Eight non-scary books to read this fall

By Emma Naille

Now that it’s fall, we get to experience one of the coziest feelings in the world: curling up with with a good book with candles burning (or just in your imagination for those of us living the dorm life) safe from the chill air. For me, getting in the fall or Halloween spirit is a bit different because I am a complete wimp when it comes to scary stuff. Instead, I go for mildly intense movies and books. I compiled this list of books for all those out there like me that want to get in the spirit (or need a good book to read), but also want to be able to sleep at night.

Courtesy of Emma Naille


  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    This book is CRAZY. But I loved it. It’s the perfect haunting book for the Halloween season, but it’s not too scary or gory if you’re a bit squeamish. I cannot watch scary movies (Clue was even too terrifying for me), so I promise Gone Girl will have you on the edge of your seat, but won’t keep you up at night.
  2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
    If you didn’t read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before before the movie came out on Netflix, now’s your chance! This is an easy, comforting read if you want something romantic and light-hearted. It is also part of a series, so if you can’t get enough of Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky, you can read P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever Lara Jean.

3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This book was made into a movie and just released at the beginning of this month. The Hate U Give is heartbreaking but so so good and conveys such an important, relevant message. Give this one a read before (or after) you see it in theaters!

4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
We Were Liars is another book with a haunting feel that will get you in the Halloween spirit. It is beautifully written and utterly captivating. It was so hard for me to put this book down that I read it in one night!

5. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Leah on the Offbeat was released this year in April, but I just got around to reading it, and I enjoyed it. This book takes place in the same universe as Simon vs. The Homosapien Agenda, which was made into the movie “Love, Simon,” and follows Simon’s friend Leah as she grapples with the ups and downs of senior year. A great book for incoming freshman who can look back and finally say they are done with high school.

6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

If you’re looking for monsters and spookiness, this book gets the closest on this list. It’s about a boy named Connor who is visited by a monster each night in his dreams ever since his mom started getting treated for cancer. If you tend to read e-books, I would recommend getting the physical copy of this book because it has beautiful illustrations you’ll want to see on the page. This book was made into a movie and released in 2016.

Also, a fair warning, this book will make you cry until you can cry no more.

7. All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
This is another not-scary-but-definitely-creepy book that is perfect for those who want to get spooky but not get spooked. All the Truth That’s In Me is riveting, and a bit intense (but if middle school Emma can read this book and still sleep through the night then you definitely can too). It has mystery, romance, and is uniquely told in the second person.

8. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Because Harry Potter is for every season.