Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October Reading

Dear Book Friends,

I absolutely love the fall.  I eagerly jump into the season by wearing jackets and sweaters, drinking apple cider, and eating all things pumpkin-flavored.  The trees are finally starting to change colors, and the air at its best smells like leaves and campfires.  I love the crispness of the wind on my cheeks when it starts to get cold, and I celebrate the little shivers down my spine.  I've already visited the apple orchard, walked through a corn maze, and brought home a pumpkin.  The mulling spices I bought are just begging to be made into mulled red wine.

So now I ask for your help...  I want to echo my love for the fall with my reading choices as well.  Last year, I decided to get into the spirit of October by reading a lot of famous spooky, eerie, and/or autumn-themed books.  I posted my reviews of them throughout the month and saw many of you doing similar reviews and read those as well.  I've noticed a recent surge of readership on these posts again this season, so I'm hoping you have been able to get into the spirit again and are checking them out.  Before then, I had never read these amazing books before, and I was pleasantly surprised that they were quality literature in addition to good October reads.  So I'm hoping you can help me continue the tradition and recommend some to try this year.

Here was last year's list:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Now I know the month is nearly over, and I should have asked you sooner.  But I can always put them aside for next year, so don't hesitate to suggest something even if the month has passed.  Remember, they must be considered Classic Literature or worthy of such status, so please don't try to suggest Twilight or something.  *shudder*  (Yes, I am a book snob.  Don't act too surprised.)  However, I am not opposed to books written recently or ones that are obscure, so long as they are written well.  It doesn't have to be old or famous to be good.  It also doesn't have to have a Halloween theme, so long as it takes place in the fall.  A Room of One's Own, for example, has tons of references to October even though it isn't in narrative form.  So feel free to surprise me.

I hope to hear from you!  Happy October!!


Bookworm in DE said...

Some spooky/scary literary recommendations here:

Jillian22 said...

This is my favorite season as well and my book list always seems to reflect that. Some themed books that I wrote about last year on my blog are some of my favorites: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (not a classic, about an intelligent novel about the Salem Witch Trials), The House of the Seven Gables, Brides of Eden (it's got the chill factor in spades- a true story about a man who starts a cult in 1900 Oregon), The Raging Quiet (another non-classic, but one of my favorite books). I describe them in more detail on my blog post. Have a great fall!

a reader said...

Amy, I can't believe nobody recommended Thomas Wolfe. He wrote voluminously on October! Just do a search on "thomas wolfe october" and enjoy the autumn!

Amy said...

@Bookworm, thanks I will check it out!

@Jillian, it's good to hear from you! All of those suggestions will be noted. I always admire your literary taste!

@Reader, I will do just that. Thanks!