Blogtober Day 19: The best books to read in Autumn – Guest Post

Happy October!

Welcome to Blogtober day 19! Today we are back with another guest post and today’s is from my darling Lucy who you know from a few other Guest posts from. We are running through her list of the best books to read this Autumn.

Fall is my favourite time of year. It’s not too hot, but it’s still warm enough to go outside without getting chilled. And there are so many amazing books that come out in the fall! We’re talking about the best stuff here—the classics that you’ve been meaning to read for years and finally have some free time on your hands. I’m talking about poems, short stories, novels…whatever floats your boat as long as it has an element of mystery or spookiness!

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History is a murder mystery—but one that takes place in a small, exclusive Vermont college. Tartt’s novel follows the formation of a secret cult among a group of classics students and how their friendship turns sour when one member dies suddenly. The book has been praised for its rich language and compelling characters, as well as its ability to capture life on campus (even if it’s not always pleasant). Fans also appreciate its depth.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Set in 1920s Alaska, this novel tells the story of a childless couple who build a snow child and are surprised when it comes to life. The book is more than just a whimsical fairy tale; it also delves into historical fiction and explores issues related to marriage, parenting, and social class. It’s one of those books you’ll find yourself thinking about long after finishing it—and that’s something we can all use more of in our lives during these cold months!

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

This is a book about two friends, Will and Jim, who go on an adventure when they discover a travelling carnival in their town. The carnival, known as Pandemonium, has come to town with the intention of stealing people’s souls. Will’s grandfather and Mr Dark (the owner of the carnival) were once great friends until they had a falling out over something neither of them would reveal to the others. The main thing I love about this book is how much it centres around friendship and loyalty; these themes run throughout even though there are many other things happening in the story.

The writing style also makes this an interesting book: it’s written in the third person from multiple points of view (people at home watching what goes on at the fairgrounds), so there are multiple perspectives on what happens at Pandemonium as well as what happens outside with Will and Jim trying to stop Mr Dark from escaping with all those souls he stole from people who came through his gates during his stay here on Earth!

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill is a ghost story set in the 1980s. It’s based on a true story that took place during World War II and was written by an English playwright, journalist, novelist, poet and critic.

The plot is simple: a young solicitor is sent to an old mansion to settle some legal business with his client who died under mysterious circumstances two years ago. As he begins to investigate what happened before he arrives at the house, he realizes that there may be more than meets the eye when it comes to this particular death…

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

If you’re looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you think about the mysterious pasts of women, then Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is just what you need. The story follows a young woman named Maxim who marries a widower with three children at Manderley, his family estate in Cornwall. In this novel, we see how Maxim lives in a constant state of fear after learning more about her husband’s first wife, Rebecca. The titular character was popular and beautiful when she was alive—and Maxim does not want to disappoint him or his family by being less than perfect.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, was a pioneer of science fiction.
  • Her father was the radical philosopher William Godwin and her mother was Mary Wollstonecraft, who died when Mary was only 10.
  • By age 16 she had written several plays and ghost stories. She met Percy Bysshe Shelley at 18 and they married in 1816 when she was 19 years old; he died in 1822 at age 27 after being caught in a storm while sailing on Lake Geneva with Lord Byron and John Polidori (who also wrote horror stories). That same year she gave birth to her son Percy Florence Shelley, who later became a poet himself; he died at age 24 from malaria while fighting for Greece’s independence during WWI.
  • Frankenstein is considered by many scholars as the first true science fiction novel ever written–it explores what happens if you play god with your work!
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches is the first book in a trilogy by Deborah Harkness. The main character, Diana Bishop, is a scholar at Oxford who leads a solitary life until she discovers that she has magic powers. She must learn how to control them and find out what they mean for her future.

The writing style is very good and there are lots of interesting details about history and folklore. There’s also an emphasis on family relationships and relationships between friends, which makes it feel like a good read for Autumn when we’re all thinking about spending time with our loved ones before winter sets in!

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey is a satirical novel written by Jane Austen. It was published in 1818 and is considered to be part of the Austen canon, which means it’s one of her best books.

The story follows young Catherine Morland who, on a trip to Bath with her family, meets some interesting people as well as some unpleasant ones. She also falls in love with one of them—Henry Tilney—and they become engaged! Sadly this doesn’t last long; they break up after learning that they’re related to each other through marriage (they didn’t know this when they started dating).

This book is full of satire about gothic novels: there are lots of puns and analogies between reality and fiction that make you laugh out loud at times (especially if you’re familiar with gothic novels). All in all Northanger Abbey is not only an enjoyable read but can also teach us something about our own beliefs while being entertained at the same time!

Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner

In this 1926 novel, a woman abandons her life of privilege for witchcraft. It’s a satire of the Edwardian era, but it also serves as an essential examination of feminism and female independence. In other words? You’ll want to read this no matter how old you are.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula is one of the most famous horror stories in literary history, and it’s also the first vampire novel. This 1897 novel by Bram Stoker tells the story of Jonathan Harker, a lawyer who travels to Transylvania to finalize a business deal for his employer (a mysterious count named Dracula). Harker soon discovers that Dracula isn’t just a normal man: he’s a vampire intent on moving his family from their native Transylvania to England.

Stoker based this story on old legends about vampires, but in his book, he also gave them some new twists. He added scientific elements like cross-breeding and medical experimentation as ways to explain how vampires are made; at the same time, he made sure not to make them seem too scientific or realistic—his vampires still act like terrifying monsters who feed on humans’ blood.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

How do you feel about the idea of a group of children being stranded on an island? Are you intrigued by the idea of watching their descent into savagery? Do you enjoy seeing what happens when civilization breaks down and human nature comes to the fore? If so, this book is for you.

Lord of the Flies tells the story of a group of British schoolboys who crash land on an island in WWII. The boys attempt to create their own society and democracy but as time goes on they lose sight of civility, morality and order until they are reduced to nothing more than animals (the title refers to a pig’s head that becomes an object worshipped by some). The book takes place over several months but it feels much longer than that because Golding manages to capture all aspects of humanity: our capacity for kindness and cooperation along with our ability to act like murderous savages at any moment.

Autumn is a great time to read some spooky books.

Autumn is a great time to read some spooky books.

Of course, there are plenty of scary books that are perfect for Halloween, but autumn is a time when we look back on our lives and think about what has happened. Perhaps we’ve had some big changes in our lives over the last few months–new jobs or relationships, moving away from home, passing important exams–and those things can often make us feel nostalgic about the past or worried about the future. The fall season reminds us that everything changes and nothing stay the same; it’s a time for harvest (harvesting crops from fields), so it makes sense that it’s also associated with death. If you’re feeling fearful about something in your life at this moment then reading one of these spooky reads might help you face your fears head-on!


So there you have it: ten perfect books for autumn. And don’t worry if you haven’t read them before, we can promise that they’re all pretty easy to get through (which is why they made this list). If you have any other suggestions, let us know in the comments!

I hope you loved today’s post as much as I do!

Love Always,

Gee xoxo

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