Today's topic from The Broke and the Bookish is a fall freebie, so I'm listing off my Top Ten Books That Remind Me of Fall. Some of them take place partly or entirely in autumn, and some just feel like they ought to be read when leaves are turning colors and the air is crisp and invigorating. Here they are, with titles linked to my reviews when possible:
1. The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle takes place in October, and every October for over a decade, I have felt the urge to either read the book or at least watch a film version of it. I re-read it earlier this month (but didn't review it again because I just did a read-along of it two years ago, and I don't have any new thoughts on it yet). It was the first non-abridged Sherlock Holmes book I read, when I was 13 or 14, and I've loved the characters of Holmes and Watson ever since.
2. Anne of Windy Poplars by L. M. Montgomery covers several years, but I envision Anne walking through fallen leaves when I think of this book, so here it is. Could be because the cover above is the one my copy has, and it has a somewhat autumnal feel, to me.
3. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien has a lot of scenes set in autumn, and much of the movie does as well. Since I watched the movies before I read the books, that definitely swayed my feelings.
4. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton does take place in fall, doesn't it? All that stuff up at the abandoned church, with piles of dead leaves and so on.
5. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler takes place in the fall and definitely feels like it -- the whole book is permeated with an atmosphere of decay, ending, dying. I'm suddenly in the mood to reread this now.
6. Bloodlines by Jan Burke might not take place in autumn -- it might be winter instead, I'm not sure. But I have the impression of days getting colder, lots of dead leaves, but no snow, so there you go.
7. The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd has lots of stuff about graveyards and ghosts in it, which makes me think of fall, though there's lots of stuff about flowers and growing plants that also gives it a springtime feel. Kind of a mix, I guess.
8. Middlemarch by George Eliot probably doesn't have much to do with fall, but I started reading it in September a couple of years ago, so it will always remind me of this season.
9. Samantha Learns a Lesson by Susan S. Adler takes place during the fall, when Samantha goes back to school. I read this series over and over and over as a kid -- back when Samantha, Kirsten, and Molly were the only American Girls! I remember when the Felicity books were released -- I went to a release party at my library :-o And got a free poster! But anyway, yeah, this was one of my favorite Samantha books because I love how she learns to care for those less fortunate than herself.
10. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott reminds me of fall, just like Little Women reminds me of spring. No clear idea why, it just does. Especially Dan and Nat -- something about them just says "fall" to me.
So there's my list for this week. What books remind you of fall? Did you do TTT this week, and if so, what topic did you choose?