Bookish Moods: Fall Edition

It’s October 1st.
My favorite month (and season) has begun!
In addition to wearing cute boots, filling big cups with steaming tea, and decorating my apartment with leaf garlands and pumpkins, I make sure to gather all my favorite fall books around me.
I love reading books in season.
It can be hard to get into a Christmas book while the a/c is pumping and the sun is relentlessly beating down. And then if you do happen to get into it, you run the risk of humming Christmas tunes in the middle of summer and have people look at you funny. Don’t let that happen to you: Read in season.

In the fall, I like to read books that include all the things I love about fall. Like tea, boots, long walks, and colorful foliage. And school (because, even after all these years, I still sharpen my pencils at the beginning of the school year), and for some reason all things British.

Either way, I keep a running, unofficial reading list for fall in my head, and currently, this is it:

  • The Entire Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – because it has school, tea and it mostly rains.
  • Olivia Twist (by Lorie Langdon) – Set in London, it has that cozy British feel, and honestly, I can never think of a reason NOT to reread this book.
  • My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade – this one is set at least partly in fall and it’s one I start to crave as soon as the leaves start to fall.
  • The Wicked Series by Janet Evanovich – set in Massachusetts, and somewhat Halloween-themed.
  • Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery – book 7 in the Anne of Green Gables series, Anne is a grown woman and newly married. This book is full of tea, friendship, dark nights, and an old sailor telling seafaring tales.
  • The Chamomile by Susan F. Craft – set in the fall, in Charlestown, SC during the British occupation. Not so much tea, but there’s rain, cinnamon raisin bread, and suspense aplenty.
  • The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz – an excellent book with a great plot, as well as a heroine who falls in love the hero’s Welsh fare of tea and bara brith (almost) as much as she does with him.
  • The Ladies of the Manor Series by Roseanna M.White – it’s set in Cornwall, England. Apart from the excellent romance and nervewracking suspense, it’s all tea and rain.
  • Shadows Over England Series by Roseanna M. White – set in London, England and every bit as excellent as the series above. And there’s tea and rain. Obviously.
  • Beauty by Robin McKinley – A Beauty and the Beast retelling, perfect to curl up with, next to a cup of tea (or hot chocolate and buttered toast).


Do you have books you try to visit in fall?

If not, since it IS fall, what are you currently reading?


Austin Ryan makes her home in a forest clearing in the nutmegy part of New England.

In love with words, books and all things related, she can usually be found either reading or writing, or even reading about writing.

She wrote her first story at seven, an illustrated adventure about a troll girl retrieving her doll from the moon. The story was self-published in one copy, and most likely still exists in her mother’s attic.

Since then she’s written numerous stories, and now she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Austin writes inspirational romance, working her way toward publication one paragraph at a time.

Apart from all things bookish, her favorite past times include going on adventures with the-best-six-year-old-ever, hanging (more) twinkle lights around the house, or simply watching the waves roll in from the ocean.

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Austin Ryan makes her home in a forest clearing in the nutmegy part of New England. In love with words, books and all things related, she can usually be found either reading or writing, or even reading about writing. She writes inspirational romance, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). She’s also a contributing writer at The Romance Readers’ Cafe. You can find Austin on: Instagram The Romance Readers’ Cafe Goodreads


  1. Mollie Rushmeyer October 2, 2018 at 12:01 am - Reply

    Ooh, I love fall! Yes, I love a good book to curl up with that brings me all the goodness of autumn too! Great list, btw. Some I’ve read and totally agree and the others, well, now you’ve made me add to my towering tbr pile! Great post, Austin. 🙂

    • Austin Ryan October 2, 2018 at 12:21 am - Reply

      Yay! So glad I’m not the only one who loves both books and fall! And I’m glad to be adding to your TBR pile 🙂 🙂

  2. Karin Beery October 3, 2018 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    I can honestly say that I’ve never thought about fall-themed books before! Usually at this time of the year I’m busy getting in the mood for Christmas 😀

    • Austin Ryan October 3, 2018 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      Ha, as someone who is obsessed with Christmas, I totally get that 🙂 🙂 but I like to have some fall first, hence the fall books.

  3. Loraine Nunley October 3, 2018 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    You know now that you’ve brought it up Austin, I think there should be MORE romances set in fall. It’s my favorite season. 🙂

    The only book I can remember reading recently where the fall theme jumped out at me was Joanne Fluke’s Fudge Cupcake Murder because they were trying to solve the mystery during Halloween.

    I have only managed to read one of Roseanna White’s books (sad I know) from the Shadows Over England series (which I loved) so I guess that would count too?

  4. Austin Ryan October 13, 2018 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Loraine, I so agree with that 🙂 More romances set in fall! I’m trying to remedy it by writing one that IS set in fall, although I’m failing, because it centers more around Thanksgiving (and is set in Wisconsin, where it is basically winter at that point) haha 🙂
    We’ll have to be the change, I guess 🙂

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