Like I've said in a previous post about autumn, it's the perfect season to snuggle up in bed with a blanket, a cup of tea, and a good book. But with all the wonderful books in the world how do you choose which ones to read? To want to spend those long evenings reading you need the perfect book so I've compiled a list of the books I think are perfect autumnal reads.
Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.
Nothing sets up a good autumnal reading session like the start of a fantasy series. The first one (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) is perfect for so many reasons, one of which is Harry's adventure at Hogwarts starts on September 1st. There is a great build up before that, but once Harry arrives at Hogwarts the reader follows his adventures across the year. It's easy to read the first three books within a few days, and the rest will take only a little bit longer to read. Theoretically, you could complete the series by Christmas!
The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.
Dracula by Bram Stoker.
What book is more autumnal than a vampire horror story? This book really gets me in the mood for Halloween, set against the scary, mysterious backdrop of Whitby. Everyone has an opinion of Dracula; not everyone likes it, but I think that is due to the epistolary form of the novel, which isn't to everyone's tastes. Epistolary novels are difficult to perfect, but it works well with Dracula due to the complex characters within its pages as it allows the reader to delve into their minds and see the novel from their perspective.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
You can't be a classic romance and Jane Eyre is one of the best romances in the world. I read this novel in two days when I received my first copy and I absolutely adored it. Jane Eyre is an inspiring character, one that was lightyears ahead of her time and one whose quotes I still recite and live by to this day!
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien.
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee.
See Me by Nicholas Sparks.
I've decided to run a giveaway once a month via my twitter. The giveaway will be young adult books; these are the books that are up for grabs:
- The Book Thief by Marcus Zurak
- One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
- Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
- Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine l'Engle
- Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Möira Fowley-Doyle
- The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.
On the 9th of every month at 7pm I'll be hosting the giveaway. All you need to do is to like the tweet about the giveaway, retweet it quoting what book you want, and follow my account for the chance to get your hands on the novel of your choosing.
The winner will be announced on the 10th of each month at 7pm.
First giveaway starts on Monday 9th - twitter account is sunflower blog twitter