The seasons changing is one of life’s simple pleasures 😊 And as you may know, I’m a big fan of autumn. So, I decided to share some autumnal reads that are creepy, cosy and cosily creepy- enjoy!
Coraline– thinking of this book still makes me shiver. Gaiman’s book may technically be middle grade, but it’s creepy af. I defy adult books to make you as scared as this!
Raven Boys– for people who favour YA and atmospheric vibes, this is the dream series for this time of year! If you’re prepared to settle in for the long haul, then you’ll become fast friends with the amazing characters this series has to offer.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children– I will always love this odd little series. I know it can be a bit hit or miss, yet I really appreciate how it captures peculiarities and unusual tales in a totally unique way.
Rock Paper Scissors– I read this seriously twisty thriller recently- and oh boy it’s cutting edge! I love how it plays with the character’s choices and the reader’s mind! And it doesn’t hurt that it’s set in the Scottish Highlands and I associate Scotland with autumn!
Ninth House– I don’t know about you, but I love books centred around schools in autumn. So what could be more perfect than Bardugo’s horror take on dark academia?
Shadow of the Wind– one of my all-time-favourite books, I highly recommend snuggling up with this mystery about book-lovers this autumn! The languidly atmospheric setting makes it gorgeous for this time of year as well.
Familiars– this historical fiction with a witchy feel was enjoyable from beginning to end. While there were dark themes, it ultimately felt as comforting as a big cup of cocoa!
Wicked Deep– witchy and set when seasons change- how could I not pick Ernshaw’s debut?! To be honest, with her exquisite talent for writing, I was tempted to put both her books on this list (so go and read them both!!)
House of Hollow– the UK setting makes me biased in my love for this book. I just adore how CREEPILICIOUS this is… even though I don’t normally do creepy (save for this list clearly 😉)
Once and Future Witches– my best book from 2020 and an absolute delight of a read. I was completely bewitching by the writing, the characters and the story. It’s MAGIC in book form.
Hazel Wood– okay, yes, I will die on the hill fangirling for this book someday. But, on the off chance you haven’t heard my incessant rambling about how gosh-darn-brilliant this book is, then allow me to introduce you to a savagely well-written, fairy tale inspired novel.
Uprooted– personally I think fairy tale themed books work really well at this time of year (and every other time of year 😉). And for me, this Russian-inspired Beauty and the Beast retelling is eerily good. With lovely writing, intriguing characters and a hate-to-love romance… what’s not to love?
Nevermoor– charming and a little bit different, this magical middle grade delivered a HELLUVA lot more than I was expecting.
It was a Dark and Stormy Night– and finally my mum’s suggestion- just cos! (To be fair, she’s not wrong!)
And that’s all for now! Do you agree or disagree with my choices? And what books do you like to cosy up with in autumn? Let me know in the comments!