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!

Getting Cosy with Some Mysteries for Autumnal Nights

We’re getting into one of my favourite times of the year! I can’t be the only one settling in for hot chocolates and comfy jumpers. And, of course, what goes better with that than a good book? Well, a cosy mystery that’s what! Let’s see if you can predict where this list will lead…

and then there were none

And Then There Were None– Agatha Christie is the QUEEN of cosy mysteries and this is her crowning glory. Annnd I won’t say anything more about the actual book, because this is definitely the sort of book where you need to go in blind. Even though I haven’t read much of her work (yet) it was still hard to resist the urge to put Murder on the Orient Express on here as well… but I guess I kinda just did that 😉

evelyn hardcastle

The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle– now for something a little more out there! While this is inspired by the legendary Agatha Christie, it is the kind of story where it’s best to have some clue about what’s going on, because it is so unusual. This Groundhog Day murder mystery set at a party is truly one of a kind. I did find it a bit more difficult to get into, but it’s all the more rewarding for the effort!

academic curveball

Academic Curveball– I’m really excited to talk about one of James’ books, cos he’s awesome. And he’s definitely carved out a niche for himself in the cosy mystery arena! Set in a university, this is full of charming characters you can’t help but root for and a plot that’ll keep you hooked!

the secret history

The Secret History– this is another story set on a college campus and is a book I haven’t been able to shake since I read it this summer. Bound to be a future classic, Tartt’s murder mystery told in reverse is riveting, masterful and a must-read.

truly devious

Truly Devious– sticking to the New England school setting, which somehow really works for this genre, I have to share a YA take. This series opener was a pleasant surprise for me this year. Though I’d heard a lot about the author, I wasn’t prepared for quite how gripping this book would be. Based around a cold case mystery, I hadn’t anticipated the dual stories working in tandem. Needless to say I’m excited for the sequels!

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Dark Places– taking a quick step away from YA for a moment, let’s revisit one of bestselling-sensation Gillian Flynn’s works. As much as I love to wax lyrical about the greatness of Gone Girl, I do have to remind myself that the author is not a one hit wonder. This story about a supposedly solved crime will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you’re looking for something with a little more edge, then this is the book for you!

broken things

Broken Things– on the surface this is a simple summery thriller about friends accused of murder… but dig a little deeper and this YA delivers some deeper themes. The stories within stories reveal there’s a lot more under the surface.

my plain jane

My Plain Jane– on the topic of metafiction, you can’t go wrong with this retelling of Jane Eyre! Delightful and funny and full of friendly (and not-so-friendly) ghosts, it’s perfect for this time of year.

shadow of the wind

Shadow of the Wind– this is another book linked to the love of books. Even better, the mystery centres on a book and its enigmatic author. Weaving through the near mythical streets of Barcelona, this is the kind of book where the journey is half the fun.

my cousin rachel

My Cousin Rachel– Du Maurier is yet another lady who really knows how to grab your attention- and then send you tumbling to uncertain conclusions 😉 Prepare to find yourself wrapped up in the Cornish Moors, facing a precipice of gothic proportions, wondering if you’ll ever get to the bottom of this story… it’s where I’ve been for years. Because this slightly ambiguous read will keep you guessing long after you’ve turned the last page.

And on that’s where I’ll leave you hanging… Have you read any of these? Do you like them? And what mysteries (without spoilers if you can 😉) have really blown you away? Let me know in the comments!