// autumn reads //
In honor of the autumn that is well underway (at least in name, if not in weather) for most of us (not you, Gabby, I know ;D), I thought I might compile a list of books that seem to be especially appropriate to read in the fall. (Of course, some of these books are just always perfect; any place, any time. But y'know. :-P)
Some of these are ones that I've personally been reading/re-reading recently (or am planning to soon), and others are ones that I may not get to for years, if ever, but that seem like good autumnal choices. :)
(I don't necessarily love/enthusiastically recommend all of these books, just so y'all know.)
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The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien
ALWAYS AND FOREVER LEGIT ONE OF THE (IF NOT THE) MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK(S) EVER.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I've been slooooooowly re-reading these off and on for the past couple months, and ALL THE PERFECTION IS PERFECT. That's about all's I can say at the moment.
Peter Pan in Scarlet
by Geraldine McCaughrean
Well, duh. The original Peter Pan seems more of a spring read to me, if I had to assign a season to it (pssh, I read it all the time, anytime), but PPiS is actually about autumn coming to Neverland, so. ;)
I actually wasn't wild about this one, but it did have some lovely, cute, nostalgic parts in it, and I liked some of the plot devices she implemented. :)
The Thief Lord
by Cornelia Funke
I haven't read all of this yet, but it's set in autumn (in Venice ;)), so . . . it seemed relevant.
by Daphne du Maurier
I have not read this whole thing, so I'm not really qualified to say, but from what I've heard about it and the very little bit that I've read so far, it seems like it could lend itself to being a nice creepy tale with which to curl up on a rainy day. Y'know, if you like that sort of thing. :-P
The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh
by A.A. Milne
Autumn is a perfect time for a visit to the Hundred Acre Wood, don't you think?
(ALSO. Y'all, have you found out about this yet?! GUUUUYYYYYYS. <3 <3 <3)
The Scarlet Pimpernel
by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Again, one of those anytime-is-a-good-time-to-read-this books, TSP is a fantabulous tale of buckling swashes (thanks, whoever first coined that spin-off) and derring-do that is every bit as wonderful as you've heard. READ IT POSTHASTE. (I'm in dire need of a re-read, myself.)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
by James Hilton
Such a sweet, gentle book with an aura of nostalgia and dusty regret that I loved. So simple, so sweet, and very moving. <3
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
by Victor Hugo
Now, y'all, I know I've raved about the Disney version of THoND ("SANCTUARRYYYYYYY!!!!!!") before, so those of you who've read the book might be a bit confused as to why I would like the original book, but I actually did really enjoy it when I read it last school year. It's very different, of course (#spoilers, it's really sad), but actually quite good.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Jamie Ford
I haven't read this yet (I've started it a couple of times, but it hasn't grabbed me yet and so far I've lacked the motivation to stick it out until it does), but it looks like a good, sweet, albeit rather depressing story.
One Hundred and One Dalmations
by Dodie Smith
This miiiight actually be more of a winter read, I'm not sure; but again, it's one of those that's good anytime. :)
I LOVE this adorable little book SO. STINKING. MUCH. <333333
The Woman in White
by Wilkie Collins
I have this on my shelf, but I don't know if I'll ever actually read it, because I have such an extremely low tolerance (read: no tolerance) for anything remotely resembling a horror (or even just a scary) story, even such old, "mild" stuff as this. But, as with Rebecca, it seems -- from my very cursory overview -- that it'd be a good chilly/rainy day read.
the Redwall series
by Brian Jacques
MY CHILDHOOD FEELINGS. *hugs the books*
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Yet another good-all-the-time book! This one is great, too (albeit has slightly more content than I was expecting). You can read my Goodreads review for more thoughts on this one.
anything Jeeves and Wooster
by P.G. Wodehouse
Because my guess is you could use a solid dose of Wodehouse right about now (couldn't we all?), so get thee gone to read some J&W.
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I think that's all for now! :)
What are some of your favorite books with which to cosy up on a chilly autumn day?