The Best Books to Read on Your Autumn Getaway
Posted by Sarah Thomson on Monday, February 26, 2018
As we move into the cooler months and a palette of burnt orange and golden hues, it's time to put the kettle on and warm your fingertips with tea and something to compliment an autumn mood.
Reading is a treat enjoyed all year round, but there's something about the cooler evenings that invites us to curl up on the couch under a woolly blanket and catch up on some reading time. If you're in the mood for some home comforts, reach for latest edition of inspiring interior design or cookbooks that transcend your current recipe catalogue. Novels that encourage you to forget about the season entirely, as the story disintegrates all concept of time, are always in high demand, and we have you covered. Time to bring the pooch inside and burrow into your favourite rugged-up position with a book you're not likely to forget. We've put together a list of 10 titles that will bind you into an autumn trance.
Every Note Played, Lisa Genova
Contemporary Fiction, Medical Fiction
Release date: April 2018
This is the returning work from neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author Lisa Genova. Every Note Played follows the life of a talented concert pianist living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Anyone who's read Lisa's previous works knows to come prepared for a well-written and heartfelt must-read, which opens readers to the impacts of the disease. Be warned: this tale makes for a heartbreaking story, but it's worth the emotional ride.
The Woman in the Window, A. J. Finn
Suspense and Thriller, Contemporary Fiction
The Woman in the Window is a perfect example of when we say you'll forget what day it is from the moment you flick through the opening pages of this fast-paced thriller - forecast to be one of the best of the year. Wreathed with multiple psychological twists that will keep you indoor-bound, and force you to question every character and may evoke paranoia. This is a novel for those wanting to be gripped until the final page.
Lasting Lines: 100 Poems and Poets That You Should Know, Jamie Grant
Poetry and Prose
Jamie Grant's curated selection of favourited poems in Lasting Lines has text for everyone, no matter if you're a complete poetry novice or if it's something that fills your every waking thought. This work encourages even the most leery reader to rediscover this fluid genre and to fall in love with English prose, thanks to the guided biographical and critical comments from the author. From a guy who has worked in every possible area of the publishing industry and is a notorious poet himself; this book offers readers the opportunity to learn the origins of familiar sayings and phrases.
7 Minutes to Better Health, Sam Wood
Health and Fitness
The festive revelry that summer weather often brings is no excuse to leave behind healthy ambitions. Instead, say hello to a simplified way to feel great with 7 Minutes to Better Health. Sam and his team work hard to transform the lives of thousands into a healthier and nutrition-focused mindfulness, following the huge success of 28 by Sam Wood. Try one of the seven-minute workouts as you meal prep, or squeeze in a routine before you jump into reading another of the books on this list.
The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah
The Great Alone is best enjoyed from the comfort of your centrally heated home, with perhaps a hot chocolate in hand to bear as a stark contrast to a story about living rough. Kristin Hannah, another New York Times bestselling author, sets the scene in the Alaskan wilderness during early 1970s and depicts a family's fight for survival against the fierce nature in the unforgiving state.
Australia's Ultimate Bucket List: The Top 100 Places You Should See In Your Lifetime, Jennifer Adams and Clint Bizzell
Travel and Lifestyle
The autumn months are some of the best times to explore Australia's Ultimate Bucket List now that the sun's heat has mellowed, and this coffee table book will inspire you to immediately plan your next getaway. This is the ultimate guide to some of the most iconic destinations that must be seen in a lifetime. The photography alone will have you mesmerised with the incredible landscapes and lesser-known treasures that await in every Australian state and territory. However, if you're not in a position to embrace a local adventure, flick through the pages at your own pace for some quality armchair travelling.
This Is Home: The Art of Simple Living, Natalie Walton
Home and Interiors
Surround your living spaces with soft earthy tones and be inspired to decorate to your personality without having to spend a small fortune, courtesy of This Is Home. Natalie Walton teaches the many ways of designing simple interiors with in-depth case studies from across the world. Whether you're interested in a complete makeover, a couple of tweaks or just a pretty book to flick through, she'll spur you on to create beautiful rooms that exhibit like an extension of ourselves.
Sticky Fingers, Green Thumb: Baked sweets that taste of nature, Hayley McKee
Food and Drink
Now that you're likely to spend more time indoors, it's time to heat up the kitchen a little and fill the home with sweet aromas thanks to Sticky Fingers, Green Thumb. Harness unique Australian flavours and challenge your baking repertoire with some treats taken straight from the garden, all to unlock the best seasonal ingredients and edible native plants. We'll leave it to up whether you invite friends around to share in your handiwork, or if you choose devour your creations solo.
The Broken Girls, Simone St. James
Fiction, Thriller and Suspense
Release Date: March 2018
Don't blame the change of weather for the goosebumps creeping up your arm as you delve into The Broken Girls; the haunting activity surrounding a girls' boarding school in Vermont, America, will undoubtedly make you shiver. The novel's award-winning author is back to take readers hostage with another compelling story, regardless of whether you're a ghost believer or not. We won't be held responsible if you find yourself staying up until the early hours of the morning completely engrossed in this character-driven thriller.
In the Kitchen: The New Bible of Home Cooking, Michele Curtis and Allan Campion
Food and Drink
Michele Curtis has done food enthusiasts a solid favour and collated more than 700 recipes for every occasion and meal types found In the Kitchen. It's an updated version of the beloved 2008 original, but the new edition includes some sugar-free and gluten-free recipes, plus a chapter dedicated to acing the basics. It's a fantastic addition to a staple cooking foundation and for adventurous types looking to become a little more experimental with their cookery.