For the first time ever, I’m featuring a guest blogger! Do @ What Do Reads wrote this wonderful post for you guys about two books that are just perfect to read during Autumn. I have to admit I haven’t read them myself, but they are on my TBR and reading Dominque’s post made me super excited to finally pick them up! Without further ado; here’s two books for your Autumn TBR!
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
The cover of Furthermore just screams FALL. It’s so beautiful and it contains so many beautiful colours. Surprisingly enough this was the first book I’ve read by Tahereh Mafi, but I really liked it. This story is such a fast read and suitable for any fantasy lover. Another fun fact about this book is that it is actually an Alice in Wonderland retelling, and I love retellings.
This book follows the story of Alice. Alice is a person without colour, which is quite peculiar because everything else in her neighbourhood is full of colour. Alice is twelve-year-old and she rates three things the most important in her life. First, her mother who wouldn’t miss Alice if she were gone, magic and colour, which seem to elude her and most importantly her father, who always loved her, but is missing now. Alice is determined to find her father and hopefully that will make her life a little bit better and will solve her colourless skin. She will be travelling through the mythical, magical and dangerous of Furthermore, where things can get really strange. Down can be up, paper can be alive and left can be both right and very, very wrong. She will not travel alone, she will be accompanied by Oliver, a boy whose own magic is based on lies and deceit. In this journey, she not only will be looking for her long-lost father, but also for herself.
The reason why this book is perfect for fall, is because you can immerse yourself in a world full of colour, magic, and adventure. I think this book will be brighten up the rainy, dark days which will be coming during the fall. Even though the protagonist is quite young (12 years), this didn’t bother me. She isn’t childish at all, but some decision she makes are suitable for her age.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
A book with monsters could not be missing from the books you’ll probably want to read during fall. I associate fall with Halloween and therefore it can be considered as a spooky month. The title of this book, A Monster Calls, suggests a scary read and I probably will disappoint you by saying that it is not. It is actually a quite heart-warming and very beautifully written story about friendship and loss. As with Tahereh Mafi’s book, this book also features a quite young protagonist, which is very suitable for this story.
Whereas the previous book is very colourful and happy, this book can be considered as more dark and heavy. It’s a mid-grade book, but it deals with heavy and important problems and subjects.
Conor is a boy, and as many other people, Conor has some freighting nightmares at night. One day a monster shows up, who knows more about his nightmares. This monster isn’t part of it. He can be considered as something different, something ancient, wild. And it wants something from Conor what Conor frights the most. It wants the truth.
This book is the perfect read on a dark day, because the whole sphere around this book is quite dark, in this way you can let yourself immerse in this story and get the full experience.
To end this post, I’d like to give a huge thank you to do Do for being my first ever guest blogger! I loved the post and I cannot wait to read the books! If you’d like, you can check out her Dutch blog What Do Reads and of course you can follow her on Twitter @whatdoreads.
Have you read Furthermore or A Master Calls? I’d love to know your thoughts!