So everyone else is making their spring recommendations, but Australia is heading into Autumn not Spring so I decided to make one that pertains to my season. That means we’re doing an autumn/winter post. I feel like there is a strong crossover between Autumn/Winter books, probably because Autumn always feels so short in Australia which is why I’m lumping them together for this post.
For me, autumn/winter reads are all about emotional, heavy contemporaries. It’s because the weather is a bit dull and it’s cold and it’s all about cuddling down into a warm bed with a book. Also, long fantasies are ideal for this season especially if you have a long cold day to get cosy inside and read a big chunk of book. And just in general, I like to read dark gloomy books because they match the weather perfectly.
So this post is going to be split into TWO sections. One section is gonna books I predict will be excellent seasonal reads, and one section will be books I’ve read and KNOW will be good seasonal reads for you guys to maybe try out!
RECOMMENDED AUTUMN/WINTER READS
1: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab: This book just screams Autumn/Winter for me. It’s because the atmosphere of this book is a little bit dark and eerie and there’s some creepy magic going down. But the characters are so full of life and fleshed out it feels like a warm hug amongst the gloom. This book feels like the equivalent of putting on a comfy jumper and drinking a hot chocolate as it pours with rain outside and actually, that would also be a perfect scenario to read this book in.
2: Timekeeper by Tara Sim: This has the perfect Autumn atmosphere. It’s set in an alternative Victorian England and is pretty much a mystery. I think mysteries are perfect for this season because you can get super wrapped up and absorbed in having to know what happens. This has lots of Greek mythology elements and is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. Also, there’s an m/m romance which I LOVE.
3: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: This series is well loved but I still think it should be mentioned as it’s a perfect seasonal read. The haunted tone of the book and the dark aesthetic make it perfect for winter. The creep factor also contributes a lot to making me feel like it’s a winter read – it’s a book you wanna snuggle down to read.
4: I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman: First of all, this book is bright orange. That screams autumn. Second of all, this book is so warm and cosy and cute it just demands to be read while all warm and cosy in bed. It’s heavily character based and has a really sweet plot line, and the usual Oseman quirk and charm. It’s this charm, mixed with the awesome humour, that makes it such a warm pick me up for winter reading.
5: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust: This book is a crossover between The Snow Queen and Frozen, aka two books set in winter. Aka as, literally a perfect winter. This book is all about girls with hard edges and ice in their hearts, but it’s also about friendship and has such a sweet f/f relationship too. It’s perfect for winter, because of it’s setting, the amount of snow and ice in this book and also, that it’s so heartwarming as well.
MY AUTUMN/WINTER READS
1: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: I am YET TO READ THIS BOOK and I don’t know why I haven’t yet but god okay Autumn seems like a perfect time to do it. Everyone says it’s got really cute characters and I think heartwarming characters are perfect for the cold seasons. Also, I trust Laini Taylor
2: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour: This seems like the perfect winter read, since the book itself is set on a bad winter day during a snowstorm. I’m determined to read this one dat curled in bed by the fire while it pours rain outside because that just seems the perfect thing to do while reading this melancholic, sad contemporary.
3: Circe by Madeline Miller: The Song of Achilles is rich, slow paced and both tragic and sweet. This makes it a good winter read, and I suspect these same qualities will be replicated in Circe. This book seems like it unfolds slowly and is character driven, and I’m expecting Miller’s rich flowing writing. All this combined should create the perfect winter book to read on a stormy day.
4: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab: I genuinely think all of V.E Schwab’s books just scream Autumn/Winter for some reason. It’s because of her dark aesthetic and the creep factor she usually puts into her books. I think This Savage Song would be a perfect duology for winter since it’s got monsters, murder and more. Plus, I love fantasies in winter.
5: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: I’m sorry, but nothing screams the cold seasons like SHAKESPEARE (or is that just me?) Anyway, this book is about a performing Shakespeare company after the apocalypse and it just sounds a bit whimsy and definitely interesting. I think it sounds like a book I can get cosy with and that it’ll definitely be an interesting winter read.
So those are my recommendations + potential Autumn/Winter TBR choices. I’d love to hear what books you guys think are perfect for these seasons. It’s my least favourite season (I’m all about that summer beach life) but I do love how much reading potential there is in winter.
I’m going to be bringing another post like this, but for Spring/Summer reads, so look out for that one!
Until next time