Grab a blanket and a hot (or cold) cup of coffee; it's fall! Something about this season makes me want to spend my free time curled up with a good book. I've pulled together a few of young adult literature's best fall offerings.

City of Beasts by Corrie Wang – For 17 years, fees have lived separate from beasts. The division of the sexes has kept their world peaceful. But when her mother secretly gives birth to a baby beast, Glori grows to love the child and can't help wondering: What really is the difference between us and them? When her brother is snatched in a vicious raid, Glori and her best friend, Su, do the unthinkable--covertly infiltrate the City of Beasts to get him back.

This book is at the very top of my "to read" pile right now. I love post-apocalyptic stories, and the added layers to this one make it extra intriguing.

His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler – Edgar Allan Poe may be a 150 years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Poe's classic tales, and how they've been brought to life in 13 unique and unforgettable ways.

I can think of nothing more appropriate for fall reading than Edgar Allen Poe. Add some of the best YA authors in the business and you have the perfect recipe for a creepy good time.

Slay by Brittney Morris – Ready Player One meets The Hate U Give in this dynamite debut novel that follows a fierce teen game developer as she battles a real-life troll intent on ruining the Black Panther–inspired video game she created and the safe community it represents for black gamers.

What's not to love? This book has had a lot of buzz ahead of its release, and sounds like one not to be missed!

Happy reading!

Alisha is listening to "The Highwomen" album on Hoopla.