To Be Read: Autumn 2022

Autumn cannot come soon enough for me. I’ve wanted to curl up with an autumnal read for some time and I’ve decided now is the time to plan a few books I want to read over the next few months. 

I’ve had my first pumpkin spice latte and I’ve already brought some Halloween/autumnal candles and decorations so I am more than ready for the colder months. 

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling 

I mean this literally has a witch on the cover so it is perfect for autumn. This was a recent(ish) purchase for me and I decided straight away that I wanted to save it for October. I haven’t read anything witchy in quite a while, which is actually quite unusual for me, so I can’t wait to give this a read. 

Synopsis: Nine years ago, Vivienne Jones nursed her broken heart like any young witch would: vodka, weepy music, bubble baths…and a curse on the horrible boyfriend. Sure, Vivi knows she shouldn’t use her magic this way, but with only an “orchard hayride” scented candle on hand, she isn’t worried it will cause him anything more than a bad hair day or two.

That is until Rhys Penhallow, descendent of the town’s ancestors, breaker of hearts, and annoyingly just as gorgeous as he always was, returns to Graves Glen, Georgia. What should be a quick trip to recharge the town’s ley lines and make an appearance at the annual fall festival turns disastrously wrong. With one calamity after another striking Rhys, Vivi realizes her silly little Ex Hex may not have been so harmless after all.

Suddenly, Graves Glen is under attack from murderous wind-up toys, a pissed off ghost, and a talking cat with some interesting things to say. Vivi and Rhys have to ignore their off the charts chemistry to work together to save the town and find a way to break the break-up curse before it’s too late.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 

I don’t do re-reads often, or ever really. However, this is a book I think about a lot. Having first read this when I was like 13 I feel like I didn’t get the full experience. I remember absolutely loving it, but finding the non-linear story confusing. 

The Night Circus has pure cosy vibes and that is exactly what I want for the rest of the year. 

Synopsis: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Dark Room Etiquette by Robin Roe

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Thrillers are not something I read very often so when this appeared in my inbox I knew I needed to read it. When I have found myself reading thrillers I usually really like them. I love suspenseful books and feeling slightly creeped out is something I actually really enjoy. Am I strange? Probably. 

This seems like it’s going to have creepy, yet cosy autumnal vibes. I could be completely wrong, I’ll let you know if I am.

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Sayers Wayte has everything—until he’s kidnapped by a man who tells him the privileged life he’s been living is based on a lie.

Trapped in a windowless room, without knowing why he’s been taken or how long the man plans to keep him shut away, Sayers faces a terrifying new reality. To survive, he must forget the world he once knew, and play the part his abductor has created for him.

But as time passes, the line between fact and fiction starts to blur, and Sayers begins to wonder if he can escape . . . before he loses himself.

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