Top 5 Tuesday: cozy fall reads

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday! This time I’ll tell you all about my top 5 cozy fall reads. Who doesn’t love to read when it’s cold and rainy outside? For me, rainy days are the perfect days to relax a little and read a good book. If you also want to join Top 5 Tuesday, you can find the topics for September over here: click.

5. Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
“Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return. Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger. (…)” – Goodreads

I received a review copy of this book when it came out and immediately loved the mysterious vibe of the book. It’s set in the town of Lost Creek, Alaska, where it’s always snowy, and is perfect for the cozy days! You can find my full (Dutch) review over here.

4. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
“Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life. (…)” – Goodreads

I know – I’ve also included this book in my top 5 favourite fantasy reads, but I just couldn’t not include this book in today’s top 5. An Enchantment of Ravens is the perfect book to read in the fall, I read it a year ago (my full review of this book can be found over here) and instantly loved it. Just look at the cover, doesn’t that give you cozy fall-vibes already? The setting of this book is also placed in the mystical autumnlands created by Margaret Rogerson, so this is the perfect book to get into the fall spirit.

3. Everless by Sara Holland
“In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries. No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever. (…)” – Goodreads

Everless is the first book written by Sara Holland, and after I finished reading the book I instantly put her on my auto-buy list for her books. It was such a great fantasy book! The world-building was amazing and I just couldn’t put the book down once I started reading. If you like to read my full review, click here.

2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
“Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?
Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.” – Goodreads

As you can probably guess by looking at my featured photo at the beginning of this blogpost, If I Stay belongs on my list of favourite cozy reads. I first read this book in the fall a couple of years ago. I saw the movie a couple of months earlier, so I didn’t really expect to enjoy this book as much as I did (since I already knew what was going to happen), but this book really surprised me. I remember reading it in one sitting and I just couldn’t put the book down. It was so well written, and even though I already knew the storyline and plot, every chapter grabbed my attention. When I finished reading I immediately stood up to get the sequel (Where She Went) from my bookshelves and also read that one in just one evening. Both books are so, so good and definitely deserve to be on my list of favourite cozy reads.

1. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
“Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price. (…)” – Goodreads

And once again, my all time favourite cozy read is a book written by Leigh Bardugo! The Language of Thorns is a collection of six beautifully written and illustrated fairytales, that instantly sweep you away to magical lands and mystical creatures. I read this book last fall when it was published, so if you’re interested in reading my full review, you can find it over here. I can’t recommend this book enough, so if you love fantasy and fairytales and you haven’t read this book yet, you should definitely put it on your list!

I’m super curious to know your favourite cozy reads, so please let me know in the comments below!

With love,
Charlotte

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