly. Jealous of his marriage, racked by suspicion at the hints in Ambrose's letters, and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin's widow with hatred in his heart. Despite himself, Philip is drawn to this beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious Rachel like a moth to the flame. And yet . . . might she have had a hand in Ambrose's death?














7. The Secret History by Donna Tartt




Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality, they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last—inexorably—into evil.



















8. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness




Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don't quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there's a visitor at his window. It's ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.




















9. City Of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab




Cassidy Blake's parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn't sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn't belong in her world. Cassidy's powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.












10. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 




A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.









What are your favorite fall books?












40 comments:

  1. Rebecca made my list and I ALMOST put on Miss Peregrin's but didn't. The only one here I've read is Through the Woods and it was lovely. Wonderful list.

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  2. Great list! I totally agree with Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel and Through the Woods, and one of these days I need to read The Secret History.

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  3. Wow, Through the Woods sounds like a good read.

    My TTT.

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  4. I can never decide if I like Rebecca or not? It's a good read but kind of painful. I need to read some more Sherlock Holmes!

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  5. Ah your recommendations are FANTASTIC! I feel like Through the Woods would be a perfect spooky read for the season. I'm also very curious about When The Sky Fell on Splendor, it sounds so so good! :)

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  6. I am really wanting to read Rebecca. It's at the top of my classics TBR list. Hopefully soon!

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  7. Rebecca is the perfect fall read, so happy to see it on your list! It's dark and a little spooky and very autumn-y feeling!

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  8. Ooh these look great!! My favorite ones are The Night Circus and Anna Dressed In Blood!

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  9. Daphne du Maurier's Gothic stories are perfect for fall!

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  10. History of Wolves and When the Sky Fell On Splendor look perfect for fall. And The Secret History has me REALLY curious!

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  11. Rebecca is perfect for a fall read! Miss Peregrine has been sitting on my shelf for ages; I definitely need to get to it one of these days!

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  12. They sure look like books to read in Fall or Winter time AJ!

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  13. Rebecca is one of my favorites!

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  14. Great choices, Aj. I think Sherlock Holmes and Daphne du Novels are perfect for autumn. Here's my TTT post for this week: https://thebookwormchronicles.wordpress.com/2019/11/05/top-ten-tuesday-5th-november-2019/ :-)

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  15. I think my favorite fall books will always be Harry Potter haha, but I do love me some Sherlock Holmes <3

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  16. Great list. I've been meaning to read Rebecca for years now and still haven't done it. Maybe I'll have time to squeeze it in this fall. :)

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  17. I'll have to read City of Ghosts one of these days. I finally started This Savage Song at least. The Secret History sounds good too. Great list!

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  18. Through the Woods is such a good book. Lovely picks!

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  19. Okay I REALLY need to read When the Sky Fell on Splendor! That has been on my list forever.

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  20. I don't have specific seasonal reads and don't pay much attention to reading specific books at specific times. I just choose the next book and go to read it, regardless of setting!

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  21. City of Ghosts, Miss Peregrine, and Rebecca - perfect picks!

    Lauren @ Always Me

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  22. I still need to pick up City of Ghosts. It's been on my TBR for way too long.

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  23. A Monster Calls is a great fall read. It feels like fall.

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  24. This was such a well thought out list. Have you read any of the sequels to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children yet?

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

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  25. This looks like a fun list! Very atmospheric.

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  26. So many good recommendations! I loved A Monster Calls and Rebecca. I quite liked The Secret History and Miss Peregrine's too. I need to read Through the Woods and My Cousin Rachel soon! All of these definitely give off the autumn vibes. And I am currently reading a Sherlock Holmes story at the moment ^.^ The Hounds of the Baskervilles.

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  27. I know I really need to read A Monster Calls. It's calling to me from my bookshelf! I loved City of Ghosts.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  28. All of these titles are so freaking perfect for autumn. I was just thinking about rereading The Secret History the other day--I feel like it's one of my essential autumn reads. I think my biggest traditions are a reread of that and Harry Potter in the autumn and winter. Swoon. Great picks, in general!

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  29. Through the Woods is such a good one. More people really need to read it!!

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  30. I go all UF in autumn but this year is weird in that I've been binging UF pretty much constantly.
    Some of these covers are pretty spooky!

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  31. Ooh! When the Sky Fell on Splendor and City of Ghosts are fantastic fall choices! Awesome list! :)

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  32. So many great books. City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab is one, I have on my wishlist. And the others look like I should go and have a look at them too. Thank you for sharing them all.

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  33. History of Wolves sounds fantastic. I still haven't read Rebecca. I have the audiobook, too. I was all set to do that read-along last year, but ARCs got in the way (what's new). Thanks for sharing your list. 👍✨

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  34. A Monster Calls is an amazing book. I am going to have to listen to it again soon. I really want to read the Emily Henry book as well. Great list!

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  35. Whenever I think of autumnal books, Rebecca always comes to mind. I agree with that recommendation, and a good handful of others too. Nice list!

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  36. Rebecca is one of my all time favourites, yet I've never read any other Daphne Du Maurier books. I think I'm concerned that they wouldn't measure up!

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  37. LOVE your choices! A Monster Calls is such a good one! I started reading City of Ghosts at one of the schools I was in til some jerky kid checked it out so now I need to get it to finish hah. I REALLY need to read When the Sky Falls on Splendor like, immediately.

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  38. A Monster Calls sounds so amazing! I am adding it to my TBR!

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