I think it is safe to say that October is a special time for us obsessed readers that live in the Western and Eastern Hemisphere. Not only the month of Halloween (and we all love Halloween, don’t we?….) but the time when summer finally decides to bid us adieu until the next time. What is it that makes us adore October so much? Is it the crispness of the morning air? The sweet and cool evenings when the blue hour arrives sooner and sooner to signal the end of another day? The aroma of the wood and the golden leaves that make the distinct, beloved ”crunch, crunch” sound between our autumnal shoes? The apples, the pumpkins that have already found a place in our homes? Whatever it is that makes October the king of all 12 months, its magic for us lies in reading. I can’t think of any other time in the year (apart from the heart of winter) when the desire for books is greater. Such an atmospheric month calls for atmospheric reads, usually full of mystery and haunting stories, tortured characters and weird settings. Or simple, everyday, heart-warming stories that focus on change and even love.
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Here are some of my favourite autumnal reads. They don’t necessarily take place during the autumn months, but provide this cozy or haunting feeling (..whatever suits your taste…) that I have come to associate with this special season.
- ”The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield. Perfect for bookworms with references to Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and any other classic book you can think of.
- ”The Miniaturist” by Jessie Burton. A mystery taking place in 17th Holland that reads like a ”Rebecca” Historical Fiction tale.
- Any season is a good time to read ”Wuthering Heights” and yes, shame on me because I am not objective at all…
- ”The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue. A beautiful Historical Fiction novel that takes to Ireland during the 19th century and focuses on the eternal battle between Faith and Logic. This book contains some of the most poetically dark passages you’ll ever read…
- ”The Taxidermist’s Daughter” by Kate Mosse. A Gothic mystery that showcases the influence of past sins and the influence for years to come. Outstanding dark images of the English marshes…
- ”If We Were Villains” by M.L.Rio . Murder and Shakespeare, what more could we want?
- ”The Four Marys” by Jean Rafferty. A collection of novellas full of witchcraft, desires, pain and motherhood.
- ”Bone River” by Megan Chance. A beautiful, slow burn Historical Fiction, a hymn to the native culture of Washington.
- ”Vinegar Girl” by Anne Tyler. A wonderful retelling of ”The Taming of the Shrew”.
- ”A Madness So Discreet” by Mindy McGinnis. A book with an uncomfortable, dark theme, a novel as beautiful as its cover.
- ”Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier. I mean, really….
- ”Jamaicca Inn” by Daphne Du Maurier. A brooding tale of deceit, passion and revenge.
Our journey in October readings will continue with an array of Gothic and spooky selections. What are some of your favourite October – feeling books?
‘Till next time!