September is drawing in and as the leaves start to drift and drop, horse chestnut scattered on the ground as treasures to be gathered, I can’t help but think of curling up indoors with a good read as the days get colder. I realised this year how much I need to read to give my brain a rest from thinking and doing and going- that escaping to a fictional world with some Autumn reads is really important to my mental wellbeing as it’s the only time my mind stops other than being asleep!
However- it has still meant setting up new habits with reading, and adapting as the little ones get bigger and our days change.
With all that said- here are some of my books that I’m reading this Autumn. As a child and teenager I only ever read one book at a time- but that has changed a lot these days. Most of these books are in progress and I have a list of ones I want to get started on soon too! Right now what’s working is to pick up whichever book I fancy and that keeps me reading!
Life Creative is a non- fiction book by Kelli Stewart and Wendy Speake about the art of balancing creativity and motherhood and faith, and how it all blends together.
The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson is one of those that I’m dipping in and out of but loving the encouragement and truth in it. It definitely helps me to have the right perspective on this role!
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson is our September book for Always Reading Club. I’m really glad it was suggested by another reading lover- I had seen it in the library but reading it in community is the push I needed to actually get stuck in!
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (or JK Rowling as she’s better known) I’m really enjoying as an Autumn read especially given the number of murder mysteries I read and watched in my youth!
Some other books I’m considering getting stuck into this Autumn-
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee is a much debated sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. Because I only recently read TKAM I feel like I have a more open mind about it since I’ve not got such deep associations with the first as most people do. I’m interested to see where it goes!
Harry Potter is something I’ve been craving recently- I think because of the cosy familiarity and nostalgia that it naturally brings. All those things which make them perfect books to have as Autumn reads this year. I hope to resume my re-reading of the series with the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Austen– (these editions are beautiful, I don’t have any but so lovely!) is on this list because of the familiarity again – they are perfect for curling up with whilst it rains or you sit by a fire (if you’re lucky enough to have one!) Wuthering Heights also sounds pretty good with all the angst whirling around the moors.
The Fault in Our Stars– I picked up from our local bookshop so I will be adding that to my book stack to be read soon. I have heard about it so many times but never yet picked it up so I’m hoping it lives up to the expectations! Have you read it?
However you’re spending these cooler days, I hope you’ve got some good reads to keep you company this Autumn too. Let me know what you’re reading!