Ok, so I’m super disorganised – and this is actually from a few weeks back that I forgot to post (thought it was scheduled)… Forgive me, please. Haha. – Hannah x
Hello there! Today I’m taking part with one of the Top 5 Wednesday prompts:
September 22: The Fall Cozies
Today officially marks the first day of fall! To celebrate it, what are five books with fall vibes?
I absolutely adore autumn (if you hadn’t already guessed), so when I saw this one I was like, I’ve got to do it! Doesn’t mean it’ll be a good list though haha, I’m terrible at these which is why I don’t often participate.
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Pumpkinheads // Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks
I read this last year for the first time, and it definitely won’t be the last.
Pumpkinheads is a graphic novel set on a pumpkin patch, and we follow two employees as they spend their last night working there.
It is such a cute novel! Why do we not have pumpkin patches here in the UK – as it sounds like the perfect autumnal dream! And I definitely approved of the snacking.
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The Haunting of Hill House // Shirley Jackson
Not so much cosy, but a perfect book for spooky season – The Haunting of Hill House is a book I seem to naturally gravitate to every October.
It’s not really a scary book like I expected the first time I read it (which was before the show, but I will say it has almost nothing in common with the Netflix series), but does a fantastic job of building up a sense of dread and focuses more on the psychological aspect of fear. And the atmosphere Shirley created is totally on point.
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A Discovery of Witches // Deborah Harkness
Any list of books with autumn vibes wouldn’t be complete without something witchy.
I haven’t finished the All Souls series, in true typical fashion for me, but I blew through this book! It was so easy to read, addictively so. And you’ve got witches, vampires, and demons. I could take less yoga descriptions though, I remember a lot of yoga haha.
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The Name of the Wind // Patrick Rothfuss
The Name of the Wind just makes me think of autumn and I don’t know why. Maybe the one brief description of leaves moving, or maybe I just seem to read it around autumn, I’m not sure.
But it’s one of my favourite books, and it’s making the list. It’s a slow burn fantasy with an unreliable narrator that I just get so swept up by, even if that first time it was slow to sink it’s claws into me. If you do give it a go, I will pass on my usual warning of it really feeling so slow until Kvothe reaches the university.
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Jane Eyre // Charlotte Brontë
I feel like most people would think Wuthering Heights by Charlotte’s sister may have fit autumn better, but I can’t lie. I hated it. Jane Eyre on the other hand shot to a firm favourite straight away, which surprised me as it was one of the films I’d happily skip when my mum would watch it growing up (unlike the Austen adaptations).
It’s wonderfully gothic and atmospheric, and it feels super foreboding at times too. I also think the writing style is one that would suit most tastes today, lacking some of the stuffiness and complicatedness that classics are perceived to have.
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