In case you hadn’t noticed… autumn’s here. I certainly haven’t noticed. It stormed on the 21st of September, then it rained for a couple of days and I was so ready for it, so ready to bundle up on my couch. And then summer came back and it’s been hot and sunny up until today.
I’m waiting… still waiting…
What do you do when autumn (finally) arrives? Well, you buy yourself some candles (check) and you write an ‘autumn recommendations’ blogpost.
Here we go:
5 books you should read this fall/autumn/whatever you call it (I call it ‘Herfst‘)
- The Golem and the Djinni (review)
I read this book years ago but it’s still my most autumnal read to this day. I just can’t explain it, there’s something in the atmosphere of this book that screams AUTUMN every time I think about it.
The story is about a golem and a djinni in New York. It’s about friendship and myth and taking risks and finding your own way and although the ending was a bit too easy for me, I reeeeaaaally liked this book.
I just found out there’s a second book coming in 2019. It’s called “The Iron Season” and will follow the same characters during World War I.
- Lincoln in the Bardo (review)
Although Willie died in February, I still think this is a great book to read in the autumn months. It has ghosts, it takes place in a graveyard, I mean… what more do you want? I might even reread it because I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I read it in March.
The story? Well, Willie, son of Abraham, dies and gets stuck in the Bardo (the in-between world). He decides that he’s lost and that if he just waits long enough, his dad will come and get him. There are some ghosts around him who share their own stories and let me tell you, they made me SOB. The way the story is told is certainly not your average narrative. It jumps back and forth between the ghosts and Willie and even Abraham but also shows you some historical snippets about the days around the death of Abraham Lincoln’s son. It’s so creative and I love, love, love it to bits!!
- The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (review)
Looking for a murder/mystery that will keep you up at night? Look no further, The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is thrilling and will keep you guessing. It was such an amazing read and I couldn’t wait for my husband to read it too. (He loved it so much that he stayed up until 3AM because he wanted to finish it) Not only is the genre perfect for autumn/fall (which is it????) but I seem to remember it constantly raining in the book too so… it’s perfect, right?
A guy wakes up in a forest. He has no idea who he is, where he is,… but he’s about to find out there’s a murder waiting to happen.
- Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman (review)
Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.
This one falls under the category “atmospheric reads”. I always enjoy Neil Gaiman’s writing but this one specifically stands out as an autumn read (at least it does for me). If you want it darker, creepier,… you might want to pick up Trigger Warning, a collection of thrilling short stories.
- a series you can lose yourself into: Illuminae / Six of Crows/ Strange the dreamer and of course Harry Potter
Want to dive a little deeper? Find yourself a series to read. I’m currently reading VE Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy and I’m loving it. A good series can keep you entertained and make you forget the world around you. Finished book one? No problem, there’s more where that came from.
And Harry Potter will always be an autumn reread for me. There’s something so comfy about reread books you know inside and out.
What are you reading this autumn? Something spooky? Classics? Historical fiction? Thrilers? Let me know!