As the green on the leaves start fading away and the big knitted jumpers make it to the forefront of the wardrobe there’s nothing I love more than snuggling down with a good book. I definitely don’t read as much as I used to as I tend to get sucked into a book and could sit and read for a whole evening – which isn’t a bad thing but I always have a long list of jobs to do. When we were on holiday in Cape Verde back in May, I managed to read 2 books – When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman and The Lavender Keeper by Fiona McIntosh. Having that time alone with a book and your thoughts made me realise that I must start making time to do it.
So armed with a bookshelf and kindle full of books here are my three to read books this Autumn:
? A Year of Marvellous Ways – Sarah Winman
A Year of Marvellous Ways was recommended to me along with When God was a Rabbit both written by Sarah Winman.
Marvellous Ways is eighty-nine years old and has lived alone in a remote Cornish creek for nearly all her life. Lately she’s taken to spending her days sitting on a mooring stone by the river with a telescope. She’s waiting for something – she’s not sure what, but she’ll know it when she sees it.
Drake is a young soldier left reeling by the Second World War. When his promise to fulfil a dying man’s last wish sees him wash up in Marvellous’ creek, broken in body and spirit, the old woman comes to his aid.
A Year of Marvellous Ways is a glorious, life-affirming story about the magic in everyday life and the pull of the sea, the healing powers of storytelling and sloe gin, love and death and how we carry on when grief comes snapping at our heels.
I have heard and read mixed reviews about the book and the writing style but I loved When God Was a Rabbit so I have to give this a go.
The girl on the train ?
The Girl on the Train book has been passed around by all the girlies at work and I’m glad I’ve been able to escape the chatter about the plot and twists even with the new movie being released. I’ve heard it’s a good easy read but gripping at the same time.
A skilful memory-loss thriller
Super excited to read this snuggled up with a hot chocolate and a couple of biscuits! ?
Next up is one I’ve had in my kindle library for a while. Riddley Walker was recommended to me by a colleague who liked the weird and wonderful and said this was definitely worth a read. After his recommendation of Three Feet of Sky which I absolutely loved (it’s completely bonkers), I decided I had to get this to read!
Walker is my name and I am the same. Riddley Walker. Walking my riddels where ever theyve took me and walking them now on this paper the same. There aint that many sir prizes in life if you take noatis of every thing. Every time will have its happenings out and every place the same. Thats why I finely come to writing all this down. Thinking on what the idear of us myt be. Thinking on that thing whats in us lorn and loan and oansome.’ Composed in an English which has never been spoken and laced with a storytelling tradition that predates the written word, Riddle Walker is the world waiting for us at the bitter end of the nuclear road. It is desolate, dangerous and harrowing, and a modern masterpiece.
Do you have any book recommendations for the Autumn? Have you read any of the books mentioned?
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