Well, maybe not officially, but it sure is starting to feel like it! To me, September – December is like the weekend of the year. Everything is just a little bit better as the days grow crisper and the scent of burning leaves waft through the air giving off a warm, cozy feeling. But, both you and I gotta admit, the very best part is PUMPKIN FLAVORED EVERYTHING!!!
Knowing then that I am in a very fallish mood, I must ask you a fallish question…
When you think fall, what is the first book that reminds you most of the season?
Fall (or autumn) to me is a very comforting time. It’s being snuggled under a blanket in front of a roaring fire binge drinking rooibos tea in a cute mug. Fall is not only a time but a feeling.
So which books capture this feel? I can easily answer with a Michael Phillips Scottish based novel. The book which first introduced me to him was, Legend of the Celtic Stone from his Caledonia Series. He weaves narratives of ancient Scottish history into his story of a modern day Scottish politician. More Scottish series of his (though I have not read them yet) include The Stonewycke Trilogy and Secrets of the Shetlands. Let’s review! Pumpkin spiced lattes + Scotland = Ultimate Cozies. Ya got it? Okay, let’s move on.
One might not consider fall merely a comforting season but also one of nervous anxiety and chilling anticipation. (rather an oxymoron don’t you think?) The nights are shorter, the trees are barren, and the chill seems to follow you even into your own home. It all depends on how you view autumn, but maybe a certain holiday (known commonly as Halloween) doesn’t help much.
So, which books could be recommended for those who best enjoy autumn as a cozy season but would still like to indulge themselves in a bit of mystery?
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – a woman with a tragic childhood marries a broodish man named Edward Rochester. Edward makes the mistake of not telling Jane that his former wife is still living….locked up deep in his home stark raving mad. DRAMA! Dun dun duuuuun!!!
- Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – Much like Jane Eyre, a naive ladies companion finds herself falling in love with the charming yet remotely mysterious Max de Winter. Only when she is mistress of Manderly does she realize Max’s deceased wife Rebecca, still rules the roost. Mr. de Winter may not be all charm and enticement as previously thought.
- The Best of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton – Unlike any detective before him, Father Brown isn’t really a detective. In reality, he’s a simple priest burdened for others’ souls. Why else would he go to all the trouble to catch a thief or snag a murderer? To convert him, obviously! Yes, the mysterious are amazingly thought out; yet, it’s not that which draws me to the book but Father Brown’s wisdom. In every story, there’s always something profound to highlight. When I want cozy yet mysterious, this is where I’ll head.
Now it’s your turn. Which book do you think captures fall within its pages?