I love September. Feeling like I had written this sentence a million times, I scrolled through the blog and found that almost every fall, I write this same post. About how much I love the shift in the weather, the earlier evenings, the smell when it rains, the sweaters and boots being pulled out from hibernation, and of course, my favourite, Cinnamon and Mulled Cider candles. I officially declare it “fall” in my apartment when I come home with that candle. So, last night, Jay and I took a trip to the bookstore, I picked up a copy of Lauren Groff’s short story collection, Delicate Edible Birds and not one, but two of my candles. When we woke up this morning, the house was actually chilly, for the first time in months! This summer has been by far the hottest one we have had in Toronto in ages. No air conditioning, no fans, no linen clothes helped. This slight decrease in temperature is a breath of fresh, non-humid air.


Along with my favourite weather coming about, my favourite reading season is also in full swing! From September to the end of November, my enjoyment in reading increases exponentially. I bundle myself up, tend to climb into bed earlier, and cozy up with some slightly darker reads. For the past few years, I’ve read a horror book in October, but this year I may try for a few darker reads. Last month, I finally read The Girl on the Train, which has been one of the bestselling books for two years now, and yet one I just assumed wouldn’t be my taste. I was so wrong! Now I’m craving some more things along those lines. So, here are a few of the books I’m hoping to read as the air continues to get chillier!

By far, I am most excited about Darktown by Thomas Mullen, which is set in Atlanta in 1948 when the police force hires their first black police offers, but limits their authority in awful ways. My coworkers have been gushing about its brilliance, so I ran out to buy a copy and am hoping to start tonight!  Next on the list is to finally, finally read more Daphne du Maurier. I was head over heels for Rebecca a few years ago but have never gone back to her work. This one is a collection of short stories and looks amazing. I also want to try my first ever Ian McEwan because my trusted mentor at work loved this and now we refer to it lovingly as the Fetus Detective book (you’ll see what I mean). Hillbilly Elegy has been getting buzz in the news world for its relevance to Trump America and though I detest Trump immensely, Vance’s cultural commentary/memoir about the working class American population is fascinating. I’ve already started this and love his voice.

The Best Kind of People was just longlisted for the Giller and Zoe Whittall already has a special place in my heart, so I’ll definitely be picking this one up soon! The October Faction looks like a very freaky Addams Family comic and perfect for a thunderstorm evening! Bird Box is hopefully my next Girl on the Train – another one I’ve heard nothing but great things about which promises to be super eerie. The Elementals is an older horror novel I heard about on BookTube and it sounds amazing. I’m on the hunt for this super pulpy old mass market cover. If I can find it, I will read it! And lastly, Ami McKay’s new book is coming out soon and I absolutely love her. So I’ll be getting my hands on that as quick as humanly possible!

Any other great fall recommendations? I would love to hear them! Also, what is on your list for the fall? Hope you all have a wonderful week!


9 thoughts on “September

  1. I also love the Fall. The only problem with it (when you have kids, anyway) is that it can be so busy that it’s hard to enjoy the wonderful weather. But I still love it. :)
    Glad to hear the temperature is starting to cool down a bit for you.

    Great bunch of books – looking forward to hearing what you think of them! I’ve got my eye on the new McKay and Whittall books. I also picked up Bird Box at a book sale this summer thinking I had heard it was good. I hope it is!

    • I can only imagine how busy the fall would be with children! Thought it’s so exciting too :). I lovvvved back to school as a kid!
      I look forward to seeing what you think about the McKay, Whittall and Bird Box when you get around to it :).

  2. For so long, I felt like I was the only person that loved fall. And then in the last few years, it seems like everyone loves fall now. I wonder if it’s because the summers have been so hot that the cooler weather is a welcome respite? Or because social media has made everyone’s opinions more known?

    Anyway – I am THRILLED that summer is, for all intents and purposes, over.

    I read Nutshell yesterday! And aside from the fact that there are few pleasures in life like reading a book in a sitting, I can’t decide if i liked it. The idea was a novel one but the tone of the book felt so…masculine. But not in a good way. In a mansplainy way. I need to think about this some more (so that I can write a post about it!)

    I can’t believe it took you this long to read The Girl on the Train! I loved hearing Paula Hawkins speak about it and feminism. Karin Slaughter’s Pretty Girls is also excellent for you for this time of year.

    I’ve been meaning to read My Cousin Rachel all year – now seems the right time for it. But I can’t find a copy ANYWHERE.

    I want to know how that Lauren Groff collection turns out for you! The new covers have totally seduced me!

    • Ah! The first story in the Groff was excellent but that’s all I’ve read so far. And ahh! My Cousin Rachel! I can’t believe there are no copies around! That must be fixed! I have to read that one too :).

      I’ll make note about the Slaughter! I’ve heard she’s good and I trust your recommendations ;).

      Hmmm about Nutshell. I do not like mansplaining but the whole fetus point of view is intriguing lol. I look forward to reading your thoughts when you settle on them :).

  3. Chels! I just wanted to say a quick hello, and HUGE congratulations on your recent nuptials ! You made an divinely beautiful bride!

    I recently finished “The Best Kind of People,” and was SEVERELY addicted while reading it. I’m excited to see what you thought of it :)

    • Thank you so much Reeka :). It was such a beautiful day!

      I’m so glad you liked The Best Kind of People! I can’t wait to get started! I loved her first book Bottle Rocket Hearts way back in the day!

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