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Dark academia picks for the fall

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It’s September, which means it’s time to start transitioning to some darker book recs. Autumn is the perfect time to dive into moody and mysterious atmospheres at elite universities. Here are some dark academia recommendations to match the dark autumnal vibes. Comment any other books on this thread that you recommend! “Babel” by R.F. Kuang. A historical fantasy novel that grapples with student revolutions, colonial resistance, and the use of language and translation as a weapon of the British empire. “Ninth House” by Leigh Bardugo. A dark tale of the secrets, power, privilege, and dangerous magic amongst the Ivy League elite. “Ace of Spades” by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé. This thriller is "Get Out" meets "Gossip Girl" in a story about two students who must save their reputations in a struggle against an anonymous bully. “If We Were Villains” by M.L. Rio. This story is a gripping thriller with an ode to theater, specifically Shakespeare, involving student rivalries and obsessions turned to love and violence. “Bunny” by Mona Awad. A dark and spellbinding novel about the female experience and the dangerous powers of the imagination.
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