Autumn is always an interesting blend of spooky and cosy vibes. The weather starts to get colder, the leaves start falling and Halloween approaches. There is nothing like cosying up with a good book at this time of the year. To help you make the most of it, here are four books that are perfect to read in Autumn:
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Diana Bishop is a historian working in the Bodleian Library, in Oxford, when she accidentally calls upon an old spelled manuscript. Diana is a witch, even though she tries to not use her powers, and her contact with the manuscript causes a strange release of magical energy. This alarms those who have been in search of it for centuries, including a vampire scientist who is trying to solve the magical creature’s imminent extinction.
This situation jump-starts a course of events that originate a passionate and fascinating tale that will have you glued to the book. There’s also a new TV adaptation of this story. So, give it a chance – you will lose yourself in all the magic.
The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki
After unexpectedly breaking her sister’s betrothal to the Emperor Franz Joseph, Sisi finds herself in a difficult situation: she is now the new bride of her sister’s betrothed. Love puts the young couple to the test, after Franz reneged his previous betrothal for her, Sisi must prove herself worthy of him to the Habsburg court. This wonderful tale of love, growth and betrayal delves into Austria’s most beloved Empress’s struggle to stand her ground and conquer the hearts of those around her. A perfect story for history lovers and people who love a little touch of reality in the midst of their romances.
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
A man is severely burned. He was beautiful once; he had every woman he wanted before this. Everyone was at his feet until the moment he almost died and was severely disfigured. One day a sculptress of gargoyles appears at the foot of his hospital bed insisting they were once lovers in another life. As she tells him the tale of their lives, their personal relationship evolves.
This book mixes the quintessential aspects of supernatural and lunacy that make it a confusing but oddly beautiful tale. You might get out of it not knowing what you just read but you will certainly finish the book feeling amazed.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Catherine and Heathcliff’s epic tale needs little introduction. Both being, at the same time, two of the most beloved and most hated characters in history, their story will certainly move you. This tale of darkness, love, and jealousy is certainly appropriate for the colder weather and the Halloween season. Be prepared to dive into a story that will rip your heart out of your chest.
Ana Beatriz Esteves