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Fall always feels like the perfect season to turn serious. To get ready for a winter of hunkering down and spending a bit more time indoors than out. It’s less summer pool party vibes and more hot apple cider and a good, long book vibes. Of course, in Oklahoma, that weather doesn’t actually turn until late October. I’ve planned out my reading list accordingly, starting with subjects that feel more like summer and ending with the fallest books that I could find. Because reading moods are important. 

Confession: another goal in my fall reading list is to also finally finally finish books I already own. Nineteen of these 25 books are already patiently waiting on my shelf. I’m so excited to see how many of these books I can get to! Without further ado, here’s what’s on my fall reading list. 

Fiction

Redwall by Brian Jacques

I remember wanting to read this in 5th grade. That’s how long I’ve been waiting to get around to this charming-sounding book with mice and other woodland creatures. Can’t wait to finally dive in! 

The Divine Comedy by Dante

This is one of those books that I never had to read in school but wish I had. But just because I don’t have an English teacher threatening me with a pop quiz doesn’t mean I can’t read it. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling (sort of)

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan but never read this, which makes me sort of question my own identity. I was somewhat discouraged by the bad reviews when it first came out, but I’d still like to check it out for myself. 

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling

See above, minus the bad reviews. 

Mossflower by Brian Jacques

Assuming that I actually like Redwall, then I plan to read the next book in the series.

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

I’ve been hesitant to read this because I hear everyone dies, good old George might not actually finish the series, and it’s really violent. But I’ve been curious about it for a while so I’m going to give it a shot. 

Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I’ve read quite a lot of the stories but not all of them. Nothing feels more fall than good ole Sherlock.

Non-Fiction

Self-Help

Mindset by Carol Dweck

I have been hearing about this book everywhere. Carol Dweck teaches about having a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset. I definitely have a fixed mindset in a lot of ways and it’s something that I’d like to look on. 

Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

This is a personal development classic that I’ve been meaning to get around to for years. 

Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Tourell Søderberg

Because who doesn’t love cozy things? 

Getting Things Done by David Allen

I’ve heard that this little book on productivity can be life-changing. I can’t wait to read it and try out the method. 

The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin

I feel like I have to work really hard for structure and organization. Anything that helps with those is definitely something I’d be interested in reading. 

Biographical

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough

A healthy dose of nostalgia is good for the Fall, I think. I spent a year in France 5 or 6 years ago, so I’m looking forward to this book. 

Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser

I’ve been wanting to read more biographies and this one’s sitting on my shelf for some reason, so why not?

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

I think Benjamin Franklin is an incredibly fascinating person. Can’t wait to read more of his thoughts. 

General Non-Fiction

I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

I’m so excited for this book by one of my favorite bloggers. Her book Reading People was excellent, so I have high expectations for this one. 

The Deathly Hallows Lectures by John Granger

I had the pleasure of meeting Professor Granger at my university when he came and spoke. He has a lot of insight into literature and brought out so many things in Harry Potter that I never noticed. 

The Writing Habit by David Huddle

Two of my favorite things, all in one book. 

I Will Teach You to be Rich by Ramit Sethi

This personal finance book is a classic. Ramit has a unique money philosophy that I can’t wait to think about. 

How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

I’ve started this gem several different times but haven’t gotten around to finishing it. It’s a tough read but certainly worth it. 

Religious

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

This has been on my TBR for yeeeeeeaaars. It’s not a super duper fluffy book to get through, but it’s so so rich. I’m going to really enjoy this book.

Girl Meets Change by Kristen Strong

I consider myself a person who generally loves change, but I figured I still have some things to learn. 

How to Pray: The Best of John Wesley on Prayer

This looks like more of a pamphlet than a book. So tiny! But it’s really meaty.

The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian

With only a year of marriage under my belt, I know I still have a lot to learn. This felt like a good place to start. Also, can you tell I’m trying to work on my prayer life?

What are you reading? 

My reading list feels like a lot, but I can’t wait to dive in and see what happens! What are you reading this fall? 

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