September 15, 2009

15 Books that Feel Right for Fall

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  • Christine S.: Hi, Sarah!

    The English teacher in me really needs to know this: How did you come up with this list? Some, such as Jane Eyre and anything by Jane Austen, are obvious; however, I was curious about the rest. Just a true “hankering” for some good reading material now that we are seeing a change in fall weather here on the east coast? Happy reading!8 years ago

  • Amy C: oh, are you an Anne Lamott fan? I love her books – I’ve read every one of them except the newest one. You’re right, though – perfect fall reading. Jane Eyre too, of course.8 years ago

  • Margaret: First of all, Jane Eyre, favorite book, ever. This is hard for me to say, since there are a lot of books I love, but it is the one I can always ‘come home to.’ πŸ™‚
    Have Lamott’s book, and her fiction one, recently picked up at a used book store- must read at least one of them soon!
    And some great recs! I am particularly interested in finding out about: Elegance of the Hedgehog, and Mysteries of Pittsburgh.
    Oh, and I just checked out 2, yes I said TWO, copies of Pride and Prejudice from the library last night. What can I say, I took a Facebook quiz that paired me with Mr. Darcy, so I thought I’d revisit the high school fantasy! Oh, wonderful Fall!8 years ago

  • Nikki: I heart this post.8 years ago

  • Lisa (dinner party): Thanks for the inspiration! (I also really like the layout of this post…)8 years ago

  • Shandell's: You have one of my all time favorites, essay of EB White. There is something about essay’s that I love, I am a little ADD so short stories and essay are great. YOu have a few on the list I have to read. Thanks8 years ago

  • Christine S., Some are totally arbitrary and based on feelings I have about the book being “fallish” (Mansfield Park, Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Jane Eyre). Some are based on what others have said about the book in the forum (Love in a Cold Climate, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, A Homemade Life). Some are about learning something new, which always strikes me as very fall (You Can Do It!, Secrets of Simplicity). And then there’s something about essays that reminds me of school and the leaves turning (Slouching Towards Bethlehem, EB White — also cause he writes about country life in a really appealing way).

    Amy C, LOVE Anne Lamott. My best friend recommended her to me a couple years ago, and it was one of the best book recs ever. Have only read Traveling Mercies, but I started Plan B over vacation (left it there though). I’m thinking maybe Grace, Eventually will be coming up in the queue soon.

    Margaret, Obv Pride and Prejudice is a favorite. πŸ™‚ “I ardently love and admire you” gets me every time.

    Lisa, Hey, it’s the gallery layout for pics in WordPress! Simple stuff.

    Shandell’s, Love that collection of EB White essays. There’s something so quietly reflective and wholesome about them, and I find him very funny.8 years ago

  • corey d: what a great collection of suggested reading….i love your varied approach of topics. classics, whimsy, practicality. i have been reading your blog for a little while now and today i felt especially inspired to say ‘thank you!’ πŸ™‚8 years ago

  • Marion: A lovely list, indeed, revealing to us something of you, the maker of the list, in a very gracious and generous way. Just adore this. Thank you for the gesture, as well as for the good reads.8 years ago

  • Leah: I am so happy to see this list, I have had trouble finding good books lately. I just started A Homemade Life and I was just thinking today how it is perfect for fall. I’m not sure why, maybe something to do with the comfort-food theme. It’s just a great read.8 years ago

  • tea_austen: Oh yes, yes. Give me a reading listβ€”I want some homework for fall, to go along with my newly sharpened pencils and wool skirts.

    PS. E. B White wrote essays? I can’t wait!8 years ago

  • Sarah_in_DC: All of these have been added to by GoodReads queue. Thanks for these, Sarah! πŸ™‚8 years ago

  • Hi Corey D, Thanks for joining in, and you are so welcome!

    Marion, Well, I hope haven’t revealed too much! I like to keep a little bit of a mystery front up. Am I succeeding? πŸ™‚

    Leah, Yes, everyone was raving about how cozy A Homemade Life is so I thought it definitely had to go on the list.

    tea_austen, I hear you loud and clear. I’m in a full-blown new notebooks, crispy leaves, and chai fantasy world these days. And oh, just wait till you get your hands on those essays. They are tremendous.

    Sarah in DC, you’re welcome! yay! nothing like the feeling that you have too many books, too little time.8 years ago

  • Angelique: What a great list! I have books I consider particularly Fall-y as well.

    I am very curious about “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” If you end up reading it, perhaps you can report back! πŸ™‚8 years ago

  • Lisa: I love Anne Lamott! And Jane Austen! And EB White (Have you read One Man’s Meat?). Sigh …8 years ago

  • Christine H.: Lovely! I made a pile of books I wanted to read (or visit again, as the case may be) this fall last week, and I do believe you have just made my pile grow twice in size. But I will never complain about having too many books to read.8 years ago

  • ann: This will be the fall that I finally, finally read “Jane Eyre”. It’s blasphemous, I know.8 years ago

  • Roxanne: I can’t wait until I finally get proof of address(just moved) so I can sign up for a library card. My husband works 12 hour shifts so that leaves me with more than enough time to catch up on my reading^_^8 years ago

  • Max: I have a major obsession with the Mitford sisters, so was especially delighted to see these on the list. πŸ™‚8 years ago

  • Kate: make sure you read some of Anne Lamott’s fiction! “all new people” and “rosie” are both great. love Annie Dillard too — “an American Childhood.”8 years ago

  • Ann: “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” is a charming story buried in French intellectual pretentiousness. For a more satisfying read and, for you young things, a glimpse of an older woman’s life, try “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout. This Pulitzer Prize-winning book is a collection of stories that, together, form a wonderful novel.

    Shall we see you and S. at the Game this year? Have a word with D.8 years ago

  • Stephane: I agree with Ann’s assessment of “The Elegance of the Hedgehog.” The book had passages that were simply lovely, and the story *was* charming; and yet, there was also a fair amount of self-congratulatory intellectual pretention through which I found it difficult to wade. :p I’m going to try Olive Kitteridge!8 years ago

  • Slice of Pink: I’m reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog right now. It’s delightful!8 years ago

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