Autumn reading list

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Now that my life here in Southern Tuscany has settled, I find myself falling into annual routines. In summer, I’m extremely active with a new outdoor DIY project almost every day. As the weather cools into autumn, I become more sloth like and can’t really be bothered finishing projects that I started months ago… yes, I am talking to you, mosaic table. When I started you, Obama was still a presidential candidate!

In winter, I enter full hibernation mode and knitting starts to look appealing. As with every year, I will spent three months knitting the ugliest blanket on the earth only to abandon the project and unravel it all when summer rolls around. I’ve been knitting the same four balls of wool for a decade.

I’m an avid reader regardless of the season, but in autumn, I’m desperate for books that rock my foundations. I want to be blow away by good storytelling because if I read one more teen romance, I will burn my own eyes out. Honestly, have you looked at the New York Times best sellers recently? They are all teen trilogies!


Since it’s so hard to find books that don’t talk about WWII romances, vampires or bondage, I thought I would share my hard sought and autumn-perfect reading list, just in case you need something to distract you from those gloomy Tuscan days!


City on FireGarth Risk Hallberg: Yes, we all read that this first time novelist was offered two million dollars by 10 different publishers, but is it any good? I’m keen to start this novel, which is about a bunch of characters in New York 1975. 

The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith: a.k.a J.K Rowling, or at least, that’s what the goss is. I hated The Casual Vacancy with absolute passion, but I’m willing to give this literary doyenne another chance.

Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff: An evocative tale of two women navigating the secrets and lies at the heart of a wildfire threatening their town. I’m intrigued.


Secret Garden, Johanna Basford: I give in! I will buy one of those adult colouring books just to see what all the fuss is about. This one looks the most appealing with luxe paper stock and intricate patterns, but I still don’t see the point.

Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton: I love the website and can’t wait to look at the gorgeous pictures and heart breaking stories in this beautiful pictorial of New York City.


Jerusalem, Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi: It’s expensive as all hell, but I can’t resist. I have to have at least one book by Ottolenghi and I’m obsessed with Middle Eastern food. I’ll probably never use it, but the pictures will be worth it, I’m sure. 

Thai Street Food, David Thompson: An Aussie who lived half his life in Thailand and is sharing super complicated, but delicious looking recipes. I’m in!

Made in India, Meera Sodha: I’m a sucker for Indian cookbooks. I have so many of them, it’s ridiculous, but this is all about home cooking and looks gorgeous!


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