You’ve probably noticed by now – greenery shifting to vibrant autumnal hues, with lingering smells of cinnamon & spice in the chilly air. As sunny days at the pool are shifting to cozy nights cuddled around a fire, more people are focused on indoors activities. Cool, crisp mornings make some of us yearn for a warm soup in the evening, lighting up our fireplaces, and curling up with our favorite books. If you’re having trouble deciding on what to sit down with next, consider one of the following.
1. The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter – Theodora Goss
A perfect fit for October, consider the science fiction mystery The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss. It details a group of remarkable women who try to solve a series of horrendous murders, and the bigger mystery of their own origins. This novel pulls from characters of the fantasy genre and reinvents them for the narrative – including Mary Jekyll, Justine Frankenstein, and none other than Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
2. Kitchens of the Great Midwest – J. Ryan Stradal
If you’re not interested in the fantasy genre, perhaps something closer to home is right for you – like J. Ryan Stradal’s Kitchens of the Great Midwest. It is a colorful story focused on Eva, a culinary prodigy born into poverty. Jessica Gelt of the Los Angeles Times calls it “part foodie fantasy, part family drama, and all heart.”
3. The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
Pick up a 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner from American author Colson Whitehead. His alternate history novel The Underground Railroad follows the story of two slaves during the 1800’s who attempt to escape Georgia plantations. In this award-winning tale, the Underground Railroad is an actual subway rather than a series of safe houses. It has been commended for its commentary on the past and present of America, and has even been greenlit for an Amazon series, with Barry Jenkins (Oscar-Winner Moonlight) co-writing and directing.
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
From a radio comedy in the late 1970’s to adaptations in stage shows, novels, comic books, and computer games, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has captivated fans internationally. The novels have been translated into more than 30 languages, detailing the misadventures of earthling Arthur Dent throughout the galaxy. Enjoy your time with this one, and remember to not take any bit of life too seriously.
5. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus – Mary Shelley
Considered to be the first science fiction novel, written by an 18 year old Mary Shelley, this delightful classic is a perfect novel to read by the fire this fall. While pop-culture has taken the idea of Frankenstein and RUN, making time for the original is well worth it. It is an account of Victor Frankenstein’s life in the 18th century and obsession with science and experimentation, eventually leading to the creation of Frankenstein’s monster, The Creature.
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