Inspired by Top Ten Tuesday, today I share with you a list of books to read this fall. All these books remind me of autumn – either I read them during autumn-ish days, or the mood of the book takes me to autumn land.

If any of the books catch you attention, you can read my full review of that book by following its link.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasy

As autumn is closely related to the start of the school year in Romania, I see autumn as the season when you come back home and prepare for the mighty winter. So “Homegoing”, a story about discovering and accepting your roots, seems like a perfect fit for fall reading.

Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Discovery is a key word also for Ishiguro’s book. Stevens, a humble and dedicated butler, goes on the first holiday of his life. During his one-week experience, Stevens sees the 1950s world through the honest eyes of a person who is almost “too good to be true”. This fiction book will be a sun ray for the rainy autumn days.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Talking about sun rays during autumn days, Michelle Obama has the amazing power of bringing a smile on my face every time I hear her talking. I read her biography, “Becoming”, partly as a hard copy, partly as audiobook. If you also enjoy listening to Michelle Obama, check out her podcast on Spotify.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

We’re slowly getting into the education realm, so strongly linked to autumn in my culture. “Where the Crawdads Sing” is an amazing fiction story about self-education. Kya, a girl who grows up isolated in a marsh in North Carolina, does not attend school and learns by observing her surroundings – the marsh. An inspiring story for sure!

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Another inspiring story is Atwood’s retelling of “The Tempest”. It is a book about revenge, but also about education, renewal and change. The story aims to transmit a hopeful message – with the right people and tools, people who are thought to be “unteachable” are actually eager to learn.

Educated by Tara Westover

Talking about inspiration, the biography is Tara Westover is certainly one of the most empowering books to read this fall. Starting from a radical Mormon family in Idaho to studying at Cambridge and Harvard and becoming a world-known author, Westover’s story teachers a lesson of courage and will.

The Cemetery of Forgotten Books by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I cannot put together a story of books to read during fall time without mentioning “The Cemetery of Forgotten Books” series by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. The blend of intrigue, mystery, gothic fiction, and unexpected plot twists make the four books a great read during rainy autumn days, cuddled under a comfy blanket.

What are your go-to books for autumn days?

‘Till next time,

Happy reading!

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12 thoughts on “Ten books to read this fall (Top Ten Tuesday)

    1. Ah, you have to read it! It’s a very captivating book, and apart from the education topic that I described here, it also has some murder mystery, deals with racism, also a bit of romance … it’s definitely worth reading! 😀

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      1. I would probably go with Shadow of the Wind just because I remember how captivated I was & how much of an impression it made on me when I read it in the early 2000s! But I also read The Labyrinth of the Spirits last year & the series hasn’t lost its magic! How about you?

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      2. I would choose “The Labyrinth of the Spirits” – I feel that I enjoyed it the most. Maybe because it was the most recent read, or because I was missing so much The Cemetery of Forgotten books when I read it. Ah, and Alicia was an amazing character!
        Second choice would be “The Angel’s Game”, I think it was the darkest of all stories of the series!

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