Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Give Off Autumn Vibes


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For the rules see her blog.

This week’s topic: November 5: Books That Give Off Autumn Vibes (Autumn scenes/colors on the cover, autumn atmosphere, etc.)

Here are 10 books displaying autumnal colours. I’ve read all of them except for Thinking on My Feet. The links go to my posts when I’ve written about the book, and to Goodreads when I haven’t.

  1. Autumn by Ali Smith -A book I found it both poignant and cutting in its look at modern life. It’s main focus is the relationship between Daniel and Elisabeth, who first met when Elisabeth was a child and moved into the house next door to Daniel’s.
  2. Painting as a Pastime by Winston Churchill – The cover shows Churchill’s painting of his home, Chartwell. Churchill was forty when he first started to paint.
  3. Confusion by Elizabeth Jane Howard – the third novel about the Cazalet family, set in the dark, middle days of World War II to May 8, 1945, VE Day.
  4. Thinking on My Feet by Kate Humble – this tells the story of Kate’s walking year – shining a light on the benefits of this simple activity. I have a copy of this but haven’t read it yet.
  5. The Lake District Murder by John Bude – a Golden Age Mystery. The cover, reproduced from a travel poster of the 1920s, shows a small steamer boat sailing on Ullswater, surrounded by the hills and mountains of the Lake District.
  6. Broken Ground by Val McDermid – I’m currently reading this Karen Pirie murder mystery set in the Highlands. A body is found in a bog.
  7. The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves – the first Vera book, set in the North Pennines,  a very intricate and clever plot, with plenty of red herrings.
  8. Ninepins by Rosy Thornton – a book about mothers and daughters, not exactly a thriller, although there is a mystery element to it and not exactly a romance, either, although there is also a love story.
  9. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy – the story of Grace, who has been educated out of her social class, returning to the woodlands.
  10. The Wild Road by Gabriel King – an epic tale of adventure and danger, of heroism against insurmountable odds, and of love and comradeship among extraordinary animals who must brave The Wild Road . . .



9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Give Off Autumn Vibes

  1. Oh, I do like that autumn theme, Margaret. And you’ve chosen some lovely covers here. And good to see Cleeves and McDermid here – both are such talented authors, aren’t they?


  2. What a lovely display of autumn covers! I’ve read The Lake District Murder, started The Woodlanders but couldn’t get on with it (which made me quite sad), and would like to read the Wiston Churchill painting book.


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