Hello my lovelies, how have you all been doing? It’s time autumn, which means it;s time for another seasonal recommendations post! – these are not written in any particular order.
A note: all of the descriptions I give are not how they are written on the books themselves, but my own wording of them as I generally don’t like using book blurbs word-for-word.
#1 A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir
I chose A Torch Against the Night for this year’s selection, because of its orange spine and the autumnal/wintery cover.
The sequel to the much loved debut of Sabaa Tahir, An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night follows Laia and Elias as they fight against their enemies, outwitting them, on their journey to freeing her brother from Kauf Prison: the vicious Emperor Marcus, cold-blooded Commanded, heartless Warden of Kauf, and the most gut wrenching of all of them is Elias’s erstwhile friend and Marcus’s newest Blood Shrike, Helene.
#2 The Girl of Ink and Stars by KIran Millwood Hargrave
Another pick because of the autumnal orange and black (and blue, with the text cover.
Isabella is forbidden to leave the island she calls home, but she still yearns for those distant lands that her father used to map. Then her best friend disappears, and intent on joining the search for her and, led by an ancient map and her knowledge of the stars Isabella navigates the savage Forgotten Territories of the island. Yet beneath the dry rivers and dead forests, a flaming myth is waking from its slumber.
#3 The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
Looking at the cover of The Wicken Deep, you wouldn’t take it for an autumnal/spooky book but for me it is a spooky story because of the spirit/ghost aspect, in spite of it being set in the summer.
In the small isolated town of Sparrow two hundred years ago, there were three girls -sisters- who were sentenced to death for witchcraft and drowned Sparrows surrounding waters, and now every summer the spirits of the sisters rise and capture the bodies of three girls; enacting their revenge by dragging the town’s boys to their watery graves.
Like a lot of those from the town, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has come to terms with Sparrow’s fate – until Bo Carter arrives on the eve of the sisters’ return, who is unaware of the danger he faces, or that his arrival will change everything. As distrust and deceit spread through the town, Bo and Penny begin to suspect each other of hiding things, and death comes quickly to those who fall for the sisters’ call.
Only Penny sees what all others can’t, and she will soon face a very difficult choice: save Bo, or herself.
#4 The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I chose this one, because I feel like ravens are a great representation of halloween because they’re rather creepy (to me at least, haha), and are widely associated with witches.
Even if they hadn’t told her that her true love would perish if she kissed him, Blue would stay away from boys, the ones from the local private school even more so. Given the collective name Raven Boys, they only mean trouble.
This year though, everything will change for Blue: she’ll be drawn into the odd, menacing world of the Raven Boys, find out that magic does exist…and fall in love.
#5 Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg
I thought this would be a great pick for this season’s reading recommendations list, because there are sparklers featured on the orange cover, and is actually set in the autumn around Halloween time, so it’s perfect really :D.
As a new school year begins, Penny is ready to face the world – alone and, having ended his world tour early, Noah’s now gone off the radar and nobody, Penny included, has any idea where he is. Accepting Megan’s invitation to visit her performing arts school, it offers a possibility of making some new friends.
Helping everyone else seems to be the right remedy; her best friend needs her friendship now more than ever, and then she meets Posey who is suffering from stage fright and needs support – but is enchanting Scottish boy Callum the right distraction, and will Penny be able to truly move on when Noah’s shadow seems to be following her wherever she goes?
Stay true to yourself, and never let anyone or anything deter you from deter you from the course you wish to take.
To read last year’s autumn reading recommendations, click here