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Books to Read This Fall

Maria Mellor

What could be more perfect than snuggling up on a rainy fall day with a blanket, a mug of cocoa and a good book? Here are College News’ recommendations for books to read this fall.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (2014)
No book will get you more in the mood for fall than this magical novel. Set in 17th century Amsterdam, Jessie Burton’s debut novel features young Nella Oortman who marries a rich merchant. Her distant new husband, Johannes Brandt, gives her a doll-sized replica of their house for her to furnish as a hobby. A mysterious miniaturist sends her eerily life-like figurines of members of the family that appear to predict the future.

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (2009)
On the morning of his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson escapes from his old people’s home in his slippers, gets on a bus and leaves. Unknown to him, Allan is hunted by both the police and a gang of murderous criminals. In a series of crazy events this comic novel will take you all over the world from the comfort of your home.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (2011)
Le Cirque des Rêves arrives without warning. The book opens at night to reveal tents full of illusions and tricks—but little do the people know that real magic is at work. Celia and Marco, two young magicians, are destined to battle but fall in love not knowing that for the competition to be over, one of them must die. The Night Circus will draw you in with its incredible descriptions and noir aesthetic.

The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike (1984)
With fall comes Halloween, so why not read a spooky book like The Witches of Eastwick? In this novel, three single women develop powers which they use to form a coven. The rich Darryl Van Horne comes into town and stirs the pot when he invites them to play in his mansion. This tale of magic and sexuality is an essential read this fall—it’s not for the faint of heart!

Good Omens by Neil Gaimon and Terry Pratchett (1990)
If witches aren’t your thing, try angels and demons in Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimon’s novel Good Omens. According to the only completely accurate book of prophecies ever written, the world is going to end next Saturday. A demon named Crowley and an angel called Aziraphale have lived amongst mortals for a number of years and will do anything to stop the earth’s destruction. Good Omens is both satirical and philosophical and can be read by all ages—a must-read this fall.

The Power by Naomi Alderman (2016)
In this Margaret Atwood-esque novel, women suddenly find that they have the power to emit electricity. They can now hurt or kill whoever they want with just a touch—the gender hierarchy of the world is threatened. It is an interesting take on gender differences with some great characters. The Power is a must-read whatever the weather, but this fall is the perfect time to start this book.

Do you have any recommendations for books to read this fall? Let College News know!

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