Fall Holidays Reading Guide [The 2020 Edition]

Autumn is the coziest season for reading books, isn’t it?! And there’s plenty of holidays that offer opportunity to get comfy reading for a few minutes, hours … dare I say days … making your own personal readathon! I love a good theme, and so here’s a few suggestion for your cozy Fall reading based on the holidays of the season.

Fall Holiday Reading Guide

Fall Books Reading

National Comic Book DaySeptember 25. Honors Rodolphe Töpffer, who is widely considered to be the father of the genre.

Read … Pumpkinheads, Rainbow Rowell (illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks)

Cover of Pumpkinheads comic book by Rainbow Rowell

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. But this Halloween is different – Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye. Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if – instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut – they went out with a bang? What if their last shift was an adventure?

Lief Ericson  and Columbus Day Oct. 9 and 12. Both these days celebrate the spirit of adventure and exploration by these 2 explorers who “discovered” North America.

Read … To Be Taught If Fortunate, Becky Chambers

As an astronaut on an extrasolar research vessel, Ariadne and her fellow crew mates sleep between worlds and wake up each time with different features. Back on Earth, society changes dramatically from decade to decade, as it always does. One day, they awake to no communication from Earth. After months of isolation, not knowing what is happening on Earth, but still thinking of the importance of their mission and their discoveries, they must make some hard decisions about their own futures.

HalloweenOct. 31. Halloween began as a Celtic Festival where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts but has recently turned into a tradition of costume wearing and trick-or-treating.

Read … The Year of The Witching, Alexis Henderson

In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement. But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood.

Day of the Dead. Nov. 1- 2. (Spanish: Día de Muertos) focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday.

Read … Clap When You Land, Elizabeth Acevedo

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people. In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash. Separated by distance – and Papi’s secrets – the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Veteran’s Day – Nov. 11. Honors military veterans who have served in the US armed forces.

Read … Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission, Hampton Sides

Ghost Soldiers Book, Coffee, and Croissant

On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected U.S. troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty rugged miles to rescue 513 POWs languishing in a hellish camp, among them the last survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March. A recent prison massacre by Japanese soldiers elsewhere in the Philippines made the stakes impossibly high and left little time to plan the complex operation. A completely riveting account of one of the most dangerous POW rescue missions of WWII.

Thanksgiving Day – Nov. 26. This is a holiday that was “originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.”

Read … The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows. And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed.


Are you a seasonal reader? What makes you pick up a book to read?

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