10 Classics to Read this Fall

Fall is finally here – which means half of us are already skipping down the street with a pumpkin spiced latte in one hand and a fistful of leaves in the other. I don’t know if it’s the weather, or the fact that fall always came with a series of reading lists for my literature classes, but there’s something about this season that always brings me back to the classics. What better time to curl up with a well-loved story than this beautiful time of year?

Check out this list of my favorite classics to see how many you’ve read, or maybe add a new must-read to your personal collection. I’ve selected ten old stories that I am most fond of, but of course there are so many more out there that I didn’t include in this list (My apologies if I skipped your favorite).

Do you have a list of your own? Is there an classic I missed that simply MUST be read in the fall? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

1. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien


If you know me, you know that I’ve been obsessed with LOTR since junior high. You’ve probably seen the movies and know that this well-known prequel is an amazing fantasy story (I mean, we are talking about the father of modern fantasy here). In other words, it’s the perfect rainy day adventure.





2. One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, by Anonymous 


This book is the origin of the beloved Aladdin and Sinbad the Sailor. It is an incredible compilation of short stories from India and the Middle East that will whisk you away to a world of genies, magic lamps, and sultans. What better place to go to on a cold autumn afternoon?





3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee


When it comes to this book, most of us think of a high school reading assignment (guilty), but I guarantee that picking it up in adulthood will give you a new appreciation for this beautiful coming of age story. Crack it open this fall – no book report required.






4. Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen


This is not a mistake – I did not intend to put Pride and Prejudice (*gasp*). Northanger Abbey is actually one of Austen’s earliest full-length works, however it was not published until after her death. It is a parody of the gothic novel, making it an appropriate choice for the holiday months. It is not as heavily edited as her other works, however it is definitely worth the read!





5. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas


Words cannot describe how much I love this book. I was so enthralled with this story that I read it twice in a row. Ok, ok, three times. It was just that good. Dumas is a genius at weaving the most exciting and intricate adventures. Read this over the winter and you will not be bored.





6. The Magician’s Nephew, by C.S. Lewis


Something about fall makes me want to start fresh – I blame it on the fact that I’ve been in school for 93% of my entire life. This applies to books as well. I love to go back to the beginning and read the origins of my favorite series. Chronologically, this is the first of the Narnia books – and also an often underrated one.





7. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell


While you’re trying to stay warm this fall, why not read about one of the best-developed female characters in literature? Yes, this book is thick, but it is beautiful. Don’t pass on this masterpiece. I’ve never felt such hate and love for the same fictional character in my life – Scarlett is a force to be reckoned with in the best and worst possible way. Meet her for yourself and see what you think!





8. Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier


This beautiful and eerie gothic romance is often remembered for its opening line: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly again.” It will get you in the mood for Halloween this year, and make you think twice about become the second lady of a wealthy estate.






9. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë


I’m not even going to take the time to talk this one up – this is one of the most famous gothic novels out there, and it’s famous for a reason. If you haven’t read it yet, make time for it this fall! I promise that you will not be disappointed.






10. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving


What better way to prepare for fall than to read one of the first American ghost stories? This piece has been around for a while, but it doesn’t get old (just look at all of the screen and stage adaptations!). Curl up with a warm blanket and start out your fall the right way – with some intrigue and just a smidgen of spookiness.


3 thoughts on “10 Classics to Read this Fall

  1. mphadventuregirl says:

    When it comes to fall and spring, it can be hard to even read a book. I am a college student so don’t have time to read a novel over fall and spring so I am left with summer and Christmas so I use those breaks to attempt to start and finish a classic- more specifically classics from the 1800s and before


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