Autumn is the perfect time to pick up a new book. The weather is no longer hot enough to enjoy extended periods of times outside. It’s the season of red leaves, cosy jumpers, roaring fires and, most importantly, hot chocolates. In my opinion, it’s the best time of year to start reading again. But there are so many books out there that it can be impossible to know where to start. So I have come up with a short list of books that I think are perfect autumn reads – including one that I will be on the lookout for this season.
BEARTOWN BY FREDRIK BACKMAN
If you’re looking for a book to cosy up with this autumn, this book is perfect for that. The book follows the story of Beartown, a tiny community where the only thing keeping the town in good spirits is the junior players of an ice hockey team, who actually have a shot of winning the semi-finals this year. But when Beartown’s star player is accused of raping a fifteen-year-old girl, the town becomes divided. Fredrik Backman is a master storyteller, who takes a story that has sadly been told too many times and brings so much life into every single one of the town’s residents. You start to feel like a member of the community yourself! This is a story that you can really get lost in under your warm blankets in front of a fire.
HEARTBREAKER BY CLAUDIA DEY
Heartbreaker is a book like no other. It’s unusual, heartbreaking, and uplifting all at the same time. Told from three people’s perspective (one being a dog) it follows the story of a mother who just ups and leaves her home one night. Throughout the story, we find out why whilst also meeting the unusual residents of a small town. It’s a book that takes a while to get used to, but I promise you will be thinking about it months after you have turned the last page.
BRIDGE OF CLAY BY MARKUS ZUSAK
Markus Zusak’s next novel hits shelves 11th October in the UK, and with Zusak being the brilliant mind behind The Book Thief, I have no doubt in my mind that this story is going to be just as captivating. Following the lives of five brothers who grew up without adults, they suddenly find their father returning to them with a strange request: who will build a bridge with him? With the author of The Light Between Oceans calling this “a captivating book with a mighty, fearless heart” this is one I’m definitely not going to miss.
THE SUMMER THAT MELTED EVERYTHING
BY TIFFANY MCDANIEL
For those of you longing for the summer heat back, you might want to pick this one up. The fictional town of Breathed experienced a scorching heatwave in 1984, and this was the summer when Autopsy Bliss sent an open invitation to the devil. This was also the summer when a thirteen-year-old black orphan turned up at the town, seemingly out of nowhere. But this is no ordinary boy, he talks in riddles and possesses knowledge way beyond his years. And with a series of unfortunate coincidences happening in the town, the residents start to wonder if this boy could really be the devil himself. Have some tissues at the ready when you’re reading this one. It’s a hauntingly beautiful read that makes you question what ‘evil’ really is.
VOX BY CHRISTINA DALCHER
If you were limited to 100 words a day, how would you use them? For the women in Vox, this is their reality. This is a book that everyone should read simply because it makes you question whether true equality will ever be in women’s futures. The book was just released in August, read it now while everyone is still talking about it.