26 October 2016

Top 3 Autumn Must Reads

This time last week I was on an aeroplane, heading back to the UK from the 30+ degree sunshine of Florida. Autumn had definitely arrived while I while I was away.  I’m a girl who loves the sun, so this shock to the body wasn’t so pleasant.  However, one thing I love about this time of year is the prospect of filling my home with fairy lights, building a reading nook and settling down with a book while I watch the rain fall out of the window.  My TBR pile is ever growing as always, but here are three in particular that I will be reaching for this Autumn.

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
Disclaimer, I work for Bloomsbury, the publisher of this book, and that is how it come to my attention as it’s been gaining quite a lot of positive publicity of late, but they don't know I'm writing this.  This is a young adult book centred around a young girl from Russia and her family's connection to a pack of nearby wolves, whose live takes a dramatic turn when the Russian Army arrive and she is forced to flee her home.  Something about the setting of this book, with is wintery imagery, has really grabbed my interest. I think this is going to be a great read for curling up with a cup of tea.

Goth: The Design, Art and Fashion of a Dark Subculture by Chris Roberts, Hywel Livingstone and Emma Baxter-Wright
One thing you probably aren’t aware of about me, unless you are a long time reader who has come across my Resistanz Festival post, is that I have a goth side.  I am really into industrial music and have attended plenty of goth festivals in the last few years  I find the culture so friendly and welcoming, and the many different clothing styles beautiful. This nonfiction book aims to show more than just the gothic fashion, and delves into other aspects of the gothic culture such as architecture, art, fiction and lots more.  I’ve had a quick flick through this book already and the photography looks stunning, so I can’t wait to get stuck into this one.  

The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton
I’ve been a fan of the film The Nightmare Before Christmas for a number of years, but I hadn't realised that it actually existed as a book before the film.  To mark the book's twentieth anniversary Puffin have released this new edition, complete with additional illustrations and a short introduction by Burton himself.  I actually couldn’t resist this when it landed on my doormat, so I have read it already and was surprised to find out that the story actually differs slightly from the film.  The stunning illustration alone, along with the poetic verse, is enough reason for you to get this book. A great short read to get you into the Halloween mood.

Do you have any favourite Halloween reads?  I’d love to hear about them!
*all three books were gifts from the publisher. Also I work for Bloomsbury Publishing, all opinions are completely honest and my own.

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