Do you mean a season specifically designed for reading?
There’s a notable shift in the air, a constant rustling sound of leaves outside your window, and a sea of orange, red and brown covering the floor. It’s Autumn; the best time for settling down with a book whilst the candles flicker and the smell of gingerbread surrounds you.
Although I have a reading list to conquer and, no doubt, a ton of essays to write, I’m adamant on making time for some seasonal reads. Here are some books I’m dying to read in the next few months:
Sarah Perry’s Melmoth:
Luckily, my university are holding at Literature Festival this year and Perry is one of the guest speakers! It’s towards the back end of October, and although it won’t have been released yet, she’ll be reading a passage from her new novel Melmoth. It doesn’t come out until early October, but it sounds like the perfect book for Halloween. Here’s why:
When Helen Franklin’s friend, Karel, ‘discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning about Melmoth the Witness. As such superstition has it, Melmoth travels through the ages, dooming people to a live of solitude. To Helen, it all seems the stuff of fantasy, but as she wanders the cobblestone streets, she is being watched. And then Karel disappears…’
William Makepeace Thackery’s Vanity Fair:
I’ve been watching the recent television adaptation of Thackery’s famous novel on ITV, but I’m not convinced by it at all. I want to read the original piece and see if it’s the production or the story. Regardless of this, I just know Becky Sharp is going to be a heroine I adore.
Becky Sharp is sly, cunning and will do anything for money and power, while her friend Amelia Sedley is good-natured and naïve. In this scandalous tale of murder, wealth and social climbing, the two women’s fortunes cross as they search for love and success across nineteenth-century Europe in the Napoleonic Wars.
Hope Mirrlees‘ Lud-in-the-Mist:
I had never heard of this book until Waterstones tweeted about it’s re-release. It was first published in 1926, and is the first book I’ve stumbled across from that time period that sounds like high fantasy. For that reason alone (and, well, maybe also the most beautiful cover), I’m itching to read it.
Lud-in-the-Mist is a true classics; an adult fairy-tale exploring the need to embrace what we fear and to come to terms with ‘the shadows’ – those sweet and dark impulses that our public selves ignore or repress. If you research more into the book, I’ll think you’ll get hooked too!
Laura Purcell’s The Silent Companions:
This highly praised novel was released last year, but I’ve been
impatiently waiting for it to come out in paperback. I’m desperate to finally read it; everyone speaks so highly of the plot, the characters and the writing style. It’s a creepy story, so one I definitely want to fit it in around Halloween.
Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge, where she only has her awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks, for inside her new home lies a locked rooms, and beyond that door lies a two hundred year old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure – a Silent Companion – that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself.
…and you’ve reached the end. These are the books I’m going to
desperately try and read this Autumn – hopefully they fit around my university and work schedule. I feel like these books were made to be curled up with, accompanied by the pouring rain and a steaming cup of tea – right? I can already envision myself loving them.
What’s on your Autumn TBR? I’d love to know – maybe I can add it to my list!
Thanks for reading, Lauren X