Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Favorite Fall Books

I associate books with seasons, especially favorite books that I want to read over and over.  They become tied to times of the year, with some evoking lazing on a porch swing in deep, humid summer and others bundling up with a cup of tea while winter blusters against rattling windows.

A few of my favorite fall books:

Fire in the Blood by Irene Nemirovsky

It's no secret to anyone who's known me a while that I love Irene Nemirovsky, and this is one of my favorites.  The ultimate unreliable narrator delves into his memories and proves--he doesn't know himself as well as he thinks he does.  Cold and gorgeous and fading.  (For what it's worth, I'm already cranky about the movie adaptation of Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise, so don't even ask.)



Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Something about a going to school story appeals to me in fall.  Descriptions of old-fashioned trains, classes we'd all love to take, and a fascinating school?  Beats even back to school shopping.



Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery

Rilla is my favorite of the Anne books, I think because it takes a more solemn turn than any of the others.  There's a sweet wistfulness hidden in its pages, Anne bidding farewell to her children's childhood and her own all over again, in a way, kind of like the last turning of fall leaves.  Also, Veteran's Day (November 11) will always be a little bit Armistice Day for me, so a World War I story fits fall very well.



I love this new cover, for what it's worth--I may have to treat myself to a duplicate book, because I always hated the cover of my copy. Rilla looks like she's wearing a crappy 1980s nightgown.  



Pretty Much Any History Book

Again, it's that back to school feeling.  My list keeps growing, but a short sampling of what I might pick up and LEARN ALL THE THINGS:






...But I definitely won't have time for all of them before it's time to break out my favorite Christmas season books.  Which I'll share in due time!

2 comments:

  1. Oooh such lovely book covers! I've shelved Nemirovsky's books several times at the library but never thought to try the book out. I will, though, once i get through my massive TBR pile. Why, was the movie bad? Haven't watched or heard of it.

    Ahhhhh, Montgomery! I love her books so much. I actually only read the Anne of Green Gables series. I didn't really care for the last few books where Anne starts suspecting Guilbert of emotional adultery. That bothered me lol.

    Albion's Seed is on my to-buy list. Or maybe I took it off because it was too expensive..not sure. I remember reading somewhere that this book is highly recommended for those interested America's history.

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  2. Thanks, June! Love Nemirovsky. The movie hasn't come out yet--basically, my objection is that they seem to have distilled the entire two books of the series into just the love story, which is really missing the point. It is a beautiful love story. But.

    Read Rilla! I think you'd love it!

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