For me, autumn provides the perfect excuse for staying inside and reading books. No more BBQs or beer gardens to attend, just bedding down with a good book and warm beverage. Here are 5 of my favourites to do just that this autumn.
Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
This true story of life in a rural village vividly captures the struggles of growing up, the challenges of family, school and friends all very much embedded into the changing seasons. The stories are heartwarming, funny and strike a cord even though this coming of age story is over 100 years old they still feel current today.
The Buried Giant by by
The Buried Giant is a new folk tale set in the dark ages of Britain where myths and legends are more of an everyday occurrence. The story follows an elderly couple, Beatrice and Axl who live in a land covered by a mist which makes people forget. Beatrice is certain that their son is waiting for them in a town many miles away and so they both set out on their journey to find him. Like all road-trip stories (especially those set in lands where dragons and Knights exist) this one is full of adventure.
I loved The Buried Giant for its traditional story-telling feel and the poignant moments exploring memory, love and loss.
The Book of Fires by Jane Borodale
The Book of Fires is a historical novel which tells the story of a Agnes, a runaway who finds herself alone, penniless and pregnant in London. She becomes the assistant of John Blacklock who makes fireworks. There she learns his trade and desperately finds a way for her and her unborn baby to survive. Evocative of 18th century London and full gunpowder and firewords – this is a perfect read in the run up to bonfire night.
Harry Potter (all of them) by J.K Rowling
There is nothing more magical in autumn than dark, chilly evenings and the thought of going back to school to the wonderful world of Hogwarts. For me, these are the perfect stories for autumn with all the magic and adventure in Harry Potter’s world. Its just sometimes a challenge getting through all seven books before the season ends.
The Book of Hygge by Louisa Thomsen Brits
The Danish have a word for the ‘feeling of belonging and warmth, a moment of comfort and contentment’ which is Hygge, which roughly translates into English for us Brits as cosy. Hygge will be dominating bookshelves this year with most publishers bringing out a Hygge related book. This one published by Ebury is one of the nicest I’ve seen, with beautiful images, inspiring quotes and easy ideas to embrace Hygge in all aspects of life.
I hope you enjoyed this list. I would love to know what you are planning to read this Autumn so please let me know in the comments below or over on twitter @sar_mckenna.