Hi everyone! I hope everyone is having a lovely October so far.
Last year, in the summer, I posted about books with summer vibes, and I wanted to something similar this autumn! Autumn is my favourite season – it’s so crisp (ignoring the rain) and the perfect time to cuddle up with a book, so a lot of the books I’ve listed are cozy ones I’ve enjoyed curling up with.
★ The Atlas Six ★
The Alexandrian Society is a secret society of magical academicians, the best in the world. Their members are caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity. And those who earn a place among their number will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams. Each decade, the world’s six most uniquely talented magicians are selected for initiation – and here are the chosen few…
– Libby Rhodes and Nicolás Ferrer de Varona: inseparable enemies, cosmologists who can control matter with their minds.
– Reina Mori: a naturalist who can speak the language of life itself.
– Parisa Kamali: a mind reader whose powers of seduction are unmatched.
– Tristan Caine: the son of a crime kingpin who can see the secrets of the universe.
– Callum Nova: an insanely rich pretty boy who could bring about the end of the world. He need only ask.
When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they must spend one year together to qualify for initiation. During this time, they will be permitted access to the Society’s archives and judged on their contributions to arcane areas of knowledge. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. If they can prove themselves to be the best, they will survive. Most of them.
Watch me try to squeeze TA6 into ever book list I make. There is something very cozy and autumn-y about TA6. This might be due to the setting – the characters are starting their initiation for the Alexandria Society, which involves a lot of learning, and it has a lot of “start of school term” vibes.
The dark academia element also adds to the autumn element. Plus, there are sme scenes where the characters are wandering the giant library, and it just reminded me of the autumns in school where I would send my lunchtimes in the library.
★ Cemetery Boys ★
Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.
I can never shut up about how much I loved Cemetery Boys. It’s such a beautiful novel, so warm and sweet and comforting. Set in October, it’s got an autumn setting, with an ominous atmosphere and a cute romance too.
I adored the book and am so excited to hopefully reread it this autumn, and so curious about what the upcoming sequel will be like.
★ Scorpio Races ★
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
The Scorprio Races has such a good opening line – It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die. Maggie Stiefvater’s books are all great for reading in the autumn season, but this one especially since it is set in autumn. I loved the characters, they felt so real and I was rooting for both of them – which made things difficult because in the scorpio races there can only be one winner. It was so fun to read and one that’s hard to put down.
★ A Far Wilder Magic ★
When Margaret Welty spots the legendary hala, the last living mythical creature, she knows the Halfmoon Hunt will soon follow. Whoever is able to kill the hala will earn fame and riches, and unlock an ancient magical secret. If Margaret wins the hunt, it may finally bring her mother home. While Margaret is the best sharpshooter in town, only teams of two can register, and she needs an alchemist.
Weston Winters isn’t an alchemist–yet. Fired from every apprenticeship he’s landed, his last chance hinges on Master Welty taking him in. But when Wes arrives at Welty Manor, he finds only Margaret and her bloodhound Trouble. Margaret begrudgingly allows him to stay, but on one condition: he must join the hunt with her.
Although they make an unlikely team, Wes is in awe of the girl who has endured alone on the outskirts of a town that doesn’t want her, in this creaking house of ghosts and sorrow. And even though Wes disrupts every aspect of her life, Margaret is drawn to him. He, too, knows what it’s like to be an outsider.
As the hunt looms closer and tensions rise, Margaret and Wes uncover dark magic that could be the key to winning the hunt – if they survive that long.
I adored A Far Wilder Magic – it has such a cozy feel to it because it has a great mix of suspense, mystery, and romance. Seeing Wes and Maggie put aside their differences and become allies in this competition, and seeing them warm to each other, was so heartwarming and sweet.
★ Before The Coffee Gets Cold ★
What would you change if you could go back in time?
In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.
In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer, in order 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.
But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold . . .
This is the perfect book to curl up with on an autumn day, with a nice hot cup of tea/coffee/your beverage of choice. Before the coffee gets cold is a lovely cozy read, a great character-driven novel with elements of sci-fi to make things interesting.
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Thank you for reading!
Let me know if you have any autumn recs ❤