The nights are drawing in, the mornings are getting colder, and Starbucks have brought back their pumpkin spiced lattes. It must be autumn.
And these long nights are the perfect excuse to curl up with a mug of tea and read. This is my list of perfect autumn reads from 5 to 1.
5. The Night Manager
- Not actually, I will freely admit, one that I have read yet but it is high on my to-read list and I feel that autumn is the perfect time to do this. This fast-paced, intelligent thriller is exactly what you need when the weather outside is cold and wet – particularly if you get a heavy rainstorm, the ambience will only add to the story.
- If crime thrillers aren’t for you, then try a fantasy novel instead. Inkheart is a personal favourite of mine – and I’m sure of most bookworms – as is there really anything better than a novel all about the beauty and power of words? The beautiful descriptions and delightful storyline are enchanting, no matter how old you get so please do not discount this on the merit of a being a children’s story because you will be missing out on a wealth of enjoyment.
3. The Hobbit
- Another fantasy option for those of you who still feel that Inkheart isn’t for you. Dive headfirst into the wonderful world of Middle Earth that Tolkien creates in The Hobbit. It is a lovely story with a brilliant adventure at its heart and incredibly beautiful descriptions at every turn. Whilst it may be tempting to stick the films on and sit back, but I implore you to read it instead. The films are excellent, I am not saying that at all, but there is simply something about a book. The Hobbit goes especially well with hot chocolate, a blanket and a scented candle.
2. The Final Problem
- Or any other Sherlock Holmes novels actually. I have a particular affinity for detective stories and Sherlock Holmes have to be the ultimate, do they not? But, the Final Problem is the perfect autumn novel as it is simultaneously both an ending yet also not an ending – the same could be said of autumn, the end of the blossom and the leaves but the beginning of winter. The wickedly intelligent storyline with a treasury of incredible characters makes this novel a true classic and a firm favourite.
1. The Girl on the Train
- The ultimate recent crime thriller. And honestly, the title is truly deserved because the tension created throughout the novel makes it a real spine-chiller. I can’t say too much without spoiling it so I’ll keep this extremely brief. The perfect novel to read curled up at home, but I would suggest perhaps reading it with the light on.
There you go, there are my top five autumn novels. Let me know what your number one autumn read is in the comments!