Recommended Autumn Reads
Sometimes a book fits a season so perfectly it might be a crime not to recommend them to you. With the weather finally cooling down and the leaves slowly changing colors it’s almost autumn! So grab your pumpkin spice latte and curl up with one of these babies.
Without a doubt, you need to sink your teeth into A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. This is one of those books that seems intimidating for its sheer size but trust me it’s worth it. There are trigger warnings for abuse, drugs, physical harm including cutting, rape, food restriction, etc. But this is one of those books that stays with you long after you have closed the pages.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Published March 10th, 2015 by Doubleday.
When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever. (Goodreads)
This entire series is one you’ll wanna binge if you haven’t already. It begins with The Raven Boys in which you’ll meet Blue and then the awesome Raven Boys. The synopsis is quite misleading. It sounds like it will be a tragic love story with a bit of paranormal thrown in. It’s quite the opposite in the love story isn’t what you think, the events of St. Mark’s Eve happens in the first couple chapters, and the real story centers around the hunt for Glendower, a long-dead Welsh king said to be buried along the ley lines. What makes this story so great is the atmosphere that Stiefvater so magically crafted. Plus there is a fantastic cast of characters. Definitely give this one a try!
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Published September 18th, 2012 by Scholastic Press (first published September 1st, 2012).
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before. (Goodreads)
My last recommendation is You by Caroline Kepnes. It’s a great book with an eerie/creepy perfectly written character named Joe. It’s written in 2nd person perspective which just ups the freaky factor.
You by Caroline Kepnes
Published: September 30th, 2014 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books.
When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder. (Goodreads)
I can without a doubt say Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City are good for the season but I am hoping Tales of the Peculiar will be as well. I also need to finish the trilogy by reading Library of Souls. So technically that’s one more recommendation plus something on my own TBR for the autumn season along with Hidden Bodies (pictured above) the second book in the You series. Have you read any of these? They happen to be some of my very favorite reads.