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I don't know about you, but the cooler temperatures that arrive with Fall make me want to dive under the covers with a good book. Fall, to me, means cozy blankets, thick books and campfires.
Each season seems to make me want to read a certain kind of book and fall is no different. Here is my list of books that simply scream fall to me.
The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
I'm not sure if it is the thickness of these books or the back-to-school sections in each novel but this series is often a fall favorite at our house(along with the movies). My children and I often read them together while snuggled under the covers at bedtime.
The Cider House Rules by John Irving
To be honest, nearly all John Irving's novels scream Autumn to me. Most of his novels are set in New England(this one takes place in Maine) and New England in the fall is somewhere that I've always wanted to go. This novel follows that story of an orphan, Homer Wells, who leaves the orphanage he was raised in to work on an apple orchard. It is an emotional read that I've read many times and never seem to tire of.
Dead Poet's Society by NH Kleinbaum
As with Harry Potter, I imagine what makes me think about Fall when I think about this book is that it takes place at a school. In this book(made famous when Robin Williams took on the role of the teacher) boys at a stuffy boarding school are inspired by their English teacher to take a new look at their lives both through literature and the way they live their lives. I usually watch the movie after finishing the book.
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Fall wouldn't be complete without reading a book about magic, would it? With the coming of Halloween, I long to hunker down with a book that is a tad freaky and very intriguing. I love all of Alice Hoffman's work but have a special affinity for this novel about sisters who have the gift of magic and are forced to come together to right a wrong they created together with black magic. It's mildly spooky but won't keep you up all night afterwards.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
This classic is easy to find at any library and takes you immediately into the dark, suspenseful world of Transylvania. Dripping in intrigue and a strange, nearly sexual tension, this novel is one that has haunted the minds of many since it's release in 1897.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Another classic that is easily found at your local library- sometimes on it's own, sometimes in a compilation of Shirley Jackson stories(The Lottery is another short story of hers that will not let your mind rest after reading). This 1959 work follows a group of people as they knowingly walk into Hill House- a house known for strange happenings, and get far more than they bargain for.
That's my Fall list, for now. What fall reads are your favorite?