Thus far, in 2017 I am far behind my goal of reading 50 books. However, with autumn here I’m getting into cozy mode. This means I’ll begin to devour books again. October (greatest month of the year) is still going to be quite full of day trips and outdoors activities, so I’m trying to be sensible with my goals. Instead of trying to read five books in one month, I’ve chosen five books to read over the entire season.
The books I’ve chosen are ones I thought appropriate for autumn. Nothing too spooky, but plenty of fantasy, visions of fall, and a dash of quirkiness.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
My fellow book loving friends are always surprised when I tell them I’ve only read one Neil Gaiman book (American Gods.) At some point I believe he accused JK Rowling of ripping off Harry Potter from one of his earlier works, this prompted me to write him off. Eventually, I discovered he was also responsible for the books on which Stardust and Coraline are based on. With this new information I’ve decided Neil and I will move forward with our relationship and I’m willing to see where this goes.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Growing up I was always obsessed with Roman and Greek Mythology and read all I could. Lately, I’ve been drawn to Germanic, Celtic, and Norse Mythology (diving into my genealogical background) and this book made perfect sense.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
It must be because of Nearly Headless Nick’s death day party on Halloween that I always associate The Chamber of Secrets with this time of year. All Harry Potter books pull you in with the familiar and comforting “back to school” and “autumn” vibes, but Chamber is always my go to this time of year.
Witches of America by Alex Mar
Much like my renewed interest in the mythology of other cultures, I’ve been wanting to learn more about other religions and ways of life in general. Perhaps it’s my quarter life crisis coping mechanism? Regardless, I’ve already read a few chapters of this book and was pulled in immediately. Alex is a journalist who travels the country interviewing and observing the different “pagan” communities. One priestess in particular draws her in and the relationship is an interesting one. I can’t wait to see where the book goes!
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
If you’re looking for a worthwhile, immersive fantasy series, The Wheel of Time might interest you. I tore through this books a few years ago and started on the second before a promotion at work made reading impossible. I kept meaning to restart the series, but now, finally, seems like the right time.
There are fourteen lengthy books to keep you busy in this series. The final novel was finished by another fantasy writer who worked with Jordan and studied his notes after Jordan was diagnosed with cancer.
What are you reading? What are your favorite autumn stories?