Dark Academia For Spooky Season

The universal truth: if Summer is for swoon-worthy romances and Winter is for heartwarming, cosy mysteries, then Autumn is the season of Dark Academia novels. While I haven’t read that many Dark Academia novels, here are some of my favourite. What are yours? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!


Anything Leigh Bardugo is obviously god tier, but this book is especially.

Find my reviews of Six of Crows here, why the SOC characters match up oddly well with the Umbrella Academy crew here and my excited rantings on Shadow and Bone tv show here.


The ULTIMATE book to lose yourself in. That’s genuinely the only way to describe it. This is one of those books where you could never recreate reading it for the first time (although I wish I could!). Find my full review here.

I didn’t enjoy The Night Circus, the author’s debut book, as much because of how slow the pace was, but I know some people preferred it to The Starless Sea. Did you? You can find out why I wasn’t the biggest fan in my review here.


I read Ace Of Spades recently and while I’d align it more with thriller than dark academia, it was an absolutely gripping book. Find out why in my review here!


Wilder Girls is the best horror book I’ve I’ve ever read. It’s gruesome, beautiful and full of heart. And gore. It also made it onto my sapphic novel top tier! ——>

Find my review here for why you neeeeedddd to read this. (Ahhh it’s so good).


I don’t know about you, but to me dark academia screams classics. Classics that you can’t forget and change the way you view those offhand things people say and do.

May I present! Some of the oddest metaphors ever written! But seriously, Fahrenheit 451 is such a powerful book and something I’d recommend to everyone.

(Especially if you want to see kerosene described as ‘the trail of an evil snail’.)


Lose yourself in the unfathomably cool Locked Tomb series. You won’t be able to put it down – possibly quite physically, because you’ll be so confused! If you want badass bone nuns, warrior lesbians in space and a lots death, read this series. You won’t regret it.

Find my review of Gideon The Ninth here and Harrow The Ninth here. I can’t wait for the next instalment in the series!

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I’m a teenager (and a Hufflepuff) from Manchester. I like oversized jumpers, music that isn't on the radio anymore and books. Pretty much any book I can get my hands on but my favourites are Young Adult, fantasy and science fiction. One day, I decided to share some of my opinions on some great - and not so great - books to people around the world. And here it is! I really enjoy it and I hope you do too. The aim is hundreds and thousands of book reviews (see what I did there?) but I’m not quite up to that. Yet.

8 thoughts on “Dark Academia For Spooky Season

  1. Thank you for this wonderful list!! I am definitely a mood reader and I have been trying to make my way into dark academia/ spooky books so this is just perfect! 🥰💕

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