Read, hike, sleep – repeat.
Is what I wish I could be doing for the rest of the year. Frankly, I have been doing a lot of it so far this fall, along with making Halloween cards to be sent out to friends and family next week. Yeah, Martha Stewart would be so proud!
I have especially made an effort to read more. Since Netflix has zero to offer these days (and we don’t own a TV), it’s been easy to shift into reading in the evenings instead of watching TV shows. Between audio books and actual real books (I don’t do e-readers; I’m a fan of the printed word), I have gone through a considerable amount of paperbacks in the past few weeks. And you know what? It feels so right.
Finishing a book and adding it to my collection on the shelf gives me a strange sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, not to mention the deep relaxation and peacefulness I find while being fully immersed in a suspenseful book.
And fall wouldn’t be fall if I didn’t take out my favorite fall books to be read for the umpteenth time – – or find new favorites and add them to the collection!
Yeah, yeah, I know this book has just been made into a movie. I haven’t seen it and I’ll probably never watch it so I can’t tell you anything about the screen adaption. What I can tell you, though, is that this book is, well, peculiar. Refreshingly so! The author, Ransom Riggs, originally intended to publish a book with pictures he had collected. A truly odd compilation of some of the strangest pictures I’ve laid eyes on! He ended up writing a story using the images as a guide. The story is, in my opinion, for young adults but the images are wonderfully bizarre and ring in the spooky time of the year!
Murder on the Orient Express is one of my all-time favorite books! The story is truly suspenseful and has a great twist. As with most Agatha Christie books, you should keep a notepad close by to keep track of the various characters she introduces (it’s a bunch and can get confusing). I love murder mystery stories with little gore and lots of sleuthing; if you have similar taste, you should definitely pick up a copy of Murder on the Orient Express.
We have always lived in the Castle is the latest addition to my fall favorite books list. Shirley Jackson has a unique way of telling a story; her use of language is captivating and powerful. It took me a little while to find a rhythm in her writing but once I was drawn in, I couldn’t escape! This book may not be for everyone but if you enjoy books that are out of the ordinary, you will love We have always lived in the Castle.
The October Country is the book to read in the days leading up to Halloween. These short stories are eerie, chilling and downright horrifying but above all, exceptionally creative and well crafted.
If you’re unsure if this book of short stories is for you, read the epigraph and decide for yourself:
“October Country . . . that country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and mid-nights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain. . . .”
I want to move to October country. Like, yesterday.
You don’t have to be a youngster to enjoy R. L. Stine’s selection of scary stories. While these stories aren’t bone-chilling if you’re over the age of, say, 8, I do enjoy the creativity and atmosphere that always get us in the mood for Halloween. This book is a fun, entertaining Halloween staple for us!
What books are you reading this fall? What are some of your fall favorites?