Autumn always brings out the reader in me. The days get shorter, the weather gets colder. There really isn’t anything better than curling up with a blanket and a good book on a chilly night. With that in mind, here are my best book recommendations for chilly fall evenings.
(Historical Fiction) – This is such an atmospherically creepy book that it’s perfect to read around Halloween. It’s a dark and gritty story about a girl coming of age and the butcher’s son she meets. It’s really a character study of Anne, who is an unapologetically flawed and fascinating “heroine”, and how far she’s willing to go to get what she wants. Her character continued to surprise me and defy the norms of so many fictional women. Fair warning though, this does contain a bit of sexual violence and blood.
(Fantasy) – You know the part of late fall where the leaves are falling off the trees and it’s getting colder and the plants are all dying off for the winter? That’s what this book feels like. It’s a book about the end of the world in a place where some people can control the Earth. Sound intriguing? It is. I’ve dabbled with fantasy novels for a while now and this one feels like a fresh take on the genre and it’s refreshing. It’s part 1 of a trilogy that I plan to continue.
(Essays) – Maybe it’s all the leaves changing but fall and spring bring out an awareness of nature in me that I often forget about in summer and winter. This time of year, I love witnessing all the changes that are happening all around me. Mary Oliver really tugs at the poet in me with these essays as she explores different observations she’s had about forests, animals, insects, etc. while weaving in personal memories. I love going into the woods both physically and metaphorically during this time of year and dipping into Mary’s stories allow you to do just that.
(YA/Fantasy) – I never knew I needed a book in my life about kids that come back from magical worlds (think Narnia) and how they cope without the magic, but I so did. This book, novella really, is creative and clever and tugs at your heartstrings in all the right ways. It’s heartwarming with just enough spooky stuff to be perfect to snuggle up with around Halloween. It also will be a companion series with other novellas, one of which is already out (and on my wishlist!)
(Fiction) – You know the nostalgia you get for summer when the temperature starts dropping. This one’s for that feeling. Because sometimes you need a touching book to warm you up on cold nights. It’s a coming of age story about Clover wanting to know more about her mother who died when she was a baby. It’s about her constructing a museum in her mother’s room with all the pieces and clues she finds of her. But most importantly, it’s about Clover’s relationship with her father and how it grows and changes through this journey. It’s both heartwarming and heartbreaking. It’s a book that’ll make you cry happy and sad tears but it’s a wonderful read and one that will stick with me for a long time.
Disclaimer: I take my book recommendations very seriously. So the 5 you see above are all Kelsey’s Bookclub approved 🙂