Autumn Reading List & Book Haul

Autumn is my favourite season of the year. From the wardrobe updates (jumpers, oh how I have missed you!) to the Saturday night TV (hello Strictly) and to the hearty cooking (casserole, anyone?). But best of all is the evenings drawing in which makes for snuggling down on the sofa with a cup of tea, blanket and a new book. Reminiscent of my back-to-school vibes which included an annual trolley dash around W.H.Smith (this girl loves her stationary), I find myself drawn to a book haul around this time of year. Enter Amazon (sorry, W.H.Smith, I've gone digital). Approaching this time of year when there's a lull between the summer BBQ's and Christmas parties, my social diary is freed up for early nights of reading in bed and Netflix binges (can I really be arsed with starting 5 series of Breaking Bad now?!). I've spoken before about my bestie Elizabeth Ruth and how we bonded from day one at University over chick-lits and nachos. Since then, we've had a book club for two which has taken itself online now we are an ocean apart and Pinterest is our online library. Without further ado, this Autumn I have a rather eclectic bunch of reading material and here's why I'm excited to tuck in...
Rhonda Byrne The Secret
I'm starting with the very much talked about and best-selling self-help book The Secret. It's been around since 2006 so chances are you've heard of it too. From colleagues, vloggers and pod-casts of late, there have been so many references to this book that, frankly, I want to know what all the fuss is about. This book claims it can change your life - or at least give you the power to change your life once you know 'the secret'. Fundamentally, it's all about positive visualisation. It might not be up your street, especially those on the cynical end of the spectrum, but I've heard one too many first-hand accounts of it working that I want in on the 'law of attraction' action! 
Paige Toon The Last Piece of my Heart
Ask me who my favourite author is and this lady is first in mind: introducing Paige Toon. If you are new to this author, I highly recommend you read all her books starting with Lucy in the Sky. The perk of reading in chronological order (although not essential) is that Toon very cleverly weaves together characters from various books into a larger network just emphasising her genius. Having spent 18 months out of the loop from her most recent releases, I was beyond excited to find I was behind on her two latest releases.

Paige Toon The One We Fell in Love With
I challenge anyone to read the Kindle Preview of this book and stop there. Within minutes I utterly gripped!! Genuinely nearly missed my stop on the subway ride home! Plus one of the (many) reasons I love Paige Toon is the way she brings romance to life. So much so you won't be able to put the book down! The gist here is one guy + triplet sisters and he's in love with one of them - navigating this complex love triangle! (Or square?)
Naomi Alderman The Power
The cover of this book may look familiar and that's because it's graced so many Instagram posts over the course of the summer that my FOMO scale finally tipped the balance. Science fiction isn't my typical genre so it'll be interesting to see how I get on with this 'dystopian fiction' but the synopsis intrigued me and appealed to my inner feminist. The premise explores women discovering they can emit electrical jolts from their fingertips establishing them as the dominant gender. Boy, there are times I wish I could’ve emitted electrical jolts but had to settle for a killer stare. Written by fellow Brit, Naomi Alderman is a literary genius that has been on the rise and adorned with accolades since her debut novel in 2006. Quickly winning the Orange Award for New Writers in that year, The Power is her fourth book and winner of 2018 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.
Lucy Sykes & Jo Piazza Techbitch
In my mind, this book will be The Devil Wears Prada meets the digital age. Imogen is the editor-in-chief of Glossy magazine who, returning from sabbatical, finds herself being upstaged by her social-media savvy former assistant Eve. In typical Millennial style, Eve is taking on her old boss in a battle of the generations and it's print vs. digital - who will win? It's going to be an indulgent delve into the fashion and publishing world - two of my great loves - and written by two journalists from the world itself. I cannot wait to laugh at the parallels the authors draw upon as these two characters go head-to-head!

Giovanna Fletcher Happy Mum, Happy Baby
This is a controversial one and before anyone gets ahead of themselves, a little disclaimer: No, I'm not pregnant and no, I'm not planning to get pregnant anytime soon. This is literally a by-product of the 'At Home With' podcast series by Lily Pebbles and The AnnaEdit. As my own mother can testify, I have always been fascinated with pregnancy which manifested into a brief desire to become a midwife but was quickly satisfied by VHS recordings of the 80s answer to 'One Born Every Minute'. I figure this 'warts-and-all' approach to motherhood is best served cold (i.e. way in advance), to act as an effective contraceptive in the short-term and hopefully lead to a long-term knowledge-is-power effect. Given the friendly and down-to-earth character of Giovanna Fletcher (check out her Instagram stories to see just how warm and lovely she is), this will literally be like my best friend telling me the ugly truth.

Madeleine Shaw A Year of Beautiful Eating
Again, credit to The Anna Edit's recent vlogs and cooking up a storm in her Brighton kitchen to get this recipe book in my basket. Feeling excited to tackle the kitchen! My desire to embrace my inner-Nigella/Delia/Mary Berry has been thwarted by New York's grocery store prices yet my expanding waistline has called for desperate action. Given a limited number of kitchen resources (damn you shipping costs for parting me with my spice rack!) I wanted a no-frills yet healthy selection of meals that my picky husband won't turn his nose up to - the jury is out for now but the Autumn and Winter chapters have been heavily bookmarked!
What's on your reading hit-list this Autumn? Or have you any great Summer books to share with me? You can always follow my Pinterest board for live updates!


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