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Your favourite cosy, autumn-wintery, curl up by the fire books?

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LRDMaguliYaPomochTebeSRaboti Sun 15-Sep-13 16:45:42

I put this in Adult Fiction but I'd be happy with recommendations for memoirs or children's books or whatever, as well. Just has to be the sort of book you love to sit down with on a cold autumn day and read from cover to cover. Bonus points if you come up with suggestions for good Christmas reading for later on.

Doesn't have to be set in/evocative of autumn and winter, just books you feel you'd want to read at this time of year.

Thank you. smile

LaurieFairyCake Sun 15-Sep-13 16:51:04

Forever Amber

It's just fantastic - a romp through Charles 2nds court told through the eyes of a simple country girl who becomes an 'actress'.

You will read the last 100 pages very slowly as you won't want it to end

LRDMaguliYaPomochTebeSRaboti Sun 15-Sep-13 16:54:04

Thank you! I've seen that recommended on here before and failed to buy it. I've got some amazon vouchers so I am planning to buy a ridiculous number of books. smile

fruitpastille Sun 15-Sep-13 16:55:34

The Box of Delights is nice for Christmas.

noisytoys Sun 15-Sep-13 16:59:24

Harry Potter (all of them)

wildstrawberryplace Sun 15-Sep-13 16:59:55

Shadow of the Moon by MM Kaye - Epic historical novel with romance elements set in India at the time of the 1857 Mutiny, told with obvious love for India by the author, who was brought up there in the last days of the Raj.

MegBusset Sun 15-Sep-13 17:01:06

Northern Lights trilogy
Chronicles of Narnia (obv)

LRDMaguliYaPomochTebeSRaboti Sun 15-Sep-13 17:01:17

Thank you. Book of Delights is on my list.

noisy - agreed, but I already have them. My problem is the last few years I've got really lazy and have been re-reading my favourites to death.

wild - that sounds good, thank you!

SconeRhymesWithGone Sun 15-Sep-13 17:44:33

For getting lost in another world type books, the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (first book published as Cross Stitch in the UK, should be read in order). Twentieth century woman time travels to eighteenth century Scotland.

Memoirs: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls; This is Not About Me by Janice Galloway; What to Look for in Winter: A Memoir in Blindness by Candia McWilliam

The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler, or any book by Anne Tyler

Francagoestohollywood Sun 15-Sep-13 17:50:58

Diary of a provincial lady, by EM Delafield

Short novels by Katherine mansfield

Francagoestohollywood Sun 15-Sep-13 17:51:19

short stories, pardon!

LRDMaguliYaPomochTebeSRaboti Sun 15-Sep-13 18:10:56

This all sounds great, thank you. smile

AnnetteCurtin Sun 15-Sep-13 19:29:32

The Cazalet Chronicles
Any "cosy mystery" type books such as Agatha Christie, Leslie Cookman, Simon Brett, the Daisy Dalrymple series etc.
Narnia chronicles
Harry Potter series
How about revisiting loved childhood books? I treated myself to The Swish of the Curtain and some of the sequels earlier this year.
I love this time of year. Just right for snuggling up in a big woolly pully, huge mug of coffee and a fab cosy book smile

Justshabbynochic Sun 15-Sep-13 19:30:51

Little Women!!!

LRDMaguliYaPomochTebeSRaboti Sun 15-Sep-13 19:37:25

Oh yes, exactly annette. It's a good time of year.

I've read the Cazalet chronicles and a couple of the others - definitely up for looking at children's books, thanks for the recommendation.

just - oh, yes. Always good. smile

AnnetteCurtin Sun 15-Sep-13 19:52:34

You're welcome. Coincidentally just read another thread about revisited books and Rebecca came up a lot, how could I have forgotten that!

Also Rosamund Pilcher is good for a bit of cosy.

I'll stop burbling after this grin but have you read the Hebridean books? I can't think of the author at the moment (Justine or Jessica??) but one is called A Rope In Case. They are semi autobiographical and written in the sixties about the time the author packed up and moved to a Scottish island and the characters she met. They're just lovely.

AnnetteCurtin Sun 15-Sep-13 19:55:44

Lilian Beckwith - that didn't begin with a J at all did it? <tuts>

LRDMaguliYaPomochTebeSRaboti Sun 15-Sep-13 20:17:45

Burble away! And that sounds great, I'll put them down.

Pascha Sun 15-Sep-13 20:20:42

Mine are all childrens books:

Black Beauty
The Secret Garden

All very easy reading. How sad am I?

Dollybird86 Sun 15-Sep-13 20:24:30

Every October I read On beauty by Zadie Smith.
It feels so autumnal I love it!

LRDMaguliYaPomochTebeSRaboti Sun 15-Sep-13 20:39:26

Never read Kim. I must. Thank you! (And it's not sad, children's books are great).

dolly - I do love On Beauty. smile But I've read it enough for a bit, I need some new ones.

TrucksAndDinosaurs Sun 15-Sep-13 21:14:46

I've just read The Dark Is Ris

TrucksAndDinosaurs Sun 15-Sep-13 21:16:21

Sorry... The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper: wonderful children's fantasy with folklore and Atthurian myth woven in...

LRDMaguliYaPomochTebeSRaboti Sun 15-Sep-13 21:21:48

I love The Dark is Rising.

That and Children of Green Knowe are my absolute favourite christmas books. I don't know anything in adult lit that's as magical (but hope there is).

SconeRhymesWithGone Sun 15-Sep-13 21:23:57

It's still hot where I live so I have to settle for rain and a pot of tea for a cozy read. Right now I am re-reading Excellent Women by Barbara Pym.

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