My Autumn 2020 Reading List
I mentioned this in a blog I wrote almost two years ago, but I’ll say it again. Autumn is my favourite season by far and there’s something so special about reading during the Fall time. So, it comes as no surprise to me that I am already hyper fixated on anything pumpkin spice related. It is still 30+ degrees in Southern Ontario folks! Nonetheless, I have already created my general Fall 2020 bucket list and now, here is my Fall 2020 reading list (in no specific order).
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
I watched the Netflix movie based on this book (two times within 24-hours) and I became so obsessed with the story, I wanted to know more.
“When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened?
In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Cahalan tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen.”
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Over the past couple of weeks, I have heard several BookTubers rave about this book so I wanted to check it out for myself!
“On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.
Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the centre of it.”
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Frankenstein has appeared on my past couple of TBR lists (to be read) and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it (gasp), but I am determined to check it off my list this Fall!
From the back of the book:
“A story about a student of natural philosophy who learns the secret of imparting life to a creature constructed from bones he has collected in charnel-houses.”
Misery by Stephen King
I finished reading my first Stephen King book (The Shining) about a week ago and I want to dive into more! So, Misery is next on my list.
“Paul Sheldon. He’s a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader – she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.”
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
There are a number of classics I am embarrassed to say I haven’t read, The Beautiful and Damned being one of them so I am planning to change that this Fall.
“First published in 1922, The Beautiful and the Damned followed Fitzgerald’s impeccable debut, This Side of Paradise, thus securing his place in the tradition of great American novelists. Embellished with the author’s lyrical prose, here is the story of Harvard-educated, aspiring aesthete Anthony Patch and his beautiful wife, Gloria. As they await the inheritance of his grandfather’s fortune, their reckless marriage sways under the influence of alcohol and avarice. A devastating look at the nouveau riche, and the New York nightlife, as well as the ruinous effects of wild ambition, The Beautiful and the Damned achieved stature as one of Fitzgerald’s most accomplished novels. Its distinction as a classic endures to this day. Pocket Book’s Enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader. Special features include critical perspectives, suggestions for further read, and a unique visual essay composed of period photographs that help bring every word to life.”
A Book of Essays edited by Robert Chambers Carlyle King
It pains me to reveal that I am actually unsure of the synopsis’ of any of the essays in this book, however, essays are something I have wanted to read (and write) more of (I miss English classes) so I am starting with this collection.
I am currently reading The Cactus by Sarah Haywood and am hoping to have it completed by the end of August so I can start tackling my Fall reading list once September hits!
What will you be reading this fall?
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