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4 books to get you ready for fall

Posted September 25

Fall is unlike any other season. The leaves are turning colors and riding the wind across the ground. The crisp has a bite of chill in the air. The first morning you see your breath hang in the air in front of you. You begin to gear up for Halloween and Thanksgiving. And, for you readers out there, the arrival of fall is a signal that it’s time to hunker down with a snuggly blanket and a good book. Here are four books to help you get into the fall spirit:

Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr

From Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See comes Four Seasons in Rome. In this memoir, Doerr, on the same day in September he becomes a first-time father to a pair of twin boys, receives notice that he has won a prestigious award and has the opportunity to spend a year in Rome to work on his writing. Readers are invited to accompany Doerr and his family as they navigate international travel, language barriers, living in an unfamiliar country and new parenthood. Doerr captures the ancient beauty of Rome and the wonder of watching his children grow.

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Technically, this is a children’s book, but it covers some adult concerns and ideas and is a great read at any age. As the story winds down with the end of the summer, fall is the perfect time to read about Winnie Foster, a young girl longing for freedom, and her adventures with the Tucks, a family that lives in hiding in the woods to keep their immortality, and its source, a secret. Babbitt leads readers to question what it means to live and die and what to do with the time we have.

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

If you enjoy the simplicity of nature, you will enjoy this book. Thoreau recounts the two years he lived in a small cabin on the banks of Walden Pond with the intention “to live deliberately.” He writes of independence, self-discovery and observations of the world around him. This book invites readers to contemplate why we do the things we do and to evaluate whether we live by habit or by choice.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

This is a great book for Halloween-lovers. It is a modern and innocently macabre spin on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. It’s another children’s book, but it is a fun read for anyone. After the murder of the rest of his family, Nobody Owens is adopted by the residents of a graveyard. He is taught things like Haunting, Fading and Dream Walking. Instead of learning history as it was recorded, he learns it as it actually happened from the ghosts of those who were there. As Nobody, or Bod, as most call him, grows older, he begins to learn that he does not belong to the graveyard, but danger in the form of the man who killed his family threatens him in the world outside. As Bod matures, readers get to join him in asking and answering questions about the meaning of family and about what it means to accept your identity.

Do you have any favorite books you love reading in the fall?

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