The other day, I had my first pumpkin spice beverage of the year which can only mean one thing…
Autumn has arrived.
I really love Autumn, it is the season of warm drinks, big coats, roaring fires and snuggling up in a pile of blankets with a good book. To welcome in this new season, then, I thought I might make a list of some of my favourite Autumnal reads!
Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
For me, September always means going back to education after the long summer months so Fangirl is the perfect as it follows Cath who struggles with her move to University. I didn’t actually read Fangirl until the beginning of my second year at University, and I really loved it. I think if I had read it at the beginning of first year, it would have made those first few weeks a little easier!
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
This novel is set on the Yorkshire moors and is constantly referencing the howling of the wind. Great to read if your snuggled up cosy with a warm drink! If it’s a particularly windy day outside, it can also make it pretty immersive and with all the talk about devil’s and ghosts, this pick is perfect for Halloween too!
Haunting Violet – Alyxandra Harvey
Another Halloween-y read here as it follows Violet who pretends to be a medium in order to make money, until she is visited by an actual ghost! I’m not much for scary books and films (and I read this book a fair few years ago now so I can’t be sure) but I can’t remember this being too terrifying! Also, I’m pretty sure there was a cute ship in there too so it has that going for it!
The Shiver Series – Maggie Stiefvater
This one might be better approaching the end of Autumn and heading into Winter. It is about werewolves who’s transformation is triggered by the cold i.e. when it’s cold they take on their wolf form and when it is warm they are human. Great for reading by a warm fire all cosy! I also found the series really addictive so if it’s just too cold to leave the house, why not just read this series all day instead!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling
I love the whole Harry Potter series and quite frankly read them at any and every time of year, but something about the first novel just makes me think of Autumn and reading in warm lamplight, with a crackling fire (I’m lucky enough to have an open fire at our family home!) covered in warm blankets. More than any of the other novels, for me, this first one revels and takes time over the magic of Hogwarts and the Wizarding world! Perfect for Autumn nights.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J. K. Rowling
A lot of what I mentioned above in regard to Harry Potter is applicable to this book of short stories too with a couple of extras. These stories are bedtime stories for young witches and wizards so obviously lend themselves to being read tucked under a warm blanket. Hermione’s birthday is also coming up soon (19th September) and as Dumbledore gave her a copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, I think it’s a very appropriate read for this month!
So, there are my top picks for Autumn reading. Do you agree with my choices? Do you have any Autumn book recommendations?