THE BOOK CLUB
Recommended Reads This Autumn
Come Summer reading becomes a priority of mine, whether it’s picking up some books for beach reading or simply wanting to pick up my favourite authors new novels which typically come out at this time year, reading becomes some what of a love affair. But as with all summer love affairs, it seems to come to abrupt end as normality returns and the daily grind takes over again.
This Autumn I wanted to buck the trend, and continue my passion for reading with some new books & an ambition to make this love affair actually last.
I have a few authors who I turn to time and time again, and also a genre or style of book which I just fall into and seek when I’m looking for a new read. So the books I have to share with you today are very much ‘my’ type of book, think Jill Mansell, Jo Jo Moyes, Cecilia Ahern and Jodi Picoult … the perfect blend of fantastic escapist rom com stories and political and cultural underlying narratives.
Many of the books I currently have on my reading list are based on recommendations from my local book store in Kew Gardens … in order to get some new great reads I shared a few of my favourites (The Girl You Left Behind being a firm favourite and a book that’s really stuck with me) and off the back of these faves and my usual authors I got a few recommendations I wanted to share with you today.
No spoilers ahead, purely some recommended reads that maybe we can get stuck into together, and read one by one to spur each other on?
SIX BOOKS TO READ THIS AUTUMN
FLAWED & LYEBIRD
Cecelia Ahern won me with PS: I love you, and i’m proud to say I’ve actually read every book she’s ever released. I love the magic and warmth of her stories and find myself swept away with the characters and the slightly fantastical nature of her stories (note, i don’t usually like fantasies, but Cecelia Ahern just adds a little touch rather than any bonkers super natural stories).
Flawed came out last year and is tackling the reality of imperfection & human mistakes head on & Cecelia’s 2017 novel Lyebird is described as an emotional love story and features a girl who’s father has recently passed and the secrets she unveils in the aftermath. Cecelia’s novels always take you on a magical and emotional journey and both of these sound like another perfect narrative, and easy, light hearted reads which I adore.
I also love The Year I Met You, One Hundred Names, A Place Called Here and The Gift.
A new author and a new read on my list, but The Muse is one of those highly acclaimed reads that it’s almost rude not to pick up and indulge in (Much like Room, definitely a must read). A New York Times best seller, the narrative mixes mystery and unraveling history, within a relatively modern day story line. This combination and mix of context is something I really enjoy in books so is one I am looking forward to reading.
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE
This is the book I am most excited to read, as I love a novel set in the War. Perhaps a morbid fascination for our history but I love the eye opening nature of narratives set in this time, a time not long ago, but worlds away from our reality. This book was recommended to me given my love for The Girl You Left behind and comes with rave reviews from everyone I know that’s read it … clearly a well deserved award winner. One I am very much looking forward to getting stuck into.
SMALL GREAT THINGS
I am a big fan of all Jodi Picoults novels and find them both super informative and enjoyable at the same time, they’re always written with such depth of understanding for the political or cultural topics they cover but fed into a beautifully written tale, time and time again. Most of you are probably already aware of My Sisters Keeper, but there are so many other fantastic stories under her name. I personally adored House Rules, and her latest release Small Great Things tackles a lot of current political issues regarding prejudice, race, and justice. I know it’ll be a deeply informative and enlightening read.
THE ROSIE PROJECT
This is the first novel of Graeme Simsion but one that comes highly recommended to rom com lovers around the world. I was recommended the novel as a result of my love for Jill Mansel and Jo Jo Moyes and it’s set to be a humorous, heartwarming and relatable tale of trying to find true love and the perfect partner … The Wife Project as he calls it. Also set to be made into a movie in 2019, so make sure you read it before the film comes out.
I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these books and hear what you thought on them (no spoilers mind). And of course any books that you recommend picking up this Autumn? I’m always looking for more reads (blogs too).