Who doesn’t like to enjoy a good read especially when winter’s approaching? With a nice cup of tea, warm snacks, plopped on your favorite couch and wrapped up in a shawl. Let your autumny October be booked with books. Let your mind rejuvenate with words. Let the books do the talking. Give your mind some space to dive into another world! Because it seems this weather was basically made for reading. Some dose of fantasy, fairytale, and mystery is waiting for you!
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
This book tells the story of a young woman named Agnieszka, who loves her village and will do anything in order to protect it. Little does she know when the time comes; it’s not her best friend Kasia who’s chosen to go with the Dragon (a wizard). It’s only later Agnieszka comes to know that she is gifted with magic, and it is only her who can save the entire village and her best friend from the evil forces brewing in the Wood. Uprooted is about friendship, magic, adventures, and everlasting bonds. It is rated as one of the best books of 2015. Novik is well-known for her Temeraire series, a combination of alternate history and fantasy novels. This bewitching tale is sure to leave you enchanted long after you’ve read it. If you enjoy fairy tales and all things fantasy, then this award-winning book is for you!
Meet your Baker by Ellie Alexander
Meet Your Baker is the first book in the Bakeshop Mystery series by Ellie Alexander. The plot of the story includes a mystery surrounding a murder. Juliet Capshaw returns to her hometown of Ashland, Oregon to give her troubled heart a break; and to help her mother out at the Family bakery called Torte. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has begun, and the town seems to be flooded with tourists. Something unexpected happens when one of Torte’s customers who also happens to be the festival’s board member is found dead inside the shop. This one sure makes for an engaging thriller!
A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar
Sofia Samatar is undoubtedly a magic weaver of words. I think more and more people should know about her in the fantasy genre because she truly deserves to be known. So, the story is about Jevick, the pepper merchant’s son from the Island of Tyom, who grew up listening to the stories of a faraway land called Olondria. When his father dies, he takes up his place and gets to fulfill his dream of traveling to Olondria – a land known for its books and knowledge. Yes, this book is about books and ghosts. Exciting, isn’t it?! What happens next when he’s in Bain, the capital of Olondria, is something he had never imagined for himself. The ghost of an ailing girl whom he met at sea haunts his dreams. The quality of the prose is mellifluous and so vivid that while reading it you might feel like the pace is slow – but all in all, it’s worth it!
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is set in January 1946 as London emerges from the Second World War. The novel’s protagonist, Juliet Ashton, is somewhat of a well-known writer who lost her home and is now on a quest for new adventures. I’ll let you explore the rest on your own as the title of the book itself is intriguing enough; and who said epistolary novels can ever be boring? What follows next in the book is the exchange of letters that takes place between Juliet and her pen pals. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was Marry Ann’s only novel.
The Night Train at Deoli by Ruskin Bond
If you’re a fan of the short story, you’re going to love this collection of short stories. Those who have read it, only have good things to say about it. The narrative is simple, depicting everyday things in life, and emotions in such evocative and nostalgic manner that you can’t help but immerse yourself completely into it. Ruskin Bond is one gem of a veteran writer. He has written over more than fifty books for children. One of his best-known works includes the The Blue Umbrella.
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Ed Kennedy, a nineteen-year-old cab driver is in a bank with his friends when it gets robbed. Ed becomes the hero by stopping the thief. He lived a lazy and carefree life prior to the bank robbery. He’s not really good at playing cards, adores his stinky coffee drinking dog Doorman- and is in love with his best friend Audrey. His life takes a 180 degree turn when a card (playing cards) arrives in the mail. Ed realizes that he has been chosen to make a difference in people’s lives. Now the question remains, who is the sender of the cards? This YA novel is funny, quirky and thought-provoking. Zusak is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Book Thief.