Hi there! It’s coming up to that time of year again- the leaves are changing on the trees, and I think it’s safe to say that summer is well behind us. Autumn has got to be one of my favourite times of year- like Spring, it feels like everything’s starting new again!
So, I thought today would be a good time to suggest some fantastic Autumn reads for this year. We all have our favourites for the season, but these are a few suggestions for this Autumn!
1. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood
While ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ isn’t exactly a happy tale to curl up with, it is a compelling story of heartbreak, struggle and pain. Given the chance, I could zoom through this book in a day, and for me it just seems like the perfect world to get lost in on a rainy day. When it’s impossible to venture outside, you want a book that engages and interests you as much as possible, and that is what Atwood’s writing can do.
I always think of dystopian fiction as a genre suited to Autumn. Something about the coming of darker nights makes me want to get lost in a thrilling story. Plus, while I read ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ over the summer, it is a dark, haunting and, I would say, terrifying, tale, and so it definitely suits a month like Autumn or Winter.
2. ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Brontë
While ‘Jane Eyre’ is not my favourite work by the Brontë’s, it is definitely one to accompany the darkening nights. The protagonist, Jane, encounters many struggles as she goes through the book, but it’s when she meets the brooding, handsome Mr Rochester that things turn mysterious. As well as being seeped in mystery, this book is also a gothic tale of romance and first love, and the gothic setting of a bleak manor house gives the book the perfect autumnal feeling.
3. ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier
Yes, I know I always mention this book! Nevertheless, the gothic aspect of ‘Rebecca’ makes it the perfect Autumn read. ‘Rebecca’ takes place in the gothic manor house of Manderley, a place seeped in a history of ghost stories, phantom figures and mysterious deaths.
So, as soon as the action of the novel switches from the bright lights of Monte Carlo, and returns to the brooding atmosphere of the Cornish coast, you know you’re in for a gothic, autumnal read. I think ‘Rebecca’ is definitely a book to enjoy on a rainy afternoon,and it delivers the perfect amount of twists and turns that are Du Maurier’s speciality. So, this Autumn, immerse yourself in the beautiful, mysterious world of Du Maurier’s Cornwall!
4. ‘The One Memory of Flora Banks’ by Emily Barr
I would say this one is perhaps a late summer read, but I would also read this book at this time of the year! This is the perfect tale of a young woman finding out about the world, and Flora’s story is one shot through with sadness, heartbreak and excitement.
I raced through this book when I first read it and, in true Emily Barr style, the twists and turns of this book make it perfect for rainy day reading. The ending made me super emotional, and this book really packs all the emotions you want in a book!
5. ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Brontë
I love ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Brontë, and this is the perfect read this Autumn, seeing as in July 2018, Emily turned 200 years old! So, why not try this book, often an under-appreciated classic by the Brontë sisters? ‘Wuthering Heights’ takes place on the Yorkshire Moors, a place full of ghosts and haunting, mysterious figures, and again this miserable setting makes this the perfect, gothic, autumnal read this year.
The Brontë sisters lived together on the Yorkshire Moors, most of their lives, and therefore this bleak setting for Emily’s book leaks into her everyday life, and makes the book all the more gothic and dark, perfect for the darker nights.
Have you read any of these books? Are you going to try one of these slightly dark, gothic reads, seeing as the nights are getting darker? What are your favourite Autumn reads? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
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