Hello, readers! What could be better than lounging on a cozy and fluffy sofa, cocooned in a slug blanket on a drizzly October day, all while hearing the soothing crackling of an aromatic cinnamon and apples-scented candle? Perhaps only the joy of delving into a good book (from my personal selection) or indulging in a Gilmore Girls marathon, while drinking hot chocolate or a pumpkin-spiced latte!
When you think autumn, you think books. It’s without doubt the most enchanting season of the year for any avid reader. So, seize the opportunity this season offers and lose yourself in the pages of some of the finest autumnal reads, handpicked just for you.
Here are 4 books any reader would love to try. Enjoy!
- ‘The Love Hypothesis’, by Ali Hazelwood
Given the rich autumnal imagery it evokes, it was an absolute must to include this book on the list. Furthermore, Olive’s latte preferences will urge you to dash out and grab a pumpkin spiced latte from Starbucks.
Olive Smith, a third-year Ph.D. candidate, doesn’t believe in long-term relationships, but her best friend Anh is a romantic who wants her to find love. To convince Anh, Olive impulsively kisses the first man she sees, who turns out to be the gruff professor Adam Carlsen. Surprisingly, Adam agrees to help Olive keep up the charade of being her boyfriend.
Their fake romance begins to feel more real, and Olive discovers that matters of the heart are more complex than any scientific hypothesis she’s ever studied.
2. ‘Wrong Place, Wrong Time’, by Gillian McAllister
When Reese Witherspoon recommends you a book, you know it’s gotta be good.
With the spooky season upon us, Gillian McAllister’s “Wrong Place, Wrong Time” proves to be an ideal Halloween read. This gripping thriller will leave you on the edge of your seat, holding your breath until the very last page. Its uncanny ability to immerse you fully within the narrative makes it impossible to escape its enthralling storyline, entangling your senses and keeping you captivated throughout.
On October 29th, Jen witnesses her 18-year-old son, Todd, stabbing a man in front of their house. But when she wakes up the next day, she finds herself transported back in time to the day prior. Jen embarks on a journey through the past to figure out exactly what led Todd to commit this crime, hoping to prevent it in the future.
3. ‘The Midnight Library’, by Matt Haig
Blending elements of fiction and philosophy, ‘The Midnight Library’, by Matt Haig is a popular choice for readers who enjoy novels that provoke contemplation about the paths we take in life. If you often find yourself thinking about the reason of being, you might have come across the perfect book for you.
Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, after a series of life-altering events that have left her feeling regretful and despondent.
There, she discovers an infinite number of books that represent different lives she could have led if she had made different choices. She’s given the opportunity to try out these alternate lives and see how they might have turned out, allowing to explore her regrets, hopes, and the idea of second chances.
4. ‘Before The Coffee Gets Cold’, by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Judging by this list, it seems like our halloween theme will most likely be ‘time travel’. This charming and unique story is set in a small, traditional Tokyo café called “Funiculi Funicula.” What makes this café special is that it offers its customers the opportunity to time travel, but with some very specific rules and limitations.
The story follows a group of characters who visit the café with their own deeply personal reasons for wanting to time travel. The catch is that they can only travel to the past, and they must return to the present before their coffee gets cold, hence the title. If they don’t, they become trapped in the past, unable to change anything and unable to return to the present. Each of the visitors is willing to time-travel to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer’s, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.