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Autumn reads // 2015

Today was the first really chilly day of the year. It was steamed up glasses, bobbly-hat wearing weather. For me, that means that Autumn is over. And to celebrate, Jon Snow:


So, I thought I would do a round-up of all the books I read from September-November, complete with mini reviews. (I AM DOING THIS MAINLY BECAUSE I AM LAZY AND AWFUL AT DOING PROPER REVIEWS!)


The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente // LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE BOOKS. They are chock full of whimsy and magic and adventure and I re-read them at least once a year. Check out my raving reviews here and here.

Bossypants by Tina Fey // Tina Fey is a goddess in my eyes. 30 Rock is AH-MAZING, and everything she does is hilarious. So is this book. Seriously, there aren’t many books that have me crying with laughter, but this one did – on multiple occasions.

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl // Roald Dahl is hands-down my favourite author, and I hadn’t read Fantastic Mr Fox in a while. SPOILER ALERT: it’s just as good as it was when I was a kid. Dahl is a children’s book writing genius.

Simon Vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // Probably one of my favourite reads of the year. I’m still thinking about this book 3 months on. A funny, heart-warming and honest look at being gay (also A++ for the Harry Potter references).

Murder Most Unladylike, Arsenic for Tea and First Class Murder by Robin Stevens // FAVOURITE NEW SERIES. I devoured these amazing books in about a week and am now patiently (NOT PATIENTLY) waiting for the next one. I loved these books so much that I actually did write a review about them – here.

Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman // Neil Gaiman could write the phone book and I’d read it. This is an adorable, imaginative and funny chapter book that I read with the kids I look after – we all loved it!

The Marvels by Brian Selznick // BRIAN SELZNICK NEVER DISAPPOINTS. A beautiful blend of pictures and words. The story was heartbreaking – I cried – but beautiful.

So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel by Phil Hornshaw // Because I’m a professional writer and all that, I decided to do some PROPER research for the next MG I’m writing. This book was very interesting and gave me some helpful time travel tips.

Spectacles by Sue Perkins // Anyone that knows me knows I’m a massive Bake Off fan. I would follow Mary Berry to the ends of the earth. Sue Perkins autobiography was (as expected) funny, charming and touching.

Victoria: A Life by A. N. Wilson // Look at me reading more about other people. I am an extremely nosy person, and biographies and autobiographies allow me to pry with permission. I am also a huge history nerd so this was fascinating!!

The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones // ADORED this series as a child, ADORE this series as an adult. Great books, great worldbuilding, great everything.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan // I hate to admit I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I thought I would. Maybe it’s because I know next to nothing about Norse gods and kept getting them mixed up, or perhaps it’s because I’m a child that needs to have Percy Jackson involved in EVERY SERIES. I liked Magnus, I just didn’t fall head-over-heels the way I did with the Greek world Rick created. I will keep up with this series though.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith // Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books. I also LOVE zombies. A.K.A Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was AH-MAZING. It made me laugh a lot. Also, who else is excited for the film??

The Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford // OKAY, this idea is genius: Ada Lovelace and Mary Shelley solve mysteries in an alternative London. Really enjoyed this one.

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine // Another MG mystery – can you spot a pattern?? This one was clever and twisty-turny and GAH – when is the next book out??

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams // ONE OF MY FAVOURITES. Snort-your-tea-out-of-your-nose funny.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo // I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Six of Crows was a step up from the Grisha trilogy. I thought of nothing but heists for days.

Pugs of the Frozen North by Phillip Reeve // I read this for a children’s book writing workshop I went to where the fabulous illustrator of this book, Sarah McIntyre, gave a talk. Really enjoyed this picture book, and it made me want a pug 1000x more than I already do.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie  // I have been in a murder mystery mood for most of Autumn, so I decided to pick up, arguably, the most famous one of them all. LOVED IT. I am always slightly weary of classics, but I loved this one.

SO, those are the books I read this Autumn. I loved most of them, and I developed a new found interest in mysteries and biographies. HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE! 🙂








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