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10 Feelgood Books To Fend Off The Autumn Blues
With Autumn very much around the corner, it's easy to feel a bit subdued over the end of summer. With the nights rolling in earlier and earlier, it's understandable that many of us are feeling the summer blues - that colder weather just doesn't quite hit the same.
When those dark, autumnal nights are upon us, there's only one thing for it - it's time to get reading. Cosy up with a hot chocolate, your fave scented candle and a good old book to get you ready for the final months of the year. We've rounded up our top 10 feelgood reads to ensure your nights in are are wholesome as possible. Just pop that kettle on, grab a blanket and get ready to feel good...
The Thursday Murder Club - Richard Osman
A group of elderly murder investigators? That's what you're getting with Richard Osman's best selling debut novel. With a super unique and heartwarming plot, follow Elizabeth, Ron, Joyce and Ibrahim as they work together to solve the murder of a local property development in their seemingly sleepy retirement village, Cooper's Chase. This novel will make you smile, all the whilst making you question just how innocent those elders around you are...
You've Got To Laugh - Alison Hammond
Queen of TV presenting, Alison Hammond has a place in all of our hearts, and so will her autobiography. Discussing her rise to fame, her family and the ups and downs of showbiz, this book will have you laughing as much as the title implies. Alison really is a ray of sunshine, something even more evident when you read her thoughts straight from the page.
Queenie - Candice Carty-Williams
British author Candace Carty Williams published her debut novel, Queenie, in 2019 and it has been a hit for readers ever since. Detailing the trials and tribulations of the book's namesake character, Queenie is a super likeable heroine who will have a place in your heart long after you finish reading. This book tackles subjects like race, class and mental health and it's an ESSENTIAL read for any woman out there.
Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
Okay, a book about a pandemic may not be at the top of your list, but bear with us on this one. Detailing the fictional global spread of the Georgia Flu, this 2019 novel may be a little on the nose after recent events, but it's surprisingly feelgood. Focusing on humanity's will to come together after the unimaginable happens, this quotation pretty much sums it up: "What was lost in the collapse: almost everything, almost everyone, but there is still such beauty.".
The One Hundred Years Of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin
Unique friendships make some of the best plot ;ines, and this book has exactly that. Telling the story of 17 year old Lenni and 83 year old Margot, this tale is heartwarming and emotional in equal measures. The special bond between the two unlikely besties may have you welling up, but your heart will be well and truly FULL after you finish turning the pages.
And Away... by Bob Mortimer
Northern comedy icon Bob Mortimer's autobiography is as hilarious as it is fascinating. Many of his childhood stories may be recognised from his various appearances on Would I Lie To You? and trust us, you'll be laughing out loud at these sections of his book. As fellow smoggies (Middlesborough locals, FYI), we've got alllll the love for Bob and his amusing tales.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Depicting neurodivergent heroine, Eleanor, and her journey of self discovery, this book really is one of our faves. It covers issues like trauma, loneliness and social judgement, from the perspective of someone who thinks 'differently' to others in society. You will love Eleanor and find yourself deeply investing in her life - it's a must read.
The Flat Share by Beth O'Leary
Falling in love with your flatmate? It might feel like a cliche, but this romantic comedy is far from the ordinary. Packed full of comedy, drama and a whole load of looooove, this book is perfect for a bit of feel good escapism - trust us, you won't be able to put it down.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
If magical realism is your thing, then this book is for you. Centred around a magical library that allows you to enter the lives of the characters that live within it, this novel looks at how choices affect your life - and if you'd rather trade yours in to be someone else. A Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller, this makes for the perfect bit of escapism for those autumnal evenings.
Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton
Dolly Alderton's experiences of love, life and friendship is a must read for any woman, young or old. Her tales are relatable, funny and often emotional, exploring the themes that many of us experience through our journey of growing up. It's no wonder this book has been adapted into a series on BBC iPlayer - just make sure to read the book first!