Happy Autumn everyone!
There’s a chill in the air, school is back in session, festivals abound and the trees are beginning to change into fiery reds and glimmering golds before littering the streets. And what does that mean?
Great new releases and some old favorites abound in this great season, and according to literary agents and editors—the Vampire season is about to wane and will be over by the winter time. Granted, the vampire books have breathed a frantic, fanatic life into the genre that was largely ignored for years, but I am grateful that not every book on the YA shelves will contain a “sensitive” vampire, a forbidden tryst, a zombie, or werewolves. Contemporary novels are coming in this season and it will be the newest trend in YA. (Hey, it sounds a little bit like Fashion Week in New York!)
So, in celebration of the season and the “twilight” of the vampire genre, I’ve put together some old favorites that I like reading in fall as well as new ones I’ve discovered that should be on your reading list!
“The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznik
This is, by far, one of the most clever books I’ve ever read. The book follows the journey of a little boy living in a Paris train station and his journey on figuring out the secrets of his father’s notebook—and one of the greatest inventions ever seen: an Automaton. Literally, it’s such a unique book that I would gladly read again. It’s partly a picture book but if you prop the book on your knees and flip the drawings (all four-hundred or so) it feels like a portable silent film. Rarely has a book captured my attention like The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Bravo!
“A Great and Terrible Beauty” by Libba Bray
I have never seen an author capture the mood of the story better than Libba Bray has in this novel. The first book inthe Gemma Doyle series, it chronicles Gemma Doyle’s attempt to find her place in an all girl’s boarding school in London shortly after her mother was murdered in India. It was a dark, moody book that made me think of gloomy autumn and rainy afternoons. For several days I had a difficulttime getting the story out of my head, and I’m ready todelve into the next installment, “Rebel Angels” soon.
Witch Child By Celia Rees
This book has stayed in my mind for years. It’s haunting and melodic, and gives a good depiction of Native American life and the beginnings of the New World back in the 1600s. The first lines are brilliant:
I am Mary.
I am a witch.
Or so they call me.
This also has a companion book that continues Mary’s story after it abruptly ends called “Sorceress”
“A Break With Charity” and “The Coffin Quilt” by Ann Rinaldi/ “Behind Rebel Lines” by Seymour Reit
All of the books in the “Great Episodes” series and anything by Ann Rinaldi are “autumn books” to me, as I have always read mostly historical-fiction books after summer passes. They are deeply moving, insightful, and the authors, including Ann Rinaldi weave historic events and fiction together in a seamless fabric.
What are some of the books you read in “seasons”? Maybe…fantasy in the winter and chick-lit in the summer?