Recommend your “Autumn Read” and enter for a chance to win an Amazon gift card

As I’ve said before on my blog, I am totally a summer child. Lounging by the pool, going to the beach, picnics, walks in the park, that’s definitely my scene. And winter in the mountains, even as far south as Virginia, can be pretty damn chilly. Winter—not so much.

But fall holds a special place in my heart. It seems to hold so much potential, so much inspiration, so much magic. It’s like the grand finale of the fireworks—you don’t necessarily want the fireworks to end, but that vibrant bursting of color is what it’s all about. Fall, for me, is the witching season. Magic is afoot. Stories are whispering in the scarlet and gold of the trees.

Maybe my love affair with autumn has something to do with the fact that it never sticks around very long. Always leaves you wanting more.

If I had a fireplace, I would spend my autumn evenings curled up in front of a roaring fire, drinking tea and reading a good book. Alas, apartment living does not allow such luxuries as fireplaces (not mine, anyway), but there are plenty cups of tea to be had.

And lots of good books. So, if you were to select books by season, which books belong to fall? I’ve culled together a few, and I’m looking for additions.

Good Autumn Reads:

  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
  • Yasmine Galenorn’s Witchling (Sisters of the Moon, book 1)
  • Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula (what? too predictable?)
  • Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic
  • Cate Tiernan’s Book of Shadows (Sweep, book 1)
  • L.J. Smith’s The Secret Circle trilogy

I would love, once I get through the backlog of ideas in my head, to write a good autumn, witchy story. Dark, vibrant, and lots of magic. And fireworks. Definitely fireworks.

I’m looking for good additions to my Autumn Reads list. So I’m making a deal. If you comment and tell me your Autumn Reads pick, I’ll enter your name in a drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card. Books from all genres are welcome.

Like a healthy competition? If you mention the contest and link to this post on your blog, you’ll be entered two more times. (If you post about the contest on your blog, please comment on this entry to let me know. Be sure to include a link back to your site in the comment.)

Rules:

Only relevant comments count (no spam). It’s a max of one entry per person per comment and two entries per person per blog link (i.e., a max of three total per person). When the clock strikes 12 midnight (EST) Oct. 8, this contest will turn back into a pumpkin. I will announce the winner on Monday, Oct. 10. That way, the lucky winner will get a chance to cozy up with a yummy read of his/her own choosing.

Happy autumn, and good luck!

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12 thoughts on “Recommend your “Autumn Read” and enter for a chance to win an Amazon gift card

  1. I love the SWEEP series! I’m even in the middle of reading THE SECRET CIRCLE series at the moment. Great picks for autumn reads! 🙂

    When I think of autumn, I think of Halloween, so the autumn read I’m recommending is SCARY STORIES TREASURY. It includes all three SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK books by Alvin Schwartz. I loved reading these as a kid, and still love to read them every Halloween! The artwork by Stephen Gammell is especially spooky–more so than many of the stories, even!

    I also spread the word about this contest on my blog here: http://besidenormal.blogspot.com/2011/09/contest.html

    Happy autumn to you, as well! 🙂

    • Thanks, Heather. I haven’t read the Scary Stories Treasury before, but I just looked it up on Amazon. I bet there are some great shiver stories hiding behind that cover.

      Thanks for mentioning the contest on your blog! 🙂

  2. My pick for an Autumn book is Jane Yolen’s “Sister Light, Sister Dark” from her “White Jenna” series. Autumn to me is about balancing the different sides of your soul (I don’t take time to do that in the spring) and this book is all about that. Balance figures heavily in this book and it’s a quick read.

    • I agree. The equinox–equal day, equal night–is indeed about balance, which is something I probably should be thinking about much more than I am right now. “Sister Light, Sister Dark” looks like a great fall read. I’ll add it to the list. Thanks!

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  5. Ack, I keep forgetting to pop over here! Sorry I have no brain lately. Anyway! Favorite autumn read for me is Betty Ren Wright, my absolute favorite being “Christina’s Ghost” with “The Dollhouse Murders” as a very close second 😀

  6. I’m a summer girl too, but there is something so earthy and homey about the arrival of fall. As far as a fall/autumn book, what about The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. I read this ages and ages ago and remember wanting to curl on the couch with a blankie. haha!

    Happy Fall!

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