A quick look out of the window tells us that Autumn has 100% arrived in the UK. This time of the year is our favourite – blankets, hot chocolate, hot water bottles and chunky books. You can’t get any better than that.
We seem to become all about the fantasy when the chill air and dark nights roll in. It just seems right, you know? And we’ve got some glorious books that are up for the challenge.
‘Nevernight’ by Jay Kristoff
We devoured this book in like two days. And it’s pretty chunky. But it’s just so good we couldn’t stop.
At a secret school for assassins, Mia Covere must prove herself to be the deadliest, the most powerful and the most fearless if she’s in with a chance of getting her revenge on the people who destroyed her family and graduating the school alive.
‘Empire of Storms’ by Sarah J Maas
Speaking of assassins, our fave is back in the fifth instalment of the ‘Throne of Glass’ series.
Aelin’s path to the throne is treacherous. With Erilea falling to darkness around her, war looming and enemies to be made into allies, it’s going to take everything she’s got to keep her world in one piece.
‘My Lady Jane’ by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand & Jodi Meadows
So you may know the story of Lady Jane Grey who ruled the UK for a whole 9 days during the 1500s, but you’ve never seen her like this.
This is a hilarious re-imagining of Lady Jane’s adventures as she’s about to be married off to a total stranger and, oh yeah. become the Queen of England. It’ll be fine, right?
‘Illuminae’ by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
If you missed this epic, multi-media, space opera last year then now’s the perfect time to get caught up before ‘Gemina’ hits shelves next month.
When two mega-corporations start warring over a tiny planet (without telling the tiny planet), Kady and Ezra find themselves on evacuation ships where a deadly plague has broken out.
‘Carry On’ by Rainbow Rowell
We devoured this as soon as it came out last year, but we fell for Baz and Simon so hard that we might have to make it a yearly re-read.
Simon Snow just wants to enjoy his last year at the Watford School, but his room-mate/nemesis is missing and ghosts, vampires and evil things are trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax.
‘The Graces’ by Laure Eve
Witches. Beautiful writing. Thriller. Need we say any more? That’s got Autumn reading written all over it.
River is just as obsessed with the Graces as everyone else in their school. Their glamour and seeming ability to weave magic makes them impossible to ignore. But it everything as it seems? Are they actually dangerous?
‘And I Darken’ by Kiersten White
There’s nothing like snuggling down with a chunky historical novel on an Autumn evening, and this delivers an extra blow of violence.
Lada is the ultimate anti-princess – brutal, heartless and a pro with a sword – but she’ll do everything in her power to protect her brother and herself from the savagery of the Ottman Empire.
Sometimes during the chilly season you’ll just find yourself craving a classic. How about one of these Gothic offerings?
‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley
Once you’ve devoured (and devour, you will) Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece, you’ll be able to join the hoards of exasperated people as they shout: ‘Frankenstein is the scientist, NOT the monster!’
It’s a story about human nature, beauty, awe and the nature vs nurture debate and it’ll completely blow you away.
‘Northanger Abbey’ by Jane Austen
This is Austen’s shortest novel, and one of her last. Funny, charming and full of mystery, it’s a satire of the Gothic novels popular in Austen’s time.
Catherine Moorland has a head full of unsettling Gothic tales and when she goes to stay at Northanger Abbey with the Tilneys, she begins to see murder, secrets and mystery around every corner.
‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte
Emily Bronte’s only novel is one of the most famous books in the world, but it’s not the romance everyone assumes it to be.
It’s an intricate story about love that’s almost hate, jealousy, violence and the whipping winds of the Yorkshire moors. You’ve got to read it at least once.
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