What types of books do you like to read on the weekends? Do the seasons, the weather or the day influence what type of book you pick up? I’ve been really enjoying the fall this year. We don’t have much of a fall, not compared to other areas with more distinct seasons. But the weather is a little chillier, and the leaves maybe a little redder or with slightly more yellow. Maybe? I like to decorate for fall and Halloween, and I start early, the 1st of September! I always have the earliest decorated house in the neighborhood, and everyone always makes fun of me for it. But I can’t help it. I think fall is pure magic.
When it’s fall I love to read creepy books, books that are perfect for chilly weather. I just finished Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked this Way Comes, with its famous evil carnival and sinister Ringmaster, Mr. Dark.
“The spider-web hears them, trembles–breaks. Such are the autumn people. Beware of them.”
By far my favorite quote from the book. The carnival sweeps into town in the autumn, when the leaves have fallen and the town is relinquishing its last vestiges of summer. I love this idea, of the autumn people. The meaning is much deeper than a season, but I can’t help but think of the carnival and imagine that they’re arriving perfectly timed for Halloween. The illuminated man, his body tattooed with the faces of those he controls and hates, the witch, constantly combing the air to read thoughts and place curses, the electro-man, bolts of electricity the only thing that keep him alive. Even though the prose at times could be hard to read (I found myself having to reread passages to understand the meaning), I still loved the overall mood of the story, the creepiness. It was written 50 years ago, but it still makes me feel autumn, deep.
How about you? Do you like to read books based on the season, the day, or even your mood? I hope that whatever you’re reading or doing today that you have a great day with a lot of inspiration and joy. Thank you for reading 🙂