It’s October 1st.
My favorite month (and season) has begun!
In addition to wearing cute boots, filling big cups with steaming tea, and decorating my apartment with leaf garlands and pumpkins, I make sure to gather all my favorite fall books around me.
I love reading books in season.
It can be hard to get into a Christmas book while the a/c is pumping and the sun is relentlessly beating down. And then if you do happen to get into it, you run the risk of humming Christmas tunes in the middle of summer and have people look at you funny. Don’t let that happen to you: Read in season.
In the fall, I like to read books that include all the things I love about fall. Like tea, boots, long walks, and colorful foliage. And school (because, even after all these years, I still sharpen my pencils at the beginning of the school year), and for some reason all things British.
Either way, I keep a running, unofficial reading list for fall in my head, and currently, this is it:
- The Entire Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – because it has school, tea and it mostly rains.
- Olivia Twist (by Lorie Langdon) – Set in London, it has that cozy British feel, and honestly, I can never think of a reason NOT to reread this book.
- My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade – this one is set at least partly in fall and it’s one I start to crave as soon as the leaves start to fall.
- The Wicked Series by Janet Evanovich – set in Massachusetts, and somewhat Halloween-themed.
- Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery – book 7 in the Anne of Green Gables series, Anne is a grown woman and newly married. This book is full of tea, friendship, dark nights, and an old sailor telling seafaring tales.
- The Chamomile by Susan F. Craft – set in the fall, in Charlestown, SC during the British occupation. Not so much tea, but there’s rain, cinnamon raisin bread, and suspense aplenty.
- The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz – an excellent book with a great plot, as well as a heroine who falls in love the hero’s Welsh fare of tea and bara brith (almost) as much as she does with him.
- The Ladies of the Manor Series by Roseanna M.White – it’s set in Cornwall, England. Apart from the excellent romance and nervewracking suspense, it’s all tea and rain.
- Shadows Over England Series by Roseanna M. White – set in London, England and every bit as excellent as the series above. And there’s tea and rain. Obviously.
- Beauty by Robin McKinley – A Beauty and the Beast retelling, perfect to curl up with, next to a cup of tea (or hot chocolate and buttered toast).
Do you have books you try to visit in fall?
If not, since it IS fall, what are you currently reading?
Austin Ryan makes her home in a forest clearing in the nutmegy part of New England.
In love with words, books and all things related, she can usually be found either reading or writing, or even reading about writing.
She wrote her first story at seven, an illustrated adventure about a troll girl retrieving her doll from the moon. The story was self-published in one copy, and most likely still exists in her mother’s attic.
Since then she’s written numerous stories, and now she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Austin writes inspirational romance, working her way toward publication one paragraph at a time.
Apart from all things bookish, her favorite past times include going on adventures with the-best-six-year-old-ever, hanging (more) twinkle lights around the house, or simply watching the waves roll in from the ocean.
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