Autumn Reads!🍂🍁

Hello everyone! I’m back today with a recommendation blogpost – Autumn themed! 🍂  It’s not exactly Autumn here in Australia but the weather is still chilly out (especially in the morning *shiver* ) so I thought it’d be perfect for me to list some of the books that would go perfect with an abundance of blankets, candles and sweet hot drinks/treats!

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

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Synopsis: 

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery — or at least, that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?

Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from and over his many years will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more.

In this, Boyne’s most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.

Thoughts:

ermahgerddd you guys this book is amazing! i understand if the synopsis isn’t very endearing but this book is so charming. it may not grip you from the very beginning but it packs quite a punch. i did not want the story to end 😥 and it’s quite a chunky book too! i have a review of the book here if you’re interested to read more about it! oh and it happens to be one of my favorite books of the year :’) it’s the perfect slow-burn story that you should savor and love ❤

{ recommended with something hot to drink, candles and a blanket :’) }

The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan

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Synopsis:

First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…
What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.
No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?

Thoughts:

alright alright the synopsis may be a little cliche but the story is SOOO much more than that! the character development is AMAZING and the characters are so hilarious and bold together D: also it’s super romantic ❤ let’s just say if you’re a fan of elvis presley this book will give you aLL THE FEELS

{recommended with some elvis songs playing in the background and cozy blankets }

Trick by Natalia Jaster

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Synopsis:

There is a rule amongst his kind: A jester doesn’t lie.

In the kingdom of Whimtany, Poet is renowned. He’s young and pretty, a lover of men and women. He performs for the court, kisses like a scoundrel, and mocks with a silver tongue.

Yet allow him this: It’s only the most cunning, most manipulative soul who can play the fool. For Poet guards a secret. One the Crown would shackle him for. One that he’ll risk everything to protect.

Alas, it will take more than clever words to deceive Princess Briar. Convinced that he’s juggling lies as well as verse, this righteous nuisance of a girl is determined to expose him.

But not all falsehoods are fiendish. Poet’s secret is delicate, binding the jester to the princess in an unlikely alliance—and kindling a breathless attraction, as alluring as it is forbidden.

Thoughts:

this one was absolutely spectacular! the story is super whimsical and it takes on such a fresh perspective. plus, it has the forbidden love trop (my faaaave xD ). also there’s a jester involved (this needs to be a more common trope too ugh i love jesters). and the world is set in this fantastical seasonal kingdom and the main character princess briar is part of the autumn kingdom. i mean, if that doesn’t *scream* autumn i don’t know what does.

{recommended with a good cuddle buddy, some blankets and candles }

 

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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Synopsis:

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.

Thoughts:

i just realised that i’m going to be including a ton of angsty books in this list so watch out xD a little life is something. it’s unlike any other book i’ve ever read. it could even be a little bit ‘much’ for some people out there but it’s such an important read. it handles some sensitive topics and it’s one of those books where you savor its prose and cherish it for the rest of your lives (i’m still a wreck after reading this and honestly i’m still a little bit traumatised..)

{recommended during a storm or an extra cold night with lots of tissues and blankets}

 

Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley

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Synopsis:

Love has no boundaries…

Jubilee Jenkins has a rare condition: she’s allergic to human touch. After a nearly fatal accident, she became reclusive, living in the confines of her home for nine years. But after her mother dies, Jubilee is forced to face the world—and the people in it—that she’s been hiding from.

Jubilee finds safe haven at her local library where she gets a job. It’s there she meets Eric Keegan, a divorced man who recently moved to town with his brilliant, troubled, adopted son. Eric is struggling to figure out how to be the dad—and man—he wants so desperately to be. Jubilee is unlike anyone he has ever met, yet he can’t understand why she keeps him at arm’s length. So Eric sets out to convince Jubilee to open herself and her heart to everything life can offer, setting into motion the most unlikely love story of the year.

Thoughts:

i wish i’d see this book around a lot more! this book is literally made for a bookworm :’D but of course it explores so much more than that. it’s a very heartwarming and light read that will leave you feeling very happy ❤ the characters are absolutely adorable and dorky and i love the idea of bringing two people together through the power of words and books ❤ i have a review of the book here if you’re interested to read more about it!

{recommended with a sweet drink! }

 

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis:

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

Thoughts:

honestly though six of crows would be the perfect read no matter the season, but it’s super dark and gritty so i just had to include this. if you haven’t picked it up yet, whatareyoudoingwithyourlifeeee GO PICK IT UP :’D also cause crooked kingdom is the definition of b r i l l i a n c e and everyone should know of my favorite band of broken most precious misfits.

{recommended with a dark ambiance, and lots of candles}

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Thoughts:

when do you ever go wrong with a marissa meyer book?! personally she’s my favorite author because you grow so attached to her characters and the way she adds flare to every fairytale in her books. if i could describe heartless in one word, it would be delightful! delightful in a sense that it’s fantastical and whimsical. also the main character is a baker. so you can only imagine all the sweet delights that will make you drool as you read the book 😮 if you’re interested in reading more about it my review can be found here!

{recommended with something sweet to eat! }

 

Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

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Synopsis:

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

Thoughts:

this book broke me 😥 it’s super angsty but amazing. sigh. i wish i savored this book a little more. just thinking about it makes me want to re-read it again, but this time with the right kind of atmosphere.

{recommended with mellow songs playing in the background and some tea!}

i hope you guys enjoy reading this post! and happy spooktober!! may the season bring you all the pumpkins, candies and cozy snuggles.

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