Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Autumn Reads

Tuesday, October 04, 2011
I love fall. Late August through the end of October is probably my favourite time of year. (November is a month for brooding, and then it’s back into awesometown as we ramp up to Christmas!)

It’s still warm enough to get away with no jacket, but it’s chilly enough for a sweater or a scarf.

And I love sweaters.

In tribute of my favourite season, I’m going to attempt to post a mini series about my favourite fall things.

Today: My favourite fall books.

Fall reading material is different than other seasons, but it’s a stark contrast with what I read in the summer. Summertime, and the reading is eaaaasy – cheap and steamy mysteries, grocery-store romances, bodice rippers, British chick lit. That’s what I like to read by the pool or on a road trip.

But when the weather turns, I like something cozy. Engrossing. A little bit…sinister around the edges.

In no particular order:

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I read this one every few years. It’s one of my favourite books.

A Song of Ice and Fire series (also known as the Game of Thrones series) by George R.R. Martin – I finished the first two books over the summer, but I’m saving the rest for after Thanksgiving. Because after all – winter is coming.

The Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling. I read these as they came out in the summer, but I truly relish reading them in the fall, for that back-to-Hogwarts nostalgia.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger – I read this with high, high hopes. I was disappointed because I wanted something like what she’d already written, but on it’s own – it’s perfect for fall.

The Forgotten Garden or The Distant Hours by Kate Morton. These are gothic-style family mysteries set in pre-WWII England. Perfect for tea sipping and brooding in a field of heather (in my imagination).

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Another gothic suspense story. It's been a few years since I've read this, but I stayed up all night racing to the conclusion of this ghost (or is it?) story.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. To be fair, I’m only half-way through, but OH MY GOD this is everything I wanted in this book. I don’t really care how it ends, I’ve gotten my $9.99 worth of ebook enjoyment out of it already. I’ve loved it so much that I’m going to go buy it in hardcover.

I’d love to hear what you like to read when the leaves start to fall. Jane Eyre? Pride and Prejudice? Gritty detective stories? Sweeping romances? Lay it out. If you’ve got any suggestions for me, I’d love to hear them, too.

I'm going to retire to my chaise, wrap myself in a blanket, brew some tea and eat some caramel corn. Until tomorrow...


Laurel said...

"Winter is coming" - You make me smirk.

Lady Churl said...

I'm reading American Gods right now--SO GOOD!