As we begin the new season, so too do we shorten our TBR pile a little bit more. I've always been the type of person to read books and that reflect the mood of a season, and for Autumn, those would be books such as cozy reads, mysteries, and stories that revolve around family togetherness. Below is a list of books I've already read and recommend for this time of year. Let me know in the comments below which of these books you love and/or look forward to reading and why.
Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder:
This is a book series I just adore, and makes the list for my top favorite books of all time. Not only are these stories cozy reads, but they are incredibly interesting tales from the perspective of a pioneer girl. Event though Laura Ingalls wrote these books for children, they often cover very serious topics, which make the stories interesting for readers of all ages.
If you haven't read these classics before, I highly recommend that you do. You'll just fall in love with the Ingalls family, and come away from these books like you were being held in a long, comfortable hug.
I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon
This story is a more serious, and at times very sad story based around the tragic life of Anna Anderson. It's not as chipper as my above recommendation, but the style and aesthetics of this novel definitely fit into the Autumn mood. It tackles some very heavy themes, helping you to better understand the difficult life this important historical figure experienced. The humor in this novel is very sarcastic and satirical, and contains a few light hearted moments that help balance out the darker aspects of the story.
Anyone who finds the Romanov history interesting will surely enjoy this novel. It reads like a mystery, and contains just as many twists and turns as one. It's sure to keep you on your toes all through the book!
Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy
I've always felt the Anne of Green Gables books suit spring and summer the best, but this newly published prequel to those books definitely has a cozier feeling for me! I read Marilla of Green Gables last winter, and absolutely adored it from start to finish. Getting to know Marilla Cuthbert as a young woman really helps you understand her character better when you revisit the Anne books and mini series.
Sarah McCoy kept the integrity of her source material intact, but writes in a style all her own. She developed the residents of Avonlea in a very realistic manner, and in a way that is familiar to fans of the original books. I recommend this to any and all Anne of Green Gables fans, and can say with full confidence that it will not disappoint!
What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge
As someone who mostly reads classic novels, I can't go through a book recommendation list without talking about this book. What Katy Did is a story about a large family of children and their widower father. The oldest of the children, Katy, suffers a terrible injury that shapes the following few years of her life. And even though this book was written for a different generation, the lessons are still relevant today.
A person could easily finish this novel in an afternoon, as it's quite short. Even though its meant for children, people of all ages will find value in the childlike perspectives, humor and adventurous spirit of Katy. The scenes in the library and Katy's room make this book very autumn-esque, and is thus the perfect read for a cozy autumn day!
Which books do you like to read during Autumn? Let me know in the comments below!