Some people find themselves most absorbed in cozy books in autumn time, likely because of cooling weather and longer evenings. October is a perfect time to snuggle up under a blanket with a book and hot chocolate. Finding the right - cozy book for this time of the year helps either with fighting with autumn spleen or just simply embrace it.
For me, September is a month when I am thinking instantly about going back to school and eternal student in me is happy about hoarding new books and getting excited about spooky, dark reads. This is also a perfect time for reading crime books, police procedurals and mysteries and I like to read some of them at this time of the year actually. But in October my mood goes towards more goosebump vibes, so spooky and suspenseful books are in need.
Here are my perfect autumn reads for this hibernation season which I am planning to read:
The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown - a chilling, creeping novel about Alice Hopkins, who comes home to a small Essex town of Manningtree to live with her brother after her husband is tragically killed. But soon enough she learns that her home is no longer a place of safety. She learns that Matthew - her brother - has changed, and he is keeping a list of names, women who are accused of witchcraft.
This book sounds promising enough for being scary and poignant, not sure yet if I’ll dare to read it.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt - this seems like perfect autumn read. The story is set in an elite college campus with a perfect air of mystery. Super-engrossing story of friendship, fascination with others and some nasty main characters. I can’t imagine a better book than The Secret History to curl up under the blanket and just read.
Dark Pattern by Andrew Mayne - Dr. Theo Cray is one of my favourite crime-fighting geniuses with psychopathic tendencies, he is a computational biologist who is able to see patterns no worst or rather better than a computer program and he catches serial killers.
This is 4th book in The Naturalist Book series but if you haven’t heard of Dr. Theo yet you can read my review of the first book in this series
The Girl Who Lived Twice by David Lagercrantz - this is already book 6 and the last one in The Dragon Tattoo series and this is my most anticipated book in this season. I am a big fan of Millenium series and I can’t wait to meet mismatched duo of Michael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander again! Anyone excited to read Millenium series too?
The Katharina Code by Jørn Lier Horst - every autumn I tend to pick one book by my favourite Norwegian writer. This is a brilliant police procedural series with Chief Inspector William Wisting - this time he comes back to the unsolved case, a case of Katharina Haugen who went missing 24 years ago. They say that every detective has an unsolved case so Chief Inspector William Wisting couldn’t be an exception. Every year on October 9th he takes out the files to this bothering him case and tries again solve this mystery. This book is described as the most atmospheric and gripping Nordic Noir and I can’t wait to read it.
The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup - I am so excited to read this gripping debut novel from the writer of The Killing - a Danish best ever crime series in my humble opinion. This might just be the thriller of the year, full of plot twists and suspense, ambitious female detective and political issues straight from the Copenhagen’s streets.
It’s a strange feeling looking at this list of books I am thinking to read this season. It’s true that I like to read some crime or suspense but I’ve never thought that I read many of them, therefore I prefer to say that I don’t read crime or procedural books at all. But this list clearly shows that I am in fact a seasonal reader but most of all that I am an open reader who likes gripping stories … or maybe October long evenings make me do it?