By: Manuela Soares
Hello readers! This week’s prompt from Something of the Book is Favorite Autumn Reads! Autumn has always meant mysterious and spooky and all things kooky to me, and so my reading tastes during this time of year tend to reflect that. Here is my list of my favorite Autumn reads and, though not book related, some of my favorite TV shows and movies to watch this season.
Anything Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors and the way that she crafted her stories gets me hooked every time and they’re the perfect Autumn read.
The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe – Edgar Allen Poe
Poe’s poems and stories are legendary and are one of my favorite ways to get in the spooky spirit around Halloween time.
Scary Stories Treasury – Alvin Schwartz
One of my faves since I was a kid, these short stories are a great way to get in the spooky Autumn mood. I have the Scary Stories Treasury which is the compilation of all three books, and I absolutely love it! Fun Fact: These books were even banned at one point in the ’90s because some parents, teachers, guardians, etc. thought it was unsuitable for children.
The Harry Potter Series (Naturally) – J.K Rowling
I was first introduced to this series when The Sorcerer’s Stone was published in the U.S and my fifth-grade teacher read it to my class. Ever since I’ve loved this series and, while I can read it year-round, there’s nothing like returning to Hogwarts along Harry and the crew come September 1st.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
I read this for the first time last year and enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I think that most everyone is familiar with the story but reading it added so much to what I knew and makes it stand out as a great Autumn read.
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Much like The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, I also read this for the first time last year and was familiar with the story, it was so much more than I was expecting and a story that I recommend everyone should read. It’s great to read during the spooky time of year and makes your imagination go crazy.
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories – Angela Carter
This book is a compilation of Carter’s stories, the stories are fairy tale retellings and originally, I read it for The Company of Wolves, but I thoroughly enjoyed the entire collection. It’s another great read for this time of year.
The Witches – Ronald Dahl
I fully admit that my intro to this story was through the movie in the 1990s, but it’s a story that captured my imagination and I always enjoy this story leading up to Halloween.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving*
This is a story that I’m familiar with but that’s been on my TBR list for a while and one that I’ll likely finally get to this Autumn.
*Haven’t read it yet but very much want to
Top 10 Favorite Autumn Movies and TV Shows
- Hocus Pocus
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- The Addams Family (Show and movies)
- The Munsters (1960’s)
- Dead Poets Society
- The Witches
- Practical Magic
- Casper the Friendly Ghost