I love many things about the Autumn, but something that really gets me in the autumnal spirit is reading. I love to read, but I feel like this is the time of year where I get a major chunk of my reading list checked off. 

I’m not sure what it is about this time of year, but I just feel like I can be more of a homebody and enjoy a cosy night in, curled up with a good book. The only other time I feel like this is when I’m on holiday. It is most likely something to do with my state of mind. Much like when I’m away, I feel completely relaxed and chilled out during the months of September, October and November.

Maybe it is because this is my favourite time of the year (read more about that here), the evenings are darker much earlier, or that I have fewer plans during this time of the year. Whatever the reason, I just always feel like I have less on my plate; more time and can live at a slower pace during these autumnal months. 

With this in mind, I thought I would share a few reads that I am really excited to get stuck into over the next couple of weeks. All of these have been on my ‘to read’ list for quite a while now and I’m really looking forward to finally taking the time to get them read. 

Spark Joy – Marie Kondo

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying was one of the best books I read last year. In the summer of 2017 I really got into the notion of minimalism, and wrote, and still write, many a blog posts all about my thoughts and experiences of my minimalistic journey. Marie’s book really aided in helping me to understand and put into practice all of the ideas that I had read about and watched on the concept of minimalism. After reading her book I felt so inspired and I cannot wait to get into this next book of hers. 

The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

I bought this book pretty much as soon as it came out. I majored in American Studies at University and opted for a lot of modules based on The Slave Trade. I found it such a fascinating topic to study and leap at the chance to read/watch any historical fiction based on the subject. I am about a third of the way though this fictional story about two runaway slaves and their adaptation to freedom. It is a brilliant read and I’m really looking forward to finding out where it will go. 

The F Word – Lily Pebbles 

I pre-ordered this book as soon as Lily announced that it was available towards the end of last year. It arrived just before I went to the USA and for whatever reason; I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I’m excited to get going however, I feel as though it is going to be quite a heart-warming read. Lily writes about all of the different types of friendship that we as females experience through growing up, and then into adulthood and I can't wait to get stuck in.

Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton

My friend bought me this book for my birthday back in September, although it had been on my radar for a while before hand. It is written in a very witty and comedic way and explores many ideas behind the concept of love and relationships. I have read the first couple of chapters and Dolly has already had me laughing out loud as she discusses the finer intricacies of MSN Messenger’s social interactions. I can already tell that I will be passing this book around my friendship circle for the cringey flashbacks alone!

Right, so now I have my pile of books at the ready, it’s time to light the candles and gather a constant supply of coffee, blankets and dark chocolate… 


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