Hi guys, I hope you’ve all had a good past week. I was at a Fireworks Night event in Cambridge tonight, hence the later than usual post, for those of you who are outside the UK and maybe not as a familiar as fireworks night, basically it’s meant to commemorate the foiling of a plot to blow up our Parliament (The Gunpowder Plot) in 1605, though that’s less the focus now than it was 400 odd years ago, now it’s more about watching pretty fireworks and eating overpriced junk food.
Since it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking Books That Give Off Autumn Vibes, in whatever context you want to interpret that, so I’m going with books that feel autumnal in their content, be they spooky, or atmospheric or the kind that make you want to curl up in front of a fire, with a mug of hot chocolate. So here we go, the books that I think have an autumnal feel:
- The Raven Cycle-Maggie Stiefvater
To be honest, I think all of Maggie Stiefvater’s books have somewhat of an autumnal feel, but this one has always reminded me of autumn, it has a very eerie atmosphere with all of the psychics and spirits and magical forests.
2. Stalking Jack The Ripper-Keri Maniscalco
This book largely takes place through the Autumn and it feels very autumnal with the characters searching for a killer through dark Victorian London streets and all the macabre descriptions of dead bodies.
3. City of Ghosts-Victoria Schwab
Victoria Schwab’s colour palate especially the dark reds that her cover designers tend to like, leans towards the autumnal and this book definitely seems like a spooky autumn read, with the main character being a girl who is able to see ghosts and the setting in a haunted Edinburgh.
4. The Hazel Wood-Melissa Albert
There’s just something about spooky forests that screams Autumn to me and this book definitely has spooky forests in spades. It also has spooky fairytales, which adds to the autumnal feeling for me.
5. House of Ash-Hope Cook
Again, another book that makes it onto this list because of spooky vibes. I think October is so linked with Halloween, that spooky books automatically feel autumnal to me. I mean it’s set in a Gothic Victorian manor house that can shift through time, and the house almost feels like a character of itself and it follows the main character as he tries to solve the mystery of a girl trapped in a mirror and a fire that occurred at the manor house over a 100 years prior.
6. Skulduggery Pleasant-Derek Landy
I mean pretty much everything about these books screams autumn, the covers are all in quite autumnal colours, one of the main characters is a walking, talking, skeleton detective, it has generous helpings of creepy and the Irish setting is very atmospheric.
7. The Archived-Victoria Schwab
Once again, a Schwab book makes the list, this book definitely because of the creep factor and the eerie atmosphere. The premise of this book is that the dead are stored on the shelves of a Library and they are known as “Histories”, they can only be “read” by Librarians and the main character has to stop especially violent Histories from escaping. The whole story is mysterious and dark and gives off a kind of dark Autumn night vibe which makes it perfect for this list.
8. The Gilded Wolves-Roshani Chokshi
Okay, so this one I have to admit mostly made the list because of its cover, which gives off quite autumnal vibes. The leaves do look more spring like as they’re green, but the intricate gold pattern and the purple flowers just feels quite autumnal to me and I don’t know why!
9. Daughter of The Burning City-Amanda Foody
Again, this one has quite an eerie atmosphere, with the sinister murder mystery, the illusions, the smoke filled carnival, everything about it is very fitting for reading on a dark autumn night.
10. The Devouring Gray-Christine Lynn Herman
The cover of this, with the mist shrouded woods definitely screams autumn, as does the synopsis as it’s set in a small town where a dark monster lurks in the woods, and comes out to start killing kids and four teenagers who are the children of the town’s founders, have to solve the mystery.
So they we go, Books With Autumnal Vibes. Do you agree with my choices? Have you read any of this books? What books do you think give off autumn vibes? Let me know in the comments!
Next week’s topic is Favourite Bookmarks, which I am twisting slightly, to share my Favourite Fandom Bookmarks from Etsy.
In the meantime, I will probably have a post for you over the weekend, though I’m not sure what it’s going to be yet.