Whether it’s by the fire with a hot chocolate beside you, or sitting on a park bench with leaves falling around you, it’s always good to have a book in hand. But sometimes it can be hard to decide. There’s no limit to what you can read in which season, but here’s a list of some that might make you feel a special type of way if you’re unsure what to crack open as it gets colder outside.
1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The fall is a time of one season dying and shifting into a new season to start the ecosystem’s cycle again. In times like this it is good to recognize things in your life you want to change. Fahrenheit 451 is about Guy Montag, a firefighter tasked with burning houses containing illegal books, and his questioning of why and if what he’s doing has a justworthy purpose. It’s a book about questioning your world and becoming what you believe in, and helps you rekindle an appreciation for the stories we tell and share with others.
2. Emma by Jane Austen
Emma is the story of a young girl who has a thing for matchmaking, and subsequently finds herself entangled in the love life of her friend. The story follows Emma as she plays with love while slowly beginning to understand it better herself. Emma is a fun story that should leave you feeling light and happy, and help you appreciate the beauty around you with the change of the season.
3. Joy at Work: Organizing your Professional Life by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein
The idea of spring cleaning is very commonly known and shared, however I don’t think self and environment improvements should be designated to one season. I believe we choose the spring because it is the changing of big seasons, but so is fall. Mary Kondo is all about ridding yourself of clutter and useless things, and this isn’t something only to be done at home. Having a clean workspace is a great way to keep yourself on track going into winter.
4. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables is a Canadian Classic following a young Anne Shirley and her experience getting acquainted with Green Gables. Anne is enthusiastic and imaginative and a fun main character to relate to, and can be contagious in her excitement for her new environment. Like I mentioned in previous listings, autumn is a time of change and the beginning of ecosystems starting over again, and Anne has such a way of bringing out an excitement that is good to carry forward into that.
5. We All Fall Down by Eric Walters
We All Fall Down is a story about Will Fuller going with his father to the world’s trade center for “Bring your Kid to Work Day” on September 11th, 2001. The novel’s plot moves from the story of a complicated parent-child relationship to seeing the two join efforts in order to save each other and get out alive. The story is well done, and gives a new perspective of this tragedy that changed the world, because it is difficult to place ourselves in the lives of those around us unless they tell us, and this novel is one that helps be able to picture what it was like in their shoes.
6. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
The story follows Saul Indian Horse through his life from his brother being taken away to a residential school to Saul being able to start a more secure future and heal from his life. Hockey plays a big role in Saul’s life and this story will help bring out a new appreciation for the sport in time for the season as well as appreciate the change of season and the development of life that comes with that.
7. Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
Autumn is a time where slowly everything gets dark early, and it gets colder as we prepare for winter, and that is the perfect time to read something scary, especially with Halloween placed right in the middle. Full Dark, No Stars is a collection of four novellas by Stephen King all dealing with the concept of retribution. They will keep you on your toes, and maybe make you see things in a way you never thought to before.
Reading people’s stories whether fiction or not that we can relate to or enjoy creates such a unique feeling of self and understanding. Just like this list, everyone’s story is different, and with each person’s story you learn something new, and special that you wouldn’t have otherwise. This is why it can feel so good to tell your story to others, just like we do at TaleTeller.