My Autumn Reading List - 2019

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 Scotland, UK


Autumn is here and I couldn't be more excited about the change in the seasons. I always find myself in a bit of a reading rut in the warmer months but as soon as the leaves start changing and there's a noticeable chill in the air, one of my favourite things is to curl up with a book. Since I have a few books I'm thoroughly looking forward to reading this season I thought it'd be fun to share them with you. For those of you who don't know me, I enjoy classics, whodunnits, the odd sci-fi book, and anything feel-good! So, these books may not be to everyone's tastes but if you have any recommendations or wanted to share what you're currently reading, I'd love it if you left them in the comments below - thank you and happy reading!

My Autumn Reading List - 2019

  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

    Even though the Hobbit is technically a children's book, it's quite possibly one of my favourite books ever, and as soon as the days start to get shorter and I start to dig out my woolly jumpers, I always find myself reaching for this book. So, it should come as no surprise that this is top of my autumn reading list, in fact, I'm already halfway through it! 

     

    Blurb: Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent.

     

  • The Shadow of the Wind - The Cemetery of Forgotten Books by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

    Isn't it lovely when friends lend you books? Well, The Shadow in the Wind was introduced to me by my friend and her mother after it came up in conversation that I wasn't sure what to read next. After reading the book's blurb and hearing its praise sung, I'm very excited to curl up with this read and find out more about the 'cemetery of lost books'.


    Blurb: Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out 'La Sombra del Viento' by Julian Carax. But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find...

     

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

    Little Women was one of my favourite movies when I was little, and I remember my mum reading it to me too. However, somewhere along the way, I've managed to completely forget about it until the announcement of the new movie starring Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watson (which looks great!). It's been so long since I watched or read Little Women, I thought it would be a fun idea to get reacquainted with the story before I head along to see the movie later on in the year. 

     

    Blurb: A heart-warming tale of love, sisterhood and hardship during the New England Civil War, Little Women tells the story of the lovable March family. Meg, Beth, Jo and Amy try to support their mother at home while their father is away at war and enter into various scrapes and adventures as they do so.

     

  • Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding 

    On a slightly different tone than the first three books, Bridget Jones's Diary found its way onto my to-read list quite by chance. My recent trip up north took me to Balquhidder and since I had a few books I wanted to donate, I stopped by their red phone box which has been transformed into a little library (if you're looking for it, follow the road up past Rob Roy's burial grounds until you reach the town hall). As I browsed the shelves inside the phone box, I came across an old(ish) copy of Bridget Jones's Diary and, after hearing good things about it, have decided to add it to my autumn reading list! 

     

    Blurb: As Bridget documents her struggles through the social minefield of her thirties and tries to weigh up the eternal question (Daniel Cleaver or Mark Darcy?), she turns for support to four indispensable friends: Shazzer, Jude, Tom and a bottle of chardonnay.

     

Bonus Books (In case I get through the above books) 

  • The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

    Well, this book has sat neglected on my shelf for at least a year by no fault of its own. I received it as part of my Golden Hare Books membership (where you sign up for a year and they send you a book on your birthday - I think this may have changed now) and at the time, I did start reading it but for one reason or another, I didn't finish it. I hope to change that this autumn! 

     Blurb: The magical story of a floating circus and two young women in search of a home. The sea has flooded the earth. North lives on a circus boat, floating between the scattered islands that remain. Callanish lives alone in her house in the middle of the ocean, with only the birds and the fish for company. As penance for a terrible mistake, she works as a gracekeeper, tending the graves of those who die at sea. When a storm creates a chance meeting between the two girls, their worlds change.  

     

  •  Out of Bounds by Val McDermid 

    Last, but not least, I've always wanted to read a Val McDermid book as I've heard a lot of good things about her books plus she's Scottish! Since my mum has just finished reading this book and really enjoyed it, I've added it to my to-read list.

    Blurb: When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car, a routine DNA test could be the key to unlocking the mystery of a twenty-year-old murder inquiry. Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is an expert at solving the unsolvable. With each cold case closed, justice is served. So, finding the answer should be straightforward, but it's as twisted as the DNA helix itself. 

     

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