Looking at Instagram today I realized that …Fall was two days ago! So Shanah @bionicbookworm asking us to post about our top 5 Fall reading recommendations makes sense! Duh!
But what would be “Fall” recommendations?
Well Fall has shorter days, a lower golden sun and vibrant colors. It’s becoming chilly and time to curl up on the sofa to read a book while drinking hot cocoa. I know for my US friends it’s also time for Halloween but here in Europe when I was young, we never celebrated Halloween. No, my memories are from long walk in the woods surrounded by the scent of damp earth and fallen leaves. Some mushroom and pine scents too.
So to me, a book that would give a “Fall” vibe is either a sweet book but with a little melancholy or either a “vintage” book giving an “old fashion” feel.
First book to come to mind is: An Enchantment of Raven by Margaret Rogerson
Not only is the cover screaming fall with its brown and rusty colors but also because reading this felt bitter-sweet. And because Fall is an enchanting season with mist in the fields and this book is about enchantments!
“One raven for uncertain peril. Six for danger sure to arrive. A dozen for death, if not avoided. The enchantment is sealed.”
“You can’t turn love on and off like a light switch, no matter how hard you try. All you can do is wall it off, one brick at a time, until you’ve created an impenetrable fortress around your emotions. And once that fortress is built, you camouflage it so well that even you can’t see it anymore.”
This was my first book by Amy Harmon and the beginning of a long love story! This is a story of unexpected friendship and blossoming love. It’s also a tale of wisdom, the journey of two kindred spirits to find their own path, to grow up. All of this happening in rural America, in a tiny city among farmers and a close community.
It shows you how some encounters are life altering helping you to discover your potential, your dreams and to blossom into your true self.
“What softened your heart?” I asked softly.
“Good music and a friend.”
I felt my eyes burn a little and turned from him, blinking quickly to lap up the sting of tears. “Music has incredible power”
“So does friendship,” he supplied frankly.”
“I never know what people are thinking. It’s like visiting a country where you don’t speak the language and you’re trying so hard to understand but no matter how many times you ask for juice, they keep bringing you milk. And I hate it.”
“This should never have happened, Brishen. We were unimportant, you and I. We weren’t supposed to mean anything to anyone.”
“Woman of day,” he said slowly. “You mean everything to me.”
”We can’t seem to talk without fighting.” “It’s strange that we can be friends. I hope that you do consider me a friend, and not a burden. I don’t want these walks to be something you dread.” “I look forward to walking with you. I think I even look forward to the arguments. You understand what my life is, even if we disagree. So yes, I consider you a friend. And I would miss this, if we stopped.”
“Listen… it’s okay if you want to sunshine your way through life and look on the bright side of things. And it’s also okay if you get scared and think the world is falling in on you. You can have both. You can have moments of great confidence in yourself, and then moments where you’re so low you don’t think you can make it another day. But the one thing you can never do is give up the belief that it will all be okay. And you’ll know it will all be okay because regardless if you’re up or down, I’ll be with you through it all.”
Now what’s a fall read for you? And what book would you recommend?