Fall Book Recommendations for Every Age Group


Do you need a distraction from everything going on in your life? From being stressed out to being bored and everything in between, everyone can use a distraction every now and then.

My favorite way to de-stress is to read a book. It gets you out of the life you’re living and puts you into a new one! It’s like traveling without moving your feet.


All of the books listed below are available in paperback, hardback, e-book/kindle, and audio book to give you the most accessible of choices to enjoy stories!


Books I recommend for Fall:

Age groups are suggestions. Maturity of the individual determines the ability to handle content, writing style and vocabulary used in the novel.


Children’s (Grades 1-5)

Scary/spooky: Goosebumps by R.L. Stein

  • Goosebumps is a classic series of spooky books for children. My personal favorite is “Night of the Living Dummy.” I used to re-read this one all the time growing up. If you already read it, no need to fear, there are a plethora of other books in the series.

Mystery: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O’Connor

  • Love the Fancy Nancy series? Then you are sure to love this story of our beloved Nancy trying her hand at solving mysteries!

Light-hearted: Me and the Pumpkin Queen by Marlane Kennedy

  • town. This book will take you through grief, friendship and finding your way as an individual. It is a Junior Library Guild Selection book. (Have not read)


Middle grade (Grades 6-8)

Scary/spooky: Grace’s Ghosts by Stephenie Wilson Peterson

  • Grace has a secret. All her friends are ghosts. But what she doesn’t know is that they’re keeping a secret, too. Join Grace has she discovers the haunted history of a town curse and unveils the truth about her own ancestors. (Have not read)

Mystery: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

  • This. This is the book that got me into mystery. I read it for the first time in middle school and fell in love. Agatha Christie is a classic, nothing short of iconic author from the 1800’s, but her stories are not outdated in the least. And Then There Were None follows ten strangers brought to an island without knowing why. Soon, they begin to die off, one by one. What do these strangers have in common? Who is the killer and can you trust anyone?

Light-hearted: Anne of Green Gables (Book #1) by L.M. Montgomery

  • Oh, another beloved classic. Anne of Green Gables is a series, but the most fall-like is coincidentally the first one. A story about a red-headed orphan who wins over everyone she meets? Annie? No, Anne Shirley. She is feisty and fun, full of wisdom and love. This is a must-read book (and series). Luckily, October is the perfect time to start it.


Young Adult (high school and up)

Scary/spooky: The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Modlavsky

  • New girl and scholarship kid at a fancy prep school, Rachel, finds her way by impressing The Mary Shelley Club with a prank gone awry. This exclusive and secret club bonds over their love of horror movies…and making their school into one. When a competition for the scariest prank goes wrong and someone targets the club itself, Rachel must face the monsters of her present, and her past. (Have not read yet, On my TBR)

Mystery: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

  • Karen M. McManus is one of my all-time favorite young adult mystery authors. One of Us Is Lying is a combination of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Breakfast Club. When five unlikely students get detention and only four come out alive, all eyes turn to the remaining. No one left and no one came in. Who is lying? (P.S. the T.V. adaption is now on Peacock!)

Light-hearted: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Ah, who doesn’t love a good re-read (or first read!) of Gatsby, Daisy and that green light. Dive into the world of mansions, parties, pools and champagne this fall. You won’t regret it.


Adult (18 and up)

Scary/spooky: Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

  • Red Dragon is the first book in the series about the infamous serial killer and cannibal, Hannibal Lecter. There are multiple books in this series and quite honestly you can read them out of order and do not have to start with Red Dragon, though it was published first.

Mystery: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

  • I love this book to pieces. All the Missing Girls. The story is actually told backwards. Starting with day 15 and ending with day 1. Ten years ago, Corrine went missing; her best friend, Nicolette, has since left Cooley Ridge, the town they grew up in. Upon her return to help care for her ill father, another tragedy happens that brings back that night. No one knows what happened to Corrine back then, and no one knows what happened to Annaleise (the group’s alibi the night Corrine disappeared) when she goes missing two days after Nic’s return. The investigation’s eyes are now back on Nic, her brother, her ex-boyfriend, and Corrine’s ex-boyfriend.

Light-hearted: The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

  • Need a good heart-felt, cozy fall book? You’ve come to the right place. When exclusive pastry-chef, Olivia, sets the building aflame by accident, she escapes to her best friend, Hannah, in a cozy Vermont town. She gets a job at the Sugar Maple Inn where she is enlisted to win the county apple pie baking contest. A city girl thrust into small-town life realizes she might not be as alone as she thought. Hinted with romance, love, friendship, belonging and of course, apple pie; this is the perfect book to read on a windy autumn evening. (Have not read, at the top of my TBR)