Autumn Reads

Long cold nights call for cosy evenings in.

Snuggling up in your thickest blanket, fire (or candle) side, with a mug of something steamy and a really good story.

Here are a couple of the reads I’ve enjoyed lately…

One: Caraval. One for anyone who enjoys a little bit of magic, some adventure and vivid descriptions.

Two: The Snow Child. A really beautiful, heart breaking (but not miserable) tale. Perfect for cold days and day dreamers.

Three: The Girl Before. A creepy murder filled book I quite enjoyed, not as much as the above choices, but great if you’re into creepy tales. A little like “Behind Closed Doors“.

Four: The Circle. A funny book really. At the time I thought I didn’t really like it, I read it out of politeness after a friend wouldn’t stop talking about it. But almost every day since, I’ve thought about it. A book that stays with you, particularly if you’re into technology and social media. Well worth a read, skip the movie version!

Five: Over to you! Tell me what I should read next, if I love it I’ll come back and update the list.

Ps. I’m assuming you already read these. How did you get on?


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  • I just finished Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime. Such an insightful, funny, heartbreaking book and a really good introduction to South Africa’s politics and past.

    • Krista

      You are like the fifth person to mention this one in a week so now I must read it!


      Yes! I just finished this book last week. Loved it.

  • P i l a r

    Now I am into Elena Ferrante’s tetralogy: My brilliant Friend, The story of a new name, Those who leave and those who stay and The story of the lost child. The story of two girl friends along their lives. Completely hooked!!

  • They’ve made The Circle into a film for Netflix with Emma Watson, which I would really recommend – made for a great Friday night film in with some Deliveroo a few weeks ago!

  • Lucy Robson

    Yes, Caraval is a lovely book…If you like a bit more fantasy then the series ‘A court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J Maas is a great trilogy with a great female lead character and she makes you really invest in the characters. Just finished the 3rd book and i couldn’t put it down! X

  • Louise Gleeson

    OMG where did you get that cup from?? Love these posts, an avid reader I always like to get book recommendations. xx

  • Elise Handley Merrick

    The girl under the olive tree is fab.

  • Vintageelena

    The Rose Labyrinth is my go to cozy day read. You really need to be up on your Shakespeare!

  • I recently read The Improbability of Love which was exquisite.

  • Patty Dykeman

    Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
    I’m only half way through the book but I can’t put it down. Its about two estranged adult sisters who have a stressed relationship with their mother. Once their beloved father falls ill the girls begin to repair the relationship with their mother through the stories she uses to communicate with them.

  • Elaine

    I definitely would recommend Into The Water by Paula Hawkins, who is the same author as Girl On The Train! You won’t be able to put it down! Love your blog and you!

  • I’m currently listening to “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman. I don’t usually listen to audiobooks, but needed a few for a long road trip. This one is great!

  • Matlida

    I’ll give these a go! Recently I’ve loved:
    1. The Color Purple
    2. Dear Amy (thriller)
    3. Before I go to Sleep (thriller)
    4. The Alchemist
    5. Stranger Child (and it’s sequel, Nowhere Child. Both are thrillers)

  • Hannah

    “The Dry” by Jane Harper is a great thriller read which I couldn’t put it down. Recently I’ve also loved “This is Going to Hurt” by Adam Kay – a funny but also heartbreaking diary about being a junior doctor in the UK.

  • Brittney Berget

    Reading The Thirteenth Tale – it’s a beautifully written, magical, cozy read. I’m not done yet, so I hope the ending is pleasing 🙂 Happy reading!

  • Jet

    Agree with you on avoiding the film version of the circle. Will have to check these recommendations though and add them to my list!


  • Cameron Skakel

    Gourmet Rhapsody and Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, she’s my favorite author, simply incredible! The Nightingale by Kirsten Hanna, and I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hays, one of the most engrossing novels that I’ve read in a while.

  • Fates and Furies – super enjoyable read and fantastically written. A story covering the secrets and lies, highs and lows of a marriage over 24 years

    Small Great Things – I literally could not put this down! Page-turning, shocking but also very real, highlighting issues that are still sadly very apparent.

    The Most Dangerous Place on Earth – Like Judy Blume for grown-ups, a real page-turner

    Love your recommendations – hope you like mine! x

  • Kate

    An oldie but a goodie that I’ve loved forever is “Her Fearful Symmetry” — haunting book, it has stayed with me for years.


  • Jen McTaggart

    If you’ve read Caravel then you probably already know about it but The Night Circus is a gorgeous book. Elements inspired by Punchdrunk, full of atmosphere and magic. As a circus trainee I’d love more detail on the acts but that’s just me.

  • Rachel

    I finished The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter and it was the most intense and thrilling book I have ever read!! I literally gasped out loud on my commute one day haha

  • I watched the The Circle on Netflix and it was actually rather good – not sure about the book though?

    Mel //

  • Krista

    Love a good book rec! Thank you!! If I can return the favor, the best books I’ve read lately are…
    Gentleman in Moscow: Set in Russia after WWI. Nobleman imprisoned in a hotel for the rest of his life. So charming and beautiful.
    Homegoing: Stories from one generation to the next of two sisters born in Africa. One sister stays in Africa, the other goes to the US during slavery. So many stories. Haven’t stopped thinking about this one and you get very invested in the characters.
    The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane: Young girl grows up in China’s outer provinces and becomes very familiar with the tea trade. Lovely.

    Enjoy x

  • Grace Carroll

    I started Caraval, but thought it was just a little too strange. Maybe I will have to give it another go. If you haven’t read “Night Circus” DO! because it is a fantastic magical story! My latest favorite book has been “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

  • Michèle

    I am currently devouring The Snowman by Jo Nesbø as everyone is anticipating the movie. It is the prefect crime thriller, so gripping and real and perfect to ring in the colder season.

  • Amanda Dahl

    Thanks, Rosie, for sharing your latest reads! I launched a book club at the start of the year for my girlfriends, called Dangerous Creatures, after the quote by Lisa Kleypas , “A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.”

    One of our favorites to read was Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall. It tackles the racial divide in America through a child’s eyes and provides new clarity, allowing the author to handle heavy topics (abuse in many forms) in a delicate manner.

    The narrator, nine year-old Starla, is a FIRECRACKER. It’s impossible not to adore her for calling it like it is, even though it often puts her at risk to do so. The narrator’s voice feels authentic while not shying away from the harshness of this tense time period. It’s an incredible coming-of-age story that doesn’t disappoint. I highly recommend adding it to your list!

  • Barbara

    Late to the party but never miss a chance to recommend the “My Friends” series by Jane Duncan (Scottish) – probably out of print but your local library just may have one or two….not intellectually challenging but great stories and I re-read as many as I can get my hands on every year or two. Also probably out of print but by my most favourite author – anything by Rumer Godden……and just one more “subject” – fascinated by anything about the Mitford Sisters,.

  • Ashling

    Oh! I love your book recommendations. Ages ago you recommended The Night Circus. I fell so in love with it that I designed my entire wedding around it! Complete with Cotton Candy, Magicians and fortune tellers! You would have been proud. Now that the wedding is over i’ll have to tuck into these this winter.

  • Sofia

    If you enjoyed Caraval I would really recommend The Night Circus – I enjoyed it much more and thought it was way better written, with a better plot line and more interesting characters.

  • Felicity’s Fix

    The Muse by Jessie Burton – so good!

  • I LOVED Caravel. I couldn’t put it down- and my best friend now feels the same way. Thanks for the rec! Fun and lighthearted, I also liked “Logging back into Life,” by RJ Hutchins. As one who has online dated in her 30s, I could relate!