Fall is officially here, and it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book. Gather round, and let us recommend six cozy fall reads to help you start the season off right.
The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen
Hart, a lonely marshal patrolling Tanria’s magical wilderness, and Mercy, an undertaker struggling to keep her business afloat, clash every time they meet. However, they form an unexpected friendship as they exchange anonymous letters. As their romance blossoms, they face the challenge of discovering that their pen pals are none other than their most infuriating acquaintances – each other.
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
When you can get whatever you want, does having more matter? Sibling Dex is a tea monk traveling the wilderness searching for meaning when they meet Splendid Speckled Mosscap. Mosscap is a member of a robot community thought long gone, and he’s on a search, too. Together, the two discover purpose and what humans really need to survive.
A Psalm for the Wild-Built is a gentle and wholesome novella that’s just right for fall reading. Becky Chambers knows how to write a cozy fall story, even if it’s set hundreds of years in the future, with a robot as the main character.
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
In a Tokyo cafe that’s over 100 years old, patrons have a rare opportunity. They can travel back in time, but only for as long as it takes for a single cup of coffee to get cold. Each of the four visitors takes the chance, even though they know they can’t change the past.
A slow-moving but beautifully paced novel, Before the Coffee Gets Cold reads a bit like a play. The characters in Toshikazu Kawaguchi can’t change their present, so this is more of a rumination on past events than an action-packed time travel adventure.
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
Mika Moon, a cautious witch living in hiding, unexpectedly receives a message inviting her to Nowhere House to teach young witches. It breaks all of her rules of secrecy, but Mika agrees to the task. Soon, she grows entangled in the lives of her new charges and their handsome and protective guardian, Jamie. As she finds a sense of belonging in this newfound family, Mika must decide whether to risk everything to protect them and face the magic and dangers of her world head-on.
This is the perfect witchy read for early fall. The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches is a fun, cozy book that is certain to make you smile.
Still Life by Louise Penny
No one expects a murder in the tranquil village of Three Pines, a town so free from crime it doesn’t even have a police force. But when beloved artist Jane Neal is murdered during Thanksgiving weekend, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called to investigate. Three Pines may be charming, but it holds some very dark secrets.
While they may be murder mysteries, Louise Penny’s novels are full of quirky, Gilmore Girls-like characters and small-town. The draw of Still Life comes from the town of Three Pines, a small Quebecois village near the U.S. border. As Gamache puts it, “It was a town full of lovely people. Too bad one of them was a murderer.”
Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
Deep in the tranquil depths of Greenhollow resides Tobias, the reclusive Wild Man who lives in harmony with the forest. His peaceful life takes a turn when Henry Silver, the inquisitive new owner of Greenhollow Hall, arrives. Soon, Tobias must confront his own troubled history, the enigmatic woodland magic and the hidden darkness concealed within the heart of the woods.
Silver in the Wood is a gorgeous novella that’s absolutely meant to be read in the fall. Emily Tesh perfectly captures the vibes of the deep woods with her atmospheric prose. I recommend you read it and then take a long walk in whatever nature you can find.
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