The Best Books to Read in the Fall

I’ve been really into fall this year, and I think it’s because temperatures still average about 90 degrees here every day. Being super into fall themes helps me feel like fall is actually here, even though it doesn’t feel like it where I am. Second, I walked into a mall last week (it was not even officially fall yet) and half of the stores were decorated for Christmas. There wasn’t even a Halloween decoration in sight. That is completely unacceptable to me. Fall deserves its time!

In honor of celebrating fall and rainy weather to the fullest, today, I thought I would share with you the books I believe are¬†the best books to read in the fall. Let’s keep that fall spirit as alive as possible!

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The Best Books to Read in the Fall

Love books? Love the fall? You won't want to miss this list of books I revisit every fall featuring the best books to read in the fall.

Harry Potter

It’s probably the back-to-school start and all the rain, but Harry Potter will forever mean fall to me. This year, I’m reading through Harry Potter with my kids, so I’m excited.

Love books? Love the fall? You won't want to miss this list of books I revisit every fall featuring the best books to read in the fall.The Hunger Games

Something about adventures and revolution seems to go along in the fall. I’m not sure why The Hunger Games Trilogy reminds me of the fall, except perhaps because I first read it in the fall? At any rate, I love reading these books when it’s wet and cold outside.

Love books? Love the fall? You won't want to miss this list of books I revisit every fall featuring the best books to read in the fall.The October Country

The October Country is a short story collection by Ray Bradbury, with one story in particular titled “The October Country.” There is a pretty obvious connection to fall in this story.

Love books? Love the fall? You won't want to miss this list of books I revisit every fall featuring the best books to read in the fall.Redwall

Redwall is all about food, and if you have never read the books, they are worth it for the meal ideas alone. I always feel so hungry after reading Redwall. I love the food descriptions which sound like the perfect thing to serve on Thanksgiving.

Love books? Love the fall? You won't want to miss this list of books I revisit every fall featuring the best books to read in the fall.A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events is slightly spooky, which makes it perfect for fall weather. I’m excited and a little nervous for the new reboot arriving on Netflix soon.

Love books? Love the fall? You won't want to miss this list of books I revisit every fall featuring the best books to read in the fall.Howl’s Moving Castle

Stories of magic and adventure remind me of fall. I think if I had to guess which time spirits would walk the earth, I would definitely pick fall. I guess out ancestors felt that way too, which is why Halloween exists! Get it all in Howl’s Moving Castle.

Love books? Love the fall? You won't want to miss this list of books I revisit every fall featuring the best books to read in the fall.Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors is a somewhat depressing short story collection by Neil Gaiman. When I read these stories, I feel like I am out in the mist somewhere with something spooky about to happen.

Love books? Love the fall? You won't want to miss this list of books I revisit every fall featuring the best books to read in the fall.The Gemma Doyle Trilogy

The deep primal way that magic is addressed in this series of books makes The Gemma Doyle Trilogy one of my favorite YA magic series. Although it has creeped me out on several occasions, the writing captures the spirit of a cold, English fall.

Love books? Love the fall? You won't want to miss this list of books I revisit every fall featuring the best books to read in the fall.The Lord of the Rings

What better way to celebrate fall weather than by curling up and reading epic adventures? After Harry Potter, I’ll probably have to tackle The Lord of the Rings series with my kids. It may be 10 years from now.

Love books? Love the fall? You won't want to miss this list of books I revisit every fall featuring the best books to read in the fall.The Time Traveler’s Wife

Time travel is weird, and The Time Traveler’s Wife is weirder. It appeals to my geeky science side and my love of magic and slightly depressing literature at the same time. This book belongs on any fall reading list.

Tell me, what are your favorite books to re-read in the fall? Or do you prefer to read new books every year?

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13 Classic Must-Reads for Middle Grade Girls

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The American Girls Stories  by Various

These stories are the books based on the fictional doll characters who live in a specific time. When I was seven or eight I loved these fun stories about 10 year old girls living in a historical environment.

The Ramona Collection by Beverly Cleary

These books feature a strong-willed girl from the age of five to nine. In each story she faces a life problem and eventually things all work out.

The Boxcar Children Bookshelf by Gertrude Chandler Warner and others

These short stories are fun mysteries for elementary-aged children. When I was a child I would read up to three a day.

Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder: Girls interested in the past will enjoy this series about a girl growing up in the late 1800s as a pioneer. I loved these as a child, but my younger sisters did not. It probably depends on the personality of the girl.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

This is a fun story about a girl who is the daughter of a pirate who lives alone on an island. She gets into all kinds of trouble and adventures with her two friends.

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

This story is about a lady who lives in a house with dozens of children. She has magic cures for each childhood problem, fault and ailment. This is a fun series that younger girls should enjoy.

Bobbsey Twins Complete Series by Laura Lee Hope

This series is a selection of syndicated books about two sets of twins in one family. They get into all kinds of adventures and usually figure out a mystery by the end of the story.

The Complete Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery

This is a period story about a young 11 year old orphan girl with a fiery temper. She has many adventures learning to control her temper as she grows up. Children should also enjoy the seventh volume in the series, Rainbow Valley, about Anne’s children.

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Heidi is a story of another orphan girl who lives with her grumpy grandfather. She is invited to live with an ill girl as a companion, and throughout the story she helps the ill girl get better, and her grandfather become loving.

The Secret Garden  by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This story follows the adventures of orphan Mary Lennox as she learns to hold her temper, finds a secret garden, and helps her cousin learn to walk after being ill all his life.

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This story follows orphan (there are a lot of orphans in older stories I guess) Sarah Crewe as she lives in a boarding school while her father is away at war. When he dies, she has to live as a maid in the attic, but she never looses her princess mindset.

A Series Of Unfortunate Events  by Lemony Snicket

This series is enjoyable for boys and girls. In this series of 13 books, four orphans must find the secret to their parent’s mysterious deaths. Lemony Snicket also works in unusual vocabulary words into the books.

The Chronicles of Narnia  by C.S. Lewis

This is also a great series for boys or girls. I just forgot about it last week. In these seven books different sets of children travel to Narnia at different points in Narnia’s history. The story is allegorical for C.S. Lewis’ views on Christianity and heaven.

More Books for Girls

Great Books for 5th Graders

Girl-Power Books for Middle-Grade Girls

Classic Reads for Teen Girls


Are any of your favorite books missing from the list? I’ll add them!

Top 21 Sci-Fi Books for Summer Chosen by Book Nerds and Book Bloggers


It’s no secret that sci-fi books are my first love. I’ve fallen away from the genre recently, though, which is why I decided to get help for this post!

I asked fellow book-lovers and bloggers around the Interwebs for their top picks, and the result is 21 top sci-fi books for summer!

Here are the wonderful people who contributed to this post! Thanks guys!

If you need any more awesome books to read, check out their blogs.

Without further ado, here are the top sci-fi books chosen by bloggers and book-lovers!

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the starbounders book coverThe Starbounders by Adam Jay Epstein

The Starbounders series follows the adventures of Zachary Night as he heads off to space camp to learn how to protect the galaxy. But as everyone knows, things can never go as planned in space, and Zach and friends uncover a dangerous plot to destroy the earth. Can Zach and friends get back to earth in time to save the day?

Starbounders is an excellent middle-grade sci-fi series full of action, adventure, and humor.

All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

From the cover, I thought this was a graphic novel. It isn’t (however, there is a graphic novel version). It was recently made into all you need is kill book coverthe movie The Edge of Tomorrow, which is why I picked it up, but All You Need Is Kill is the perfect sci-fi novel. It reminded me why I used to love reading science fiction so much when I was younger. It has action, time travel, aliens, global war, and even a bit of romance. Although the book is all about replaying the same battle over and over, it didn’t read too action-heavy.

Basically,¬†Keiji Kiriya ¬†is a regular soldier about to face his first battle. Suited up in a mech suit, he runs straight into trouble and… dies. But the next day, he wakes up and it is yesterday. Keiji must¬†figure out how to defeat the aliens that kill him every day and uncover just why this endless time loop is happening. Think groundhog day with mech suits.

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

starship troopers book coverStarship Troopers follows a similar plot to All You Need is Kill, in that the story is about a new soldier learning to fight the enemy. However, what makes this book stand out is the political and satire undertones that may make you question everything you thought about war. Starship Troopers borders on dystopian fiction, but just narrowly manages to avoid it.

World War Z by Max Brooksworld war z book cover

How is a story about zombies in my list of science fiction? Because the story of how these zombies arrive and create an epidemic is similar to how any disease travels across the globe. If there ever was a virus or disease that could make people eat one another, I imagine it would play out much like World War Z.

Under Different Stars by Amy A Bartol 

under differnet stars book coverUnder Different Stars is a sort of space sci-fi romance, which is a unique twist on the genre. Kricket Hollowell thinks she is just a regular orphan abandoned by her parents, but when she is chased by some mysterious men who claim she is a princess from a far away world, she knows her life will never be the same. How will Kricket cope when transported to her real homeland and faced with sudden danger and a whole new culture? Will she survive or collapse under the pressure under different stars?

I Robot by Isaac Asmov 

You can’t go wrong with classic sci-fi like I, Robot. This collection of ¬†robot-themed short stories basically created the modern AI i robot book coverview on robots. Asmov is reposnsible for creating the rules for intelligent robots, and most robot stories and movies are based on the ideas in this collection of stories. Reading this book will make you shiver a bit, because what if one day, robots become indistinguishable from people?

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell 

the sparrow book coverIn The Sparrow, 8 people from different backgrounds (four Jesuit priests, a physician, her engineer husband, , a young astronomer, and a child prostitute-turned-computer-expert) are sent to a foreign planet to contact a new alien species. The experience is so shocking, only one person survives and it makes everyone question what it means to be human. The strangely religious focus of the book brings an entirely new prospective to the sci-fi genre.

The Martian by Andy Weirthe martian book cover

Mark¬†Watney is the first astronaut to walk on Mars, but 6 days later, he believes he may be the first to die there as well after a dust storm separates him from the rest of the crew. With lingering supplies and no way to signal earth, Marks’ days are numbered. Not ready to give up, Mark is determined to defy all odds and pull through. The Martian is sort of a space-themed Castaway, but enjoyable none-the-less!

sad robot stories book coverSad Robot Stories by Mason Johnson

Sad Robot Stories, written by Chicago performer Mason Johnson, tells the sad tale of Robot, a robot who recently lost his human friend and seeks to find the true meaning of life. With a mix of literary themes, humor, and the sly reference to numerous other science fiction stories, Sad Robot Stories is at once humorous and a little heartbreaking.

Starship Grifters by Robert Kroese 

Starship Grifters follows the adventures of swashbuckling space adventurer Rex Nihilo. Not being the smartest guy in the universe,starship gifters book cover he tries to fleece a wealthy weapons dealer and ends up owing a massive depth. To avoid imprisonment, Rex must try to pull off his biggest scam yet. This light-hearted science-fiction novel will have everyone wishing they could go on space adventures, too.

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

the martian chronicles book coverRay Bradbury was the master of sci-fi and dystopian fiction. Most of his stories featured one or more of these themes, and The Martian Chronicles offered a collection of mars-themed space novellas that give an interesting picture of what the future might hold. The oddest thing about this book is how the martians live like 1950s suburbanites, which gives the entire book an almost nightmarish feel which is quite delicious.

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

This book is ancient, and frankly, a little boring to read. Yet, the concept is so fascinating, I have to the war of the worlds book coverput it on this list. The War of the Worlds follows what happens after aliens land on earth and just start blowing stuff up. There is no reasoning with these guys, they just want to destroy everything.

What I find the most interesting about this story is that it was written just as cars were being invented in 1898. Yet, the story talks about high-tech space-age technology better than many books written today. I am blown away with how intelligent and imaginative H.G. Wells must have been. It would have been something to meet him!

enders game book coverEnder’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game was my first delving into the true science fiction genre, and I am forever grateful. Ender’s Game follows the story of a smart boy snatched away from his family for hardcore war training against the future attack of the alien “buggers.” The trouble is, Ender doesn’t want to fight. He just wants to win and will do whatever it takes to win, even if it means sacrificing everyone he cares about, even his very being. (watching the movie felt¬†like it used everyday technology, but the ansible wireless network basically invented streaming Internet before the Internet¬†even existed)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The ultimate space humor novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy offers an irreverent and unapologetic look at life. Arthur the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy book coverDent wakes one morning to discover his house is about to be torn down to build a highway, but it doesn’t matter anyway because the world is about to explode. Luckily, Arthur’s friend Ford just so happens to be an intergalactic travel writer¬†and can ¬†help Arthur escape to adventures of improbable proportions before he is blown to smithereens.

The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey

the rowan book coverThe Rowan is a space-romance ¬†that sounds a little odd on premise, but comes out as a touching, fun story about the power of love. Rowan is a telepathic survivor of a mining disaster who trains to become¬†a member of the¬†Federal Telepath & Teleport network, who is responsible for shipping and communication across the galaxy. Rowan feels alinated due to her powers and orphan past, but when she senses a fellow telepath she bonds with him in an effort to defeat some aliens who want to destroy the human race (ain’t that always the way?).

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave is a YA science fiction novel about 16-year-old Cassie who remains one of the few left alive on earth the 5th wave book coverafter aliens have sent four waves to destroy all of humanity. Now, the 5th wave of attacks are coming, and Cassie must work hard to survive. Through it all, she must work together with the mysterious Evan Walker to locate her brother who still might be alive. Will Cassie be able to survive long enough to fight back?

The Forever War by Joe Halderman 

the forever war book coverWinner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, The Forever War follows the tale of William Mandella propelled into the future to fight against aliens that have yet to attack. However, the distant battle is only the beginning. When William returns home, he is only a little older, but the earth has aged thousands of years in his absence. Fans of straight sci-fi will love this book.

The Lost Fleet Series by Jack Campbell

In The Lost Fleet series, Captain Black Jack is revered for his space victories and was presumed dead. But when he the lost fleet dauntless book coverreturns 100 years later out of hibernation, he is forced into command of the Alliance Fleet as it faces a new enemy. Black Jack realizes that the only way to truly defeat the enemy is to bring the Syndic hypernet key back home. But to do so will take more heroic action and bravery than Jack showed even in the most exaggerated stories. Will Jack be able to live up to his heroic name and save the planet once again? The Lost Fleet is a mix between action and science fiction elements.

Lucifer’s Hammer By Jerry Pournelle

lucifers hammer book coverLucifer’s Hammer is more of an¬†apocalyptic version of¬†science fiction rather than the typical space fiction, which is a refreshing addition to the list. A gigantic comet has hit the earth, creating large earthquakes and tidal waves which have destroyed civilization and launched the world into a new Ice Age. But unlike¬†The Day After Tomorrow, the challenges and struggles of the people remaining seem realistic.

The Old Man’s War Series by¬†John Scalzi

Told in a style similar to Starship Troopers, Old Man’s War (and the rest of the novels in the series) focus on the old mans war book coverchallenges of intergalactic politics and war. John Perry joins the military at age 75, simply because he has nothing else to live for after his wife dies. He gets a new young body and is trained for combat with aliens who are fighting against humans for the control of the few habitable planets in the Universe. But the more John fights, the more he wonders, is the slaughter and fight justified?

Old Man’s War is the perfect newer retelling of classic science fiction action themes.

The Void Series by Vivian TM Foxe

the stroke of lightning book coverThe Void Series is an erotic science fiction novel with a heavy emphasis on space fantasy. In the first book, The Stroke of Lightning,
Alleah Zea is a princess warrior from a planet of cat-shifting aliens. Her father tells her she must move to a wolf-shifting planet to facilitate the takeover of the planet. While there, she runs into an old flame, Jackel; which sparks up a mature-themed Romeo and Juliet romance between the two at-odds lovers. In the end. Jackel must choose between saving his planet and his love for Alleah. But which is the right choice, following your heart or following your responsibility?

This is mainly an erotic romance set in space, so if that isn’t your thing, you won’t like this book.


Wow, that was a long list. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

Let’s keep the list going! What are your¬†top picks for science fiction?¬†