The Best Books for Fall

by Liz Keating '24
A&E Staff


Arts & Entertainment


From Horror to Poetry, the Best Books You Want to Read This Fall 

With fall having just begun and Halloween right around the corner, what better time for some perfect fall reads? Whether it be a murder mystery to get you in that Halloween mood, or just a book that makes you want to curl up on a nice autumn day, here are the best books to get you in the mood for the season.

  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman 

Nothing screams fall like a spooky story to get you in the Halloween mood. If you are a fan of the classic Halloween movie Coraline, the book by Neil Gaiman will probably be right up your alley. The story follows a young girl named Coraline that, upon moving into her new house, discovers a door to a world that mirrors her own. However, she finds that this other world is much more sinister than her real one. Gaiman’s intended audience for this novella is young adults, but the other world he is able to create can easily scare all ages.

  • The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin 

The Immortalists is a quintessential fall story filled with family drama, death, and fortune-telling. The story follows four siblings from the 1960s to 2010. They have been obsessed with death, particularly how they are going to die, ever since a fortune teller told them their deaths when they were children. This novel is a character-based story that keeps the reader hooked from beginning to end, wanting to find out which sibling reaches their fate first.

  •  The Secret History by Donna Tartt 

If you are looking for the quintessential “dark academia” novel, look no further. The Secret History follows the main character, Richard, who transfers to a preppy Vermont college. He becomes intertwined with a friend group he meets in a very exclusive and immersive Greek studies class but begins to find out that his new friends all hold deadly secrets. This classic murder mystery with a little bit of a twist is the perfect companion for your rainy fall days. 

  • A Poem for Every Autumn Day by Allie Esiri 

If you are not looking for a full commitment story, this collection of poems put together by Allie Esiri will still give you something to share with others this fall. From Shakespeare to Robert Louis Stevenson and Amy Lowell, these poems are the perfect backdrop to fall days spent with the ones you love. 

  • Carrie by Steven King 

This wouldn’t be a fall book list without the king of horror stories, Steven King. Carrie is a classic Halloween story that everyone knows. From multiple movie adaptations to a full-blown Broadway musical, Carrie is a widely known character. Set in the then-future year of 1979, the story revolves around Carrie White, a bullied girl raised in an abusive religious household who recently discovered her telekinetic powers. The reader follows Carrie’s desire to enact revenge on the ones that scorned her. Carrie is a predictable classic, which has been redone many times, for a reason.