I have been away for a VERY long time!
Let me catch you up briefly before we get into a lovely autumnal book chat!
After the world went to hell in a handbasket, I moved back from London where I was doing my Master’s to live with my parents in rural Scotland.
I have eaten more vegetables in the last six months than I have in the last five years.
I’m now on a bit of a health kick, looking for a job and still not great at the whole “togetherness” thing. But, ya girl has handed in her dissertation, she has a new lease on life and it is once again my favourite time of year –AUTUMN!
So without further ado, let’s chat books that will give you those comforting autumn-y, crisp-morning-air, cardigan-by-T-Swizzle vibes (I can’t pull off saying any of these words in real life so just let me have this one).
Autumn is the best time of year to grab a cup of tea, the nearest blanket and furry animal, and settle in with a cosy book, new or old. Here are some of my autumnal favourites to get you through ’til winter!
No, I don’t care it’s only September
You know how in Love Actually Hugh Grant says when he feels gloomy about the state of the world he thinks about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport? Well, when I feel gloomy about the state of the world I reread Good Omens.
I can’t explain it. It’s not set in autumn. It doesn’t have any of the typical hallmarks of an autumnal read, but what a cosy book. Neil Gaiman is a wonderful author, and he quote tweeted a project I was a part of one time.
Seriously, it happened.
Pride and Prejudice
I’m a basic bitch. This seems to make it into almost every book post I make.
But I honestly do love this novel. The furtive glances, the pining, the candlelit balls, the sideburns, the drama. THE DRAMA
Curling up in front of a fire with a cup of tea and reading about two characters who really fancy each other but are unable to touch because it would bring shame to their families? *chef’s kiss*
Adulthood is a Myth
This is a collection of comic strips by illustrator Sarah Andersen. I use Sarah’s illustrations a lot in blog posts.
Not only has she drawn a ton of comics about how much she loves Autumn, but the red on the cover of this book is actually felt. That’s cosy feel-good stuff right there! Also great if you don’t have a furry animal to cuddle while you read. I once knew a guy who used to stroke his beard when he was reading, said it was like having a pet? Hope that dude’s okay.
A Room of One’s Own
This is one of Virginia Woolf’s most famous texts. It talks about how financial independence/stability is relevant to gender equality. This is one of those books that a lot of people hold off on reading because it sounds a bit arduous and challenging, but I promise it’s not!
It’s very short, and if you’re looking to get into feminist literature, this is a lovely start. Lately, especially when it comes to intersectional issues, it can be difficult to feel positive, but Woolf’s conclusion is inspiring and positive. And she includes several passages about walking around Oxford in the Autumn. Autumnal feminism? YAS
(I’m also planning on doing a feminist book post soon, including writers of different ethnicities, gender, sexuality etc. As much as I love good ole Ginny, there are also loads of modern feminist writers who I am desperate to write about!)
Thank you for reading my Autumnal book suggestions!
A Hallowe’eny horror-book post is forthcoming, so those of you who like a scare, stay tuned!