You’re probably fed up of me doing these list type of posts at the moment but I’m shivering with the Autumn chill, my brain is half asleep at the time I’m writing this and I’m at a loss as to what to post right now.
If anyone has any ideas, please let me know. I could use all the help and inspiration!
Anyway, if there is something I love about the book community and Autumn, it is all the books we can find and snuggle up with. There is nothing better than curling up with a book that reflects the spirit of the season and devouring it.
So, what books do I think have the autumn feel? And bear in mind that I might not have read all of these!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling.
Let’s just call out the obvious first and get it out of the way. To me Hogwarts, and the mystery of the castle screams autumn, Halloween and everything that comes with the season. In fact, this castle is spectacular in all seasons but in particular it seems to come alive with Autumn. I think it is due to September always being the start of the academic year, so it always seems the right time to start reading it and re-reading it, even if you’re no longer in education. Besides, with everything spooky going on, it is perfect!
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes.
I’ve never read anything surrounding Guy Fawkes and his plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament so I cannot wait to dive into this and soak up the history of the night. For anyone reading this outside of the UK, our Bonfire Night on 5th November is our annual commemoration of the failed plot to assassinate James I. I don’t think we really focus on the history behind Bonfire Night anymore but it is a big get together for us nonetheless. I, on the other hand, still love the history behind it though as I’ve always been interested in Tudor and Stewart history and I’m intrigued to find out how it has been twisted for this book.
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
If you are looking for something very creepy and atmospheric, then I think any of Frances Hardinge’s books will be perfect. I only feature this one as it’s the only book of hers I’ve read, and by jove, it was creepy. It was fantastically written, weaving in history and the supernatural, and the characters were incredibly well defined. I actually read this in summer as YALC preparation but the content in all of Frances Hardinge’s novels definitely lends to autumn and Halloween in particular.
The Diviners by Libba Bray
From what I’ve heard about this series, it is creepy, atmospheric and guaranteed to get you in the Halloween mood. Even just from looking at the eye on this cover, I can imagine it being a good Autumn read.
City of Ghosts by VE Schwab
Short, creepy and the incredibly atmospheric Edinburgh – you cannot get more Autum than this book. It’s the perfect one-sitting read for those days when the rain is lashing against the window, and you’re curled up under a blanket with the hot beverage of your choice.
Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel
Well this is a good follow on from City of Ghosts because we are yet again in Edinburgh, although Victorian Edinburgh filled with murder and the supernatural. Goodreads calls it Sherlock Holmes meets Jonathan Creek and although I have never seen the latter, I think that’s a rather good description. It is creepy, atmospheric, and I personally found it very easy to get lost in the murder mystery. With the hints of the supernatural, it’s definitely a book and series you want to be reading around Halloween. I’ve been waiting for the right time to read the fourth book (Loch of the Dead) and I think Autumn might just be that time.
The Dark Queen by Josephine Boyce
You’ll probably see a theme here with fantasies and particularly dark YA fantasies but oh my goodness, I think they are perfect for this time of year. The Dark Queen is a novella turned novel, released recently at the beginning of September and for me, it screams out to be read on those cold, darker nights. It looks full of dark magic, intrigue, and politics, and I cannot wait to dive into it and see what it is like. I never even heard of it when it was a novella so this will certainly be a new one for me!
And I Darken by Kiersten White.
Politics, power, war, alternate history. If you want a dense, dark read for this time of year then this is certainly it. A Vlad the Impaler reimagining, it takes you deeper into the world of religion and war, where it makes you question loyalty and how far you need to go to stay on top. Now a finished trilogy, this is a book and series you could marathon this season.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
I don’t think I need to repeat myself with everything I said above because I think Three Dark Crowns fits in with the dark, political, power premise of The Dark Queen and And I Darken. Similarly to And I Darken, this is now or nearly a completed trilogy so Autumn is certainly the right time to finally read this if you haven’t done so already. Shh, this might just apply to me too!
The Hawkeed Prophecy by Irina Brignull
Witches, magic, an ancient prophecy…
This is the kind of book I’d love to snuggle up with in Autumn. I get Harry Potter vibes with magical prophecies, uncertain futures, and withstanding dark forces, so if I need that and don’t decide to read Harry Potter, this will be the perfect substitute.
Also, I’m looking forward to diving into this soon because despite it being out for two years, and blurbed by Kiran Milwood Hargrave, Laini Taylor, and Kendare Blake, I’ve never heard anyone talk about it. Hearing no chatter behind a book means I usually love it so, we’ll see.
As always, ten books seem to be the maximum.
Also, as you can see, Autumn books for me tend to be dark fantasy, crime, and anything containing witches and other supernatural beings.
What are atmospheric Autumnal reads for you. I’ll be interested to see your recommendations.
Also, have you read any of these? What are your thoughts?
Thank you for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!