Rainy Day Reads

By Bethany Griffiths

The nights are drawing in and Pumpkin Spiced Lattes are back. It can only mean one thing… autumn is here at last. And what better way to settle into the autumn season than with a cosy read to accompany you on a rainy Sunday afternoon?

After a long week of lectures and traipsing around Cardiff in the rain there’s nothing I like more than relaxing on a Sunday afternoon, book in hand, accompanied by the warmth of a freshly brewed hot chocolate. I’ll happily sit and read anything, whether it’s a book of essays for my course or a cheesy rom-com – I don’t mind! However, there is one book that helps get me in the autumn spirit more than any other. That book being the infamous Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve read this book, and I will be the first to admit that it does have its flaws – it is a book aimed for children after all! Despite this, every time Autumn rolls around I immediately feel the urge to dig out my copy of the book and delve between its pages for the hundredth time. Perhaps it’s because the book isn’t long – about 220 pages to be exact – or perhaps it’s because of the familiarity of the book. All I know is that the autumnal scenes which take place throughout most of the narrative make this book an autumnal favourite of mine.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is my go-to book every Autumn, alongside a collection of other cosy reads, including The Hygge Holiday and Bridget Jones’ Diary. It makes me forget about the doom and gloom outside and focus on the exciting aspects of Autumn: the eventual build-up to Christmas, Halloween and (of course) hot chocolate and comfy socks!