How are you? Enjoying autumn? Today I am going to be continuing my seasonal posts. I am going to assume that by now you know what I am going on about, if you don’t, essentially each season I make a series of four posts, each regarding a certain topic within that season, so winter nails, summer candles, etc. etc. well today I am finally doing my Autumn Reads post. Let’s do this.
Now, when I say ‘autumn’ reads, I don’t necessarily mean books set in autumn time, I mean, let’s be honest, there aren’t a lot of those. To me, a good autumn read is a real, sweater weather book. And by that I mean, books that you can snuggle up with on a cold, wet, windy day and just lose yourself in. just, books that you can really sink your teeth into. I really hope that this makes sense and that you know what I mean lol. Generally speaking, I tend to find myself reaching for fantasy books around this time of year, and I like series. Just complex worlds that I can completely lose myself in. but, without further ado, here are all of the books that I have been loving so far this autumn.
Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo
I got through this book in basically one sitting. This story follows Alina as her world implodes and she is thrown into the world of Grisha’s. as her world is turned upside down she is in a race against time to learn to control her new power and uncover the truth of her new world. This is a brilliant story and I am really looking forward to continuing the series. The world is so interesting. It is truly a book that you can be fully absorbed into.
The Heroes Of Olympus by Rick Riordan
I know that I have mentioned this series in a previous reads post, but it needs to be in this one as well. This series is amazing. It follows on from the original Percy Jackson books but has a whole host of new characters and a completely new storyline. I would go as far as to say it is better than the original series. It is darker and more complex. The story follows the group as they battle their way across the world trying to unite their friends and prevent the goddess Gia from waking and destroying the world. This series is absolutely incredible; you will want to marathon the books. It is the perfect series to escape into.
Vicious by V E Schwab
What makes a villain? Read this book and find out. this story follows Victor and Eli, as they try to uncover the secrets of EO’s (extra ordinaries). This is a story about friendship and betrayal, good and evil, heroes and villains. This book has serious X-Men vibes. It boasts complex characters, a storyline that you have to slowly unravel and a completely unique plot. This is the perfect book to sink your teeth into during that autumn time.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This is one of my favourite contemporaries that I have read this year. It follows 18-year-old Cath, an avid fanfiction writer, as she navigates her way through her first year of college. this book is full of brilliant characters, amazing relationships and complex storylines. You cannot help but fall in love with the characters and the storyline. It is sweet and funny, but also sad and so relatable. This story was so much more complex then I was expecting and I ended up really enjoying it.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Welcome to the paranormal world. This is the first book in a four-part series that follows a group of friends as they try to find and wake a long dead, and lost, welsh king. The story revolves around ghosts and lay lines, magic and psychics. It is a stunning book and is well worth a read. the writing is almost lyrical, the characters are brilliant and the storylines are so interesting. I cannot wait to continue with the series.
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
Have you ever wondered about Magnus Bane’s life? Then this is the book for you. This is a novella bind up centred around him. every story is from his point of view and it is amazing. You get so many little glimpses into his past, from meeting the formation of the accords to his first date with Alec. this book has it all. This is a must read for any fan of the Shadowhunter world.
Say Her Name by Juno Dawson
This book creeped the hell out of me. The story follows Bobbie and her friends, Caine and Naya, as they summon Bloody Mary on Halloween as a dare. This book is the fall out of that. I really enjoyed this book. It is very dark and unnerving. it plays on your fears and reinvents an urban legend that we all know. It left me scared to look into mirrors. It is the sort of book that you just want to read in one sitting, you need to know what is going to happen. It is the perfect autumn read.
Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman
If you are looking for a book to completely lose yourself in, then this is the book for you. This story follows 12-year-old Lyra as she discovers the truth of who she is and sets out to find her stolen friends. This is a brilliant story, set in a world very similar to ours. It is full of mystery, adventure, friendship and so much more. It is honestly so good. I would also highly recommend listening to the audiobook for this one. It is narrated by Phillip Pullman and has a full cast. It is well worth a listen.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Yes, this is my second Bardugo book on this list. This book is the first in the DC Icons series and features, surprisingly, around Wonder Woman. Well, around Diana, before she was Wonder Woman. You follow her as she helps to save the world for the first time. This book was amazing. It was fast paced and action packed but also really relatable and complex. I loved every second of it. although the actual story is set in the summer time, it is the perfect read for this time of year. I honestly read this in one sitting, I just could not put it down.
Cogheart by Peter Bunzl
This I steampunky middle grade that really deserves more attention. In this story you follow two twelve year olds, Lily and Robert, and a mechanical fox named Malkin as they set out on an adventure to figure out what happened to Lily’s father and the truth about her life. This is a really brilliant story with a complex yet understandable steampunk backdrop. It is a really easy read and is a great book to curl up with.
And those are all the books that I have been loving so far this autumn. I have been reading some really incredible books lately and I have been on a major fantasy kick. What have you been reading lately? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.