Now that summer is unfortunately almost over, it is time to find a little time for ourselves to enjoy the upcoming autumn term. There is nothing better than a rainy day, sitting in front of your fireplace, drinking a hot cup of tea and reading a nice, brilliantly written book which takes you away. However, with such a wealth of great literature, it can be hard to know where to start. This is a list of books that can be found on a stainless steel bookmark from the world’s great writers available in most book stores. These can also be the ideal gift for any upcoming birthday! The only decision left to make is to decide which one to read first! Whether you are into thrillers, romantic novels or even adventurous books, there is definitely something for everyone in this list.
- Autumn by Ali Smith
Ali Smith’s latest novel is billed as the first in a four-part series, Seasonal, with each novel to be named, as the title suggests, after the upcoming autumn. It is a breathtakingly inventive new novel which explores what time is, how we experience it, and the recurring unforgettable moments of our lives. The novel is experienced through the perspective of a 32-year-old art history lecturer named Elisabeth who is facing the loss of two things she holds dear: basic human decency, and the elderly neighbour who was her soul mate in her childhood. Free spirits, kindness, hope, and a readiness are, when you get down to it, what Smith champions in this stirring novel.
- The Sixth Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
As the autumn months are fast approaching together with Halloween, what better way to get in the spooky spirit than indulging in a little supernatural fantasy? The revelatory urban fantasy set in contemporary Moscow shows that the Others, a supernatural race of magicians, shape-shifters, vampires, and healers live and fight among us. Divided into the Light and the Dark, both sides must unite against the ultimate enemy – supernatural fiction doesn’t get any better than this. It is a brilliant fantasy novel which will prepare you for the Halloween holiday and introduce a spooky spirit in your life.
- Loner by Teddy Wayne
One of the most anticipated novels of the fall is the Loner by Teddy Wayne. David Federman is an alienated Harvard freshman who has never felt appreciated. Although he has managed to come out on top in the college admissions game, so far in life he has been socially an invisible one. He soon becomes infatuated with Veronica, a glamorous, sophisticated Manhattanite in his dorm. However, he begins compromising his moral standards for this one, great shot at happiness. What begins as a wry story soon spirals into a dark, disturbing portrait of obsession. Both Veronica and David, it turns out, are not exactly as they seem…
- Nothing Short of Dying by Erik Storey
If you are in the mood to read a thrilling story this autumn, full of action and suspense, then start reading the Nothing Short of Dying by Erik Storey. A drifter with deadly skills and a dark past, Barr just wants some peace and quiet. Of course, just when it seems his peaceful existence might be within reach, he gets a panicked phone call from his sister who begs him to come and get her. Then the line goes dead, he does not know how much time he has or where Jen is. He doesn’t even know who has her. All he knows is that nothing short of dying will stop him from saving her. Erik Storey’s Nothing Short of Dying is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat!
- Znachor by Tadeusz Dolega-Mostowicz
This Polish novel is definitely going to make you think, smile and even cry a little bit. Abandoned by his wife and daughter, a famous surgeon starts drinking, gets robbed, hits his head badly and loses his memory. Wandering around the countryside, his medical knowledge gradually resurfaces and he becomes a village healer. However, there are many complications along the way. This book is the perfect companion for the autumn months. The book definitely keeps the reader interested in how the story will unfold and who will win in the end.