Five Books to Read This Winter

Fall is finally here after a long year of waiting.  From pumpkin spice and apple cider, to Halloween and Thanksgiving, there are so many reasons why fall is the best season.  Here are five books perfect for a good fall read:



Literally any Harry Potter book// okay, I know this technically counts as seven books, but no matter where you are in the series, any one of the books is perfect for fall.  Though each book follows Harry through the whole school year, the beginning of each book (aside from Deathly Hallows) deals with back to school, fall, and the huge Halloween party that’s held at Hogwarts every year.  Plus, the magic and sorcery throughout the whole book sets a whole fun, mysterious tone that’s perfect for fall.



Asylum by Madeleine Roux// even though it takes place during the summer, Asylum, and the other novels in its trilogy, Sanctum and Catacomb, make for spine-chilling reads.  Set at a college prep summer program in New Hampshire, all of the participants have to stay in the old Brookline Asylum while the college’s real dorms are being redone.  The main character, Dan, does some research and discovers that there were some truly horrible practices happening there while it operated as an asylum and decides to investigate.  Meanwhile, someone starts recreating the murders of one of the asylum’s worst patients right there at the college prep program. The book is definitely an interesting and spooky read!



Nerve by Jeanne Ryan// a recent book-to-movie adaptation, Nerve will have you on your toes the whole time.  The protagonist, Vee, starts out the book as the shy girl who lives in her best friend’s shadow, but grows to be more outgoing throughout the book and her many dares in the online game, Nerve.  Her dares get harder and harder, and they’ll definitely keep you glued to the book to find out what happens each time.  It’s more nerve wracking (no pun intended) than spooky, but it’s still a great book to read this fall!



Carrie by Stephen King// yes, I’m sure everyone has seen the movie posters and stills featuring Chloe Grace Moretz looking absolutely horrifying and dripping blood everywhere.  Carrie is a girl who is often bullied by her classmates, and even her mother, who discovers she has telekinetic powers that have apparently been around her whole life.  She uses the powers to gain revenge on her awful classmates, and pretty much ruin prom and everyone’s lives.  This book features a scary horror theme perfect for a Halloween read.



Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs// the combination of an abandoned property and vintage photographs just sounds plain creepy, but this novel will have you quickly falling in love with the characters and their world of “peculiars”.  The protagonist, Jake, stumbles into this world while exploring the abandoned children’s home where his grandfather stayed during World War II.  Combining historical, realistic, and science fiction, this novel is sure to have you on your toes while following the adventures of Jake and his peculiar friends.