As the nights draw in and the days get cooler, it’s the perfect time for snuggling up in bed with lots of pillows, fluffy socks, a mug of hot chocolate and a book.
I’m always on the look out for another book to order or something else to download on my kindle, so here are my top picks for the season. Don’t forget to share your own autumn favourites in the comments, too.
This is the best book I’ve read this year without a doubt. It is an epic book with a story line that twists and turns through the lives of four boys as they grow into manhood and beyond. It’s set in New York City and charts their rise from poor to rich, healthy to disabled and much more. Be prepared to fall in love with these characters and feel their highs and lows. There are a lot of both; it’s definitely an emotional rollercoaster.
The highs… When I closed the last page of this book, I cried and cried. I also happened to be on a train, which was slightly awkward. It’s a book that will stick itself to your heart and never let you go.
The lows... It was a bit tough to get into as I couldn’t remember which character was which. After a while, the author writes a whole part from Jude’s viewpoint and things get a lot clearer from there.
Not exactly a new book – it was published in 2005 – but I only read this modern classic a few weeks ago. For those of you who haven’t read it either, it tells the story of a time traveler and his relationship with his wife. It’s really gripping right from the start as you see a young girl meeting an older man who says they’re married in the future. I love how it intertwines the past with the present throughout the book and deals with some difficult themes like depression and miscarriage.
The highs… It’s a real page turner from the start as you’re always trying to see how the current story ties in with scenes that you’ve already read.
The lows… The ending didn’t have the same impact as expected because you already knew what was coming through the magic of time travel.
This is a true page turner. It’s far from a literary masterpiece, but it never claims to be. I read this book on my kindle within two days, which is the quickest I’ve got through a story in years. It’s about a seemingly perfect marriage with a very dark side that the public can’t see. The husband is essentially keeping his wife hostage in their own home, and the book slowly teases out the truth and then turns into an escape story. You can’t stop rooting for the wife the whole time.
The highs… It’s completely addictive. You won’t be able to put it down, unable to wait to find out what next obstacle the wife has to face and desperate to discover if she manages to escape or not.
The lows… This is a simple book, but it doesn’t pretend to be an award winner. It’s all plot with little other substance, but plot is always the most important thing for me when I’m reading.
Have you read any of these books before? What did you think? Don’t forget to leave any recommendations for other great books in the comments!