15 young adult book recommendations for this fall

Hi friends! I’m back today with another recommendation post, yay! Fall/Autumn has arrived here in the Northern Hemisphere and since I’m feeling down about it, as always, I thought I’d talk about books instead.

I don’t usually read certain books at certain moments of the year, but I can’t help but feel like some months are well-fitted for some kind of reads. September, October, November, always give me these new beginnings and back to school feelings, even if I haven’t actually gone back to school for a couple of years now (I’m old. Ugh). October reminds me it’s my birthday soon and it’s also Halloween and, somehow the sky getting darker and days growing shorter gives me all the atmospheric, spooky vibes. And when the cold starts coming, despite hating everything I also happen to only want to cuddle up with a blanket, a tea and some cozy reads. So…. in this post, you’ll get all of that.

Obviously, since I live in the Northern Hemisphere, this list is considered “Fall reads”, but if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere and currently expecting spring (you’re so lucky, switch places with me please??)… these recommendations might hopefully work out for you, too!

You can click on the covers to get to the goodreads page of the book!

πŸ‚ Fall Reading Recommendations : back-to-school reads

Looking for Alaska, John Green

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž I’m starting this with an unpopular, controversed opinion. I’m sorry. Looking for Alaska will always be one of these books I’ll love and with the upcoming adaptation, I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic about it. I feel like it’s the perfect back to school read, with the main character heading off to boarding school, it’s filled with adventures and friendships and complex feelings.

 

All These Beautiful Strangers, Elizabeth Klehfoth

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž I’m a big fan of boarding school kind of reads, as you can notice it here and… secret societies as well. All These Beautiful Strangers has both of these things and it’s highly entertaining, mysterious and kept me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed it.

πŸ“– read my full review

Noteworthy, Riley Redgate

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž I love Riley Redgate’s books and this one feels perfect for the back-to-school season. It has an a-cappella group of awesomeness, school and fitting-in themes and it’s overall such a fantastic read.

πŸ“– read my full review

 

By Any Means Necessary, Candace Montgomery

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž This one is a recent read and it releases this October, you should look forward to it for sure, friends! It has all the confusing feelings of going off to college and leaving your past behind, it has fantastic group of friends and blooming romances and figuring it all out feels. I definitely recommend it.

 

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž You thought I was done with boarding schools and secret societies, you’re wrong. I’m sorry I adore these stories and this one would make an excellent back-to-school read, with one badass main character trying to figure out a mystery at her school. It’s filled with pranks and fun and it’s SO GREAT.

 

πŸ‚ Fall Reading Recommendations: atmospheric, spooky, Halloween-like reads

The Wicked Deep, Shea Ernshaw

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž The Wicked Deep is one of these really atmospheric books that pulls you in, somehow, in this legend with witches, in this small, spooky, mysterious, foggy coastal town, in secrets and lies and whispers and twists. Definitely a great fall read.

πŸ“– read my full review

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž Well this is one very hyped book you’ve certainly heard of before and, if there’s something it should be remembered for, it’s its atmosphere. The author has a way with words, with creating worlds and this magical, magical circus that stood out to me and gives it this atmosphere you can’t quite get out of.

πŸ“– read my full review

The Hazel Wood, Melissa Albert

Why I reommend it πŸ”Ž I’ll admit that I was more pulled in by the first half of the book than the second half, for some unknown reason…. okay, that’s because I’m more of a contemporary fan, but still. The Hazel Wood will certainly takes you in another world filled with legends and keep you on the edge of your seat.

πŸ“– read my full review

This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž Well this feels like the perfect read if you’re looking for a dark and fast-paced adventure. Schwab is a master at creating worlds and keeping me on my toes and friends, This Savage Song was really reaaaally good. I think it’d make a perfect spooky Halloween read.

πŸ“– read my full review

The WallsΒ  Around Us, Nova Ren Suma

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž I recommend it because this book is weird as hell and I certainly remember it years afterwards. If you’re looking for strange, complex reads where you don’t really know what’s happening, if you’re looking to read a puzzle you can only figure out at the very end… pick up this one. The writing is delicious and the tension is high. I’m keeping this vague so you’ll check this out, by the way…

 

πŸ‚ Fall Reading Recommendations: cozy reads

The Lara Jean series, Jenny Han

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž I can’t not mention Jenny Han’ series, it’s a must whenever someone’s mentioning cozy reads. The story of Lara Jean, filled with love and fake dating and adorableness and all the family vibes, feels like eating the most delicious cookie in the world. Oh and there are cookies inside the book, too. I mean what’s cozier than that?!

 

American Panda, Gloria Chao

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž American Panda is one of these books that made me smile all. the. time. I just adored it, from the complex family relationships to Mei, the main character, who was awesome and incredibly relatable, to the swoony relationship. It’s the kind of book that I’d cuddle up with on a cold day.

πŸ“– read my full review

Heartstopper, Alice Oseman

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž Because Heartstopper is the ultimate cozy read I’ll get to wrapped up in my blankets like a burrito while the weather gets colder and Charlie and Nick will keep me happy and smiling all the time.

πŸ“– read my full review

Foolish Hearts, Emma Mills

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž I could recommend all of Emma Mills’ books, they are all such great and cozy, comforting reads that just make me happy and, when the weather isn’t that great, that’s honestly all I’m looking for. Foolish Hearts is my favorite of hers so far, with unexpected friendships and family and ughhh this is adorable okay read it.

πŸ“– read my full review

Serious Moonlight, Jenn Bennett

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž I feel like I could recommend ALL of Jenn Bennett’s books as well because I adore them all, but I’m going to go with the latest contemporary she released, Serious Moonlight, because it’s set in rainy Seattle and gives me fall vibes okay. It has such a wonderful romance and a little bit of mystery and it just is such a great read and Jenn Bennett writes the loveliest books.

πŸ“– read my full review

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Did you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to read them? (You should!)

Do you like to read different books as the season changes? What are books you like to read in the fall (or spring!) season? Let me know in comments!

 

 

 

 

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90 thoughts on “15 young adult book recommendations for this fall

  1. First off: there’s a looking for Alaska adaptation coming out?? How’d I not know this?? And, uh, bookmarking this post so I know what to read when I run out of things to do this season. ALL of Emma Mill’s books are so good, you’re right, and…I haven’t read Heartstopper yet! But I will, soon. Thank you for putting this post together!

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    1. yeeeeeeeeeeeeees, october… 16th, something like that if I remember right, I know it’s around that date πŸ™‚ I’m soo so very excited about it!!
      I need to read This Adventure Ends, but I loved all of Emma Mills’ other books so much ❀
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, Surina ❀ ❀

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  2. You’re feeling down about Fall? :O You don’t like the cold? 😱 I’m sorry, can’t relate to you there, I’m absolutely in love with the cold πŸ˜‚ I basically live in the desert (Israel) so the climate here is hot and the winters aren’t as cold as other places 😦 We can switch if you want.
    I also haven’t been back to school for… 3 years now, so I relate haha πŸ™‚
    I hope you’ll have a lovely birthday ^^
    I would say “great book recommendations”, but as I haven’t read any of them aside from Looking for Alaska, I should check them out, so… thank you for introducing me to these books πŸ˜€

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    1. I can’t stand the cold and the winter and neither can my mental health haha, I’m sorry haha. I get that though, I can imagine when you’re so used to a hot weather all the time, you must love cold a little more than I do πŸ˜› DEFINITELY okay with switching places hahaha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much Zoey, you’re too sweet! I hope you’ll find out new books you’ll love in this list πŸ˜€

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  3. I REALLY need to pick up ‘By Any Means Necessary’ … it sounds adorable. I LOVE ‘Foolish Hearts’! It’s such a wonderful book! It was my first Emma Mills book πŸ™‚

    I haven’t read ‘Serious Moonlight’, but I did read ‘Alex, Approximately’ by Jenn Bennett and enjoyed it … so might give this one a go.

    AH! I’ve heard so many lovely things about ‘Heartstopper’! Going to get it soon. And you can never go wrong with fun adventures with Lara Jean.

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    1. Ahhh yes Jenna, I feel like it’s the kind of contemporary you’d love πŸ™‚ and Emma Mills! She writes amazing books. ❀

      I can't wait for you to read Serious Moonlight, it's such a great read. I love everything Jenn Bennett writes so much ❀
      AND HEARTSTOPPER oh it's the most heartwarming book ever ❀
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment πŸ™‚

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  4. As a big autumn fan, I’m ready to get cozy πŸ‚ I love your recommendations!! I’m definitely planning on reading The Wicked Deep in October, as it’s sounds perfectly spooky and is the free read on Riveted πŸ™‚ I also need to reread Looking for Alaska, it has been so long and I’m super curious to see how the TV adaption will be – so far I’ve liked the teasers πŸ˜„

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    1. Ahh, I can’t wait for you to read The Wicked Deep, it’ s such an atmospheric read πŸ˜€
      and YES! I really liked the teasers so far as well, I hope the actual show will be good ahah πŸ™‚
      thank you, Caro! ❀

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  5. I always think that you’ll run out of new books to recommend to me, and yet you constantly continue to fill up my TBR list. As always, I have added 3-5 books to my goodreads list! I’m a little over 1/5 of the way done with Crazy Rich Asians, and have a few other books that I’m reading (i’m that person that reads 5 books at a time), but as soon as I have the money, i’ll be purchasing some of these! Great post xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

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    1. Ahh yay, I’m so glad I can still make you discover some new reads πŸ™‚ I’m amazed that you can read so many books at a time though, I’m never able to do that haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much!! ❀

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  6. I still haven’t read The Night Circus, and fall is the perfect time to dive into it!! Hopefully, I get around to picking it up soon. The Lara Jean series is definitely such a great one to get into at this time of year, because yes, it’s back to school time! These are great recs x

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  7. Oh gosh, some of my favorite books of all-time up there!!! I loved LOOKING FOR ALASKA– even if it did kind of break me. TO ALL THE BOYS, THE WALLS AROUND US, FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS!!! Love them. You can’t go wrong with an E. Lockhart book ever in my opinion. FOOLISH HEARTS was my favorite of Emma Mills’ books too. It’s perfection. I mean all her books are cute, but that one just took over my life πŸ™‚

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    1. ahhhh yes I’m so happy you’re spotting so many favorite reads here, yay! πŸ˜€ I still need to read This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills, but I’ve loved all of her other books so far πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Michelle ❀

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  8. I loooooved Monsters of Verity series! For now, it’s my favorite series by the queen V. E. Schwab πŸ–€ I want to read Heartstopper during this fall. It’s the perfect period and plus, Alice Oseman is coming to Paris bookfair in November! πŸ₯°

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    1. Ahh I really need to get to the second book…. but I’m still not over the fact that I got spoiled for the ending 😦
      I hope you’ll love Heartstopper! AND I KNOW I saw that a couple weeks ago, it’s amazing!! I have no idea if I can make it there, I’d love to, but still waiting to see if there are other authors I love to make the trip ❀

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      1. I’m impatiently waiting to hear more and hoping that there will be incredible authors! It would be my first time at this fair but I’d love to go if I can πŸ˜€

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  9. THE NIGHT CIRCUS??? THE NIGHT CIRCUS! It was sooo beautiful! I mean…god! SIMPLY MAGICAL!
    AND sooo many tbrs hereee!!!!! YAYYY! ❀ ❀ ❀
    As always, lovely post, Marie! I am digging the aesthetic of the blog by the way! ❀

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  10. So many of these are already on my TBR. In particular I’m desperate to read Wicked Deep (it sounds absolutely amazing and like the perfect book to me), Lara Jean (I love the concept of the story), The Night Circus & anything by John Green as I’m that terrible reader who hasn’t picked up one of his books yet. I loved The Hazel Wood & definitely think it’s a good read for this time of year though.

    I don’t really think my reading habits change with the seasons. But if I had to pick a genre that says Autumn to me it’s probably horror & thrillers – because of Halloween I guess? I definitely want to pick up some witchy books soon.

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    1. Ahh Charlotte I hope you’ll love The Wicked Deep, I found it to be a very atmospherical read and definitely a promising debut. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it πŸ™‚

      Oh yes, Halloween always makes me think of witchy reads, I need to read more of them haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you!! ❀

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      1. Thank you (: I honestly can’t believe I haven’t read it yet tbh because I was counting down the days to it last year and yet STILL haven’t read it. The same thing happened with The Cheerleaders so both those books are pretty high priority to get on and read. It sounds fantastic too and I love atmospheric reads (:

        So do I, I actually feel like I haven’t read that many on the whole.

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  11. What wonderful fall recommendations! I completely agree that books with spooky/dark vibes like This Savage Song and The Night Circus are perfect for this time of year, and it’s always good to have those cozy books like Heartstopper and To All the Boys sprinkled in there as well! Also, “boarding school” and “secret societies” is all you need to say to convince me to read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks omg 😱

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    1. AH YES a fan of boarding schools and secret societies ahhh I LOVE these kind of books I need more of them in my lifeeee. I hope you’ll love Frankie-Landau Banks, it’s such a fun read πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much, Margaret ❀

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  12. wonderful list, marie! i wish australia was experiencing fall with the rest of the world, but i still seem to read the most in october? so i’m excited for that! i really love looking for alaska, noteworthy and heartstopper!! so many of the others on my tbr that i’ll (hopefully) get to soon.

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  13. Aww, I love this list so much! How you break it up is so cute too, Marie! ❀ I hadn't heard of The Walls Around Us before, but it sounds so spooky and interesting! Maybe I'll read it this year! I am hoping to tackle This Savage Song before halloween, so hopefully it's a hit for me! I adore American Panda and Serious Moonlight, and agree that they're the perfect cozy read! ❀

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    1. Oh thank you so much Kelly, this makes me so happy ❀ I hope you'll give The Walls Around Us a try, it's such a strange read, but definitely memorable and so well written, too ❀
      Thank you so much! ❀

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  14. gahh marie your recommendation posts are always so on point. so many fantastic picks and so many books i need to read. noteworthy sounds like pitch perfect and im kind of obsessed with pitch perfect (it was just so much fun). ‘by any means’ necessary sounds like the perfect read for me right now. sometimes the only way to cope with life is to read about characters doing it better than you lol

    the walls around us and this savage song are AMAZING atmospheric recommendations for fall. they have all the spooky, creepy vibes and im sure everyone who reads them now will love it. great post (as always)!!

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    1. ahhh you’re too sweet thank you so, so much, i’m so happy you enjoy this post ahh ❀
      I hope you'll love noteworthy, it's such a fantastic read and ahhh I adore it ❀
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words ❀ ❀

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  15. Oh I love so many of these!! Always will adore Heartstopper, Lara Jean and This Savage Song! I also just read The Hazel Wood and YES. ajfdkslad it was perfectly creepy and atmospheric as well as beautiful.😍 I also have By Any Means Necessary so this makes me more hyped to start it! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

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  16. What a great list Marie and I love the subheadings too. I must totally be a cozy reader because i was loving all the book recs in that section. I’ve read the entire Lara Jean series (and I’m not someone who typically finishes series) and still rec it too. I also love American Panda and Chao’s newest book Our Wayward Fate is even better and more recommendable!! I’m not sure why I’m not more of a spooky Halloween reader!! I wish I were… ❀️

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much Dani, I’m so happy you enjoyed it ❀ AND YES for being cozy readers, I'm that way too haha πŸ™‚
      Ohhhh that's so good to know. I've been so curious about Our Wayward Fate, I can't wait to read it now πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much! ❀

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  17. You seriously give the best recommendations! I just finished The Night Circus yesterday, and it was a great book! I also love This Savage Song so much, and how it’s so easy to binge read because it’s so action packed! I really need to read from Gloria Chao and Emma Mills soon too 😍

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    1. OH Caitlin thank you so much, this means so much ❀ ❀
      I hope you'll get to read American Panda and ALL of Emma Mills' books, they're all so great and filled with all the fluff and ahhh they make me happy. ❀

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    1. AHH yes me too, I can’t wait to get a copy of volume 2 πŸ˜€
      I’m so happy you’re impatient to see the LFA show as well. I feel like that trailer was so promising πŸ˜€
      Thank you, Lauren!

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  18. This is such a great list, Marie πŸ™‚ I am so excited for Looking for Alaska adaptation too. I hope they do justice with the book. I have the ARC of By Any Means Necessary and can’t wait to start reading it. I hope I enjoy it too.
    I have heard mix reviews about The Night Circus so I wasn’t sure about reading it, but I think now I should πŸ™‚ And, sorry to say but you might know, I didn’t enjoy The Hazel Wood as much as I wanted to. It was definitely creepy. TATBILB and Heartstopper would always have a special place in my heart. They are definitely some of the cosiest reads.

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    1. Ohh thank you so much Sim! I can’t wait for the adaptation, really hope they won’t mess it up hahaha. AND AH! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on By Any Means, it was such a great read πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet words, I’m so happy you enjoyed this post ❀

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