Sunday, 18 September 2016

Autumn Reads

Autumn is fast upon us, and with it comes weather perfect for cozying up inside with a good book.  The colder weather also prompts my reading tastes to change from some of the lighter summer contemporaries to darker, perhaps more mysterious books, and so I thought today I'd recommend some of my favourites for this time of year.  And so, enjoy!

1) The Accident Season by Maria Fowley - 

This one is perfect if you're not looking for a bit of mysterious read to fit with the misty weather outside.  It follows a family who, for one month every year, become extremely accident prone and as they finally begin to uncover some of the secrets about their past.  It's one I really wasn't expecting to love as much as I did, with the creepy and slightly spooky atmosphere of it fitting so amazingly well with the story.

2) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - 

I don't think there is a particular time I would ever tell you not to pick this one up, but if I had to pick the perfect time to finally read it, Autumn would certainly be it.  It is an amazing story about our main character of Liesel Meminger and all those she meets as she lives on Himmel Street, Munich during World War Two.  It's beautifully written, with characters I still consider some of my all time favourites and an ending so heartbreaking it might just take you a while to get over.  And if that wasn't enough, its also narrated by Death!

3) Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo - 

If you're more of a fantasy reader looking for an autumnal read, then I'd definitely check out this series if you haven't already.  This one follows our main character of Alina as she is thrust into the world of the Grisha and meets the mysterious Darkling who could change her life forever.  As soon as you start this one, you delve straight into the amazing world this book is set in and taken on a journey with Alina as she faces new challenges and plot twists you won't see coming.

4) Forgotten by Cat Patrick - 

If you're like me and love a good contemporary, but aren't in the mood for reading some of the more summery ones all year round, then this one is definitely one you should pick up.  This one follows London Lane who, every night at 4;33am, forgets everything about the past day, but instead awakes the next day remembering the events of her future.  This concept on it own is so unique and amazing that I would dare anyone not to want to pick this up, but it also includes a super cute romance and is such a quick addictive read that its the perfect book to read on a very chilly autumn day.  

5) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - 

Finally, in the spirit of halloween, how could I not recommend this beautiful book.  This one tells the story of Jacob as he travels to a remote islands in search of a children's home his grandfather used to live in with a group of peculiar children.  Not only is it such a unique story that will hook you from the first page, it is also so amazingly written, and includes some eerie little photographs that bring this story that much more to life.  

What books would you recommend for the Autumn time?  Have you read any of these - what did you think?

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