Wednesday, August 27, 2014

8 Books for Your Fall Reading List

As fall approaches, were I live we grow eager for jeans, pumpkin-flavored morsels and football.  Fantasy leagues become the new national language of cocktail parties and Saturdays are filled with the kid's sporting events and the occasional bonfire.

My mom loves to burn the brush this time of year, my brother and Levi are glued to the tvs every Sunday and my father begins winterizing their home.  I begin collecting favorite recipes, teas and configuring my book list for the next few months.  Levi's family is in Tennessee so we make a few trips and the drive is very conducive for catching up on wonderful literary works a little too serious for summer months.

Here is my list of favorite books to read in the Fall!  Please comment below if you have a recommendation!

1. Cider House Rules By: John Irving


 As is always the case, the book is infinitely better than the movie-especially in this case.  This compelling story forces the reader into a time of quiet controversy that questioned a system ultimately failing to protect women.  I still look back on this book with a profound respect for the way this story was delivered-the depths of integrity in so many of the characters leave the reader in awe. 

2. A Moveable Feast By: Ernest Hemingway


Few writers command such a unique cadence to their writing as Ernest Hemingway.  The fluidity of his writing adds to the vivid images painted by Hemingway's experiences in 1920's Paris.  I highly recommend watching Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, as a complement to this book.  They go together like red wine and dark chocolate.

3. Pride and Prejudice By: Jane Austen


If you can make it through the first 100 pages of this book, the rest will follow very quickly.  This book will make you second guess your own first impressions and bring to light the way in which information and perspective can manifest public image.  A timeless classic that will forever be relevant as long as humans walk the earth.

4. Anna Karenina By: Leo Tolstoy


If any book is a test of one's patience, it would be Anna Karenina.  Tolstoy will never be accused of lacking in detail as this novel is a play-by-play of the Russian class system.  The imagery is captivating and the characters gregarious.  The literary version of a marathon, you will look back on the story with contemplation.

5. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Add some fun and flair to your fall reading by enjoying the shenanigans and intrigue Holmes and Watson bring to your world.  The writing and content take the reader to a England that leaves the reader begging for a visit to 221B Baker Street.

6. Jane Eyre By: Charolotte Bronte

Every time I think of this book, my heart-strings feel a tug.  The only word I have for this book is: compelling.  Any woman who has yet to read it, will fall in love with Ms Eyre and find new a respect for herself as a woman.

7. The Harry Potter Series By: J. K. Rowling


If there were a literary world I would like to be transported to, it would be the world of Harry Potter.  The vivid writing opens your eyes to a world of magic with an nod toward Victorian elegance one doesn't come across anymore.

8. Mrs. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children By: Ransom Riggs

Ransom Riggs unfolds a world much in the same way J.K. Rowling does.  Transporting the reader to a place of mystery and intrigue.  This new series will draw you in and allow you to move along the journey with the characters.  I promise, you will gasp out loud!

Please share your favorite fall reads in the comments below!  If you have the time, tell us why you loved the book-careful not to reveal anything! :)

Enjoy, 
~Carmen

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