I’m the person who starts wearing sweaters on the first day of September. I live for cold breezes and cloudy skies, so I’m more than a little disappointed that we’re still going to have warm weather this week. To get excited for my favorite season, I decided to do Fall Books for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday freebie topic. It turned out to be harder than I anticipated (so many books take place around Christmas or in the summer?) so I used a loose definition of “fall.” Some of these books actually take place in the fall, some feature a bit about starting school in September, and some are just spooky-feeling.
1. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente: The main character’s name is September and most of the book has a very autumnal feel, but there’s one part where they get to a forest that experiences eternal autumn. My eyes just about popped out of my head, those descriptions were so amazing.
2. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen: I felt like including Dessen on this list, even though her books are usually summer-y, just because her books remind me so much of being in high school. This was one of my favorite of her books and I’m pretty sure it starts out in the fall.
3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: This is one of the spooky ones. I adore this book and it’s such a good Halloween read.
4. Arcadia Falls by Carol Goodman: This is one of the books that actually takes place in the fall. It’s got forests, fairy tales, boarding schools, lots of stuff that feels autumnal to me.
5. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray: I’ve already said that schools, especially boarding schools, remind me of the fall, but this book also has a richness that I associate with this season.
6. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett: My friends go on a yearly trip to Salem in October and last year, I read some chapters from Good Omens aloud while we drove. It felt appropriate.
7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Circuses are super autumnal (I’m so sorry I’ve used this word about a hundred times, I have no good alternatives!), but this book also has a richness like I mentioned with A Great and Terrible Beauty.
8. Harry Potter by JK Rowling: So Halloween-y, but moreover, Harry Potter is always about starting school in September! Even in Deathly Hallows when the trio doesn’t go back to school, there are great quotes like “Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.”
What did you do for your Top Ten Tuesday freebie? And let me know what books remind you of autumn, since I didn’t even make it to ten!