Top 5 cozy fall reads

I’m not sure that I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m a seasonal reader. A mood reader too, but seasonal reader is taking things a little too far lol. In the spring and summer, I like to read fantasy, adventure, and contemporary. In fall and winter I like to read fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction, and romance. There’s just something about the weather changes that makes me want to read different things! These are 5 books that I have read and think they would make fantastic fall cozy reads to snuggle under a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate πŸ™‚ And for me, cozy fall reads doesn’t always mean happy – I think that to me, fall reads are full of magic, fantasy, magic, and hard topics.

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The hazel wood

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert

Ok this one isn’t entirely cozy lol. This is just a book that has perfect elements for the month of October in general. Parts of it are cozy, but it focuses more on magic, magical realism, fiction and mystery. There is also an inclusion of fairy tales, which very much gives me vibes of fall!

The glass castle

THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeanette Walls

Once again, not entirely cozy – But there’s something about it that makes this the perfect fall read. I also remember that I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith around the same time and it was perfect. These two books are incredibly similar – books that follow families who struggle, grow, succeed, fail, try, and love. These two books also made me cry like a baby and hit my emotions far more than expected. Glad I had my blanket and hot chocolate for comfort!

City of Brass

THE CITY OF BRASS by S.A. Chakraborty

Now this is the perfect fall read if you’re looking to lose yourself completely in another world. The world building in this book is so amazing! She has the perfect ability to transport you to another time and place, making you forget your surroundings. It’s also full of magic πŸ™‚

the-night-circus

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern

Like The City of Brass, the writing and atmosphere in this book is stellar!!! This circus is a mystery, shows up without warning, and only opens at night. The descriptions of this circus immediately transports me to fall for some reason. I swear I can smell the smells and hear the sounds every time I think of this book – that’s how amazing the world building is in this book! This book is just so magical and enchanting!

HP and the philosophers stone

HARRY POTTER by J.K. Rowling

Every time is the perfect time for Harry Potter, let’s be honest. But there’s something special when you read it or watch the movies in October and November. Every fall, I have a marathon where I watch a new movie for every day of the week. Yes, I watch them all year, but October seems to be the perfect time. Magic, witches, wizards, pumpkin pasties, ghosts, candles, spells – it’s like coming home πŸ™‚

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And now that I’ve talked about all these amazing fall reads, all I want to do is spend the day, cuddled under the blankets with my dog and a coffee, and read the day away – I think I’ll do just that!! What books are your cozy fall reads?

Until next time, happy reading!

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  1. Ooooh The Night Circus is PERFECT for fall. Great picks!

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  2. fleurtalks says:

    Love your picks! They are indeed all very cozy and perfect for fall 😍

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  3. Vanessa says:

    I was very excited about The Hazel Wood but then I started seeing a lot of not-so-great reviews and kind of gave up. Do you think I should give it a shot sometime? πŸ€”
    I have The Night Circus but still haven’t read it – I plan to soon though! 😊
    Great list! What is a Fall post without Harry Potter in it? πŸ˜„

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    1. I personally loved it. It was dark and mysterious. The main character isn’t likeable. At all. But it explains why she is the way she is in the end and that made it great for me. If you’re not sure I suggest maybe getting it from the library or trying it on audio πŸ™‚

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      1. Vanessa says:

        Good idea! I might try the audiobook, unless I end up finding it secondhand for cheap πŸ™‚

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  4. jillianthebookbutterfly says:

    I read The Glass Castle for a memoir writing class in undergrad and loved it. I can’t believe I practically forgot about it until I saw it on your list.

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    1. Have you read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn? For me, that one might have even been a little better actually!

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      1. jillianthebookbutterfly says:

        A good friend of mine has recommended it to me but I unfortunately haven’t read it yet.

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        1. If you liked The Glass Castle then I know you would like it πŸ™‚

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  5. Priyasha says:

    I want to read all of them πŸ’™πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

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  6. Sadje says:

    I just have read ( and then re-read several times) the Harry Potter series. The rest, I will have to look them up. 😊

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  7. Ruqs says:

    Great post! The Night Circus and The City of Brass have been on my TBR for a long time. Hopefully I can get to them this fall!

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    1. Both are on my all time favourites list! Enjoy 😊

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      1. Ruqs says:

        Oh my gosh now I want to read it even more! Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  8. The Night Circus is perfect for this season… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Great picks Shanah,,

    And random but I saw HP in your list and I just watched the new trailer of Fantastic Beasts and Nagini was mentioned, as in Nagini the snake. She’s there…I got goosebumps.. hehe

    Here’s mine:
    https://lilisblissfulpages.wordpress.com/2018/09/25/top-5-cozy-reads-top-5-tuesday-10/

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      1. Thank you.. Will now check other’s posts.. Not everyone shows up in my Reader. πŸ™‚

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  9. David Gaetke says:

    Thanks for these recommendations! Fall is one of my favorite times for reading.

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  10. I totally didn’t do the stereotypical cozy books, either. (And after writing that word approximately six dozen times, it no longer looks like a word to me.)

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  11. Alexandra says:

    I’m with everyone else, I too think you’ve got a great list here. And I am sooo looking forward to getting hold of a copy of CITY OF BRASS.

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    1. I really hope you love it! If you don’t then I will totally feel responsible πŸ˜‚

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      1. Alexandra says:

        Ha! Ha! I promise I won’t yell at you if I don’t like it. But I’m guessing it will be my kind of read. I need something magical right about now.

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  12. Norrie says:

    Great list!
    I did wonder what exactly cozy books are! πŸ˜€ It’s quite subjective it seems. For me it’s books that are set during autumn and have some kind of mystery going on. I mean, that’s pretty much all i read, so it’s not like i know what else is out there.

    I want to read the Hazel Wood tho! ❀

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    1. Cozy reads are definitely subjective. I usually gravitate towards fantasy and brutality which is the total opposite to cosy πŸ˜‚

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  13. Great picks!! Oh my gosh, HP is absolutely perfect for fall!!

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  14. LairOfBooks says:

    HP during the Fall/Winter seasons always feels like a real treat! The Night Circus was amazing the first time but I wouldn’t mind a re-read if only to dive back into the atmospheric writing in that book, you’re right! I smelled everything described in that circus haha! I’ve saved City Of Brass for October & I’m STOKED! EPIC recommendations πŸ™‚

    Happy Reading! ❀ ❀ ❀

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    1. I wouldn’t mind rereading the Night Circus too! If I can fit it in sometime in October I might just do that!

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  15. Great choices – I very nearly put Harry Potter on my list also – so hard to narrow it down to just five!

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  16. I never know if my “pings” actually go through but I participated in this one! Too cute not to πŸ™‚

    https://recipeandaread.wordpress.com/2018/09/25/top-5-tuesday/

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    1. Yes I did get a ping back! Thanks for sending me a link as well. I would hate to miss someone πŸ™‚

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  17. J.W. Martin says:

    City of Brass keeps showing up on your blog… I think Trish read or listened to it. Pretty sure she said she liked it…

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    1. It’s good. Like really good!

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  18. Rose says:

    I definitely need to read City of Brass soon. Even the cover is so Autumnal!!

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  19. Hmmm…. Night Circus as a Fall read…. I’m liking your rationale πŸ˜‰

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  20. I’m re-reading Harry Potter because of this exact reason! It’s making me super emotional but hey, just means it’s good.

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    1. Super emotional means a great time reading πŸ™‚

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      1. Yes! Although I have an inkling being emotional from PMS is also contributing to some πŸ˜‚

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        1. Oh boy do I ever know that feeling πŸ˜‚

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  21. These all look so lovely 😻

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  22. Daniela Ark says:

    these are all perfect fall reads! I always reread HP in the fall πŸ™‚

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  23. I totally agree with The Hazel Wood. Simply because it’s been on my TBR for ages and.. ever since my Autumn-mood started playing up, I’ve been eyeing it more and more? Only a matter of time before I pick it up, I guess!

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