It’s the perfect time of year to sit down with a warm, steaming cup of tea and open a book as the cold air fogs up the windows. Here are six suggestions of books set in fall, relating to autumn, or that are just really good.
Warcross By Marie Lu
Warcross is a dystopian novel featuring hacker and bounty hunter Emika Chen, who is trying to make money anyway she can. Warcross is a virtual game that went viral all over the world. When watching the opening ceremony she sees the opportunity to hack the game and steal a power up. Once Emika gets caught she knows she will be arrested, but is surprised when given a mission and an opportunity to play in the game.
Like most Marie Lu books, Warcross is action packed and has great imagery. This book is one of a kind and you’ll probably finish it in a day because you won’t be able to put it down.
The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern
The circus appears one night and the next it’s gone. For all you realistic fantasy fans, Le Cirque des Rȇves, also known as “the Circus of dreams,” is where a mysterious competition takes place between Celia and Marco, and love sparks. Performing in the circus Celia and Marco compete for this contest in which they don’t know the rules or how to win.
The Night Circus is a really magical book with tricks you’ve never seen before. Although it is a love story, it’s not very mushy, so you won’t find yourself looking up and profusely thinking “TMI”! One of the things that makes this book so interesting is the fact that it’s written with a non-linear narrative, which is a style that doesn’t put things in chronological order, and mimics memory.
Coraline By Neil Gaiman
We’ve all heard of or seen the movie, but have you read the book? Neil Gaiman’s Coraline is the perfect flashback to Halloween. Coraline’s family has recently moved into a new house, in which everything is normal and boring. One day when exploring, Coraline finds a locked door with a brick wall on the other side. Later she finds the key, which opens up to a parallel universe where there are more animated versions of everything including her parents. She soon learns that she could be in this world forever, but for a price.
This book is really creepy, but good for all ages. You’ll notice yourself keeping your back to the wall.
The Screaming Staircase By Jonathan Stroud
In modern London, the dead are coming back. Children are the only ones who can see these spirits, and they start to work as gents and send them to the other side. Adult supervisors are often present but at Lockwood & Co. things are different. Together Anthony Lockwood, George Cubbins, and Lucy Carlyle, embark on a dangerous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, and the mystery of Anabel Ward.
The Screaming staircase is full of action and mystery and will keep you on the edge of your seat. These ghostbusters will win your heart and draw you into the rest of the series where the plot thickens.
Buzz Kill By Beth Fantaskey
Set at Honeywell High School, junior Millie partners with her classmate Chase to find out who murdered the school coach. As a fan of Nancy Drew, Millie fills the role of sleuth very well, by sneaking around and gathering clues.
Buzz Kill is a really funny book, with drama and like many books about high school, there are plenty of moments that may seem familiar. Buzz Kill will “bee” in the library ready for you to check out.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Nimona is a graphic novel about a shapeshifter, Nimona, Lord Ballister Blackheart’s sidekick. Together they try to defeat the Institute of Law Enforcement and Heroics. Although they are villains they follow a moral code and battle against Goldenloin, the hero.
For people that don’t typically read graphic novels, this is a great story told through pictures that everyone will enjoy. For the people the frequently read graphic novels, Nimona is one of a kind, that should end up on everyone’s shelf. But don’t take my word for it. Read it yourself.