I’m not sure that there is any better time of year to curl up with a good book than Autumn; especially in Britain where we see more than our fair share of rainy days. I was talking to my husband about how nice it is to spend the day reading when there is rain battering against the windows and you need the lamps on. It is lovely to curl up with a book and a blanket and slip into another world for an hour or two. These books are all inspired by that feeling of being holed up away from reality.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K.Rowling
Probably my favourite series of books of all time and I’ve included this specific one because it is the new illustrated edition and it is just so beautiful. All of the Harry Potter books are being reissued with illustrations by the very talented Jim Kay, so far they have only done the first but the Chamber of Secrets is due out later this year (it’s already on my Christmas list). If you love the books already it’s worth re-reading this one, if you haven’t read them yet please do give them a go, they are so much more than just kids books. They take you into a totally different world and this one has the whole back to school vibe which is perfect for September.
Passion – Jude Morgan
It has been a while since I read this book but I just never forget it. It’s historical fiction based around the lives of four women who loved Romantic poets Byron, Shelley and Keats and it’s such a fascinating read. It makes you feel like you know the characters and you get lost in that time. I don’t think it’s just for fans to that era as I didn’t know an awful lot about it but I loved it. I actually downloaded it to read again!
Danny Champion Of The World – Roald Dahl
This is my favourite Roald Dahl book and I’ve popped it in here as I know quite a lot of people haven’t read it. With all the Roald Dahl celebrations this year I dug this book out from our bookcase to read again. It’s quite different to his other books and there is a lot in there that relates to the things he loves; family, nature, mischief. I know a lot of his stories are heart-warming but this is such a feel good book and has that Autumnal feel to it.
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
If you’ve been reading my blog I while you’ll possibly know this is my favourite book. I was bought this lovely cloth bound edition for my birthday and I’ve been saving it for this time of year. I think most people know the story even if you haven’t read the book, it’s so well known and loved. Wuthering Heights is set out on the bleak, Yorkshire moors and it’s full of drama and emotion which I think makes it perfect to curl up with in the colder months.
The Little Book Of Hygge – Meik Wiking
I picked up this book for a friends’ birthday and I couldn’t resist getting one for myself as well. If you haven’t heard of Hygge yet I’d be very surprised as it’s everywhere at the moment. It’s a Danish word that doesn’t really translate to English but it’s all about the feeling you get from being cosy, enjoying simple things and spending time with loved ones. It is basically all I want from this time of year. As it has become such a trend I thought the book might be a bit of a gimmick but it’s actually really interesting, there is a lot in there about all cultures but I love the little insight into the Danes and how they get Hygge. I also love the quirky little facts, such as the Danish word for spoilsport, lyseslukker, translates as ‘person who puts out the candles’. It’s relaxing just reading it and I feel more Hygge every time I do!
I’d love to know what books you are loving this Autumn and I hope you get some time to curl up with your favourites.