I tend to feel the seasons very deeply, and I love being able to further that mood by diving into a great novel that celebrates the time of year.
Fall is one of my very favorite seasons, but then again every season feels like my favorite once it comes around.
I love the cycle we as humans live in, and I love how the seasons can mimic our inner worlds. During the Fall, old things tend to die off for me. Some years it has been a friendship, other times an old habit or toxic attitude. Fall is a time for me to let go of old things and wait through winter to see what new things are going to grow up in the spring.
As I have walked through past Fall seasons and now this current one, I have found a few books and stories that really seem to go with the season. Some are old classic stories, and others are new favorites. Enjoy!! Comment if you have a book you always read in the Fall, or if you have read any of the stories on this list 🙂
- ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ by Washington Irving- This story is my #1 favorite fall story to read. It is set in upstate New York near the Catskill Mountains, and it just drips with the essence of fall. If you have only ever seen movies about Sleepy Hollow, go and read the story. It is absolutely enchanting. Washington Irving creates a sense of fall that is dark, windy, brooding, and ripe.
- ‘Rip Van Winkle’ by Washington Irving. Just perfection!! Irving should be named the official “Fall Storyteller”. He has just got it.
- ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ by Madeleine L’Engle- This book is just beautiful in every way, and opens in the middle of a dark and rainy night. I love the personality of Charles Wallace (a super intelligent little boy) and relationships between the main characters in the book.
- The Harry Potter Series by J.K.Rowling- First of all, these books should always make any book list, anywhere, any time, no matter what. What puts them on my fall list is just the “back to school” moments that so many of these books begin with.
- ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle- Classic, Creepy, Mysterious, and the perfect rainy day read.
- The Winter People’ by Jennifer McMahon- My mother in law lent me this book a few weeks ago and I couldn’t put it down. It is creepy, well written and compelling. It is the only newer book on this list, and I highly recommend it!