Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a topic and participants get to answer. This week’s topic is Top 5 Fall Recommendations.
This one is a hard one for me, because I’m not a seasonal reader. When I was a kid, I had books that I read at Spring Break and summer, but I was never really a fall reader. But, I shall do my best.
Now, if I remember correctly, Something Upstairs by Avi actually takes place during summer. However, it’s a creepy ghost story with a lot of dark, dreary atmosphere that makes it great for fall. In this story, the main character, Kenny, moves to an old house in Maine (I think). In the attic, there’s a dark stain on the floor. And a ghost. And time travel. It’s sends shivers up my spine just thinking. It’s a children’s book and only 128 pages, so if you’re looking for a short, scary story to get you into the Halloween mood, this is for you.
The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery is another childhood favorite of mine. I remembering discovering it in a bookstore outside of Sea World in San Diego (random, I know). Like Anne of Green Gables this book is about childhood and the adventures children get into. One thing I always associate with this book is a quote about autumn. Unfortunately, I can’t find my copy of the book or the quote online, so there’s a possibility I either A) imagined it or B) it’s from another book. It was something about the air in autumn sleeping and having a different feeling than spring. Anyway, when I think of fall, I think of this book.
I’m not sure this list would be complete without Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It’s such a back-to-school book and it has such vivid descriptions of autumn and Halloween and pumpkins and sweaters and I could go on. This is a great book to read in the fall.
I’m not sure what it is about The Hunger Games that makes it feel like an autumn book, but there’s a certain crispness to the writing and a coolness in the descriptions of the mountains and forests that make me feel like it’s a fall book. Couple reading it while listening to James Horner’s soundtrack for the movie, grab a pumpkin spice latte and a cozy blanket, and you’ve got yourself a nice fall read.
While I feel for poor Prince Rhen, I’m not sure I’d mind being cursed to relive autumn over and over again. Now, I’m a summer girl, because I like swimming and the beach, but I like the cool, crispness of fall and the turning of the leaves and the way nature starts settling into sleep. So it’s not a bad season to have to relive.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer was written for fall. The beast, Rhen, has to repeat the fall of this eighteenth years until he gets a girl to fall in love. Harper is accidentally taken to his world to try and fufill the curse, although she’s much more likely to stab him than fall in love. And Grey is a loyal servant who will do anything for Rhen, which is a trope I love. If you haven’t read this book yet, get you to a bookstore or library and Get. This. Book.
Those are my top 5 fall recommendations. What is a book you like to read in fall?