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!