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I hate to pile-on to the fall obsession taking over the world, but, who are we kidding, no I don’t. Autumn is my favorite time of year and this time presents ideal moments to whip out all my favorite books with lots of ambiance, spooky weather, witches, and magic of all kinds!! This stack of books changes every year because, of course, I have an entire list of books that contain those tropes and tones to test out for the new year in hopes that some of them make it onto my favorites for the next fall.
I know it can be hard to decide what to read, especially since fall is tragically fleeting, so I mixed up my favorite books to read in the autumn and my TBR for this fall and made a reading map for you. Follow the lines, and leave me a comment with which book you landed on! (Don’t be shy, click it to enlarge!)
Here are my favorite books + explanations for the autumn categorization, in case you’re a skeptic and need a few more words on the subject. Click to read full reviews!
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
This book was one of my favorite reads of 2017. The familial connection is so powerful, as is being in the heads of each sibling in their own right. They have their own earthly-type of powers, which keeps the magic in this book grounded. Perhaps most importantly, Hoffman’s writing really sweeps you up and away into the 1960’s NYC.
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
This was a very recent read for me and I was so impressed. It takes a very classical approach to the genre and actually aligns more closely to the long-abandoned mystery style. I appreciated that the anticipation was consistent throughout, but much of the gore so popular in today’s thrillers was left behind.
The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye
This book is so autumn to me because of it’s tone. The book itself spans across an entire year, but the eerie, “somethings-not-right” ambiance of the entire book never leaves. I loved this book, but it may not be for everyone so check out the full description or my review!
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Hardly any classics grab me like this one does. In high school, when I first read this book, I related to it in the lamest possible way. But it certainly made an impact and when fall comes around each year, I think about Heathcliff and Catherine and their many, many weather-filled journies between their estates. If you’re trying to read more classics, this is perfect for autumn!
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
I am due for a re-read of this awesome classic. I read this Christie book for the first time as required summer reading in middle school and I completely fell in love. No one does “who-done-it” better than Agatha Christie, and if you’ve never dabbled I highly recommend you start here this Halloween season!
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
I don’t think I need to expound on this. Rowling does fall and winter better than anyone else.
Now, for the books I’m hoping to fit in this year! There are TONS and many of these I don’t even own, so you could say I have my work cut out for me. ;)
And that’s that! All my favorite autumn books + all the books I’d love to read this autumn. What’s on your list? I’d love to know what you’re reading and, of course, what the map brought you!
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Three hundred and sixty-five days ago, I was sitting at work mulling over a few possible names for the bookish Instagram I wanted to start. At the time, I was working nearly full-time at an indie press, but also was somehow making less than $3 an hour. (But that’s a blog post for a different time. 😉) In order to live, I was also perfecting my latte art, cultivating a dairy intolerance, and dabbling in social media consultation as a barista at a cute coffee shop. Every day, I would stand on chairs, set up props, and take photos of a morning mocha with a newspaper or a croissant or sometimes whatever book I was reading that day. Through hashtagging, engaging, and exploring at this side hustle, I stumbled upon “#bookstagram.” This was INCREDIBLE. How had I, a lifelong reader and millennial with an iPhone, somehow not discovered this beautiful niche yet?! I needed to join my people.
Some of the names I first considered are unspeakable. I cannot bring myself to utter most of them on the internet, but let’s just say one of the top contenders was “Let’s Get Word.” I think I can speak for all of us when I say I really dodged a bullet by coming up with The Spines. From there, I designed a cute logo and started standing on chairs to take pictures even more often. Now, it has been a full year and I couldn’t be happier to be a full-fledged member of the bookstagram community!
Here’s the thing about Instagram, though. It’s a monster. The kind of monster that looks like a precious baby Frenchie sometimes and a hideous, evil troll at other times. It can’t make up it’s mind. It likes your hashtags, it hates your hashtags. It shows your mom your pictures, then it decides she’s done with you. You can’t predict it! Easily the most wonderful thing I allowed myself to do this year is let go of it. Accept that you can do your best and Instagram will do the rest.
With that in mind, we can get into the best part of Instagram. This year, I have made REAL. LIFE. FRIENDS. on the Internet. Before bookstagram, I didn’t know many (any?) people who read as much as I did. I frequently attended author readings and book sales alone (which, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved doing) and never had anyone to dissect plot twists, awful characters, and perfect books with. Now, though? I follow people on Instagram that I may never meet in real life, but whom I consider to be great friends. How great is that?!
At some point, I also decided it was time to bridge the gap between IRL and the internet. My first endeavor in this was an adventure and I think we need to take a walk down memory lane here…
I met Yadi from @abookifullife at one of our favorite coffee shops. I was early, so I had plenty of time to both worry that I wouldn’t recognize her from her TINY avi on Instagram and chart every exit route. Thankfully, both were unnecessary. Yadi walked in with a book tote and I instantly knew we’d be friends. As we said goodbye, we made new plans to go to an author reading and I walked away feeling like the luckiest person in the world to have met someone who loved what I love. On the walk home, I called my mom and greeted her with, “I met up with an Internet friend and she didn’t murder me!!” The next week at that event, Yadi introduced me to my beloved Hailey, aka @hayhails. A month or so later, I found Stephanie from @rooreads at a Roxane Gay event I attended alone that certainly would have been horrible without her. (The place was packed and the seating was banquet-style. An accidental blind date most definitely would have been forced on me if it weren’t for Steph.) If it isn’t obvious yet, the Internet presented me with a bouquet of wonderful humans that have made my life so wonderful this year!
On the brink of my second year in this space, I can say I have been humbled by the Internet. You all already know I put soy sauce in water to make coffee, that I travel long distances to find pink walls, and that I have sustained injuries while taking bookstagram photos. (PLEASE someone teach me to stop standing on chairs with wheels.) But I’ve also stepped outside my reading comfort zone, explored half the coffee shops in Chicago, and learned a lot about the person I am happy to be. I wouldn’t want to be apart of any other community. Thanks to all of you for being around to hate on Fifty Shades of Grey, rank Harry Potter novels, and share all the books with me. I ADORE YOU!
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