8 Autumn Reads; Guest Post | BLOGTOBER 🍂☕🎃

by - 10/14/2018

Hello everyone!

When the fall mists come sneaking around the corner and temperatures drop enough that we can officially call it sweater weather, it's time to dig up some trusty sidekicks to help you through those long, cool, rainy afternoons.

Obviously you'll spend a lot of the fall season outside frolicking in the leaves, but let's face it, coming home to a mug of warm tea and a good book is probably one of the things autumn's known for.

So if you're like me, and need just a little bit of a nudge to some really good fall reads, look no further.

I tend to always have too many books to read, but this year I've fallen into a bit of a slump and didn't have ANY. Which means this blog post is as much for me as it is for all of you!

Let's start off with a classic:

The Hobbit. Oh, The Hobbit. This is the perfect autumnal read because a ) it has adventure, b ) you don't have to physically go on one yourself, and c ) it has a dragon and Dwarves and a Hobbit. Of course there's The Lord of the Rings, but The Hobbit is better-suited to begin with because it has a shorter narration span and also, autumn is for walking. Going there and back again. See what I did with that?

Pride and Prejudice. Honestly, any Jane Austen novel will do, but after rereading some of them this year I have to admit I agree that Pride is probably the author's best work. And I don't really know what it is, but Austen is the one you should reach for while you're sipping hot cocoa and watching the rain fall outside. Zombies count, too. Let Lizzie and Mr. Darcy have their verbal spats while you chill in warm socks and long sweaters! Not all of us have to be inches deep in mud.

Outlander. Something about Scotland just SCREAMS autumn, no offense to the Scots. But unfortunately the weather there seems just ready-made for a fall setting, so if you're feeling a bit like doing some time travel out of your favourite reading nook, this is the book I'd recommend. Hop along with our favourite Sassenach and see what 18th century Scotland was all about (hint: try and find out what they wore under those kilts). Make sure to say hello to Sam Heughan if you happen to pass him by.

A Discovery of Witches. I admit. I'm biased. I've watched the television show since it premiered and Matthew Goode makes for a very compelling vampire. All that aside, however, this is a story about vampires, demons, and witches, so if we're in October and Halloween is about to happen, what better way to start it off than with this? It's got an inter-racial love story and a visual representation on TV as well. And did I mention a house that magically creates extra rooms for visitors and sounds trumpets or a gong when it wants the inhabitants to listen?

Sherlock Holmes. Any old Holmes story will do, what with foggy London and running after cabs illuminated by gas lights, but I think I'd be remiss not to specifically point out The Hound of the Baskervilles. It's the quintessential read for any whodunit fan, not to mention nothing says spooky month better than a gigantic hound that glows in the dark and comes at you with red eyes and big freaking teeth. Am I right or am I right?

Dracula. I mean. There's no October read-fest without the King of Vampires. I think nowadays modern readers have sort of deviated and almost forgotten what bloodsuckers used to be like - myself included, if you'll look up to a certain mention above. But if you want something to REALLY get you into the Halloween spirit, look no further than the original Count. Bring your crosses and your garlic and have a stake handy. Van Helsing unfortunately doesn't use phones so getting him on the line might be dodgy.

Hallowe'en Party. If you're going to be reading mysteries and spooky tales, you might as well do it right - and the Queen of Mystery should always be a go-to. She really is a seasonal kind of read for me, because I usually devour most of her books during my summer vacation or, indeed, in autumn. This one in particular should be leafed through on the 31st, because what's better than a party is a party with a murder. Between you and me, however: if I were ever unfortunate enough to run into an egg-shaped headed, green-eyed, mustached little man, I'd book the first ticket out of there. Disaster follows Hercule Poirot like the plague!

And before I leave you to it, one last, honorary mention: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Because nothing, not even a murder, says Halloween more than sitting at Hogwarts with bats and floating candles while pumpkins dance around without anybody's help. Plus, no Halloween can ever be complete without a troll in the dungeons.
*images not mine

*Thanks so much to Ami for posting on my blog today! You can find all her amazing reviews on her blog here, and on twitter here.*

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