This is a little different than what we did this time last year. Instead of the Fall Book Tag this will be my top 5 books that make me think of or are perfect for fall. So this won’t be based on book cover colors or characters, but the overall plot and setting of a book. Still interested? Well prepare your reading TBR s and let’s go!
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
- Maybe it has something to do with Europe or the medieval time period, but the setting of this world seems perfect for cooler weather and a blanket. Perhaps even a mug of steaming hot coffee! The atmosphere and the focus on death in this book altogether make it an incredible read if you are looking for something a little on the darker side of history while still having strong female protagonists. It does have different main characters for each book, but was transitioned pretty smoothly.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
- Continuing my fall fascination with European worlds, Outlander takes place in Scotland, which can be a wee bit wet and cold. Add in a rugged, red haired scotsman and man are you in for an amazing fall read, tucked into your tartan plaid blanket if you want the full effect. Claire is a brit whisked back in time to Jacovite Scotland, struggling to not only stay alive, but find her way back to the stones that brought her there. Gabaldon still has yet to finish the series, but there are quite a few books after if you’re looking for a binge read.
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
- This list honestly should be a European list, though maybe I just love Europe and UK in the fall? Whatever the case, Ruby Red takes place in London, though written by a German author. The protagonist is a time traveler, a fact that throws her into the fold of a mysterious society, and dangerous events. It was one of those really quick reads that surprised you with how engrossed you get. I couldn’t put it down, and I’m likely due for a re-read soon. It’s filled with teenage romance, time traveling, beautiful clothes, and a well-written plot.
Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
- Does this count as UK since it takes place in Red London, and not our London? I’ll go with that logic, since I might want to do a Europe list one day. A Darker Shade of Magic’s world and character just seemed filled with a Fall vibe, as Kell is another traveler of a sort, this time one that travels between different Londons. My favorite line is still the first from this book, since it’s so short and interesting; Kell wore a very peculiar coat. And honestly? he does.
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
- Last on this list, An Enchantment of Ravens, is possibly the one book that doesn’t deal in UK/Europe in any way. Instead, it’s filled with Fall, from the Prince that begins the action of the plot to just the cover, and setting of the story, there is a lot that just screams fall. Though not Rogerson’s best book, between it and Sorcery of Thorns, she’s done a really great job of bringing us some excellent stand alones. Combined with the fact that this story is about the fey, I whole heartedly recommend this to anyone waiting on any Holly Black or Cassandra Clare novels, this is definitely up that alley/niche.
What are some books that make you think of Fall, or in this case a taste of cold Europe? Also, who is glad Fall weather is finally here? I for one am ready to whip out my boots, sweaters, and scarves! Be gone crazy heat, though please don’t freeze me too soon.