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.