This summer, I read an embarrassing number of books. As in maybe 3. I was pretty disappointed in myself to be honest. But with the sunshine and beautiful weather, I opted to spend my days at the pool or bouncing around DC. So I really have no one to blame but myself.
But with fall’s chillier temps, I’m more tempted to stay snuggled under the covers with a book and a cup of chai. I’m currently reading Opening Belle (so far so good) but there are certain books that I think were just meant to be read in the fall. And there’s my reading conundrum: Do I read a new book or reach for a well-loved and familiar favorite? While I’m figuring out this puzzle, here are a few of my favorites to curl up with in the fall:
Jane Eyre might just be my original must-read-in-fall book. I read it in middle school for a book report and have re-read almost every year since. Charlotte Bronte’s Gothic tale is 100% better in the fall on a rainy, cold day. Trust me on this one. Jane Eyre follows the life of Jane from her turbulent childhood to her romance with the brooding Mr. Rochester. She meets Mr. Rochester after becoming a governess at his home, Thornfield Hall, which houses a dark secret.
My Life in France was so, so good. Julia Child’s autobiography is just as fascinating as you’d expect, she packed so much adventure and daring leaps into her lifetime that you won’t be able to put this book down. I finished the book in less than 2 days when I first picked it up. And then headed promptly to the kitchen. But don’t worry, it’s not just about food! I especially loved the black-and-white photos from her albums. If her relationship with her husband Paul isn’t #relationshipgoals, I don’t know what is.
Wuthering Heights actually might be tied with Jane Eyre for top must-read in fall. Like Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights paints a bleak, wild setting on the moors in Yorkshire, England. Charlotte Bronte’s rich descriptions will make you want to snuggle even further under the blankets as you read about the tempestuous relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine. Its also heavy on the ghostly motifs so it’s a perfect Halloween read.
Anne of Green Gables is probably the one book that I’d also recommend you watch the movie. Well, actually, the movies thanks to the powers that be at PBS. The early years of the spunky redhead Anne (Just don’t call her ‘Carrots’) will make you laugh and cry, sometimes all at once. Her adventures and misadventures with her best friend Diana Barry and her fierce competition with the incorrigible Gilbert Blythe (Be still my heart) will keep you turning the pages as quickly as you can. But don’t worry, there are 7 more Anne books after this one!
The Handmaid’s Tale, by the incredible Margaret Atwood, tells the tale of a dystopian future through the eyes of Offred. She serves as a handmaid to the Commander, a powerful man in the theocractic dictatorship. Atwood’s work discusses the themes of women in powerless positions as Offred switches between her happy past life and her dark present, it’s an incredible read that will leave you with more questions than answers.
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