Hey friends! Today, I thought I would dedicate a post entirely to books – my Autumn reading list! When I first started this blog, almost three years ago now (!!!), I did mainly book review posts and I really enjoyed doing those. However, over time, I started to incorporate more and more travel related posts until Wondering & Wandering became primarily a travel blog. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with that as traveling is an important part of my life but reading is equally as important to me. What’s the point of ‘Wondering & Wandering’ if I focus only on the ‘Wandering’ aspect and less on the ‘Wondering’? So I’ve decided that instead of just publishing one post a week, I’ll post twice a week. One post on Mondays about travel and another post on Wednesdays regarding books! As a disclaimer though, sometimes I might not be able to publish a book related post as I tend to go through horrible reading slumps where I don’t read for months and I don’t like forcing blog posts as it’s neither enjoyable to me nor to the reader.
Okay, anywaaaaaaaays. I’ve rambled lol. So as I briefly mentioned above, I’m going to be discussing my Autumn reading list! I’m on a book buying ban as I need to save my money for my wedding so I decided to shop my bookshelves and created a list of the books I want to read this fall season. I know I’m a bit late in publishing this but I’ve only just thought of writing this so better late than never, right? This list contains a mixture of books I’ve already read that I want to reread and books that I have yet to read. And please let me know your recommendations in the comments because I’m always looking for more books to buy (even though I’m trying not to spend money lol).
My Autumn Reading List
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read this book, but every time the autumn leaves begin to fall, I get a sudden urge to pick it up again. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton is an extremely atmospheric and whimsical book about a peculiar girl who’s born with the wings of a bird. Leslye Walton has such an intricate and lyrical way of writing and it just sucks you right in and burrows right into your bones. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is truly a modern day fairytale.
“Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.
Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.
In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.
That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.
First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.”
The War of the Worlds
I’ve owned The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells for years so I’m quite thrilled to finally read it. Though I’m not usually into reading science fiction, there’s something about this time of the year that makes me want to pick it up. I’m a fan of the movie but I don’t know how similar they are.These are the books you should be reading this Autumn. Click To Tweet
“With H.G. Wells’ other novels, The War of the Worlds was one of the first and greatest works of science fiction ever to be written. Even long before man had learned to fly, H.G. Wells wrote this story of the Martian attack on England. These unearthly creatures arrive in huge cylinders, from which they escape as soon as the metal is cool. The first falls near Woking and is regarded as a curiosity rather than a danger until the Martians climb out of it and kill many of the gaping crowd with a Heat-Ray. These unearthly creatures have heads four feet in diameter and colossal round bodies, and by manipulating two terrifying machines – the Handling Machine and the Fighting Machine – they are as versatile as humans and at the same time insuperable. They cause boundless destruction. The inhabitants of the Earth are powerless against them, and it looks as if the end of the World has come. But there is one factor which the Martians, in spite of their superior intelligence, have not reckoned on. It is this which brings about a miraculous conclusion to this famous work of the imagination.”
I have yet to see the new movie (I know, it’s been ages since it’s been released) so I thought I reread IT beforehand. I first read this when I was in middle school so it’s definitely due for a reread so I hope to get to this very soon.
“To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.
It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .
The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.
Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.”
Night Film by Marisha Pessl is one of my all-time favorite suspense novels. It’s told in a mix media format, including internet screenshots, newspaper clippings, and Polaroid photos that makes you, as the reader, feel like the main character trying to solve a mystery. Ugh, it’s fantastic and I reread it every October.
“Brilliant, haunting, breathtakingly suspenseful, Night Film is a superb literary thriller by the New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster debut Special Topics in Calamity Physics.
On a damp October night, the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. By all appearances, her death is a suicide – but investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. Though much has been written about the dark and unsettling films of Ashley’s father, Stanislas Cordova, very little is known about the man himself. As McGrath pieces together the mystery of Ashley’s death, he is drawn deeper and deeper into the dark underbelly of New York City and the twisted world of Stanislas Cordova, and he begins to wonder – is he the next victim?
In this novel, the dazzlingly inventive writer Marisha Pessl offers a breathtaking mystery that will hold you in suspense until the last page is turned. ”
The Shining Girls
I haven’t heard many people talking about The Shining Girls but the summary of it really intrigued me so I plan on getting to this one really soon.
“The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die Hunts the Killer Who Shouldn’t Exist
The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own.
Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.
Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.
At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He’s the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives.
Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . .
The Shining Girls is a masterful twist on the serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing heroine in pursuit of a deadly criminal. ”
Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, The Ocean at the End of the Lane being my favorite book (besides Harry Potter) of all-time so I’ve included two of his books on here that I have yet to read. The first one I want to get to is American Gods, which I’ve heard plenty of people raving about so I’m quite excited to get to this one.
“Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.
But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.
Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies…and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing – an epic war for the very soul of America – and that he is standing squarely in its path.”
Trigger Warning is the second book by Neil Gaiman that I hope to read this season. It’s a short story collection that’s supposed to be eerie and haunting and the perfect book to read around Halloween.
“In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction–stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013–as well “Black Dog,” a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection.
Trigger Warning explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion. In “Adventure Story”–a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane–Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience “A Calendar of Tales” are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year–stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother’s Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale “The Case of Death and Honey”. And “Click-Clack the Rattlebag” explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we’re all alone in the darkness.
A sophisticated writer whose creative genius is unparalleled, Gaiman entrances with his literary alchemy, transporting us deep into the realm of imagination, where the fantastical becomes real and the everyday incandescent. Full of wonder and terror, surprises, and amusements, Trigger Warning is a treasury of delights that engage the mind, stir the heart, and shake the soul from one of the most unique and popular literary artists of our day.”