The season of books… the very, very season of books I mean. Recommendations very welcome!
On a Monday which was very much like its reputation …(you bet) – and facing an intense Tuesday .. I am dreaming of my tea- or coffeescented Loggia, the sunshine, the armchair and…books. Piles of them. Well, there is the perspective of a national Holiday on Thursday – so no reason to complain.
Who of you knows this feeling that Special books are for special seasons? I have posted about books and autumn before…and Helene Hanff, being mentioned in this other post, says herself in “Letter from New York” that october is the season to find yourself new books.
There’s one other Quote I really adore – it’s by Helene Hanff as well, from 84, Charing Cross Road:
I do love secondhand books that open to the page some previous owner read oftenest. The day Hazlitt came he opened to “I hate to read new books,” and I hollered “Comrade!” to whoever owned it before me.”
— Helene Hanff (84, Charing Cross Road)
In Autumn, more than in any other season, my books have to be all about atmosphere. The colours and pictures in my imaginations while reading the book kind of have to match the outside world. Yes, I might have a certain nerd-factor… haha, and I can live with it.
Books which – so far – match this, are (hooorray, an excuse to write a list ; ) )
– Letter from New York, Helene Hanff (very surprisingly)
-The Time Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
-The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce
-A Monster Calls, Ness, Patrick and Siobhan Dowd
-Fool On The Hill, Matt Ruff
-Cookbooks with soup recipes
-Cookbooks like those by Cynthia Barcomi
-This I know, Susannah Conway
-The Hobbit …well you know by whom 🙂
-Narcissus and Goldmund, Hermann Hesse,
-“Liebesnähe” by Hanns-Josef Ortheil, not available in English yet
– lots of non-fiction books by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh and Matthias Ennenbach about Buddhism, mindfulness, buddhistic psychology…
Now you. Anything to recommend? I am listening. 🙂 Do you have favourite autumn reads? my shelf isn’t breaking yet. (yet)