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:
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.
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.
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.