It’s here: fall. The leaves have started throwing shades of orange, red and yellow across the Main Green. With the cold settling in, a flurry of sweaters, hot chocolate and warm boots has spread across campus. And, most tellingly, the Pumpkin Spice Latte has arrived in Starbucks.
Now that the cooler weather is finally starting to creep in, more people will find themselves spending time indoors. There can be a dearth of activities to occupy yourself with inside. But fret not because there’s always one reliable thing you can turn to when you have a few hours on a Sunday afternoon: a book.
Here are a few books you can dive into during those cold fall days.
#1: “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini
Set in the brutal streets of Kabul, Afghanistan during one of the most chaotic times in the country, “The Kite Runner” is an utterly engaging and emotional read. You’ll find yourself whisked away into the world of Amir, a character who is relatable — if unlikable and prone to making questionable decisions. The story is replete with secondary characters who are incredibly well developed facing the most haunting of times of their lives, which will make you empathize with and question them as they face increasingly high stakes and morally fraught scenarios. It’s a beautiful tale of friendship, hardship and a decision to never give up that will be sure to challenge you from start to finish.
#2: “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo
If you’re looking for something a bit more out of this world, try picking up this fantasy novel set in the gritty town of Ketterdam — an imagined city built on the tenets of trade and wealth. You’ll find yourself reading about a crew of six unscrupulous characters — all undeniably unique — tied together for one mission: break into the most impenetrable compound in the country and pull off a deadly heist. With fascinating characters that blur the line between good and evil, action scenes that will leave you reeling and witty banter that will make you laugh out loud, “Six of Crows” is an engrossing and fantastic read for those chilly fall evenings.
#3: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs
With Halloween quickly approaching, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is the perfect book to pick up if you want to delve into a spooky, haunting realm. Set in an abandoned home where the children were perhaps just a little extraordinary, this book gives off that creepy vibe that fits in so perfectly with this time of year. It’s also illustrated with some fascinating photography to accentuate the scary aura of the book. It’s also going to be released as a movie in theaters soon, so now’s the perfect time to read the book before you watch the movie.
No matter what you’re in the mood for, there’s always a good book to be read during this season. Instead of wandering into the chilly outdoors this fall, grab your favorite hot drink and spend a few hours getting lost in the pages of one these stellar books. You won’t even have to put on a jacket.