140929 Autumn Reading List

Breathe in…that’s the smell of autumn.

There’s something about the change in temperature and the way the sun illuminates everything that triggers my sense of smell. Strange, I guess. I’ve always tried to put into words what the season actually smells like.

I think, for me at least, autumn smells woodsy and warm and maybe a little musty–like a great used bookstore or the pages of a book several decades old. That’s my conclusion. Autumn smells like a leather bound vintage book. Which fittingly explains why I like to begin the season with a reading list.

My list this year is a combo of mid-grade (MG) & YA, since I write for the 21 and under set, and adult fiction and non-fiction, because my driver’s license states I’m over 21 and therefore should act accordingly. Herewith, my list:

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristine Levine (MG)
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (MG)
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp (YA)
NW by Zadie Smith
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

(I realize I’ve listed books that came out years ago, but I am habitually tardy in every aspect of my life and as they say: better late than never.)


P.S. Read any of the above? Share your thoughts in the comments.


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