Now Autumn is in full swing, the nights are getting darker and we’re (secretly) rather enjoying wearing jumpers again, it’s time to take a look at our cosy reads. There’s nothing better than snuggling down on a chilly evening with a big blanket, huge mug of tea and a good book so we’ve put together the perfect list for you to enjoy!
‘My cosy read – to be read in my favourite chair under a blanket with a cup of steaming tea on the side table – would be anything by the brilliant Rosamunde Pilcher but especially The Shell Seekers. Warm, heart-felt and beautiful, this is the perfect read for a Sunday afternoon.
Also on my cosy TBR pile would be Beyond the Wild River by Sarah Maine, a sweeping story set in the late 1800s that moves from Scotland to the rugged Canadian wilderness, and The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan, which is as close to a hug as a book can be.’
I am all about that hygge lifestyle and have a ton of cosy reads to dip in to this Autumn. My first choice would have to be The Secret by Kathryn Hughes – it’s such a page-turner and you become so invested in the characters by the end. I’d also choose to curl up with My Mother’s Shadow by Nikola Scott, a beautiful story set in two decades, the 1950s and now. It’s intriguing and poignant – perfect for a Sunday afternoon by the fire.
I have to have a little background music and Clemency Burton-Hill’s Year of Wonder is perfect for this. Delve into October’s playlist here where you can listen to a little Classical music every single day.
My ultimate cosy read this autumn has to be Under A Pole Star by Stef Penny – this one is an epic tale of exploration set on a whaling ship in the freezing north sea, but reading this beauty in the protective warmth of a toasty fire and a cosy blanket? Perfection. Also the added bonus of a sizzling love story to thaw your heart!
And while the cold months approach why not challenge yourself with Ken Mogi’s The Little Book of Ikigai ? Based on the mysterious and fascinating miracle of Japan’s record-breaking life-spans, as well as their astonishing appreciation of sensory beauty and inherent mindfulness, this pretty little book will give you hours of joy. As the weather turns colder, cuddle up indoors and spend some time discovering and perfecting your own Ikigai… I think mine is going to be nailing my winter recipes.