I think many bookworms would agree with me when I say that Autumn is the best season for curling up with a good book. (I know we could say that about any of the seasons but there’s just something so cosy about snuggling under a blanket while the rain lashes against the window, with a candle burning and big mug of something hot. Have I got you in the mood now?)
Autumn has always been my favourite season so I absolutely had to link up with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic: 10 books with Autumn covers/themes!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This is the quintessential autumnal book, in my opinion. It is a slow-burning and atmospheric read, full of magic and intrigue. Morgenstern’s writing is GORGEOUS to the point that you can almost smell the bonfires and taste the caramel popcorn. I literally can’t put into words how much I love this book and just mentioning it now has me wondering if I can squeeze in a reread before the year is over!
Incubus by Carol Goodman
I read this recently and it was another great, atmospheric book! It’s about (surprise surprise) an incubus, so it is good and Gothic with loads of dark faerie happenings. The forest setting is almost a character in itself and the book absolutely brims with pathetic fallacy – everything you could possibly want in an autumn read.
The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Isn’t Autumn just the perfect time to set out on an epic quest? I certainly think so. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall”. I adore this quote. It encapsulates what I love about the changing season, that sense of magic and possibility that comes along with the changing colour of the leaves. This time of year always makes me want to drop everything and head off an adventure with Bilbo; I guess, since adulting makes that an unrealistic life choice, I’ll have to settle for losing myself in an epic fantasy novel in my downtime.
(Not gonna lie, I hate that I have the movie covers of these books. But they were all I could get at the time and now I can’t justify getting the lovely leatherbound set I’ve got my eye on. Santa??)
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
It’s been years since I read this book but I distinctly remember it being full of atmosphere (are you sensing a theme in this blog post?) Atmosphere is one of the key components of my Autumn reading list. This book is another slow-burner with a great mystery at its heart.
Slade House by David Mitchell
I have only read two of David Mitchell’s books so far but they were enough to make him one of my auto-buy authors. His stories are so brilliantly original and complex that, as soon as I see his name, my interest is piqued. Plus they’re all set in the same universe! There are nods in each of his books to characters or places mentioned elsewhere. I LOVE THAT. Slade House was the second book of his that I read and it’s perfect for Autumn because… you guessed it… atmosphere!! It’s a brilliant new take on the traditional haunted house story making it perfect to read around Halloween.
The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge
Probably the most popular of Hardinge’s books, The Lie Tree is a fabulous exploration of Victorian social customs which is clearly well-researched and has so many subtle nuances. There is a clever balance between the fantastical and the logical, and, like David Mitchell, I am intrigued whenever I see this author’s name.
Incidentally, Hardinge’s latest offering, A Skinful of Shadows, would also fit this week’s TTT prompt. It sounds gorgeously dark and WOULD YOU JUST LOOK AT THAT COVER.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Books about books are the best thing in the world, especially ones set in Barçelona’s Gothic Quarter. This is an absolute must-read for all bookworms so, if you haven’t got round to this one yet, now is the perfect time!
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Never has a book been more well-matched to a season. The driving rain and howling wind of the Yorkshire moors will make you feel unbelievably cosy as you snuggle in your lovely reading nook. This is one of my very favourite classics and I always want to reread it when this time of year comes around.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline may be a children’s story but it’s wickedly creepy and a great story for all ages! It’s pretty short (I read it in a couple of hours) but it reads like a deliciously dark fairytale making it perfect for October. Plus, Chris Riddell’s illustrations are gorgeous.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Actually, anything by Shirley Jackson is perfect for this time of year. I recently finished We Have Always Lived in the Castle and both that and The Haunting of Hill House are wonderfully creepy. Jackson is an absolute master of the genre and, as a result, she is my Queen of Octobers.
Well, there you have it: my picks of the best books for Autumn! Do we share any favourites? Which books scream ‘Autumn’ to you?