It’s back to school time! I know many of you are probably not happy about this, but it’s one of my favorite times of year. I love school (except that one time in fifth grade, when I learned absolutely nothing because my school and teachers were absolutely awful, and the stress of it actually resulted in my doctor telling my mom I was allergic to school – not kidding). But really, I love school. I love starting brand new classes and buying school supplies and taking notes in a fresh notebook. Plus, it means fall is right around the corner, which means sweaters and boots and pumpkin spice lattes. It’s just the best!
Don’t you just love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. – You’ve Got Mail
Since it’s the beginning of the best time of the year, I thought I’d share some of my favorite fall reads. These are the books that make me want to curl up with a blanket and a cup of tea. The books that make me feel warm and cozy inside. The ones I always reach for on a relaxing rainy day. So here we go:
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
- The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
- The Diviners by Libba Bray
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
- The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
- 1984 by George Orwell
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
A lot of these books have memories associated with them that make them a bit nostalgic for me: I read Frankenstein my first fall in Boston, laying on a mattress on the floor of my first apartment; I read Wuthering Heights drinking Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea and watching the snow fall outside my window; I read The Night Circus on a cold weekend (for Southern California) curled up in bed with my cat; and I read The Secret Garden curled up in a pillow fort when I was eight. And some of them just make me feel wonderful: Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey unfailingly make me want to do nothing but read Jane Austen novels and maybe watch a few of the movie adaptations for forever (plus, Mr. Darcy and Mr. Tilney make excellent fictional boyfriends).
But they all make perfect fall reads, in my opinion. So if you haven’t gotten around to any of the books on this list, I highly recommend all of them. This year, I plan on adding a few to the list I haven’t read yet, including Little Women. In my mind, fall is the absolute perfect season to delve into the classics.
And in case anyone was wondering, a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils is probably the most foolproof way to win me over. Just saying.
What are some of your favorite fall reads?