September 24: 5 Books On My Fall 2019 TBR
The fall is ideally a time to relax on a couch with a hot mug of tea(or coffee or whatever hot beverage you prefer), cover yourself with a thick blanket and read a book. Even though I don’t have autumn in my place, and October is a time of endless heat sweeping through my city(ugh!), a girl can dream, right? At least that’s what I will do, as I scroll through my Instagram feed, filled with photos of dry autumn leaves and cozy blankets. Before I go off on a different tangent (aka whine about the lack of autumn in my place), let’s just pretend fall occurs worldwide and dive right into the books I intend to read in the most beautiful season of all.
- Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver
Mary Oliver passed away at the beginning of this year and even though I had heard of her, I have never read any poem or book of hers. She is mainly known as a poet, but since I have not taken a leap into poetry yet, I felt I will start with a collection of essays written by her.
Comprising a selection of essays, Upstream finds beloved poet Mary Oliver reflecting on her astonishment and admiration for the natural world and the craft of writing.
As she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, finding solace and safety within the woods, and the joyful and rhythmic beating of wings, Oliver intimately shares with her readers her quiet discoveries, boundless curiosity, and exuberance for the grandeur of our world.
This radiant collection of her work, with some pieces published here for the first time, reaffirms Oliver as a passionate and prolific observer whose thoughtful meditations on spiders, writing a poem, blue fin tuna, and Ralph Waldo Emerson inspire us all to discover wonder and awe in life’s smallest corners.
4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus has been on my TBR for a long time, and what better time than now to cozy up with a magical book about circuses and competition between magicians?
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway – a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone By J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter series is my all-time favorite series and this season is a perfect time to revisit Hogwarts and indulge in nostalgia. I have bought only the first book in its illustrated edition, hence will read only that one for now.
4. Words From My Window: A Journal by Ruskin Bond
Ruskin Bond is another childhood favorite of mine. I am eager to read his journal.
I need a window to look at the world without; for only then can I look at the world within. A room without a window is rather like a prison cell, and the soul is inclined to shrivel up in a confined space. … Car horns, children calling to each other as they return from school, a boy selling candyfloss, several crows chasing a hawk! Never a dull moment. And the magic mountain looks on, absorbing everything.
5. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned thirty, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want—a husband, a house, a successful career. But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be.
To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. In order to give herself the time and space to find out who she really was and what she really wanted, she got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world—all alone. Eat, Pray, Love is the absorbing chronicle of that year. Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature set against the backdrop of a culture that has traditionally done that one thing very well. In Rome, she studied the art of pleasure, learning to speak Italian and gaining the twenty-three happiest pounds of her life. India was for the art of devotion, and with the help of a native guru and a surprisingly wise cowboy from Texas, she embarked on four uninterrupted months of spiritual exploration. In Bali, she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence. She became the pupil of an elderly medicine man and also fell in love the best way—unexpectedly.
An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society’s ideals. It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.