Autumn/Fall Reading Recommendations

Pull on your jumpers, grab a blanket and hot drink and curl up with a good book…

It’s official, Autumn (or Fall, depending on where you are) is here!

I’m usually a summer baby, but this year I’m actually excited to snuggle up in many layers and drink countless cups of tea, coffee, and gingerbread lattes… yum!

But it wouldn’t be quite complete without a really good book which just puts you in the mood for the pumpkin season. So I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 recommendations for you this season.


City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab

dc845906-d14c-4394-9632-498f484909ecI loved this book. It’s a super quick read, so you could easily pick it up one weekend and have it finished in one or two cosy sittings. It’s mysterious, atmospheric, and perfect for the spooky season! Plus, it’s written by V.E. Schwab, so you know it’s going to be good, right?

Warning: contains ghosts.

See my full review here

 


Throne of Glass (Series) by Sarah J. Maas

8cfdabb1-56cc-4cd2-86cd-5b769841dbe7I’m going to throw this one out here. Autumn is a great time to read fantasy and go on an epic adventure from the comfort of a blanket.

Throne of Glass is one of my favourite ever series, and with the upcoming release of the final, highly anticipated, Kingdom of Ash, there has never been a better time to read it!

There’s magic, assassins, romances you’ll ship so hard and a world you’ll be completely absorbed in.


The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

8e617bc6-8011-40f1-9b9e-c0f130121a5dThis book contains dragons… DRAGONS. Dragons breathe fire and in autumn you sit by the fire, so it’s obviously the perfect book to read… see my logic?

But really, this book is great and The Caged Queen is released imminently, which I’m super excited about because I loved The Last Namsara. I read this last Autumn and it made my daily commute so much more exciting!

Read my full review here


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

c5184fe5-7cbf-4c3d-82f1-4cf56fbb2f8bI think this was actually on my Autumn/Fall recommendation post last year, but I still stand by it! One of my all time favourite books, this will give you all the feels.

ALL. THE. FEELS.

Zusak’s new book, Bridge of Clay, is going to be released this October, and reading The Book Thief in the comfort of your own home, accompanied by a box of tissues for your inevitable tears, is probably the safest place to read it…


Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young

cd29c904-ea59-4cb8-aa4e-ec6d741844dbVikings, bloodshed, and many, many gory details, this is EXACTLY the book you were looking for.

Sky In The Deep is dark and twisty, insanely intense and will keep you turning those pages furiously in your binge-reading sessions. There’s also some romantic tension and kick-ass characters who go on the most incredible journey throughout the course of the novel. What more could you possibly need?

 


Do you have any books you’d recommend for Autumn/Fall?

Let me know in the comments below!

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[Book Review] City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

40512862Synopsis: Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.


I feel like I haven’t reviewed a book in so so long…

How does one write? What are words?

But I really enjoyed this book, and with the spooky season upon us (UH, where did the time go?) I figured this was the perfect review to leap back into the blogging world with.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s aimed at a “young adult” audience, however I really think it’s better suited even to slightly younger readers, aged 11+, perhaps. Because of the younger target audience, I felt that the characters were slightly lacking in depth in comparison to Schwab’s usual, however, the plot was quick paced, exciting and, well, spooky!

I loved the concept of this book and how Cassidy can walk from the real world into the ghost world – so simple yet it was so very well done in how it linked to her near-death and such a good starting point for even more wonderful adventures and discoveries.

Cassidy was a wonderful perspective to read from, I really feel like we got to know her throughout the story, and how bravely she deals with her past and the effect it has had on her. I only wish we got to know the other characters a bit more, too, particularly Jacob, who’s past just kind of get shrugged off as a huge secret… but I imagine we will find out much more in book #2.

I’ve never visited Edinburgh but reading this book I honestly now feel as though I’ve actually wandered through  parts of the city. The descriptions were so vivid and in my opinion, the setting is the best thing about this book. You can really tell that Schwab spends a lot of her time exploring parts of the city. I even loved the reference to Harry Potter and J.K!

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I flew through this in just a couple of days reading on my commute to work, but part of me wishes I’d waited to read it until this month now that the weather has cooled off considerably. It would be the perfect atmospheric Halloween season read.

But alas, I read it in summer.

Word of advice? Read it now, now is the time.