Darker evenings are approaching, and that statement divides everyone into two types of people.
There are the people who are upset to see summer come to an end, knowing that their social lives are about to take a big hit, and there are the people who can’t wait for the temperatures to fall and the leaves to brown.
For me, I’m somewhere in between those two camps, I adore summer and the warmer, longer, days, but at the same time cosying up is my jam and getting to do that without feeling guilty for missing out on some sunshine is one of the big bonuses of autumn.
This autumn, you might plan on taking full advantage of the cosy vibes and getting as much reading in as you possibly can. Maybe you’re a seasoned bookworm and on the hunt for some new books to add to your TBR. Or maybe you’re a newbie to the world of reading and want to ease yourself in with a quick and gripping novel that you can hunker down with over the coming weeks.
Whether you’re the former or the latter, you’re in luck because we have a list of books sure to suck you in whatever your situation.
Check them out below.
Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera
Kicking our list off with an LGBTQ+ coming-of-age story, main character Juliet struggles with her sexuality and identity in a story that will both break and heal your heart.
“Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle? With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself,” reads the blurb.
The Distance Between Us by Maggie O’Farrell
If you’re a fan of the human psyche and like to psychoanalyse the characters you read in novels, this may be the one for you – think Connell and Marianne in Normal People. The Distance Between Us explores the ways that our families can shape us. The blurb reads:
“On a cold February afternoon, Stella catches sight of a man she hasn’t seen for many years, but instantly recognises. Or thinks she does. At the same moment on the other side of the globe, in the middle of a crowd of Chinese New Year revellers, Jake realises that things are becoming dangerous”
All Girls by Emily Layden
Nothing screams autumn to us like a novel set in a boarding school. This coming-of-age novel tells the story of an all-girls prestigious school in the US over the span of one year. Following the lives of nine young women, readers quickly learn that this seemingly ‘perfect’ school is not so perfect when scandal is let loose.
“A tender and unflinching portrait of modern adolescence told through the shifting perspectives of an unforgettable cast of female students, All Girls explores what it means to grow up in a place that promises you the world––when the world still isn’t yours for the taking,” reads GoodReads.
Frankly In Love by David Yoon
Think – lighthearted romance, but with a *twist*. Sometimes, the easiest books to zoom through are the ones about love, and this one is about as good as they get. Also, can we take a moment for that cover?! The blurb reads:
“High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing.
His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white.”
The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams
Are you a fan of Buffy The Vampire Slayer? If so, you might want to pay attention to this one. A cross between The Babysitters Club and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, this quick read follows the story of group of witchy babysitters who realise their job is to do more than just mind young children, but save them from evil too.
“Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they’re about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.”
The Final Girls Support Group by Grady Hendrix
Okay, it’s not an autumn book roundup without at least one thriller on the list. If you like slasher movies, this will be right up your lane. The GoodReads blurb sums it up best saying:
“In horror movies, the final girl is the one who’s left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. The one who emerges bloodied but victorious. But after the sirens fade and the audience moves on, what happens to her?”
“But the thing about these final girls is that they have each other now, and no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife, they will never, ever give up.”