Autumnal reading plans

Autumn is my favorite season for reading. While I love the coziness of a snowy winter and reading under the summer sun, autumn always feels like the most energetic season to me. At least where I live, the leaves are turning into their fiery autumn colors. There’s a chill in the air, but the sky still shines with a blue vibrancy leftover from summer months.

My reading taste shifts as the season goes on. I crave books that are moodier and spookier than my usual reads. This year I’ve decided to really lean into atmospheric autumn reading, fully embracing the pumpkin-hued season.

It’s easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of work and life, without ever stopping to truly savor the season. In an effort to slow down and make the most of these next few golden months, I’ve developed a bit of an autumnal reading plan.

1. Revisit moody, atmospheric classics.

I have so many beloved classics on my shelves that I haven’t read in years, but I think would be perfect for autumn. As the days grow shorter and the air gets colder, there’s nothing better than getting tucked in with a moody Wuthering Heights or haunting The Turn of the Screw. I think I’ll start my eerie classics spree with The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

2. Explore new Halloween-ish reads.

I think it would be so fun to dive into some truly Halloween-ish books this autumn: the more witches, ghosts, and ghouls, the better! First up in this category is The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling.

3. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman.

I’ve never seen the movie Practical Magic, but as soon as I heard it was a book series I immediately wanted to read it and then experience the film. I can’t wait to get started!

Do you have any autumnal reading plans? Any recommendations for spooky, atmospheric books?

Take care xx


16 responses to “Autumnal reading plans”

  1. I recommend Edith Wharton’s and Caitlin Kiernan’s spooky stories

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    1. Thanks so much for the recommendations!!


  2. Hello again! ☺️ I’m not big on classics but I grabbed a copy of Count of Monte Cristo after reading your thoughts on it a while back. On the shelf to go! ☺️

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    1. So glad to hear that!! I hope you enjoy it–the Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorites!

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  3. I’ve personally been graviting toward horror/thriller books myself ! I’ve read nothing but blackened teeth, and am now on It Girl from Ruth Ware. There’s quite a lot of « classic » Halloween movies that I haven’t seen, so I could theoretically watch them, but i’m not one to watch movies 😅

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    1. Such a great time of year to read some thrillers! Hope you enjoy It Girl!

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      1. yes it’s a wonderful atmosphere for that indeed!

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  4. I’m making my way through atmospheric classics for the first time this year. I’m starting with Dracula, but Turn of the Screw is on the list as well. I’ve really enjoyed my time with Dracula.

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    1. Dracula is such a great one! Hope you enjoy it!

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  5. I love The Ex Hex, I’m really looking forward to read its sequel this year. I read Practical Magic recently and absolutely love it! The audiobook is also really good! 😀

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    1. So glad to hear that you enjoyed Practical Magic! I can’t wait to read it!


  6. Hope Practical Magic goes well for you. I enjoyed the movie but haven’t yet read the book.

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  7. I love moving into more atmospheric/darker reading too as the days get colder and darker. I’ve listened to a few of Edgar Allen Poe’s stories like the Fall of the House of Usher which is both creepy and very autumnal feeling. But the Ex Hex is also on my TBR!

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    1. Love Poe’s stories!! They’re absolutely perfect for this time of year.

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