Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reasons I Love the Fall Season

I’ve fallen accustomed to these Top Ten Tuesday posts. There’s a lot more bumping around in my head than book reviews. It’s still mostly books, though. Here’s my 10 reasons to love the Fall season.

1: New Book Discoveries

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have already come across these excellent lists of Fall books:

Amazon’s Fall Review Preview
Goodreads Picks Fall’s Biggest Books
Vulture’s 46 Books to Read This Fall

For me, some of the new authors & books I’ll be discovering are THE SECRET CHORD, AND WEST IS WEST, ALL THE STARS IN HEAVEN, and THE WITCHES. And that’s just some of the books I’ll be reading is just October! (If you haven’t already, check out Lisa See’s review of THE WITCHES on Traveling with T’s site as part of #30Authors.)

2: Books With Diversity!

Two books came out today featuring LBGTQ protagonists: UNDER THE UDALA TREES and AFTER THE PARADE. One is set in 1968 Nigeria where the punishment for having a same sex partner is punishable by stoning–or worse! The other is set in modern day, where a man who has never been alone in 40 years of life sets off on a journey of self discovery, leaving his longtime partner.

3: Stephen King

His writing kicked-off my voracious reading habit; he also celebrated a birthday yesterday. He’s been pumping out two books a year lately, too. The Spring book series is part of a crime phase he’s in; the Fall books brings back classic King. 11/22/63 is my favorite of his latest batch of books. This Fall, we’ll see a new collection of short stories.

4: Halloween

You can’t think of Stephen King and the Fall without thinking of Halloween! My kids have already drawn maps of the neighborhood, strategizing the best routes for candy collection. It’s no wonder this holiday is the second highest spending holiday outside of Christmas. People love the crunching leaves, the spookiness, the dark nights, the scary movies and books.

5: Margaret Atwood

Last year was my first Atwood novel! It was a collection of short stories. This year, her new book THE HEART GOES LAST is about to release (expect a review this week). I’m also listening to Claire Danes narrate A HANDMAID’S TALE. On my shelf is a copy of THE BLIND ASSASSIN. All good!

6: Anthony Marra

One of the best books I read last year is Anthony Marra’s A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA. I’ve read part of his next book THE TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO and so far it is incredible! Starting in Stalin’s Soviet Union, a man is tasked to erase any history of art or media that conflicts with the regime. The stories build from there in typical Marra style. Like I said, incredible!

7: Fall Fairs

I grew up in Ohio and enjoyed the county fairs. Anywhere I’ve moved in the United States, I’m enjoying the fairs: from Washington State to Connecticut. This year: the Big E! They have everything from 2-foot-long corn dogs to fried butter. Yes, butter that is fried. There’s animals and crafts and rides, too, but lots and lots of food. Don’t worry, no fried butter for me.

8: The Fall Weather

Halloween and the fairs wouldn’t be the same without the cool, sometimes windy, weather. There’s just something about the crispness of the air that adds to the season. Pumpkin-flavor everything and warm spice seasonings add to the traditional Fall foods. The kids’ activities are in full swing: Scouting to ballet.

9: Thanksgiving

There’s plenty to be thankful for this year. Here in the states, it is a special day to connect with family and remember the great year.

10: David Mitchell

Last, but certainly not least, is David Mitchell. No stranger to the Man Booker list, his novels span from CLOUD ATLAS to THE BONE CLOCKS. He has even translated a book from Japanese about autism. This Fall, SLADE HOUSE is due to arrive: spooky house, mysterious timeline. Looks like an excellent addition to the Mitchell lineup.


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17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reasons I Love the Fall Season

  1. Naomi

    I have always loved Fall, but now I also love all the Fall book lists that come with it! I’m looking forward to reading Atwood’s latest, as well as Lawrence Hill’s.
    Anthony Marra’s book is on my to-read list for this year. I know it’s supposed to be so good, but other books just keep getting in the way (most of them from the library).

  2. Allison @ The Book Wheel

    I love Atwood and just finished up my first Stephen King novel, so while he may not be a fall favorite, he could be in the future. My favorite part of fall is the changing of the seasons in the mountains – absolutely stunning. Thanks for the #30Authors shoutout, too!

    1. ryandejonghe Post author

      I just took a trip up to the mountains, ahhhh…. Great place to read and be close to nature. Which King novel did you read? 11/22/63 is about to be a TV miniseries.

  3. El @ Just Love

    Highly recommend Atwood’s “Oryx and Crake”. All of her writing is brilliant, but that’s definitely my favorite. (I had no idea that Claire Danes did an audio version of The Handmaid’s Tale… I should check that out!)

  4. Steph

    Wonderful list. I love fall too. Do you have any favorite books about Halloween or set at Halloween to go with the fall season: books you live to read at Halloween.

    1. ryandejonghe Post author

      Great question! I don’t have an established book yet (I’m still a newbie reader), but Haunting on Hill House by Shirley Jackson is on my shelf and seems like it would be a great Halloween regular read. How about you?

      1. Steph

        Something Wicked this Way comes is great and one I found last year id’s set at Halloween and very funny called The Gates by John Connelly. It’s more witty. It’s not scary, but I loved it

  5. Karen

    Oh man, this Fall is so stacked with great books! Thanks for linking to Traveling With T’s post; I’m so fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials and The Witches sounds like it’s right up my alley! I’ll definitely keep an eye out for it. (How fitting is it that it’s coming out at the end of October??) My Atwood review is scheduled and ready to go – can’t wait to read yours next week!

    1. ryandejonghe Post author

      I should be getting my copy of The Witches soon…hopefully I can sneak in a trip to Salem before it gets too crazy with the Halloween festivities. As for the Fall…whew! I’m already working up a sweat figuring out how to read them ALL!!

  6. The Paperback Princess

    Fall has always been my favourite – the atmosphere of fall is unlike any other time of year. And it is so conducive to reading – no more being shamed for preferring to stay indoors and read!
    I’ve been meaning to read 11/22/63 for forever and that would be my first Stephen King novel – I don’t like reading scary stories! This is the first time I’ve heard what those Anthony Marra books are ABOUT and they sound amazing! I added The Witches to my list too. I’m not sure whether to thank you or shake you.
    I hope your kids’ Halloween is awesome – they deserve a good haul for all the planning they are doing!

    1. ryandejonghe Post author

      Haha, no offense taken if you want to shake me. I told Riverhead that I was upset having to buy four of their books in the last two weeks. They replied #SorryNotSorry. Ah, the way us book people suffer–all in the best ways.

  7. Ti

    Really enjoyed this post. I have been so swamped at work and the weather has been so stinkin’ hot that I just cannot get into a fall state of mind. Your post helped though. And Stephen King. Bam! Always fixes me up!


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