If you enjoy reading as much as I do, you know the excitement curling up on the couch with hot cider and a spooky read. If you’re looking for books to read this fall that will keep you on your toes, look no further. Get ready to get into the fall spirit with these spooky reads- and don’t worry, if spooky isn’t your style, I’ve listed a few more exciting books that might capture your interest. I promise you’ll be hooked.
Here are 5 must reads for the fall!
1. Haunted– Chuck Palahniuk
Chuck Palahniuk is one of the most creative, twisted, and wisest authors out there- which is exactly why he’s my favorite. Haunted is your standard haunted house story- but with a twist. The novel actually has a pattern. It begins with a free verse poem, followed by a short story that provides some insight on a character’s background, followed by a chapter that ties back to the main plot. If you’ve heard of his infamous and disturbing short story Guts, it actually comes from this novel. What better way to get ready for fall than haunted houses?
2. Invisible Monsters– Chuck Palahniuk
Even though every Palahniuk novel has that spooky feel, it is no doubt this is one of my favorite novels of all time. I’m not going to reveal too much about this novel because it’s just too twisted to put into words. All you need to know is that it is about a woman without a face, and that it was originally meant to be Palahniuk’s first published novel, but was too disturbing and got rejected. This book isn’t for the faint hearted.
3. The Mist– Stephen King
Stephen King is widely known for his scary stories. One of his most famous novel-turned-movie is the Mist. If you haven’t heard of the Mist, it is about a fog that takes over the town and is full of unknown creatures. Even if you’ve seen the movie that yes, does have a much more twisted ending, I still highly recommend reading the book.
4. Scarlett Wakefield Series- Lauren Henderson
The Scarlett Wakefield series is a little less scary and more of a mystery novel. The series begins with the book Kiss Me, Kill Me in which Scarlett Wakefield kisses her crush for the first time, and in result, kills him. The rest of the series follows Scarlett as she uncovers this mystery of what/ who killed him.
5. Hocus Pocus– Kurt Vonnegut
If you’re not as into spooky reads, the next two suggestions are for you. Hocus Pocus, although unrelated to the Halloween classic, is a great fall read. However, it’s actually not related to Halloween at all. Still, it is a fascinating and strange novel following a war Veteran (like most of his novels) named Eugene. This novel focuses a lot of America, and what it has become. The book deals a lot with politics, but is an interesting read nonetheless.
The Great Gatsby– F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby is a classic novel I’m sure you’ve all read in English class when you were younger. Or, I’m sure you’ve at least seen the movie. The Great Gatsby follows the young and rich Gatsby on his journey to woo Daisy Buchanan. The novel consists of some incredible symbolism, as autumn in this novel symbolizes the end of the American Dream.
If you’re having a hard time finding a new book to read, or you’re trying to get into the autumn spirit, consider giving one of these a read. Each book is diverse from the others and is sure to keep you hooked. Take some time to relax this fall with a great new read!