Fall is finally here! Arguably the best season of them all—the season of leaves and pumpkins, scary movies and hayrides, Halloween and Thanksgiving. For those of us who live in the South, it may not feel quite like fall yet, but don’t fret—there was never a problem that a well-chosen book couldn’t solve!
Here a few titles to get you in the autumn mood. Turn down the air, put on your favorite sweater, grab your pumpkin spice latte, and curl up with a good book!
A Fall Reading List
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Start out with this classic from J.R.R. Tolkien—the one book that started it all, the prequel to The Lord of the Rings. Right off the bat, Bilbo Baggins in his hobbit hole, scurrying and flustered from the unexpected company of dwarves who landed on his doorstep, will put you in the fall mood. Tolkien’s beautiful descriptions of nature will not disappoint, and you can follow it up with a movie marathon! Peter Jackson directed both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, for your viewing pleasure.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
For a little old-fashioned horror with a touch of mystery, check out Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. This classic ghost story was one of the first to develop the “strangers in a haunted house” motif, and it will give you some great ideas for Halloween costumes and decorations. For some extra scares, check out one of the two movie adaptations, both titled The Haunting—one made in 1963 and the other 1999. If you like Jackson’s style, also check out the short story “The Lottery,” one of the inspirations for The Hunger Games.
The Complete Tales of Edgar Allan Poe
If you like being scared, but don’t like being grossed out, Poe is for you. His writing style is both beautiful and readable—he will impress and terrify you. Plus a short story is a great way to pass the time between apple picking and hayrides. Check out “The Raven,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.”
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Really any Harry Potter book will do, if you’re a fan of the series and can jump in anywhere. If you’ve never read Harry Potter, or if it’s been a while, start from the beginning. J.K. Rowling is a master storyteller—you won’t want to put it down. Between shopping for school supplies, the beautiful candle-lit castle, wizard robes and pumpkin beer, if Harry Potter doesn’t put you in the fall mood, nothing will.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Based on a true story, Berendt’s novel is a classic Southern Gothic tale with a few modern twists—a great way to get ready for the Halloween season. It’s got everything you need—voodoo, cemeteries, mystery and chills. For a bonus, check out the great film version of the same name, starring John Cusack and Kevin Spacey and directed by Clint Eastwood.
Happy Fall from Ol’ Curiosities & Book Shoppe!
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