This is another post for this year’s Bookending Autumn and the prompt I’m following today is:
It’s the classic Autumn post to honour the start of the season – books that make me feel cosy and warm inside and make me want to curl up in bed with a cup of tea as the weather gets colder (it’s so cold in England already!). So let’s begin!
Carry On / Wayward Son
Maybe it’s because Wayward Son has recently released, or because Carry On begins in September during back to school time, but the Simon Snow series immediately came to mind when I started to think of books that give me cosy Autumn vibes. I’m a massive sucker for the enemies-to-lovers trope and I find the progression of Simon and Baz’s relationship particularly heartwarming.
Simon himself is a cosy character, as for one he’s always warm, but his love for sour cherry scones and constant insistence that Baz is plotting something makes him so lovable it makes me want to give him a hug – and I’m sure we can all agree that Simon Snow deserves all the hugs.
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
You’ll probably notice how all of the books on this list are set in and around school/college and are romance novels, and Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is no exception to this. The characters in this book are all adorable (bar Martin of course) and Simon’s angst and love for his dog, among other things, makes him a relatable character.
The film adaptation, Love Simon, is another piece of pop culture that suits this Autumn weather. So whether you decide to curl up on the sofa in front of the TV, or in bed with a book, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda won’t let you down.
What If It’s Us
What If It’s Us is a meet-cute, which already makes it one of the things I think is a living definition of cosiness. It’s set during summer in New York and focuses on the lives of Arthur and Ben as they navigate quite different lives – Ben is dragging his feet to summer school to catch up his studies, whilst Arthur is on an internship at his mother’s company and is in the home of Broadway, i.e. his dreams.
Whilst you may be hesitant to give this one ago as it’s co-authored (as I was before reading it), you don’t need to worry. As Becky and Adam’s writing styles work cohesively together and fit perfectly into each of the character’s narratives. There’s also a good amount of growth in the character’s friendships, as well as romantic relationships, which adds another layer of warmth to the novel.
Anna and the French Kiss
This is another one beginning as school starts again. Anna and the French Kiss takes place in the beautiful city of Paris (as the title partially suggests, if not, the front cover). Paris, as we all know, exudes romance, and I can so easily imagine how beautiful its streets would be during Autumn.
Although it took me a few chapters to get into the novel, its characters, Étienne in particular, quickly swept me off my feet and I was invested in the various relationships in the books. As Anna and the French Kiss is part of a trilogy, it means that as soon as you finish it, you can continue by reading the next two and see your favourite characters pop up again and dedicate yourself to a different couple.
I don’t know the reason why, but I’ve been reading a fair amount of fan-fiction recently (Carry On/Wayward Son in particular), so Fangirl feels on theme. Similar to the first two on this list, I’ve re-read this book a number of times so I can personally vouch that it’s a good comfort read to turn to when you’re in need.
I find Cath and Levi’s relationship endearing because how smooth a progression it is from their friendship to romance (does that count as spoilers?, if so I’m sorry!) and their support for one another is so sweet – it’s simply heart-warming to read.
So there you have it, those are my top 5 books that I think are perfect to snuggle up and read this Autumn.
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