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Autumn TBR:

I’ve never been the sort of person who decides which book to read because of the season. I’ve always been the sort of person who randomly picks their next book, regardless if it’s a summery or wintery read. But I’ve decided I want to change my reading habits; I want to start reading seasonal books to celebrate how nature is always changing before our very eyes, and since Autumn is upon us, there’s no better time to start. So here’s a list of autumnal books I want to get to this season:

Autumn: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons

Melissa Harrison, the editor, has collected various pieces of writing that accommodate to each season and published them in a series – you have one for Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. I’ve been dying to get my hands on these for the longest time, but they’re quite expensive to buy as the whole collection, but, luckily, after searching on Amazon I managed to find the book-set from Wordery for only £25!

Autumn is a collection of poetry and prose that captures the very essence of the season. Included in this anthology is writing from Horatio Clare, John Lewis-Stempel, Amy Liptrot, Ted Hughes, Helen Macdonald and Nan Shephard, to name but a few. It’s a collection that celebrates everything that Autumn has to offer, whilst detailing the season of transformation and death.

I’m very much looking forward to reading this. As Autumn is my favourite season, I can only imagine how satisfied I’ll be when reading a whole range of people’s thoughts and appreciation on it. Not only that, but I love nature-writing, so I can just tell I’m going to love this one.

The Penguin Book of Witches

To me, Autumn screams Halloween. It’s a time for craving pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and reading spooky tales. The first spooky tale on my TBR is The Penguin Book of Witches who describe their collection as: “chilling real-life accounts of witches, from medieval Europe through colonial America”.

Being from Lancashire, it’s in my blood to love witches. In the future, I actually hope to write a fictional book on the Pendle Witches, but for now, I’ll settle for just reading about them. This collection holds a variety of different documents and stories on witches, including: King James’ manual on witch hunting – which I’m assuming is extracts from his book, Daemonologie – as well as court documents from the Salem Witch Trials and a newspaper coverage of a woman being stoned to death, etc. From what I’ve read online, the collection spans from 1582 to 1813 with emphasis mainly on the Salem Witch Trials – but I don’t mind this at all; it seems like an interesting time for witchcraft, so getting to know a little more about it can’t do any harm.

Murder on the Orient Express

As I’ve already mentioned, Autumn is a time for spookiness, and what’s more spooky than a chilling crime tale? And who does chilling crime tales better than Agatha Christie? No one. So I’ve decided to finally pick up Murder on the Orient Express – I’m hoping to get it read before the movie comes out in theatres, so I can compare the two.

I’m not the best at summarising a book’s plot without giving away spoilers, so here’s one I found on Goodreads: “just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. A passenger lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside”.

Even that blurb gives me the chills, so I can only imagine how much the novel will impact me. I’ve never read a novel by Christie before (although I have just started The Murder of Roger Ackroyd), but I have seen a play adaptation of And Then There Were None which managed to keep me on the edge of my seat for the whole duration, so I’m excited to see how it translates on paper.

Late Victorian Gothic Tales

This is yet another collection of stories I want to read in Autumn. This is perfect to read during Halloween – I can imagine myself wrapped up in blankets, the lights turned off with the candles flickering, all whilst the wind howls against my window. As stated in the name, this is a collection of Gothic tales from the turn of the century. You have the likes of Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James and Arthur Machen all jammed into this book. I’m particularly looking forward to reading Wilde’s stories – he has a knack for capturing that eerie atmosphere which is perfect in the Autumn season.

I’ve heard only good things about this collection, so I’m very excited to get to it. If I fly through this, I also hope to read Elizabeth Gaskell’s collection of Gothic Tales – which is similar to this but is written quite a few decades before.

And there you have it. These are the books I’m hoping to read this Autumn. The only reason I say hope is because I’m worried third year will prove a little stressful, but I’m going to try my best anyway.

Thanks for reading, Lauren Xx

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