All puns aside, what labels a book as possessing autumnal vibes? Does it have to be set during fall? Contain a mysterious, bleak or brooding tone? Feature fall-ish cover art? The books I chose [almost all classics, I own nothing new which fit] contain at least one or a combination of the three elements within.
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10. This edition of Heidi by Joanna Spyri is like an amble through the woods on a glowing autumn afternoon. Strangely, I don’t think much of the plot takes place in fall but during summer and winter instead.
9. Dust and Shadow: An account of the Ripper killings from Lyndsay Faye, for its cover depicting a shadowy scene of gloom and macabre subject matter and 8. Washington Square by Henry James for its chilly, solitary mood and tone of regret.
7. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. A newlywed encounters a lingering evil in a large, lonely mansion with hidden secrets.
6. In the Woods by Tana French. I’ve yet to read it, but the cover image virtually emanates the creak and rattle of advancing autumn’s barren trees.
5. A Separate Peace by John Knowles. New England prep school drama in the fall and winter of early WWII.
4. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Full of bleak late autumn angst.
3. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Harvest, hearth and the comforts of home feature largely in the little book that started all the adventures for the Ingalls’.
2. The Harry Potter series. Each season sees its share of action, but because the Hogwarts Express makes it’s way to school on September 1st at the beginning of every term, Harry Potter will always remind me of autumn.
1. Holmes is at his sleuth-iest when deducing clues on a foggy London fall night. Dark and vague mysteries revealed to the mystified Dr. Watson by the cozy warmth of the hearth epitomizes the perfect fall read to me.
What books say sweater weather to you this time of year?