9 Classic Books to Curl Up With This Fall

On occasion, I’ll be engrossed in a good book only to find myself disappointed at the end. Why? Because I didn’t read it in the fall. Curling up with a good book is of course a year-round activity, but there is just something so magical about reading in the fall. What goes better with a book than a rainy day and a few logs on the fire? Sometimes it’s the setting, or the plot, or simply the fact that the book takes place in the autumn, that gives a book those perfect fall reading vibes.

There are no shortage of amazing new books to read this fall, but sometimes it’s pretty hard to beat a classic. You’ll even know in advance if they are top fall reading material. I’ve rounded up some classic books that are great reads all year, but especially in the fall. Lighting a pumpkin scented candle doesn’t hurt either.

Donna Tartt

The Secret History

This book is actually what inspired me to write this roundup. I had the great pleasure of reading it this summer, but was kicking myself for not waiting a few more weeks to start it. The story opens on an East Coast college campus set in the fall. Intermixed with quippy, intellectual dialogue, it's a dark story with its fair share of twists and turns.

Ernest Hemmingway

A Moveable Fast

Who else has major Paris-in-the-fall daydreams? I know it’s not just me. This quick read is a memoir of Ernest Hemingway's time in Paris. It paints a purely romantic picture of Hemingway's time there with famous artists and writers who also lived there at that time (like F. Scott Fitzgerald!).

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

Speak of the devil. After getting some pretty juicy Fitzgerald gossip from A Moveable Feast, pick up The Great Gatsby. The opulence highlighted in the novel feels appropriate for the autumn, but the famous line “life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall" seals the deal.

J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

I think this pick requires no justification. A castle in Scotland, full of cozy fires, festive feasts, and of course, magic. How could you not want to read it in the fall? Hermione would encourage you to read the entire series, of course.

Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray

This read is on the shorter side, making it perfect for a slow Sunday morning. The mysterious tale was originally published with portions removed for morality’s sake in 1890, but you can now read the original version as intended. Sounds pretty juicy to me.

Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

Doesn’t this book just give you all those back-to-school feels? This classic is read in most high schools so chances are you’re re-reading it and getting a major dose of nostalgia. Plus, the book’s pivotal ending occurs in the fall.

Mary Shelley


We all know the general storyline of Frankenstein, but it’s still worth the read. Mary Shelley wrote the tale when she was just 18 years old as part of a game with some famous male writers she was visiting — including her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her story was a success and turned into a worldwide phenomenon we still reference every Halloween.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles

There’s nothing like a page-turning mystery to keep you company when it’s too cold to go outside at night. Plus, Sherlock Holmes’ classic checkered cape may just inspire your fall wardrobe.

Louisa May Alcott

Little Women

With a new highly anticipated film version on the way (the story is so good Hollywood can’t resist telling it again) this is the perfect time to catch up with the Alcott sisters. Their story will give you all the feels right before it’s time to visit your family for the holidays.

Let’s keep the list going! What’s your favorite classic book to read in the fall!