As many of you know, Autumn is the perfect time of the year to curl up in bed with candles all around, a cup of hot tea and a couple of good books to read. The rainy afternoons, the chilly winds and the leaves falling off is the perfect set up for a great reading date with yourself.
I love Autumn and I love books, so it's only fitting that I shared with you my Autumn Reading List for 2018. There's a great myriad of options to choose from that I'm sure will cater to everyone's particular taste. So without further ado, here is my selection of books that will keep me company during the chilly days of Autumn.
1. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
Willa Knox inherited a brick home in Vineland, New Jersey, that is literally falling apart. In an attempt to secure funding for her much needed repairs, she starts investigating the history of her house, only to discover a kindred spirit from the 1880s named Thatcher Greenwood.
Unsheltered is a mesmerizing story, told in alternating chapters, about two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, and how they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts.
2. Becoming by Michelle Obama
Former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, shares an inspiring and compelling memoir about the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at The White House. She is one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era, and I am looking forward to reading her amazing book.
3. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. She lives a carefully timetabled life in which she avoids social interactions. But everything changes when she meets Raymond, and this out-of-the-ordinary heroine realizes that she needs to open her heart in order to heal her damaged life.
4. Marlena by Julie Buntin
Fifteen-year-old Cat moves to a town in rural Michigan, where she meets her neighbor Marlena. Cat, inexperienced and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena’s habits and vices. After a tragedy struck Cat's life, she must face, decades later, the memories that keep her tangled in the past and try to forgive herself and learn how to pull herself back from the brink
5. The Golden House by Salman Rushdi
The story of the powerful Golden family, who immigrated to the United States under mysterious circumstances. told from the point of view of their Manhattanite neighbour and confidant, René, who chronicles the undoing of the house of Golden. This is a heartbreaking realist novel about identity, truth, terror and lies.
6. Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay
In this new era of #TimesUp and #MeToo, where women are rallying together to stand up to rape culture and sexual assault, Roxane Gay wrote this anthology of first-person essays to tackle rape, assault, and harassment head-on and what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, and bullied for speaking out.
7. Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories, written by actor, screenwriter, director and producer Tom Hanks, that range from the hilarious to the deeply touching and are surprising, smart, heartwarming, engaging and humane.
8. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
A classic of Latin American Literature, it tells the story of the Trueba family’s passions, struggles, and secrets that span three generations and whose private bonds of love and hatred are more complex and enduring than the political allegiances that set them at odds.
9. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The story of science student Victor Frankenstein, who dreams of discovering the very secret of life. This groundbreaking classic is a blend of science fiction and horror, that tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the universe.
10. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
You've probably heard of the TV show, but this book is a must read, especially in this era, where women are not valued, especially by politicians, men in power and the Republican Party, who are doing what they can to dismiss and belittle women's credibility, liberty and freedom to choose.
This might seem like an improbable reality in our modern society, but if women are not protected by Law, if they let a sexual assaulter sit on the SCOTUS and if the president of the USA is a sexual assaulter, what is stopping these white men in power, to execute horrific mandates against women's rights, all in the name of religion and Christianity while normalizing this sick and perverse behaviour.
That's the end of this post. I hope you enjoyed it and found some inspiration for your reading list. Let me know in the comments down below, what are some of your own book recommendations and what books you're excited to read during Autumn.
Until next time.
One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.