Here at Riveted by Simon Teen, autumn is one of our favorite seasons. Sweater weather, changing trees, pumpkin-spiced everything…fall is the perfect time to grab a cozy (or eerie) read to snuggle up with. Grab your blankets, your mugs, and your candles, and check out these books our staff recommends you read this fall.

9 Books You Should Snuggle Up with this Fall

Francie recommends Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

A dark, atmospheric fantasy that will totally consume your thoughts to the very end, Vespertine is the perfect fall read. Jam-packed with spooky motifs: a creepy priest, zombie soldiers, ancient magic, and an unknown evil, to name a few, you’ll be itching for Halloween before you even make it halfway through. Grab your pumpkin spice latte, favorite blanket, and coziest pair of socks and get reading!

Caroline recommends A Rush of Wings by Laura E. Weymouth

Summer beaches are out, and spooky beaches are in! Rowenna’s mother refused to teach her magic because she feared Rowenna’s hot temper. But her mother has been murdered by a supernatural creature from the sea, so Rowenna must learn magic herself to break the curse on her family. As Rowenna grapples with the raw elemental power of the wind and the ocean, she also defies the eerie monster from the deep—a monster who has returned wearing her mother’s face.

Brian recommends Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe has stirred, enchanted, and lifted up readers for nearly a decade now, establishing itself as a teen classic. This fall, Benjamin Alire Sáenz resumes the story of these two boys as their minds and hearts venture into the world together. It’s less of a sequel and more like the second half of a larger tale, one that explores and confronts masculinity, growing up, and fighting for yourself as well as those you love. This highly anticipated novel will warm you from the inside out.

Karen recommends Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter

Better Than the Movies has all the swoony feels you get from watching your favorite rom-com! I fell in love with Liz and Wes instantly. Grab your coziest blanket, start reading, and try to keep track of all the rom-com references!

Shivani recommends For All Time by Shanna Miles

I can’t recommend For All Time by Shanna Miles enough! If you’re looking for the most epic love story that pulls at your heartstrings sink into this novel. Fayard and Tamar, our fated lovers, have fallen in love over and over, in every lifetime and every corner of the globe. We meet them in present day South Carolina and again in 1325 West Africa and again in 1920s Virginia, and even up in the stars. Every lifetime, they find each other, and in every love story, something goes wrong… until now. This story will leave you wanting more!

Chantal recommends The Jasmine Project by Meredith Ireland

If you’re looking for your next rom-com, look no further than The Jasmine Project by debut author Meredith Ireland. Wickedly funny, warm-hearted, and charming, this swoony read follows Jasmine as she unknowingly finds herself at the center of a competition for her heart by three lovable and kind guys – secretly set up by her equally loving but overbearing family. It’s like Jenny Han meets The Bachelorette, ultimately a big warm hug for your fall reading!

Jenny recommends The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith

Get your witchy fix this fall with Sasha Peyton Smith’s The Witch Haven! This thrilling atmospheric fantasy set in 1911 New York City is about a young woman who discovers she has magical powers and is thrust into an underground world of magic where a political battle between witches and wizards is brewing.

Saleena recommends Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

This fall, I’ll be snuggling up with Legendborn, an Arthurian fantasy following Bree as she struggles to discover the secrets behind her mother’s untimely death. Complete with a secret society made up of descendants of the Round Table as well as Black Girl Magic, this read gives major Dark Academia vibes that perfectly fit the spookiness I need in my life this fall.

Alissa recommends Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch

This fall, we will be dreaming of a time when we’ll finally be able to get on a travel the world without fear. Luckily, books can transport our minds, at least, and take us on imaginary tours of Insta-worthy country sides and vistas. While all of Jenna Evans Welch’s books do just that, Love & Olives evokes the beauty of Santorini, Greece where you won’t be able to help falling in love with both the swoonworthy romance and the island itself!


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