Some Things Never Change… Books That Will Always Be Good for Autumn

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!

Hot off the Press for Cooler Weather- New(ish) Releases to Enjoy This Autumn!

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Hello all! Now we’re heading into autumn, I thought it might be cool to follow up my summery HOT RELEASES. This time, I’m spotlighting a few that give me more *fall feels*! Let’s get into it!

beach read

Beach Read– starting off on a warmer note, this was probably the most fun, fluffy contemporaries I read last season. If, like me, you’re still needing a getaway vibe, then this will be right up your street!

weekend away

The Weekend Away– speaking of not coming back from holiday, this was another HOT HIT for me this summer. Set in Lisbon, this thriller offers a killer deal, taking tourists on a quick spin around a city they just might not return from… Definitely recommend if you’re not ready to return to reality!

clap when you land

Clap When You Land– on a more poignant note, this contemporary that deals with grief and family really hit some emotional highs and lows for me. It deserves a round of applause.

the huntress

Huntress– I hunted down this book after a recommendation from Beware of the Reader and I’m so glad I did, because this was a thrilling historical fiction set during and after the second world war.

his and hers

His and Hers– in a small town, with bodies piling up, there are plenty of deadly turns to this thriller… and many sides to this story.

one by one

One by One– another high-body-count murder mystery, this is a more modern take on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Prepare to feel cut off in this ski resort, as horrible things go down!!

good girls guide to murder

Good Girl’s Guide to Murder– I haven’t mentioned this before, but I really did enjoy the twists and turns of this YA thriller- especially the ending!

wilder girls

Wilders Girls– I don’t talk about this nearly enough- even though it was one of the most absorbing and atmospheric reads of the last year. I recommend this Lord of the Flies style dystopia for anyone in the mood to be a bit freaked out this fall.

this is how you lose the time war

This is How You Lose the Time War– just as unique, this sci fi love story captivated me with its beautiful writing.

sorcery of thorns

Sorcery of Thorns– of course, if you’re looking for a more traditionally escapist read, then I can’t recommend Sorcery of Thorns highly enough! I mean, let’s be real, this had me at *magical library* 😉 Luckily it didn’t disappoint!

serpent and dove

Serpent and Dove– on the note of *sheer entertainment*, you can’t go wrong with this (slightly bonkers but entirely enjoyable) romp. With enemies to lovers and forced marriage, this one made me very happy (and super excited for the sequel!) Also, it has witches, which most certainly gets me in the Halloween-y mood!

And that’s all for now! Did you enjoy any of these? Are you planning on reading them? And do you have any recent releases you’d like to recommend? Let me know in the comments!

Finally Fall Tag!

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Hello all! Yes, I know we’re quickly moving into the winter season, but fall’s not finished yet… Thank you so much to the wonderful Witty and Sarcastic Book Club for tagging me- she’s one of the friendliest book bloggers out there, always has fantastic insight and amazing recommendations- highly recommend you check her out!

In Fall, the air is crisp and clear. Name a book with a vivid setting.

winternight bear

The Winternight Trilogy– I just adore that Russian setting. And, as the nights get cooler, it’s perfect for this time of year!

Nature is beautiful…but also dying. Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic, like loss or grief.

astonishing colour of after

The Astonishing Colour of After– it’s a bit heavy on the purple prose, but it’s powerfully vivid and covers the topic of grief in a really unique way.

Fall is Back to School Season. Name a Nonfiction Book that Taught You Something.

Gulag Archipelago, 3 volumes

I don’t read a huge amount of Non-Fiction but the Gulag Archipelago taught me *a lot* about the Soviet Union.

In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love. Name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d love to be a part of.

my harry potters

Okay, I’m gonna try and not steal the Weasley family answer, buuuut it’s hard to come up with something different! So, I’m gonna stick with the Harry Potter theme and say the Marauders. *Phew* *wipes sweat off brow* just about got away with that 😉

The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground. Show us a pile of Autumn-coloured spines. 

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Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside. Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.  

name of the wind

The first book that came to mind was Name of the Wind– which I feel weird about picking cos I wasn’t a fan of the sequel… buuuut it’s really the perfect book for this, since the narrative structure and distinctive storytelling style makes this a stellar read! (hopefully the third and final book, whenever it comes out, will be a return to form)

The nights are getting darker. Share a dark, creepy read. 

the woman in black

Well, if you’re looking to be properly *creeped out* then you can’t go wrong with the Woman in Black!

The days are getting colder. Name a short, heart-warming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day. 

secret countess

Anything by Eva Ibbotson- though I’d particularly recommend the Secret Countess.

Fall returns every year. Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon. 

So many. There were a few I wanted to reread this year, but never got to. I hope to reread Sabriel (just cos it’s amazing). And I also wanted to reread His Dark Materials before the new adaptation came out (which I’m LOVING btw!!!), but that didn’t happen. I also plan to reread the first Mistborn series, so I can finally have the pleasure of bingeing the entire series. Problem is, I’m a massive mood reader, so it’s really anyone’s guess what I’ll read next 😉

Because Fall is basically over, I’m just gonna tag a few people, but feel free to do it if you want to!

Tagging: Jennifer @Bookmark Your Thoughts, CJR the Brit, the Green Tea Librarian, Sam @Rivermoose Reads, Journey into Books and Keira @Headphones and Hyperbole

And that’s all for now? What book gives you autumnal vibes? Let me know in the comments!

Are you ready for sweater weather? Tag!

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Hello all! Brr it’s getting cold out- which means it’s time for me to cosy up with a tag 😉 Thank you so much to the lovely Journey into Books for tagging me to do this one!

Hot Chocolate – What is your comfort book?

carry on

Carry On– it just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

Pumpkin Carving – What is your favourite creative outlet?

monkey typewriter

Writing. I’ve always loved telling stories, though I don’t really do short stories or poetry anymore, so it’s novels all the way!

Falling Leaves – Changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

Gosh this is a hard question! I guess you could say I’m a walking contradiction here, because I’ve never been a fan of change, and yet I love fresh starts. While it makes me super antsy, I do like the feeling of trying something new.

Pumpkin Spiced Latte – Something you love that other people judge

This is a hard one to narrow down, cos I’m 99.9% eccentric, so there’s a lot… The one I get called on the most for is *lowers voice to a whisper* I occasionally like listening to random religious music even though I’m not religious. After the fire Notre Dame I could not stop listening to French hymns for instance… (this is my jam 😉 ) My friends (a lot of whom are religious) think I’m barmy. Moving swiftly on…

Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?


Fright Night – Favourite scary book or movie

I don’t realllly do scary. Especially not scary movies!!! So (and don’t laugh) it’s Hocus Pocus.

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Halloween candy – Favourite thing to eat

Oh dear, you bring up food and I’m just gonna be like…

*I like everything*

Can’t ever go wrong with chocolate though!


Scarves – Your autumn ‘must have’ accessory

Gloves- cos I’ve got bad circulation in my hands (I know, you were expecting a rock n’ roll answer, but I think we’ve established, I’m not that cool 😉)

Fire – A book or film that burns your soul


Just one?!!?! That is the hardest question!! I’m going with Persuasion– because that romance is *emotional*- but also feel really set upon with that question!

Toffee apples – a book or film that seems to one thing but really has a different inside

eleanor oliphant is completely fine

I’m going to go with a more positive answer- I had the feeling that Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine was going to be this romantic contemporary… but it turned out to be so much more than that!

And that’s all for now- I tag: Witty and Sarcastic, Zezee with Books, Mim Inkling, the Captain’s Quarters, the Book Prescription, Kiwi Katastrophes, Embuhlee Liest and Sara @the Bibliophagist

Really wanna know what books make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? And what’s your oddest quirk? Let me know in the comments! (and we can feel like oddbods together 😉 )

The Fall Bucket List Book Tag

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Autumn is awesome! I can’t be the only one that loves autumnal activities- which is why I am so excited to do this fall bucket list book tag! Thank you so much to the terrific Tiffany for tagging me to do her fantastic new fall tag! I really enjoyed these prompts and absolutely loved the graphics as well, so am glad she says you can use them in the post 😀

The Rules
  • Link back to theoriginal creator in your post.
  • Feel free to use any of my graphics in your post, or create your own!
  • Tag 7 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them.

light a scented candle

my lady jane

My Lady Jane– this funny take on Lady Jane Grey is the epitome of light-hearted! Which is surprising, considering how dark the history is… but never mind that, because even historical-accuracy-stick-in-the-muds (like me) can enjoy the heck out of this book!

drink pumpkin spiced lattes

six of crows

Six of Crows– this book is so deserving of the hype!!! And it’s the kind of dark and atmospheric read that really suits the autumnal months!

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Harry Potter– I mean, is there another answer? Whether you love the Golden Trio, the Marauders or Dumbledore’s Army, this book is packed with charming friendships.

cozy sweater

goose girl

Goose Girl– this is an older Middle Grade read, but it’s definitely the kind of book that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

cinnamon rolls

to all the boys

To All the Boys I Loved Before- Tiffany predicted that most people are gonna pick Lara Jean… and I am indeed doing just that! But this book isn’t just about a talented chef- it’s so much more than that! The romance, the family aspect and individuality of the characters all blend perfectly to create the ultimate YA contemporary!

pile of leaves

northanger abbey

Northanger Abbey– ahh Austen always has the power to make me squeal with delight! And this parody of a gothic novel is just right for (us scaredy cats in) spooktober!

That was so much fun! I’m tagging: Kelly, Lucy, Keira, Rachael, Lisa, Bookmark your thoughts, Journey into Books, Kristin Kraves, Green Tea Librarian, Emily @Embuhleeliest, Miminkling and anyone else that wants to do it!

What cosy books you most like for autumn? Let me know in the comments!


The Mid-Autumn Festival Tag!

Hello all! I’m having a bit of a chill Sunday and thought it might be fun to do a quick tag 😀

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I was tagged by the wonderful Chitra @Books and Strips– really recommend you check her out!



raven boys

Gosh I’m tempted already to just go with Chitra’s answer of the Weasley family, but to be different (and cos it feels appropriate for this time of year) I’m gonna go with Blue’s family in Raven Boys



city of bones new

I really don’t read that many books with werewolves, and, again, to avoid being HP centric for all my answers, I’m going with The Mortal Instruments series- especially cos I rarely bring it up for positive reasons.





Okay, now I really have to go Harry Potter all the way. Not just the obvious ones like Butterbeer and Pumpkin Pasties, I would love if all the food in that series was real. I love the sound of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavoured Beans, Fizzing Whizzbees, Chocolate Frogs… are you sensing a theme 😉 (fortunately you can get very similar things in the real world now)





Ooh good question! That’s got to be a Daemon from Northern Lights– because I WANT ONE! Mine would be an ocelot… bookish dreams *sigh*



the young elites

I’m going with Adelina from The Young Elites– but I can’t say any of the ways she does this cos of *spoilers*





That’s gotta be Thud! from Discworld. And I’ve actually played a real version- it’s so fun!!



hazel wood

I think a book like Hazel Wood is perfect for this season- it’s slightly spooky, has a fairy tale feel and is atmospheric to boot!



court of frost and starlight

While I wasn’t crazy about this book, I did like the way Winter Solstice in the Night Court was described. Actually all the festivals described in this series are so lush and evocative- I just wish they were real!

That’s all for now- I tag:

Kelly @Another Book in the Wall, Geronimo Reads, Katie @Never Not Reading, Embuhhlee Liest, Sam @Modern Witch’s Bookshelf, Meltotheany, Kristin Kraves Books, Dany@Perspective of a Writer, Sam @Rivermoose Reads, Bookmark Your Thoughts, Sophie @Blame Chocolate and Paperback and Flick Chick

And anyone else that wants to do it! What’s your favourite festival in a book? Let me know in the comments!

Autumn Reading Tag

Wow- how crazy fast is Autumn going?! So as per usual I’m rushing to do this tag before the season ends… I blame you TIME!

Thank you so much to the awesome Emily over at Embuhleeliest and Eliza at Dusk Angel Reads!!

1) Are there any books you plan on reading over the Autumn season?

Well autumn is nearly over- so like Emily I’m going to cheat and say the book I’m currently reading cos then I’ll hopefully finish it!



It’s a bloody long slog though!

2) September brings back to school memories: what book did you most enjoy studying? And what were your favourite and least favourite school subjects?

to kill a mockingbird

Ooh there are so many! I will say To Kill A Mockingbird was the first classic I studied in depth and loved- although I also have fond memories of watching Midsummer’s Night Dream and reading The Lady of Shallot in primary school!

Rather predictably, my favourite subjects were Art and English. For years it felt like I was stuck in the middle of a love triangle with them- till I finally realised I could be polyamorous and have both 😉

And if you’re not bored of the mini bio yet, I can safely say my least favourite subject was science. I drove my friend- who’s brilliant at science- mad for years saying how bored I was and insisting I would drop it at the nearest opportunity (I didn’t though)

3) October means Halloween: do you enjoy scary books and films? If so what are some of your favourites?

Haha nope! I am trying though! Aka I put some scary books on my rather terrifying TBR– that counts right? Maybe one day I’ll actually read this…


4) With November it’s time for bonfire night & firework displays. What’s the most exciting book you’ve read that really kept you gripped?

Ooh fun question! Gone Girl!


5) What book is your favourite cosy comfort read?

Anything by Austen!


6) Curled up with a good book, what is your hot drink of choice?

Hot chocolate with Baileys! Always!

7) Any plans you’re looking forward to over the next few months?

Yes! I’m going away for the weekend and I’m looking into taking a trip in the New Year! So exciting times!

(Oh and by the way- that’s my way of saying I’ll be on a mini-hiatus this weekend!)

That was fun! I tag:

Geek apprentice



Tell Tale What

Page Chronicles

Kirsty Reads Blog

Paint and Butterflies Books

The Bookish Underdog

The Tattooed Book Geek

Book Adventures

Hey Ashers

(Maybe some of you won’t all have done it already! 😉 )

And anyone else that wants to do it!

See you when I get back!

Fall Activities Book Tag

I am so so sorry that I have been awol the last few days- I haven’t been responding to comments or posting because my computer, aka THE MAD HATTER, is dying. The temperamental bugger is on its last legs- so I’m a bit caught up with removing as much stuff from it as possible and praying that this won’t be the last time it turns on!

Okay- now that I’ve got my excuses out the way, let’s talk about something more cheery: how much I *love* autumn! (aka Fall) I do adore the changing of seasons and there are so many exciting things about Autumn that make it super special. I absolutely love this tag, cos I get to talk about all those cool things- so thank you so much to the awesome creator of this tag, Dreaming Through Literature, for tagging me to do this! It looks awesome!!

Apple Picking

A book on your TBR that looks so delicious you can’t wait to take a bite out of it.

Ooh there are so many!


Corn Maze

A book that’s so much fun to get lost in.


Okay- I know there are a lot of mixed reactions to this series- but it’s such fun to get lost in!

Haunted Houses

A book that scared you silly.

 I am so easily scared, it’s ridiculous. You’ll probably hear this all through October but I don’t really read many scary books. That’s why I was easily freaked out by Breathe (yes I know it’s a children’s book).


Pumpkin Patch

The latest book you picked up (purchased).

Okay, this is a little embarrassing after my massive haul *and* the bookaholics tag– but I may have bought Raven King yesterday… Whoops! Shout out goes to Jill- cos I got this with the amazon gift voucher I won from her!

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Scenic Drives

A book that is lyrically beautiful.

 daughter of smoke and bone

Pumpkin Carving

A book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind carving up.

 as i lay dying

Ughh this book is the worst!

Drinking Apple Cider

A sweet book to curl up under the covers with.

Easily Isla and the Happily Ever After– I need more books like this in my life.

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Jumping in a Leaf Pile

A book that reminds you of your childhood.


Okay I’m not the first and I certainly won’t be the last to give this answer!

Scary Movie Night

Your favourite spooky read.

Okay *see above* about my fear of scary books- but I love Turn of the Screw, even if it does freak me out!

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Bonus! Costume Party

A book with an eclectic cast of characters.

Okay, for a change I’m not going to answer with Game of Thrones– how about Falling Kingdoms instead.


That was so fun! I Tag:




A Novel Glimpse


Upside Down Books

Nya Reads

Page By Paige

Kirsty Reads Blog

Okay- that’s all from me for now- I want to know what your favourite thing about autumn is in the comments! 

Also I’m hosting a giveaway at the moment, so feel free to check it out!