Dark Academy? Say no more, bestie.
As August drifted by in a moment and the trees molted into a fitting, golden yellow, our reading hobby gained its very own hygge treatment as we began swapping out readings on the beach sea for seaside novels and something a little different When did Harry meet Sally.
Whether you’re looking for a soothing romance novel, a magical realism potion, or a hair-raising thriller, this book will gladly hold you hostage in the corner. your reading on a rainy day. The plan requires going out to be with people instead of books? Urgh, we don’t know them.
3-2-1, let there be candlelight and dark academy. The sad autumn hot girl has arrived and *here* are the books you’ll want to have on your TBR (To Be Read) stack for the occasion.
Ali Smith’s Autumn
Right at the top of the list of books you want to get as a gift this season. In the first installment of her seasonal quartet, Ali Smith offers a poignant and poetic exploration of how we experience time.
Set in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, the story follows a 32-year-old woman named Elisabeth and her mother’s neighbor Daniel Gluck, a 101-year-old man at the end of his life. It goes back in time, switching between the present and a flashback to her childhood and adolescence, where we learn how Elisabeth (with the letter S) became friends for life with this man.
Imaginative, timely, and incredibly funny, this is a novel you’ll want to reread as soon as it’s closed.
The Secret History of Donna Tartt
Hailed as a modern classic and a book you’ll force your friends to read, Donna Tartt’s Secret History is a gripping, haunting and atmospheric thriller, perfectly suited for the moody fall months. As long as you understand that you don’t consume literature, it consumes you, you and this book will get along.
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of intelligent, eccentric deviants at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is different from the existence of humans. their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the bounds of common sense, their lives are profoundly and forever changed.
JM Miro’s Ordinary Monsters
For fans of Strange things, Harry Potter and books set in the Victorian era, this beautiful brick (nearly 700 pages thick) will take your breath away. The first installment in Miro’s dark fantasy trilogy introduces the Talents – a group of orphans with supernatural gifts tasked with saving the world.
In 1882. North of Edinburgh, on the edge of an isolated lake, lies a ruined rock institute where a strange doctor collects orphans with unusual abilities. In London, two children with such powers are hunted by a shadow – a man made of smoke.
Charlie Ovid discovers a gift to heal himself through a brutal upbringing in Mississippi, while Marlowe, a railroad cargo smith, glows with an eerie blue glow. When two grizzly detectives are recruited to escort them north to safety, they face a sinister, dangerous force that threatens to overthrow the world as they know it.
What followed was a journey from the light-filled streets of London to the lakes of Scotland, where other talented children – the Talents – were gathered at the Cairndale Institute, and the world of the dead. and the living collide. As the secrets inside the Institute unfold, Marlowe, Charlie and the rest of the Talents will uncover the truth about their abilities and the nature of the force that stalks them: that the monsters are bad The best sometimes come with the sweetest gifts.
With perfect world building, nuanced villains and all the emotions of X Men, Normal monster is a book worth reading, despite its terrible size.
Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Another important tome for your fall tbr pile. Book thief is a tragic and beautiful story set in Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Narrated by Death himself, it revolves around nine-year-old Liesel approaching adulthood when she arrives at her new adoptive parents’ home following the death of her younger brother and the arrest of her communist father. At the burial place of her brother, she discovers a book left behind by one of the grave diggers and so she begins her vocation as the book thief of the same name. As the situation in Germany worsened, her adoptive parents hid a young Jewish man named Max Vandenburg in their basement. It was here, with the help of kind-hearted adoptive father Hans, that Liesel learned to read. Meanwhile, she befriends Max, who writes stories about their friendship – bringing them to tears. A book that will bring you emotional trauma and change your life on the same page? This.
The House of Fortune by Jessie Burton
In the sequel to the previous Waterstones book of the year The MiniaturistJessie Burton craft another delicate tale of family and fate set in Amsterdam in the early 18th century, 18 years after the events of the first book.
Thea Brandt is about to turn eighteen and she can’t wait to be an adult. Walter, her true love, is waiting for Thea at the city’s theater. But at Herengracht, things are tense. Her father Otto and aunt Nella argued non-stop and were selling furniture so the family could eat. And, on her birthday, the day her mother Marin died, secrets from Thea’s past threaten to overshadow the present. Nella felt a prick in her neck, which recalled the miniature woman who had toyed with her life years ago. . .
If you love The Miniaturistyou are guaranteed to enjoy returning to the Brandt family during this atmospheric watch.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
No plot, just vibes. From the bestselling author of Night Circus – fyi, also one to add to your fall reading list – The sea is okay It’s such a good book, you’d sell it to your grandma to read it for the first time.
An ode to readability and storytelling, it follows protagonist Zachary as he finds a book in his university library that is, oddly, all about his own childhood. . He stumbles across a hidden doorway that leads him into a maze of tunnels, stories, ballrooms and honey-soaked shores hidden underground – the sea is okay.
For those who love the whimsical lyrical writing style of Night Circus, consider this cocktail of dark magic, mystery, and academia a must-read this season. Put a bee key sword tattoo as we talk!
Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen
Fans of magical realism will LOVE this enchanting tale of lost souls, lonely strangers, the secrets that shape us, and how the right flock can lead you home…
Located just off the coast of South Carolina, on Mallow Island, The Dellawisp is located — a beautiful old cobblestone building shaped like a horseshoe, and named after the little turquoise birds that inhabit the island.
When Zoey arrives to reclaim her deceased mother’s apartment on an island outside Charleston, she meets her quirky and secretive neighbors, including a runaway girl, two loyal sisters. An estranged teenager, a lonely chef, a legendary writer, and three ghosts. Each one has their own story. Everyone has their own desires. Each of them has not written the ending.
With fully developed characters and a beautiful sense of place, this feel-good story will be a much-welcome rainy day. Five whimsical stars.
If We Were Villains – ML Rio
Top of the list of books that TikTok convinced us to read.
Secret History meet Shakespearean plays, If we were the villains follows seven Shakespeare-obsessed students, all of whom attend an elite theater school. They have always been best friends but in the fourth year the rivalry has begun, and things go bad really quickly when one of the students dies…
What really happened that night and why did Oliver spend 10 years in prison? Did he do it, or is one of the other six moral agents responsible?
If you’re looking for a happy ending, ma’am, please keep it moving. Expect characters whose flaws you want to punch 90% of the time – this is dark science at its best.
Olivie Blake’s Atlas Paradox
The author responsible for that viral feeling is Atlas six is back with the long-awaited sequel and it’s set to electrify. The things we will do to get an early copy of this book and not one of them are holy.
Within the Order of Alexandria (a secret society of magical scholars), alliances will be tested, hearts will be broken. All must choose a side…
Who’s excited?! Released October 25.
A certain hunger of Chelsea G. Summers
A food writer turned cannibal serial killer who ate her past lovers? Chelsea G. Summers, you have our attention. A certain hunger is an absolute feast of female suspense and rage, following the protagonist, Dorothy Daniels, as she looks back on the monstrous crimes that landed her in prison. Read: turn hot men into delicious meals. Want to see the dessert menu?
NB: we totally recommend checking the content warning for this one because gore and body horror abound. For example, chapter 13 will make you no oral by choice.
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