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The Best Books to Cozy Up with Next Fall

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February 28, 2023

Fall is undoubtedly the perfect time to curl up with a warm cup of cider, a cozy blanket, and a good book. There’s something about the cool, crisp air and changing leaves that makes us want to indulge in all things mysterious and spooky. Whether you’re looking for a thrilling mystery or a heartwarming romance, there’s a fall-themed book out there for you. Here are some of our top recommendations:

"The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson

This classic horror novel is the perfect choice for a chilly fall night. Set in a creepy old mansion, the story follows a group of strangers who are invited to stay there and soon find themselves haunted by the house's dark past. With its intricate plot, rich symbolism, and hauntingly beautiful prose, "The Haunting of Hill House" is a must-read for fans of horror and gothic literature.

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving

This classic short story is a must-read for lovers of spooky tales. It tells the story of Ichabod Crane, a schoolteacher who becomes enamored with a local beauty. Set in a small town in New York, it tells the story of Ichabod Crane, a schoolteacher who, on his way home from a party one dark and stormy night, encounters the Headless Horseman, a legendary figure who haunts the town. Irving's utilization of symbolism and metaphors creates an eerie yet captivating story that is perfect for a fall night.

"The Secret History" by Donna Tartt

This engrossing novel follows a group of college students who become embroiled in a hazardous plot that ultimately leads to murder. With its lush descriptions of New England in the fall, "The Secret History" impeccably captures the atmosphere of the season. Tartt's stunning prose and involute characters make this novel a standout for anyone who loves a good mystery.

"Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery

For a heartwarming fall read, look no further than this beloved classic. Set in the autumnal beauty of Prince Edward Island, "Anne of Green Gables" tells the story of an orphaned girl who finds a new home with an elderly brother and sister. Profuse of wit, humor, and tender moments, this novel is a perfect choice for anyone looking for a cozy fall read.

"The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern

At its core, "The Night Circus" is a story about hope and the power of imagination. The characters in the book are all searching for something – love, purpose, meaning – and they find it in the magic of the circus. The book is a celebration of creativity and the human spirit, and it's a message that is especially important in these challenging times. For teens who are feeling discouraged or overwhelmed, "The Night Circus" is a book that offers a message of hope and inspiration.

If you're looking for a magical fall escape, look no further than this novel. The enchanting novel tells the story of two young magicians who compete against each other in a cryptic, mystical circus that only appears at night. With its lush imagery and gorgeous prose, "The Night Circus" is a feast for the senses and a perfect choice for anyone who loves a good fantasy novel.

"A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness

For fans of both the supernatural and academia, "A Discovery of Witches" is the perfect fall read. This novel follows a young scholar who discovers a mysterious manuscript that leads her into a world of witches, vampires, and daemons. With its vivid descriptions of Oxford University and the English countryside, "A Discovery of Witches" is a perfectly woven tale and a coalescence of history, magic, and romance.

My personal favorite from the list above is "Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery. I vividly remember the first time I read it - I was in middle school, and my English teacher assigned it as our class novel.

At first, I was skeptical - a book about an orphan girl in the 1800s didn't exactly sound like a page-turner. But from the first chapter, I was hooked. Anne's spunky personality and love of nature immediately won me over, and I found myself eagerly turning the pages to see what adventures she would have next.

But what really sealed the deal for me was Montgomery's vivid sensory details and her descriptions of Prince Edward Island, which ultimately make the work an evocative, timeless masterpiece. I was completely enchanted by her depictions of the setting's rolling hills, sparkling lakes, and colorful autumn foliage. I could practically smell the fresh sea air and feel the soft grass under my feet. I remember telling my friends, "If Anne of Green Gables were a person, I would totally befriend her."

Okay, that might be a bit extreme. But you get the point - "Anne of Green Gables" is a book that will transport you to another time and place, and leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Plus, it has some truly iconic quotes - who can forget Anne's proclamation that she wants to "live in a world where there are Octobers"? (Seriously, if that doesn't make you want to curl up with a pumpkin spice latte and a good book, I don't know what will.)

And now, for a bit of comic relief. In honor of the spooky season, here are a few book-related jokes to tickle your funny bone:

  • Why did the book go to the doctor? Because it had a spine problem!
  • What do you call a pile of books? A bookworm's treasure trove!
  • Why do books hate heights? Because they always get shelf-conscious!
  • What do you call a group of books discussing current events? A novel idea!

Okay, okay, I'll stop. But seriously, if you're looking for some good reads to cozy up with this fall, any of the books on this list are sure to do the trick. Happy reading!

Fall is a magical time of year, and there's no better way to celebrate than by diving into a good book that will surely leave you hanging off the edge of your seat and transport you to a world of mystery, magic, and adventure. So, grab a warm blanket, pour yourself a cup of cider, and get lost in one of these autumnal tales – you won't regret it!

Mariam Elmais

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Mariam Elmais is a skillful writer and editor, and an intern at the Columbia University Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she aids in hands-on skin cancer research experiences and assists scientists in the lab in ongoing research projects focused on the understanding of skin immunity and mechanism-driven strategies to test hypotheses related to prevention and therapy. She is winner of the City Council Citation: Speaker’s Achievement Award from the speaker of the New York City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, a prestigious award for excellence honored to those who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence. She was also awarded Certificat D’excellence from The Centers of Excellence of the NYC Embassy of France.