20 of the Best Fall Reads For Cozy & Chilly Nights

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Cozy fall books to read

As we say goodbye to the scorching sunny days, it’s time to embrace the cozy fall atmosphere. 

As Margaret Elizabeth Sangster said, “autumn brings a longing to get away from the unreal things of life, out into the forest at night with a campfire and the rustling leaves.” 

As we welcome the misty mornings in October, why not grab best fall reads for cozy nights. Delightful novels that are just as vivid and beautiful as the autumn leaves. 

However, as always there are plenty of cozy fall books to read specifically for harvest season. It’s hard to categorise books according to season, yet when it comes to books that feel like autumn, I am inclined to suspenseful mysteries like The Last Thing He Told Me

But there are times when I feel like reading a gothic novel like Wuthering Heights. The cozy autumn vibes certainly remind me of a long list of classic novels to read this fall

So as this post is all about cozy fall books to read in 2022 I have included books with an autumn setting. There is also Daphne du maurier’s classic that is mostly certainly a fall romance to enjoy in autumn this year. You would be enthralled to fall themed books for adults and young adults.

Now let’s dive right into these cozy fall reads!  


Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty 

Liane Moriarty’s new novel follows 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 an irresistible page-turner. As this domestic suspense thriller includes plenty of twists and revelations Liane Moriarty’s novel is one of the best books to read in the fall. 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.


The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

If you’re looking for fast paced thriller to add in the fall reading list 2022, 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. 

The Last Thing He Told Me is  one of the best thriller books to enjoy in falltastic evenings.


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. T

he 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. 


Billy Summers by Stephen King

Legendary storyteller Stephen King’s new novel 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.


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.


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.


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. 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 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. The novel 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?


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 looking for some of her books for autumn reading, you should read Regretting You.


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. Josiah 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 For 2022


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.


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!


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 2022.


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.


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. 


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. 


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. 


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.

For some reason I am reminded of the quote, “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” The bookish version must be, I would rather read a gripping debut novel that grab a boring book by a bestselling author.


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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. 


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 love the books with autumn cover, the vivid shades of scarlet on the cover of Harlem Shuffle is just irresistible.


Want to read novels with spooky gothic vibes?

Check out more novels that will give you a cozy fall book vibe. The list includes most anticipated books of all fall 2022 as well.

I am curious to know what are some of your favorite fall books!

Let me know in the comments.


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Stephy George
Stephy George

Hi I am Stephy ! I became a bookworm in my late twenties. So I created this little corner of books online to share my love of reading with YOU! I want to help you find the best books to read so you won’t ever have to worry about your next read!

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