Top 10 Books to read this Autumn/Fall

September 21, 2019

Autumn always puts me in the mood for reading like no other season. There’s nothing like curling up with a good book when it starts to get cold outside. These are the books that have made it onto my Top Ten list for the next few months.

The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson

Four seekers have arrived at the rambling old pile known as Hill House…as they begin to cope with chilling, even horrifying occurrences beyond their control or understanding, they cannot possibly know what lies ahead. For Hill House is gathering its powers - and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.
I’m currently reading this one, and whilst I was unsure at first, I’m now really enjoying it. The rambling stream of consciousness style in which it’s written makes it difficult to get into, but once you’ve got your head round it, it works very well in making you feel ill at ease, which is exactly what you want from a spooky autumnal read. I can’t wait to finish it and watch the show!

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson

My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance…Everyone else in my family is dead...
I’m loving The Haunting of Hill House so much that I’m moving another book of Shirley Jackson’s  to the top of my TBR for the next few months. It sounds even weirder than my current read, and I can’t wait…

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The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

Enthralled by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray exchanges his soul for eternal youth and beauty. Influenced by his friend Lord Henry Wotton, he is drawn into a corrupt double life; indulging his desires in secret while remaining a gentleman in the eyes of polite society.
I mentioned this one in my Top 5 Autumn Classics, and look – I’m taking my own advice! It’s been a good few years since I read this book, but I love it so much that I have at least three of four different editions of it. I’m so excited to experience it all over again.

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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
I read this book so long ago that I can barely remember anything that happens in it. It’s so frustrating to know that I loved it but be unable to discuss it with fellow readers and hence I am very eager to read this one again.

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I read a review (can’t remember where – sorry!) that said if you skip the first 50 pages of a Leigh Bardugo book you’ll finally hit the good stuff. I think I’m finding that to be true! I loved Six of Crows, but it took me a few attempts to actually get into, and I’m finding it the same with the sequel. HOWEVER, I often find that the best books to read when it’s freezing and you’re wrapped up under the covers are the ones with the most adventure in them, and I’m hoping this will inspire me to return to Crooked Kingdom this autumn.

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When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten…What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.
This is definitely a book that bookstagram made me buy – I’ve seen so many glowing reviews for it recently that I had to pick it up. I’m a big fan of thrillers, and this one is written entirely through letters from the main character to her lawyer whilst she is in prison – how cool does that sound?

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Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo

At her hospital bed, Alex Stern is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride…Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.
Here begins the upcoming releases section of this TBR! I am so excited for Ninth House because I love the Grishaverse and am very intrigued by the Yale setting of this novel. I love it when writers draw on places they’ve studied/lived in their work AND old universities are the best locations for imagining an occult/paranormal underworld.

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The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues--a bee, a key, and a sword--that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.
Another reason why I want to reread The Night Circus is the upcoming release of Erin Morgenstern’s next book in November! I feel like her books are ones that you’re never going to understand until you actually read them – this description sounds amazing, but it also makes no sense at the same time. I’m really looking forward to reading this one.

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Serpent and Dove - Shelby Mahurin

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted…Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou's, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.
This enticing debut is already out in the US, but it’s not due for release in the UK until October 17th! I have seen so many rave reviews about this all over Goodreads and bookstagram already. I love witch stories (I did a whole section of my degree on witch hunts!) and the forbidden love trope is one of my favourites.

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The Beautiful - Renee Ahdieh

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she's forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent, Celine soon becomes embroiled in the city's glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group's leader, Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien's guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart.
I love witches, but I love vampires even more – I’ll always be a Twihard at heart. There’s little else to say about this book other than the description sounds incredible. Unfortunately I have started to see some mixed reviews about this one on Goodreads but I’m still really keen to read it and decide for myself.

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Those are the Top Ten Books on my Autumn/Fall TBR. Let me know if you’ve read any of these, and what you thought of them, or what’s on your TBR for the next few months.


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