33 Cozy Fall Books To Read In 2023

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Explore the compilation of the top books for fall 2023

With the leaves turning to a brilliant gold and a crispness in the air, it’s the perfect time to put on a cozy sweater and immerse yourself in the world of autumn. 

There’s no better way to embrace this season than by picking up a good book.

So delve into a collection of best books with fall vibes  that will transport you to the heart of autumn.  

From the Discovery of Witches by Deborah E. Harkness to The September House by Carissa Orlando, you are about to find your favorite books

My Favorite Fall Book Recommendations

The Pumpkin Spice Café by Laurie Gilmore

The Pumpkin Spice Café by Laurie Gilmore is a heartwarming small-town romance to read this fall.

Jeanie, tired of her boring desk job, inherits the Pumpkin Spice Café from her aunt.

Logan, a quiet local farmer who avoids gossip, is annoyed by Jeanie’s arrival, but he can’t deny being attracted to her.

And the book narrates their cute love story.

The Pumpkin Spice Café is a perfect read for fans of Gilmore Girls, with a promise of a heartwarming happily ever after. And it’s also one of the best books with fall vibes. 

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The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

If you’re looking for fast paced thriller to add in the fall reading list 2023, The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave is just what you need.

American author Laura Dave’s brand new novel follows Hanna Hall, who lives in Sausalito with her husband Owen and step-daughter Bailey.

When Hanna receives an unexpected note with two words “protect her”, she is quite sure that it refers to her step-daughter but hesitant to believe that it’s from Owen. 

Soon she learns that her husband has disappeared and it’s up to her to protect Bailey and find out the truth. 

Read my review of The Last Thing He Told Me.

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Billy Summers by Stephen King

Legendary storyteller Stephen King’s new novel Billy Summers follows Billy, a former war sniper who works as a hitman these days.

But he only does the job to wipe out bad people. He is about to retire from his assignment, just after the last and final one.

Which involves targeting Joel Allen, who is also a hitman. So will Billy succeed in his final gig? King’s suspense thriller is also a gripping adventure story.

I would highly suggest listening to Billy Summers audiobook on your fall road trip.

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The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Who can resist a slow-burn thriller as cozy an autumn evening.

The Guest List starts at the wedding of Jules and Will, a gorgeous high-profile couple who are yet to get married in a remote location, on an island off the coast of Ireland. But things are about to get dark and deadly.

Isolated location, suspense, and secrets, if you’re looking for books with fall aesthetic , The Guest List is a must-read.

In case you are planning to discuss the book in your book club, also read –28 The Guest List Book Club Questions & Snack Ideas.

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Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Set in the 1960s coastal town, Where the Crawdads Sing is a coming-of-age story of Kya. When her entire family abandoned her to live alone in the marsh, she finds comfort and hope in nature. Locals named her “The Marsh Girl”, but Kya is not bothered by people’s neglect nor judgement.

But when she finally finds love, the unthinkable happens. 

Books like Where the Crawdads Sing actually ticks all the boxes for your autumn-themed reading list.

It’s an atmospheric thriller, compelling love story and definitely a book with fall cover.

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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House is one of the best books with fall vibes I absolutely love. 

The story follows the Conroy family’s rise to wealth after Cyril Conroy’s successful real estate investments following World War II. 

Narrated by Cyril’s son, Danny, and his sharp-witted sister, Maeve, the story unveils how they are ousted from their beloved childhood home by their stepmother. Cast back into poverty, the siblings rely solely on each other. Their unbreakable bond becomes both a lifeline and a stumbling block in their lives.

Spanning five decades, this multi generation family drama delves into the complex relationship between Danny and Maeve. 

Despite outward success, they find true comfort only in each other’s company. As they grapple with their losses, they oscillate between humor and anger. 

I can’t speak highly enough of the audio version narrated by the beloved Tom Hanks. It’s one of the best-narrated audiobooks I have ever listened to.

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Best Cozy Fall Books To Read

The September House by Carissa Orlando

The September House by Carissa Orlando is a gripping debut novel that unfolds the haunting tale of Margaret and Hal, a couple who purchase a beautiful Victorian house on Hawthorn Street, unaware of its terrifying secrets. 

They soon discover that every September, the house is plagued by chilling hauntings, including walls dripping with blood and apparitions of former inhabitants who fear something lurking in the basement.

While most people would flee, Margaret is determined to stay and claim the house as her own. However, after enduring four years of the relentless hauntings, Hal abruptly leaves, cutting off contact with Margaret.

Their daughter Katherine, unaware of the house’s sinister history, arrives to search for her missing father, further complicating the situation.

If you want to read an atmospheric thriller this fall, get this book right away!

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The Ex Hex by Sterling Erin

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling is a bewitching romance filled with spells, witches, and misfired hexes.

Nine years ago, after nursing a broken heart, young witch Vivienne Jones cast a curse on her horrible ex-boyfriend.

She thought it would only result in a few bad hair days, but when the charming and heartbreaker Rhys Penhallow returns to Graves Glen, Georgia, things take a disastrous turn.

As calamities befall Rhys one after another, Vivi begins to suspect that her seemingly harmless “Ex Hex” may not be so benign after all.

Now, Graves Glen is under siege from murderous wind-up toys, a vengeful ghost, and a talking cat with secrets.

Vivi and Rhys must set aside their undeniable chemistry and work together to save their town while racing against time to break the curse before it becomes irreversible.

If you are looking for a good rom-com for Halloween, this might be it !

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Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty 

New York Times bestselling author Liane Moriarty‘s new novel is a captivavting thriller with a twist.

Ifollows The Delaney family. When Stan’s beloved wife of fifty years goes missing in mysterious circumstances, his children are doubtful about his innocence.

Once the police start questioning the family, secrets are revealed.

Apples Never Fall is a domestic suspense thriller that includes plenty of twists and revelations.

Oh did I mention the autumn-themed cover and the title of the book? I definitely think season of mists and mellow fruitfulness wouldn’t be complete without reading Apples Never Fall.

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What’s Left Unsaid by Emily Bleeker

Autumn themed novels should be about secrets, loss and second chances. Which is why I recommend reading What’s Left Unsaid in the sweater-weather.

The story follows Hannah Williamson who just left her job as a journalist in Chicago and moved to a sleepy village in Mississippi to look after her grandmother.

Her new job at a local newspaper is anything but exciting. But then she finds something astonishing in the archives at the office and decides to solve the puzzle. 

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Not A Happy Family by Shari Lapena 

The story follows a wealthy-dysfunctional Merton Family from New York.

Fred and Sheila Merton are killed after the  Easter dinner party,  but the three children don’t seem to be mourning over their parents’ death. So the question remains, did they plan the murder? 

Not A Happy Family is a yet another fast-paced domestic suspense thriller that worth adding in the list of best fall mysteries.

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The Autumn Bride by Anne Gracie

If you’re looking for autumn-themed romance novels with incredible storytelling, get this novel!

The Autumn Bride is the first book in the Chance Sister series from award winning author Anne Gracie.

This historical fiction is set in England and follows the governess Abby, who is determined to do anything for her chosen family.

Even if that involved stealing. Just as she breaks into a rich house searching for valuables, Abby finds the bedridden owner, Lady Beatrice Davenham.

Soon Abby and her sisters become the “nieces” of Lady Beatrice, which could have been a perfect way to solve all their problems, but in comes Max, the arrogant nephew of Beatrice.

Will Abby be able to fight for her position in the house and get rid of all the problems?

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Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

As we all know that Hoover is a fascinating storyteller when it comes to handling themes of grief, love and family, this novel proves it even more.

Morgan Grant put her dreams on hold when she gave birth to her daughter at seventeen.

Although one part of her wishes to live a different life, she doesn’t regret giving birth to her baby.

But now that her daughter is sixteen-year-old and about to find a new life with her boyfriend, Morgan thinks that history is about to repeat itself. 

The novels of regrets and second-chances should be in everyone’s list of fall themed books for adults.

If you’re a Colleen Hoover fan and love second chance romance books you will love this book.

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Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

As we gear up to cozy October evenings, it’s time to read some fun fall YA books. Rainbow Rowell’s Pumpkinheads is a dreamy teen story that is going to be your favourite autumn read!

Seasonal best friends Deja and Josiah have always loved spending time together in pumpkin patch. However, this year isn’t as joyful as previous years as both are finally seniors. J

osiah isn’t thrilled about their last season together, but Deja has a secret plan to create an epic autumn adventure. This Halloween novel is a must-read in this time of the year!

Find more fall books for teens in this post – 24 Chilling And Atmospheric YA Fall Reads

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Midnight at the Blackbird Café by Heather Webber 

The cozy autumn weather always demands a charming fantasy novel. So you should read Midnight at the Blackbird Café was it infuses the elements of magical realism, thus making it a great October read.

The story follows follows Ann Kate who returns to Alabama to bury her beloved grandmother.

Her grandmother is a familiar figure among locals and people can’t stop talking about her renowned blackbird pie. As she spends more time in the town, she learns more about her family and the mysterious pie.

This warm and sweet story is just as delicious as any fall desserts.

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Rebeca by Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier’s gothic novel follows unnamed young woman who falls in love with a wealthy widower, Maxim de Winter.

After the marriage she moves in with him, in his ancestral estate of Manderley. Her life in the new home was nothing like she had ever imagined. Ghost of Rebeca, Maxim’s late wife, follows her everywhere.

If you love reading cozy fall romance novels to enjoy along with a steaming cup of cider, Rebeca is a perfect choice!

It’s also one of best romance movies based on books.

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Other People’s Marriages by Kerry Fisher

When her husband gives a heartwarming speech about their marriage on her 60th birthday, Steph feels something is not right.

The family and marriage she has been part of for so long now seem far away from her. As Steph is preparing to leave her husband, an unexpected letter from her old friend startles her.

Other People’s Marriages is a remarkable story about relationships, marriage and friendships that should be in the list of fall book recommendations 2023.

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Good as Dead by Susan Walter

When Holly Kendrick’s husband is killed in a hit-and-run accident, a stranger approacher her with an enormous offer.

She has been asked to remain silent in exchange for a luxury dream house along with enough funds to live forever.

But soon Holly has to deal with people who have a lot more secrets than her. Good as Dead is a perfect mystery thriller to read as the leaves change the colour and air becomes crisp.

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The Moonlight Child by Karen McQuestion

Stories that take you on an emotional rollercoaster are indeed books that feel like autumn.

Karen McQuestion’s The Moon Child is one such incredibly moving and poignant novel that you have to read when the fall sweaters come out.

The fast-paced story is as enchanting as an October night.

When Sharon and Niki find out about the strange and suspicious activities at the Fleming family, they are determined to find out the truth about it. 

Meanwhile, the little Mia is keen to please the only people she knows-Fleming family. 

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Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney’s novel gives us the perfect autumn vibes.

The complex human relationships and wise characters are worth enjoying on a chilly fall evening.

Beautiful World, Where Are You is a contemporary romance novel centred around Alice, a successful author who plans to travel to Italy with a man she just met. While her best friend Elien, whom she emails every so often, is going through a break-up.

Whether you love a modern love story or a complex drama you are going to enjoy listening to the world of modern relationships. 

Explore full list of Sally Rooney books.

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Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney 

Rock Paper Scissors is a spine-chilling fall novel that follows the life of Adam and Amelia.

In the tenth year of marriage, both are going on a weekend getaway in Scotland.

For each marriage anniversary, Amelia has written a letter expressing her true feeling towards him which Adam never gets to read.

But they both know that this weekend trip is about to decide the future of their relationship. 

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The Push by Ashley Audrain

This instant New York Times bestseller is a psychological drama about family dynamics.

Because of her traumatic childhood, Blythe Connor always wanted to be a great mother to her daughter.  But once  Violet is born, Blythe feels something strange in her daughter.

She finds it hard to be an affectionate mother.  When her second child is born,  she has a beautiful connection with him. The Push is surely the book for fall season, you can’t help but devour this novel in one sitting.

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The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

This New York Times bestseller is a domestic thriller about Rose and Fern, non-identical twins who have been extremely close despite their distinct personalities.

Rose is an interior designer and Fern is a librarian. But then one of the twins has secrets. 

Told from two different perspectives, The Good Sister is a mix of psychological thriller and family drama.

A compelling, unputdownable read to add to your autumn reading list. 

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Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

The Pulitzer Prize-winner Colson Whitehead’s new novel is an ode to 1960s New York. The story follows ambitious Ray Carney who runs a furniture store, leads a decent life with his wife and child.

However, whenever cousin Freddie drags him into illegal pursuits, he doesn’t really resist. However, this time he is about to be involved in a heist that has all the possibility to go wrong. 

This multilayered mystery novel deserves to be in your fall book list.

Also I absolutely love book covers with fall vibes. The vivid shades of scarlet on the cover of Harlem Shuffle is just irresistible.

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah E. Harkness

A Discovery of Witches  is a captivating novel in the All Souls book series. 

The protagonist  Diana Bishop, a  young scholar at Oxford’s Bodleian Library, unintentionally summons a bewitched alchemical manuscript during her research. 

Despite her lineage of witches, Diana initially rejects sorcery. However, her discovery triggers the interest of daemons, witches, and vampires, leading to a thrilling adventure. Diana possesses the unique ability to break the manuscript’s spell, making her a coveted figure in this supernatural world.

This richly inventive novel gives you the perfect cozy fall vibe. It’s also a perfect book  for the lovers of magic, romance, and suspense. 

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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Gracia

In Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place  to rescue her cousin from an ominous fate. 

Her destination is a remote mansion in the Mexican countryside. 

She is unsure of what awaits her there, as her cousin’s husband is a mysterious Englishman, and Noemí is unfamiliar with the region.

As the story unfolds, Noemí becomes entranced by the simultaneously terrifying and seductive world of High Place. She may find herself unable to escape the enigma of this haunting house.

Mexican Gothic is a spooky, creepy historical fiction  to read in for your favourite season.

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The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living 

In The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, Olivia Rawlings, a talented Boston pastry chef, flees to Vermont, after a culinary disaster. She finds refuge and a job at the Sugar Maple Inn, owned by Margaret Hurley. Livvy’s task is to help the inn regain its status in the annual apple pie contest.

Livvy embraces small-town life, with its folk music, orchards, and a budding romance with Martin McCracken, a local who’s returned to care for his father. However, a newcomer disrupts the community, leading Livvy to choose between fleeing or finding her place in Guthrie.

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living is a perfect autumn romance set in New England. 

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Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern presents a mesmerizing tale of a mysterious, enchanting circus called Le Cirque des Rêves that appears overnight and only opens at night. Within its black-and-white striped tents lies a world of breathtaking wonders and amazements.

Behind the scenes, a fierce competition unfolds between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been groomed for this purpose since childhood.

Unbeknownst to them, their duel is a high-stakes game with only one victor. However, amidst the magical contest, Celia and Marco fall deeply in love, their romance imbuing the circus with an extra layer of enchantment.

With lush and evocative prose, The Night Circus is a sensory and emotional feast that transports readers to a captivating realm of magic and love.

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Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman is a captivating tale of the Owens sisters, who grapple with life’s challenges and matters of the heart in a town that has blamed the Owens’ family for centuries.

For more than two hundred years, the  women have shouldered the blame for every misfortune in their Massachusetts town

Gillian and Sally, the sisters at the center of the story, yearn to break free from this fate. One plans to do so through marriage, and the other by escaping altogether. Yet, the unbreakable bond they share draws them back to their roots, as if by a touch of magic.

 Practical Magic is one of the cozy books that weaves a spellbinding narrative of love, family, and the enduring power of sisterhood amidst a backdrop of enchantment and mystery.

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History by Donna Tartt follows a group of brilliant and unconventional students at an elite New England college.

Guided by their charismatic classics professor, they delve into a way of life and thinking far removed from their peers’ ordinary existence.

As they push the boundaries of morality, they slide from obsession to corruption, ultimately succumbing to betrayal and, inevitably, into the grips of evil. 

The Secret History is an enthralling psychological thriller book over 500 pages, that you wouldn’t be able to put down. 

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Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev is a heartwarming Jane Austen retelling  featuring the enemies-to-lovers trope.

Set in San Francisco within an immigrant Indian family. Dr. Trisha Raje, a brilliant neurosurgeon, clashes with DJ Caine, a talented chef, but their initial friction evolves into a touching romance as they confront their biases and pasts. 

With a rich backdrop of culture, family dynamics, and mouthwatering food, this cozy fall read offers a modern take on Austen’s timeless themes of love, growth, and understanding.

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The Stranger Upstairs by Lisa M. Matlin

The Stranger Upstairs by Lisa M. Matlin is a gripping gothic novel debut that follows Sarah Slade, a social media influencer with a hidden past. 

Sarah becomes the new owner of the infamous Black Wood House, the site of a gruesome murder-suicide

As Sarah delves into the house’s dark history and begins to transform it, she realizes that some secrets are impossible to conceal.

Strange occurrences plague the construction crew, and Sarah is haunted by eerie noises and menacing notes. She becomes convinced that someone—or something—is threatening her life, and as she remodels the house, its malevolence appears to intensify.

The Stranger Upstairs is the perfect book to cozy up with during moody autumn weather.

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The House Witch by Delemhach

The House Witch by Delemhach is a  humorous blend of fantasy, romance, and mystery. 

It revolves around Finlay Ashowan, a talented house witch with domestic powers, who joins the staff of the King and Queen of Daxaria. His mysterious origins and enigmatic presence make him a puzzle to the royal household.

Despite his desire for a quiet life as the royal cook, Fin’s secret identity as a witch with extraordinary abilities becomes increasingly difficult to conceal. Alongside his kitten familiar, Kraken, he gets entangled in imperial affairs.

The House Witch is a whimsical and enchanting story that combines magic, romance, and intrigue as Fin navigates the challenges of serving in the royal household while keeping his true nature hidden.

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Conclusion:These fall books are like a warm hug on chilly autumn days. Whether you like love stories, mysteries, or deep thoughts, there’s a perfect fall book for you.

If you are still a bit confused about which book to read first, let me choose the top three fall books from the list:

  1. The Pumpkin Spice Café by Laurie Gilmore
  2. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  3. Billy Summers by Stephen King

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