Monday, 18 September 2017

 

5 Books to Curl Up With This Autumn


Some books are perfect for scorching summers and others for the iciness of winter, but today I've compiled a list of 2017 releases for my favourite season of them all: autumn. This time of year is cosy, chilly and with the setting in of the darker days and the arrival of Halloween just a little bit creepy; so the books I've selected are a real mixture going from horrifyingly bleak to heartwarming and cosy. But they all have one thing in common: they're great to curl up with while enjoying a hot drink and burning a scented candle to set the mood.


The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking

This book by Meik Wiking falls most definitely in the cosy and heartwarming category. With the follow-up to his super comforting The Little Book of Hygge, in which he details the secrets to the Danish way of living well, The Little Book of Lykke delves into Meik's global search for happiness and things that have made a positive impact on the world. As the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute there isn't a better person to have undertaken this search, and he's compiled an admirable list of inspiring stats and case studies in his book. With its autumnal exterior and positive contents, this is a read that provides inspiring moments of happiness. Read my full review here.

The Little Book of Lykke is published by Penguin Living. Get your copy here.


Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

When I was 13-years-old I received a copy of the first Harry Potter. While there was a tiny buzz around it at the time, teenage me hadn't a clue yet that I was gifted entry into an incredible world that would keep me hooked until well into adulthood. The story of Nevermoor captures that same feeling of wonder and magic. Not in a wizarding way like Harry Potter but equally imaginative and fantastical; creating an exciting new world for children and adults to fall in love with. Morrigan Crow is a likeable misfit whisked away from her cursed life with unloving parents by an eccentric mentor into a magical world where she has to pass a series of trials to get into The Wundrous Society; an adventure filled with twists, turns, friends and foes. And with a sinister villain lurking at the edges of the pages, author Jessica Townsend also sets up the arc for future instalments neatly. I'm hooked.

Nevermoor will be published by Orion Children's Books on 12 October 2017. Pre-order your copy here.





The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

The bleakness of grey, rainy days is captured within this book which is chilling to the core. I was gripped by this totally unique YA novel from the very first chapter as we get to meet protagonist Romy, a teenager left in charge of the spaceship she was born on, The Infinity, on a mission to reach an inhabitable planet far away from earth to establish a new civilisation. Her parents are dead, in fact the entire crew of The Infinity outside of Romy is dead, and while we don’t know yet why we do get the sense that the truth is horrifying. Romy's story is desolate and hugely gripping, and has really opened my eyes to the exciting genre of space adventures.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is published by Walker Books. Get your copy here.


Ghostly Tales – Spine-Chilling Stories of the Victorian Age

The chilly dark days of Victorian times captured in the atmospheric stories within this beautiful collection illustrated by Bill Bragg, make the perfect literary countdown to Halloween. With tales from greats such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson and Charles Dickens this book takes you on a creepy journey through graveyards and haunted ships, with five gorgeously illustrated spine-chillers perfect for a week of creepy countdowns.

Ghostly Tales is published by Chronicle Books. Get your copy here.


The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Going one step further with the Halloween theme, Anthony Horowitz' latest novel is truly murderous. The thriller by the writer of Alex Rider, Sherlock Holmes and much more captures the feeling of a true murder mystery a la Agatha Christie but transported to a more contemporary setting. A very cool aspect to this novel is that author Anthony Horowitz features within it himself as a key player, blurring the lines between fiction and non-ficion and with it adding an additional eerie touch to the already chilling thriller. Very cool. 

The Word is Murder is published by Century. Get your copy here.



And that's it for my autumn recommendations! Which books have you read recently, or are on your TBR, that are perfect for autumn?


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