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Features | Autumnal Faves Book Recs

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, autumn has very definitely arrived once again. Now, I have to admit I'm a summer lover. Autumn in England tends to be less 'crunchy golden leaves' and more 'everything is wet and dark', two things I am not a fan of, but I know so many of you out there will be craving your favourite things about this cooler weather, and whatever your favourite aspect of autumn may be, I have the perfect book just for you.

Autumn leaves - A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Do you love the colours of falling leaves? Check out A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, a modern day reimagining of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes series. A Study in Charlotte introduces us to Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson, descendants of the famous detective duo, and takes place at Sherringford boarding school in Connecticut. I don't know about you but I always imagine boarding schools as surrounded by beautiful autumnal trees at the start of the school year. Plus, who doesn't love a good mystery novel when the nights get longer?

Seasonal drinks - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

If you spend all year craving pumpkin spice lattes and cinnamon hot chocolates, then Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is the book for you. As sweet as your favourite drink, Fangirl is the story of Cath Avery, a college freshman struggling with her twin sister's newfound independence, her worry about leaving her dad alone at home, and a professor who wants her to abandon her love of fanfiction once and for all. Then there's Levi, the charming barista Cath befriends, or rather who befriends her. Fangirl is guaranteed to make you feel as warm as one of Levi's pumpkin mocha breves.

Wrapping up warm - Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Do you spend all year staring wistfully at your extensive collection of knitwear, just waiting for the day when the temperature drops and you can finally wear your favourite jumpers again? If that sounds like you then you will get along perfectly with Lola of Stephanie Perkins's Lola and the Boy Next Door. For Lola, life is all about fashion, and her clothes aren't outfits, they're costumes. From shoes to wigs, Lola knows the perfect costume for every occasion, even seeing her old neighbours Cricket and Calliope for the first time in years, although maybe not for admitting the old feelings she still has for Cricket.

Bonfire night - Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

If you love keeping warm by a bonfire and the fizz and pop of fireworks on Guy Fawkes Night, I recommend Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, a story full of magic and gunpowder and as explosive as any firework. Rebel of the Sands is the story of Amani Al'Hiza, a gifted gunslinger dying to get out of her old fashioned desert town, but not quite expecting the romance, rebellion, and real magic that await her when she finally does, aided by the mysterious Jin, a fellow sharpshooter with something to hide. This is a fast-paced, exciting read, and you'll be thankful for the long nights of autumn giving you more time to stay up late reading it.

Halloween - The Graces by Laure Eve

Finally, Halloween. If spooky skeleton and ghoulish ghosts make Halloween your favourite thing about autumn then you're bound to love The Graces by Laure Eve. The Graces is a deliciously sinister story of magic, mystery, and obsession. River knows everyone in her small town believes the Graces are witches, and she's as interested in their secretive family as anyone else, but she's determined to be different to everyone else. River wants to find out the truth for herself, to befriend the Graces and find out if they really are as dangerous as everyone thinks, but no one can prepare for the results of River entering the Graces' world.

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