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Picturing Autumn without a book and a blanket is like imagining the Great British Bake Off without Mel & Sue - it just doesn't work.
Despite being deprived of vitamin D this summer (I'm looking at you, Manchester...) I'm ready for those Autumn leaves to start falling whilst I'm slothin' it out on the sofa, book and brew in hand. Living that bookworm life means I have some recent reads that I'd love to share with you, perfect for blustery days and frosty nights next to the fire.
I Am Pilgrim - Terry Hayes
This has to take the top spot without a doubt. SO BLOODY GOOD. An incredible thriller with more twists than Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing. Pilgrim is a secret agent on a race against time to save America from an unthinkable crime against humanity. This book offers so much more than my measly summary can envisage, an astounding crime mystery that delivers in every way.
A Piece of Cake - Cupcake Brown
This is my current book of choice and be warned - it's deep. A harrowing memoir from Cupcake Brown and her experiences of addiction, abuse, drugs and prostitution. Yep, let's be real this isn't gonna be your first choice for a relaxing holiday read. I had to put this one down, have a break and come back to it. A brutal story of survival, told with admirable honesty and a courageous sense of humour.
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith
I finished this book within a week and it's no wonder, really. Such a riveting 'who-dunnit?' crime novel following detective Cormoran Strike and his enquiry into a troubled supermodel's suicide. It's a mystery right until the last hurdle and to put the icing on the cake - it's written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym of a male author! I cannot wait to get stuck into the sequel The Silkworm. Shout out to my home girl Laura for introducing me to this collection.
Yes Please - Amy Poehler
If you don't have a blanket to hand to keep you warm this Autumn, fear not as Amy Poehler's memoir will give you all the fuzzy feels. As a big fan of Parks and Recreation I had to get my mitts on this autobiography. It charms you, tickles your funny bone and offers some nuggets of life advice dusted in a comedy coating. An easy read for the Leslie Knope fan girls and for those who aren't familiar - what better excuse to start watching Parks and Rec?!
All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
A beautiful piece of fiction telling the stories of a blind French girl and a young German boy whose paths collide as they grow up during World War II. Doerr's style is heavily descriptive which makes for a hefty read but the images he creates with his words are nothing short of incredible. An epic coming-of-age tale that casts a spell over all of your senses, the perfect companion for a Sunday afternoon.
What are your reading recommendations this October? I'd love to hear them!