Friday, 27 October 2017

autumn books

Similar to my summer books post, I wanted to share a few of my favourite autumn reads with you! These are the books I want to reach for when it's getting chilly outside, the leaves are falling, the mornings are getting foggier and foggier, Following what I explained in my last book recommendations post, autumn is my fantasy book season, but, just like in the summer book recs, I'll include a few non-fantasy books that still give me that cozy, comfy feeling.

The Inkworld trilogy by Cornelia Funke: Inkheart, Inkspell and Inkdeath.
These books captured my heart from the beginning. They follow the story of Meggie, who's father is a bookbinder. Her father has a special gift: he can read things out of books, but for every thing that comes out of a book, another thing has to go in.
I feel like saying any more about it would give away too much of the story, but be assured: those books are as cozy and comfy and wonderful as it gets. Cornelia Funke is a german author who has written some of my all time favourite books, and this series is pure magic.

The Bartimaeus series and the Lockwood&Co series by Jonathan Stroud both have the same autumn vibes to me (tho I'm not quite sure anymore if they are set in autumn). The book series both take place in semi-present day London. Bartimaeus is a djinn who's called by - you wouldn't believe it - a twelve year old magician's apprentice, and since the little twat didn't make any mistakes in his spell, he actually has to serve him, too.
The way this story is told is absolutely hilarious and I, for one, fell madly in love with Nathaniel. (If you speak German, the first audio book of the series in German is narrated by Martin Semmelrogge, who has the PERFECT voice for telling this story.)
Lockwood&Co is about three teenage ghost hunters who take on their biggest case yet. Oh, how I adore the setting and the vibes you get from this book.
Both series are absolutely wonderful and you should give them a try if you love sassy protagonists and that little twist of dark magic.

The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris D'Lacey was a book series I read when I was about 13/14 (but apparently did not finish, as I found out whilst doing a bit of research for this post!)
David needs a place to stay at for university and finds a home with the kooky Mrs Pennykettle and her daughter Lucy. Mrs Pennykettle makes small clay dragons for a living, and soon David has to discover that neither his new home nor the dragons are what they seem.
Simply thinking about these books gives me cosy, comfy autumn vibes. It's such a great series with so many lovely characters (and come on, who isn't a sucker for dragons?), and it'll surely warm your heart as well as it did mine!

The Sherlock Holmes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This is one of my boyfriend's picks, but I couldn't agree with him more: Sherlock Holmes is definitely an autumn read to me. If you don't know what the books are about (which I highly doubt!): Sherlock Holmes is a detective who solves crimes simply by deducing the order, cause and means of an event, with which he surprises not only his friend John Watson but also the staff of Scotland Yard and most of the people that ask for his help.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is a book my mom wanted to read because Joe on Friends mentioned it a couple of times. My dad got her the most beautiful illustrated edition and within weeks, both me and my mom had finished it and were swooning over every little detail. The stories of Betty and her sisters are such a homely read for me and feel made for autumn. (My personal fave must be Jo, and I cried when Amy cut her hair!)

I hope these books give you a little inspiration for what to read this autumn! If you have any autumn books, I'd love to hear your recommendations!

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