As the leaves turn to brilliant shades of red and gold and the air is filled with a refreshing hint of autumn, there’s no better time to cozy up with a good book. Reading is one of my favourite pastimes, and I love cozying up by the fireplace with a good book in the evenings.

I am also always looking for the perfect book to read.  So, we’ve carefully curated a list of must-read books for the fall season, offering a delightful blend of literary classics and cozy mysteries designed to cater to a wide range of literary tastes.

Whether you’re in the mood for the nostalgia of timeless literature, the thrill of a mysterious whodunit, or the enchantment of contemporary fiction, our selection promises to transport you to captivating worlds and evoke the essence of fall’s enchanting atmosphere.

Must Read Books in 2023

Embrace the season of change with these literary treasures that invite you to explore the warmth of a well-told story amid the cool, crisp days of autumn.

Cozy Mysteries:

  1. “The Secret, Book & Scone Society” by Ellery Adams is a cozy mystery set in a small North Carolina town with a bookstore and a group of friends who solve crimes.
  2. “A Fatal Grace” by Louise Penny – Part of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, this novel is set in the charming village of Three Pines and features a classic whodunit.
  3. “Death by Pumpkin Spice” by Alex Erickson is a lighthearted, cozy mystery that combines humour, coffee shops, and a murder mystery during the fall season.

Literary Classics:

  1. “Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a timeless classic that explores themes of creation, ambition, and the consequences of playing with nature.
  2. “Dracula” by Bram Stoker – The quintessential vampire novel perfect for getting into the spooky spirit of Halloween.
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is an American classic that delves into themes of wealth, love, and the American Dream.

Contemporary Fiction:

  1. “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern is a magical and atmospheric novel about a mystical competition between two young illusionists.
  2. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt – A gripping coming-of-age story centred around a stolen masterpiece and its impact on a young man’s life.
  3. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens is a beautifully written novel that combines mystery, romance, and the wonders of nature.


  1. “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss – The first book in the Kingkiller Chronicle series, following the epic journey of a gifted young musician and magician.
  2. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling – The start of the beloved Harry Potter series is perfect for re-reading during the fall season.
  3. The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien – Embark on an adventure with Bilbo Baggins in this classic fantasy novel perfect for cozy fall reading.

Historical Fiction:

  1. All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr is a beautifully written novel set during World War II, weaving together the stories of a blind French girl and a German boy.
  2. “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah – This novel explores the bravery and sacrifices of two sisters in Nazi-occupied France.
  3. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak – Narrated by Death, this novel tells the story of a young girl living in Nazi Germany and her love for books.

These books should offer diverse reading experiences during the fall season, whether you’re in the mood for a cozy mystery, a timeless classic, or a contemporary tale.

Happy reading!