Autumn/Winter Reads (+ giveaway)

I don’t know about you guys, but one of my favourite things to do when the cold weather rolls around is snuggle up on the couch with a good book. Unfortunately, the reality of life doesn’t always align with this romanticized idea. There are ways of bringing the comfort of a good book into the dreary reality of life though, and for me this is via audiobooks. During the long. depressing drives (or train rides) to work on rainy winter days, I always pop on an audiobook and let myself get lost in the story. I thought I would share a few of my favourite “cold weather appropriate” books with you all, including one that I plan on getting stuck into when Winter finally arrives this year.

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – I think if you’re going to spend a length of time listening to someone read a book to you, you’re going to want it to be the kind that really captivates you and draws you into the story. Which is exactly how I felt while reading this book earlier in the year. This was unputdownable for me, and everyone I’ve recommended it to has loved it just as much as I did. The book is set around the time of Easter in Australia, so there some references to Autumn treats (buttered hot cross buns, anyone?), that transported me to that time of year. Perfect.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – I’ve mentioned a few times now that this is my favourite of the three books that Gillian Flynn has published so far. It’s dark, mysterious, and the kind of book you could curl up and listen to when the lights go out during a storm.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy – This is probably one of the bleakest books I’ve ever read, and the barren landscape of the story aligns perfectly with winter in my mind. I love this book, but I’ve recommended it to people who weren’t a big fan of Cormac McCarthy’s writing style and unfortunately they weren’t that keen on it. Having said that, I feel like this book would translate really well to an audio format, and I’m keen to listen to the audiobook this year to see if I still have the same feelings for it as I did after I first read it years ago.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt – For some reason I’ve always associated this book with cold weather. I guess it makes sense, with the majority of the book being set on a college campus in the US with quite a lot of mentions of snow. This is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I’m planning on re-reading this (in audiobook format) this year.

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica – This is the front runner on my list of books to read this Winter. “I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.” If that doesn’t intrigue you, I don’t know what will.

I’ve teamed up with Audible Australia, and will be giving away one of each of the titles mentioned in this post. To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me which of these five books you want to read this Autumn/Winter season. Please note, this giveaway is open to Australian residents only. Entries close at midnight on Sunday April 12th, and winners will be announced on Monday April 13th. Good luck!

35 Thoughts on “Autumn/Winter Reads (+ giveaway)

  1. I’d like to read Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places

  2. I’m desperate to read something by Liane Moriarty and have heard this one is brilliant!

  3. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I quite liked Gone Girl and im hoping her other titles are enticing as that.

  4. Ok, you’ve got me intrigued with The Good Girl 🙂 This sounds (pun intended!!) like it would be a fab audiobook to listen to. I’ve just gotten into audiobooks and they’re great.

  5. Hayley on March 11, 2015 at 1:01 pm said:

    Great idea to listen to books the husbands secret is one I would love!

  6. Richard Harrison on March 11, 2015 at 4:56 pm said:

    Been planning on reading Cormac McCarthy’s The Road since I saw the movie. It was really interesting, bleak and dark without becoming caricatured, characters were really believable. Really hope the narrator does it justice.

  7. I think out of all of them, I would love ot read “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty the most.

  8. Natalie on March 12, 2015 at 11:09 pm said:

    I would like to read ‘The Good Girl’ by Mary Kubica.

  9. well, first of all how refreshing to have an audible giveaway for Australian residents only, such a change from the usual “US residents only”
    The audiobook I would love is “The Husbands’ Secret” by Liane Moriarty
    Good luck everyone

  10. Oooh – I think I’d love to read The Secret History! 🙂

  11. Benjamin Travia on March 16, 2015 at 6:52 pm said:

    The Secret History by Donna Tartt, my girlfriend raved about the Goldfinch.

  12. Sarah T on March 16, 2015 at 6:56 pm said:

    The Good Girl sounds great!

  13. I’d love to have Dark Places read to me, I saw the Gone Girl movie but have yet to read/listen to any of Gillian Flynn’s books 🙂

  14. The Good Girl please – definitely sounds like an interesting story.

  15. Caitlin on March 18, 2015 at 7:10 am said:

    Wow, the good girl sounds so interesting!

  16. Ooooh ‘The Good Girl’ definitely has piqued my interest!

    I do wonder what the Road would read like, I don’t know his style, but I can definitely say its one of the best translated dystopian worlds I’ve seen on film. One I don’t want to rewatch!

  17. Katelyn on March 26, 2015 at 3:06 pm said:

    The husbands secret. I love to support Aussie writers and I’ve heard so much about this book.

  18. Sophie Doyle on April 3, 2015 at 1:58 pm said:

    We are going away next month for a relaxing weeks holiday without kids. I am looking for a book that will draw me in, be captivating and that I can get lost in, without any interruptions. “The Husband’s Secret” sounds perfect!

  19. The Husbands Secret for sure, I’m actually going to get Big Little Lies on audible right now in fact in preparation. I didn’t indulge in a single hot cross bun on Easter weekend so I’m going to fantasize about them hahaha.

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  21. Lauren on April 12, 2015 at 5:52 am said:

    i was a massive fan on ‘gone girl’ and would love to read ‘dark places’ next 🙂

  22. Jill Walton on April 12, 2015 at 7:47 am said:

    Dark Places sounds spooky & thrilling.

  23. Lily Nguyen on April 12, 2015 at 8:15 am said:

    The Secret History by Donna Tart. I love modernised greek tragedies and a story that explores the whydunit instead of the whodunit.

  24. Lindade on April 12, 2015 at 8:57 am said:

    I have just finished “Child of God”…And in the words of George Takei ‘Oh myyyy” . And for that reason I would choose Cormac McCarthy “The Road”

  25. leanne on April 12, 2015 at 9:22 am said:

    The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty sounds fantastic would love to spend a lazy day with this accompanying me

  26. The Husband’s Secret sounds captivating!

  27. The Husband’s Secret as it’s the only one of the five I’m yet to read 🙂

  28. Helga Grenkowitz on April 12, 2015 at 10:56 am said:

    I would love to read “The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty”; it sounds like the type of book I like to read 🙂

  29. Maria V on April 12, 2015 at 11:01 am said:

    They all sound fabulous!. I’d choose The Good Girl.

  30. Rachel on April 12, 2015 at 12:40 pm said:

    I’d like to read The Good Girl

  31. Dark Places – a gritty crime thriller that will keep me page turning at an incredible pace!

  32. JaniseR on April 12, 2015 at 2:39 pm said:

    I would love to read Good Girl pleaseThankyou

  33. SANDY on April 12, 2015 at 3:16 pm said:


  34. james pizzey on April 12, 2015 at 4:46 pm said:

    The Husband’s Secret looks like a story every wife has to worry about hoping they dont have one

  35. Who doesn’t want to find out about a secret? I have heard good things about The Husband’s Secret, so now I want to know what the secret is about!

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