As Fall weather finally arrives, there will be plenty of days that reinforce quarantine with cold, rainy conditions. To avoid getting too bored when those days come, here are five book recommendations for when you yearn to be transported somewhere more exciting.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The ultimate romantic classic, I would argue. The mother text of all the best tropes. When you look out your window to see the rain pouring down, just imagine that you are Elizabeth Bennett passionately arguing with Fitzwilliam Darcy about how he is the last man she could ever be prevailed upon to marry. Later, when the inclement weather has died down, picture you can see Darcy emerging out of the mist. (Then indulge in watching the 2005 movie adaptation on Netflix to better understand these references, but trust me on this for now. You won’t regret reading the book first.)
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Do you remember that feeling as a child of running barefoot through the freshly-watered grass? That’s how this book will make you feel. Similar to Pride and Prejudice, this book includes another potential couple fooled by first impressions. There’s just something about the rain that puts you in the tempestuous mood for an enemies-to-lovers romance.
Immersive and Atmospheric
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I first read this book five years ago and the experience of diving into its pages and coming out gasping for breath at the final twist has never left me. I’m not typically one for robust, flowery descriptions, but Erin Morgenstern’s every word casts a spell of delightful, magical whimsy. That is a unique talent. Clear the whole day for this novel because as soon as you finish it, you’re going to want to start it all over again with fresh eyes.
First in a Mystery Series
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
If you’re looking to combine the swoon-worthy romance of the classics with the world building of the atmospheric, then look no further. Audrey Rose Wadsworth may be a privileged daughter of a lord, but she is also the clever student of her uncle’s at his forensic medicine laboratory. She won’t allow anyone to dictate the limits of what she’s capable of based on her status and/or gender. Come along with her and her partner Thomas Cresswell as she investigates the now infamous string of murders that occurred on cold, rainy nights in 1888 London.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
When this tale of two interwoven mysteries begins, the reader is told that a century ago the family of eccentric tycoon Albert Ellingham was kidnapped shortly after opening a school for the best and brightest. Now, student at that same school Stevie Bell is dedicating her first-year project to solving this cold case. Who killed the Ellinghams that foggy night, Stevie sets out to learn. However, the question becomes what connection do the murders then have to the murders now?
May these book recommendations make you feel as cozy as a blanket, twinkle lights, and a mug of your favorite hot beverage. Happy reading and happy fall!