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.
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.