12 Books That Will Give You All the Cozy Fall Feels (Even Though It’s Almost Over)

It’s officially my favorite time of the year.

Maybe it’s stereotypical, but I think the best season is the stretch from Thanksgiving to Christmas. The two holidays that bookend either side of the season are spent with family, it’s still technically fall (even though it feels like winter), Christmas music is playing, decorations are up, there’s a lot of time off from school, and hot chocolate is an everyday necessity.

It’s the coziest time of the year, so I think that calls for some cozy book recommendations! There’s nothing better than finding a good book to snuggle under a blanket with and read while the temperatures drop outside.

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I meant to do a post like this at the beginning of fall, but since I ended up taking a hiatus, I’m just now getting around to writing it. I’m happy I had to wait to write it though, because now I can add even more books and now that we’re in the thick of cozy season™, I feel very inspired to make this list. ✨

Without further ado, onto the book recommendations.

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Little Women (Puffin in Bloom Collection)Little Women will always be one of my favorite books in the entire world, and there’s nothing that screams fall and winter to me more than this heartwarming, family-oriented, beautiful novel. I can hardly think of anything more comforting than returning to the world of Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth and becoming immersed in their adventures, their heartbreak, their triumphs, and following their path to adulthood. Additionally, there is a Little Women movie coming out on Christmas day that I am very excited for (Emma Watson is Meg and the trailer is pure perfection and I have maybe watched it 16 times), so now is the ideal time to get your fix of the novel, that way watching the movie is even more fun.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoI’m not exactly sure why The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo screams fall to me, but it definitely does. I think it has something to do with the heartbreak and tragedy of this story- in my mind, the whole story seems to be silhouetted against a gray sky, mountain peaks, and a wild wind, but that’s just me. If you’re looking for a darker, heavier story to accompany the short, dark days of fall and winter, this book is perfect. Plus, it’s on the longer side, so it will last you a while. I guarantee once you get hooked on Evelyn’s story, you won’t be able to go back.

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My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)This is one of the most hilarious, empowering, adventurous, unexpectedly delightful books I have ever read. I will be shouting about My Lady Jane from the rooftops until everyone has read it! Told from three points of view, this story tells a well-known historical story (that of Lady Jane Grey) but with a magical twist. Quite literally. Its darker atmosphere is punctuated with jokes and witty dialogue, as well as with lovable characters, betrayal, love, and suspense. I couldn’t put this book down, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I reread this multiple times over the next couple of months. As for why I chose it for this list, I just have this odd innate feeling that if it were to be assigned to a season, that season would be fall.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)At this point, I had to include Harry Potter just to stop myself from having an identity crisis. Kidding, kidding. Mostly. But for real, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the ultimate cozy book. You get to watch Harry discover magic, you get Christmastime at Hogwarts (yes, it’s Christmas every school year, but this is the Christmas of a sweater from Ron’s mum and the invisibility cloak and snowballs being thrown at Quirrell’s head), and to top it all off, you can curl up on the couch and watch the movie after you’ve finished your reread for maximum coziness.

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Foolish HeartsI mean, just look at the cover. Foolish Hearts exudes coziness. If you aren’t looking to enhance your fall by adding in a soft boy that you will utterly fall in love with, an enemies-to-best-friend duo that you can’t get enough of, boy band fangirls, and a theater production…then what are you looking for? Not to be annoying, but your answer to this is most definitely “I am looking for exactly this, Olivia, you’ve just perfectly described all my hopes and dreams.” This book is in my top three slots of “favorite books ever,” and I’ll be recommending it until the end of time.

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Blanca & RojaSomething about magical realism is just so quintessentially fallBlanca & Roja may be the most fall of them all, I have to say. Fairytale retelling! Evil swans! Sisters! Sacrifices! Beautiful writing! Will grab your heart and crush it but also fill it? It’s complicated. If you want a story with a darker atmosphere that will keep you on edge but also provide just the right amount of magic, as well as give you all the fall vibes.

 

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Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)If you’re looking for a new addiction and you finally have time to dedicate to one over the holidays, then Six of Crows is for you. I’m no expert, but I truly haven’t seen very many negative reviews for this book, and I have talked to so many people who enjoyed it more than they ever thought they would (myself included). Like I’ve said with some of the other books on this list, I think this is perfect for fall/winter because it’s so atmospheric and dark- so much moral greyness in this book, y’all. Plus, the setting is so vibrantly described, I can see it in my mind’s eye even so long after I finished the book. I guarantee you’ll fall in love with the characters just as much as I did.

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Paper TownsHonestly, I’m not completely sure why Paper Towns is so fall to me. Maybe it’s because (at least in my brain that organizes everything by season) The Fault in Our Stars is summer, so it only seems right that this is fall. Whatever the reason, you should read this book! It’s my personal favorite John Green, the love story is intriguing, the main character is the cutest, and the adventure is real. I’ve reread this book a couple times since first reading it only a few years ago, and I might return to it when I’m in need of a lighter, but still great book later this season.

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A Monster CallsThe cover of A Monster Calls pretty much tells you all you need to know about why I think this book is perfect for fall and winter. I haven’t read it in a while, but I remember being thoroughly creeped out by the story (but also enjoying it? sometimes scary is good, @ stranger things). It’s definitely dark, it has really great illustrations, and the overall message is powerful. I don’t want to count the amount of times I’ve said “atmospheric” in this post, but this is an atmospheric read, okay??

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Creekwood, #1)Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is probably one of the most heartwarming contemporaries I’ve read. I know I can always count on it to make my heart feel warm and cozy. A romance stemmed through emails? The friendships? The supportive family and adorable brother-sister relationships? The Harry Potter references? Yes, I’m here for it, and chances are by the end I’m crying over Simon and Blue even though by now I already know who Blue is. Admit it, if you’ve already read this book (and chances are you probably have) I have just made you want to reread it. And that’s not because I have magical persuasion powers, it’s because this book is adorable and cozy and that’s exactly what you need in your life right now.

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All the Light We Cannot SeeI will fully admit that I read All the Light We Cannot See long enough ago that I can’t tell you too much about it, other than it’s set in World War II and follows a French girl and a German boy. I can, however, tell you that I remember exactly the feeling this book gave me. It gave me disaster and chaos and despair, but also hope and inherent good. It felt like a long, large hug in which you learn a lot but come out the other end feeling a whole lot warmer. It was a truly beautiful experience, and the atmosphere is perfect for fall.

 

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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)Is it just me, or is fall the best season to return to everyone’s favorite gangsey on a search for a dead Welsh king? Just me? All right then. The Raven Boys is the series opener to what is a spectacularly confusing, intoxicating, and enthralling series. Read this book, and I guarantee you’ll be bound to Gansey, Blue, Adam, Ronan, and Noah for life. You should read this in the fall because there are a lot of school scenes, which equals fall, but also because like I was saying earlier in this post, magical realism is the epitome of fall and winter. Something about this series and its magical goodness and the presence of enchanted forests and psychics and love utterly screams, “read me now, or you’ll be hearing from Gansey’s lawyer.”

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I genuinely just had the best time writing out these recommendations. I really, really hope this helped grow your TBR, even if by one book! I know I’ll be rereading a few of these during the season- I’m already rereading The Raven Boys right now, with the goal of getting to the whole series before the new year. I cannot stay away from Richard Campbell Gansey III.

That concludes my list for now- expect more recommendations, reviews, and other exciting posts to come in the future. 😉 Happy reading to all!

Do you like to read seasonally? Have you read any of these books? Are there any you want to read? I would love to scream about books or anything else with you in the comments.

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18 thoughts on “12 Books That Will Give You All the Cozy Fall Feels (Even Though It’s Almost Over)

  1. YES SIMON VS!!!!! Such an autumn read. And, no, it’s not just you who wants to return to the gangsey?? I really want to?? But I don’t have all the books so it’s a bit hazy as to whether I could get them all at once to binge. I’ve just gotten RW&RB out from my library and I’m looking forward to getting into some ~political gay boys~ xx hope you’re doing well, sorry I haven’t responded to comments from you and bits, it’s just hard with exam season and almost the end of the year – so close ❤

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    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels that way?? I think the fact that it’s set mostly at school make it feel very autumn. Agh, the gangsey!! I only have the first two books checked out from the library right now (though I’m asking for the box set as a Christmas gift👀) and I’m a little worried I won’t be able to get the third one as soon as I’m done with The Dream Thieves. I love RW&RB, and I hope you do too!! Talk about a romance to last for the ages. *cries because I love Alex and Henry* Please don’t worry! Life is busy and we’re all there right now, there’s so need to apologize at all.❤️Best of luck with all your exams!

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  2. I love that this time of year has a lot of school breaks as well!! I actually have several in December, and I’m so excited to finally have time to draft posts and interact. Also, this list was wonderful!! I love your recommendations so much ❤
    I'm so excited to read something by Emma Mills, and I'm most probably gonna start with Foolish Hearts. A lot of people recommend her books, and I have no idea why I haven't gotten to them yet :(( SoC and The Raven Boys are such good books!! I feel like The Raven Boys really carries that fall atmosphere, speaking as someone who's never experienced fall, haha. Also, I own a copy of Blanca y Roja! It's gorgeous, and I have no doubt that its inside matches the outside. I have no idea what I'm doing. Why haven't I read it yet–ahhhh

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    • That’s so exciting! I have one in a few weeks, but it lasts two weeks so that’s something big to look forward to. I hope you have the best, most productive but also most relaxing break ever. 😉 Thank you so much!!💓
      I personally love all her books! Foolish Hearts is (in my opinion, haha) the best one, so it would be a great one to start with. The Raven Boys is so autumn-y. I adore it with all of my heart, and then some. Oh, I hope you get to read Blanca & Roja soon!! I procrastinating reading it too, though I don’t know why because I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. Happy reading!!

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  3. HHHHHAAAAAARRRRRRYYYYYY PPPPPPPOOOOOOOOTTTTEEEERRRR!
    I haven’t read many of these other books but I’m going to the library soon, so I’ll probably pick up a few.
    To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before always reminds me of fall but maybe that’s cause I read it for the first time in November……

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    • YER A WIZARD, HARRY.
      Yay, that’s exciting! If you end up checking any of them out, let me know, and I’ll be looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
      That makes sense!! Honestly, that book gives me summer, winter, and fall vibes all simultaneously. 😶

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  4. I really love this time of year too, every one feels so much happier 😂 I agree curling up with a book sounds perfect 😍😍

    I’ve watched the trailer for Little Women and it does look wonderful. The cast is amazing!! 😍
    I loved Evelyn Hugo so I think it is the perfect book to devour on a rainy day!!
    My Lady Jane is a book I really want to read as I’ve heard ever gone describe it as funny so I’m happy to hear you love it!!
    I recently heard of Bianca & Roja is one I just heard about and I’m so excited about it!! The plot sounds wonderful and now I know you love it I want to read it even more!!
    I loved all the light you cannot see, the writing was wonderful!!

    This was a great list and I loved reading it!! ❤❤

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    • Exactly! There’s nothing better than reading a book by the Christmas tree while you’re on a break from school.❤️

      I agree! The trailer is beautiful. I just keep watching it on repeat. (I’m going to go watch it again after I reply to this comment. XD)
      Yes!
      Oh my gosh, you would adore My Lady Jane, Sophie. It’s so funny, romantic, and I think you would devour it really quickly!
      It’s so good.😍

      Thank you so much for this very kind comment! Wishing you the happiest reading this December.

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  5. YESYESYES TO FOOLISH HEARTS OH MY GOODNESS *flails* I totally agree with you about that book being amazing! Also, I’m reading The Raven Boys and it has *all* the autumn feels) XD And asdfgjlkl I’m so excited for the Little Women movie!! 😀 This post was awesome…I’ll have to check out the rest of these books! ❤

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    • HI, I’M FLAILING TOO BECAUSE FOOLISH HEARTS IS PERFECT. I reread it not too long ago, but will I be returning to it soon? Absolutely yes. I even got my sister to read it, actually.😉Yes to the Raven Boys have the autumn feels! I recently finished my reread and it got me feeling all the nostalgia. Same!! I hope you have a wonderful winter of reading, Ash!

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  6. YES OLIVIA!! This is truly the best time of year 💖💖💖

    Harry Potter is such a classic for this time of year. I’m currently rereading the Chamber of Secrets, and it has seriously got me in a holiday mood. Everyone says that The Raven Boys reminds them of fall, but this was one of the stories I never got the chance to pick up when it was super popular. Hopefully, I’ll get the chance to read it soon.

    Happy reading for December, and sending you all the love for the end of the year ✨

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    • YES!! I feel that on a spiritual level.✨

      Aww, Harry! I need to pick it back up. I reread it last year starting in January, so maybe I’ll do that again. It was a nice way to start out my reading year! I didn’t read The Raven Boys until last year, but I instantly feel in love with it, and if you do get around to reading it, I hope you will too! It’s just such a unique story with the best characters ever.

      Thank you so much!! I hope you have a wonderful December and end of the year as well, Tiffany!

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