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I asked you in a poll on Twitter recently (make sure to follow me there if you aren’t already!) what kind of posts you wanted to see next on the blog, and I was surprised to see that 50% of you wanted to see book and Netflix recommendations! Those are normally not my most popular posts, but I just love writing them. If you know me at all, you probably know that I’m a HUGE book nerd, and I like to qualify myself as a professional Netflix binger (please let that be a real job!!!).
I don’t know what it is about fall that makes us want to curl up with a good book or in front of Netflix with a cup of hot chocolate, a blanket with, and fuzzy socks on, but I love it!
Ever since I’ve been abroad, I haven’t been able to read much. I hadn’t read a book in over a month until I got stuck on a train for hours with only a book for company. So these following books are either recent reads that I’ve loved or some of my favorite books that I feel are perfectly fall-ish.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
While this book doesn’t necessarily scream “FALL” like some of the others on this list, I feel like it’s the perfect book to read it if you’re in the mood for a cute contemporary novel. Fangirl is about, well… fangirls. Cath is a Simon Snow fan. She and her twin sister, Wren, have been the biggest fans since they were just kids. They did not only read and reread the books, but they hung out in forums, wrote fan fiction, and dressed up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. Now they’re going to college, and Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone.
If you’ve ever been a fan of anything, you understand what Cath is going through. Fangirl was my first Rainbow Rowell’s novel, and I was definitely not disappointed. Even if Cath is a pretty stereotyped character (fangirl who just doesn’t want to get out of her room? really?), you still end up relating to her. This book is about discovering yourself, and I feel like not only fangirls can relate. If you’re a college girl still struggling with finding who you are, this book is for you. And if you’re not, reading about Cath’s life and college experience will reminding you of your own! (because yes, we’ve all been there)
Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Fun fact: I’m a big Sherlock Holmes fan. I’ve watched both movies with Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law and watched BBC’s Sherlock countless times (I think I’m on my fourth rewatch…), but it wasn’t until last summer that I finally dove in and read the books that started it all. And let me tell you something – they are definitely worth all the hype. I love the mystery and spooky vibes revolving around many of them (but they’re really not scary!). They are the perfect fall read! Sherlock Holmes is a fascinating character, and I love the adventures him and Watson find themselves into. The whole series (4 novels and 56 short stories) took me a whole summer to read, but once you start, it’s hard to stop! And Sherlock Holmes is a classic in literature, so why not hit two birds with one stone? 😉
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Okay, so if you follow me on social media, you have probably heard me rave about this book already. I bought it in the UK when I went to Waterstones during my first few weeks abroad because I had heard great things about it (and let’s be honest – because the cover is so pretty), but I didn’t start reading it until a few weeks later, when I was stuck on a five-hour train ride from St Ives to London with little to no wifi. Turns out, reading this book was the best decision I had made in a while! Not only was it amazing, but it’s also what got me back into reading.
Scarlett Dragna and her sister Tella have been dreaming of leaving the tiny island where they live with their powerful and cruel father. They’ve also been dreaming of seeing Caraval, a once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show. Scarlett has been sending letters to Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend, for years. But this year, an invitation actually arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. As it turns out, this year’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first wins.
Y’all, this book is AMAZING. The author really encaptures you within the world she has created. You don’t just want to know more, but you NEED to. I was hooked from the very first chapter. This book is the perfect fall read: it has fantasy, romance, a magical world… what could you want more?
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Yes, this is the second Rainbow Rowell book that I’m including here. But there’s actually a reason for that. Carry On is Rowell’s take on Simon Snow’s story (which you’ll find all about in her other novel mentioned above, Fangirl). If you love Harry Potter, this book is for you! I felt like Carry On was a Harry Potter fanfiction. It shared many resemblances with the HP world, and while it can be really annoying, it also feels like you’re going back home. The characters are based off HP’s, and you’ll find yourself falling in love with them all over again. The setting and vibe I got from this book reminded me a lot of fall in Hogwarts. I did binge most of this book in a matter of hours, and I promise it’s worth your time! You can read my whole review on Goodreads.
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
Lovers of Gossip Girl, this book is for you!
You know when you buy a book for its cover and hope for the best? This is what happened with this book. But I was happily surprised! I ended up really enjoying it.
The story is intriguing from the very first page. I mean, a girl is falling off a thousandth-floor tower? How? And you spend most of the book trying to figure out who is going to fall and why. The ending is totally unexpected and will make you want to read the sequel.
But what truly makes this book great is the world building. The concept of the tower is simply amazing. It’s well-developed and I just love what the author did with it. I also really like other aspects of the setting, such as the technology and transportation. I think it was futuristic enough without being completely crazy. It still resembles our current world and just shows advanced technology. You can read my entire review on Goodreads here.
Other fall reads worth mentioning:
- The Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater (Read about it here – Buy now)
- Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin (Read about it here – Buy now)
- Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo (Read about it here – Buy now)
If there’s one thing that I did do in the UK ever since I have arrived is watch TV shows on Netflix. I have talked about some of them in my most recent life update, and I think they might not be available in the US, so I apologize in advance.
The Big Bang Theory
This one was suggested to me by one of my BFFs, and let me tell you that it does not disappoint. I love comedy series, and this one is just perfect! I had heard a lot of great things about it and had seen a few episodes here and there, which I did enjoy, so I finally caved in and started watching it. Would you believe me if I said that I watched all 10 seasons in about a month? *hides* Yes, the show is just that good. It’s funny and witty, and the characters are just too damn lovable. They all have their own quirks that will make you fall head over heels for them.
If you’ve been on social media at all in the last year, surely you’ve heard about Riverdale. Basically, it’s the new hit teen drama series on Netflix. Fans of Archie will be happy to watch this remake of the original comics (and if, like me, you’ve never read an Archie comic in your life, you will still enjoy this!). You will find yourself hooked from the very first episode. Who has killed Jason Blossom? That’s what we are trying to figure out during the first season. The show will make you suspect basically everyone (including Archie, the main character), and by the end, you’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat, screaming for an answer. And trust me when I say that you won’t see it coming! Netflix has recently just released the second season (new episode every Thursday!) and I can already say that this season will be just as good as the last one!
This show has just aired its final episode this fall, but it’s an old favorite of mine. Back in the days (like a few years ago when I was still in Cegep), I was a HUGE Teen Wolf fan. I remember spending my Monday nights one summer watching new episodes every week (my family joined me a few times, as it was a ritual). I was obsessed with the show. I watched the two first seasons in 8 days and was religiously watching new episodes as they aired afterward.
Teen Wolf is a dark, witty, and funny remake of the original movie Teen Wolf, which was released in the 1980s, I believe. Sixteen-year-old Scott McCall gets bitten by a wolf in the woods, and then turns into a werewolf himself. Deaths keep happening in Beacon Hills, so Scott and his friends try to find the murderer, who also happens to be the Alpha that bit him the the first place. All the while, Scott struggles with his new skills as a werewolf.
The cast of Teen Wolf is amazingly talented. The script is funny and intriguing. Frankly, each episode will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Go watch the first episode if you haven’t already, and thank me later. 😉
If you’re a comedy fan, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is right up your alley! It’s the perfect mix of comedy and police TV show. Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows the life of Jake Peralta and the 99th precinct of the New York Police Department. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a jewel of today’s television. Not only is there a great diversity of characters, it’s also hilarious. Andy Samberg is a genius when it comes to creating comedy and that show deserves every single award it has received. Honestly, if you need a fun TV show to unwind after a hard day at work, this one is perfect!
13 Reasons Why
To be honest, I’m not even sure why I’m including this series in this post since everyone seems to have already watched it. But in case you haven’t, here why you should: the concept is genius, the cast is incredibly talented, the characters are complex and relatable, it’s completely addictive, and it’s a roller-coaster of emotions that never ends. 13 Reasons Why is so much more than just a high school drama. It’s a story about bullying and suicide, and it also revolves around other important issues such as sexual abuse, depression, homophobia, and much more. And more importantly, Hannah’s story is not romanticized. Suicide is not shown in an artistic way. It’s depicted in all its cruel reality and it shows you the impact it has on others.
What are some of your favorite fall books? What have you been bingeing on Netflix recently?