You’ll Want to Leaf Through the Pages of These 13 Autumnal Books

October 18 2017

I love everything about fall—the pumpkins (and pumpkin spice lattes), sweaters, falling leaves, candy corn, the cool weather, and, of course, cozy days spent curled up reading. What more could you need? A list of books just meant for the fall season? Look no further.

At the Edge of the Orchard
by Tracy Chevalier

A fierce, beautifully crafted story, AT THE EDGE OF THE ORCHARD follows James and Sadie Goodenough as they settle in northwest Ohio in 1838. With their five children they relentlessly cultivate their patch of farmland using saplings from a local tree man known as John Appleseed. Fifteen years later, their youngest child, Robert, wanders through Gold Rush California, restless and haunted by the broken family he left behind. The best book to read after a full afternoon of apple picking.

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At the Edge of the Orchard
Tracy Chevalier

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Today Will Be Different
by Maria Semple

Eleanor Flood knows her life is a mess. But today she will shower, dress, drop her son off at school, enjoy her yoga class and poetry lesson—maybe even initiate sex with her husband. Or that was the plan before her son fakes sick, her husband forgets to mention his vacation, and an encounter with a former colleague threatens to reveal a family secret. Hilarious and heartfelt, this is the fall equivalent of a summer beach book.

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Today Will Be Different
Maria Semple

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The Signal Flame
by Andrew Krivak

You can tell this is a perfect fall read just from the gorgeous cover alone. THE SIGNAL FLAME tells the heartbreaking story of a family awaiting the return of their youngest son from the Vietnam War. This emotional, multilayered portrait of a family honors the cycles of earth and body, humming with blood and passion.

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The Signal Flame
Andrew Krivak

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The Historian
by Elizabeth Kostova

There’s nothing like mysterious historical fiction that makes me want to grab a blanket and settle in for a cozy day of reading. In THE HISTORIAN, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters while exploring her father’s library late one night. The letters are all addressed to “My dear and unfortunate successor,” and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of—a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

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The Historian
Elizabeth Kostova

Late one night, exploring her father’s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to “My dear and unfortunate successor,” and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of—a labyrinth where the secrets of her father’s past and her mother’s mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

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The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac
by Kris D'Agostino

A wickedly funny and smart family drama, THE SLEEPY HOLLOW FAMILY ALMANAC follows Calvin Moretti on his quest toward adulthood. Saddled with debt after dropping out of grad school, Cal moves back into his childhood home and reverts to his high school habits. When he learns that his dad is battling cancer and his family’s financial state has deteriorated, Cal realizes he might not be as helpless as he thought. A hilarious family drama to read as we head into prime holiday season with our families.

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The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac
Kris D'Agostino

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First Frost
by Sarah Addison Allen

An apple on the cover is usually a good indicator of a fun fall book. That certainly holds true for Sarah Addison Allen’s THE FIRST FROST—an enchanting novel about a family made restless by the whims of their mischievous apple tree…and the magic that swirls around it.

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First Frost
Sarah Addison Allen

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The Fortune Hunter
by Daisy Goodwin

A lush, irresistible story of the public lives and private longings of grand historical figures, you must add THE FORTUNE HUNTER to your autumnal TBR pile. Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as Sisi, is unfilled in her marriage to the older Emperor Franz Joseph. When her passion for horseback riding causes her path to cross with a dashing young horseman named Captain Bay Middleton, Sisi finds love again. Unfortunately, Bay is already entangled with a clever, plainspoken heiress whose money Bay desperately needs.

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The Fortune Hunter
Daisy Goodwin

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The Rules of Magic
by Alice Hoffman

One of my old favorite October traditions is watching the movie adaptation of PRACTICAL MAGIC. My new favorite tradition is reading THE RULES OF MAGIC, the spellbinding prequel to PRACTICAL MAGIC. PRACTICAL MAGIC is about two sisters who have to learn the hard rules of magic from their aunts when one of their abusive suddenly dies. THE RULES OF MAGIC takes readers into the earlier lives of the revered aunts, Franny and Jet Owens.

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The Rules of Magic
Alice Hoffman

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Carthage
by Joyce Carol Oates

A stirring examination that explores the human capacity for violence, love, and forgiveness, CARTHAGE plunges us deep into the psyche of a wounded young corporal haunted by unspeakable acts of wartime aggression while unraveling the story of a young girl’s disappearance. Everything about this book makes me want to grab a blanket and head to a cozy reading nook for an afternoon of riveting reading.

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Carthage
Joyce Carol Oates

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The Orchardist
by Amanda Coplin

In her original and haunting debut novel, Amanda Coplin spins an engrossing tale of a solitary orchardist who provides shelter to two runaway teenage girls in the untamed American West and the dramatic consequences of his actions. Pour yourself a glass of warm apple cider and settle in for an epic read.

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The Orchardist
Amanda Coplin

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Work Like Any Other
by Virginia Reeves

A starkly beautiful and morally complicated novel set in 1920s rural Alabama, WORK LIKE ANY OTHER is the story of Roscoe T Martin, a prideful electrician sent to prison after his illegal siphoning of the state’s electrical power to use on a family farm leads to an innocent man’s death. This is the perfect book to read out on the porch as the leaves are changing colors.

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Work Like Any Other
Virginia Reeves

A starkly beautiful and morally complicated novel set in 1920s rural Alabama, WORK LIKE ANY OTHER is the story of Roscoe T Martin, a prideful electrician sent to prison after his illegal siphoning of the state’s electrical power to use on a family farm leads to an innocent man’s death.

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The Unquiet Grave
by Sharyn McCrumb

It wouldn’t be fall without one good ghost story. This fall, you should read THE UNQUIET GRAVE—a finely wrought novel set in nineteenth-century West Virginia, based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American history—the case of the Greenbrier Ghost.

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The Unquiet Grave
Sharyn McCrumb

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