The Fall temperatures may not be here yet, but we're hoping that we can convince ourselves that they are with books! If you are also suffering under the heat and wishing for fall, these might help you!
When it starts getting cool, I love to sit outside and read. Of course, in Atlanta, cool is relative. By cool, I mean an occasional breeze and not quite feeling like my skin is boiling off. Because it doesn't get really Autumn crisp until late November around here, I like to read anything that makes me feel cool. So I read books set in colder climates. I love the Mary Russell books - the ones set in England - in the fall. They make me feel like I'm sitting next to a hot fire with a cup of tea, even though I'm sitting on a lawn chair in shorts, pretending the slight puff of occasional air is a fall breeze. Any books set in cooler climates will do. I would love to be more specific. Normally, I peruse my bookshelves to jog my memory. But this year, alas, my books are still packed waiting on my library shelves to go in. I will hopefully have them back in my possession by the fall. Sigh
Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love the change of the leaves, the cozy sweaters and the coats that I finally get to bring out of my closet after an oppressively hot summer. Or, at least that's what I tell myself, because it's usually hot until November. November. My favorite holiday is Halloween, and I should not have to sweat through it like it's still June. Anyway, as you can probably tell I'm ready for fall, and the only thing that might help bring on the atmosphere that other states are already enjoying is books. Books and tea fix everything. So, there are some books and genres that I turn to around this time of year. Stephen King might be an obvious choice, but don't underestimate the power of The Shining or The Stand to make you shiver in 90 degree heat. Any kind of horror book is usually a fall read for me. I would say anything by Laurie R. King, Edgar Allen Poe would be sufficient. When I read the news, I become particularly fond of the Cask of Amontillado. Some specific books that come to mind are the Night Strangers, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, and A Discovery of Witches.
The crisp, clear air of Autumn clears the brain. A thousand memories of school from my embodied years makes me long to begin serious studies in September. It's time to let go of lighter and more pleasant reading like my beloved Poe, my collections of folklore, ghost stories and monster tales and turn to the study of philosophy and metaphysics. This year I intend to study narrative philosophy and the philosophy of nothing. I plan to start with Narratives and Narrators: A Philosophy of Stories by Gregory Currie, but if you have recommendations for me, I would welcome them.