Monday, September 30, 2013

Autumn Tag

This meme is going around the blogosphere and I thought it's be fun to play along. I'm working hard to remind myself to enjoy fall again this year and not to focus on winter just ahead. I'm hoping this will help!

What is your favorite thing about autumn? The colors - the changing colors of the leaves, the colors of my sweaters, the changing quality of the sunlight.

What book reminds you of school? So many books remind me of school, from books my fifth-grade teacher read aloud to us, to Flowers for Algernon and The Outsiders in junior high, to The Heart of Darkness and The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam in college.

What is one of your favorite autumn-related book covers? Hmm, can't think of a particular one. Maybe the cover of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow that has John Quidor's The Headless Horseman on it.

What is your favorite horror or Halloween story? The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything by Linda Williamson because my kids and I read it every fall for years. It was one of the first books each of them loved.

What are some of your favorite horror films? I'm not a big horror film fan. I hate the blood and gore, jump out at you kinds of movies. If I'm watching a horror film, I prefer to something more psychological. "Fallen" with Denzel Washington still scares me every time I watch it.

What is a book release you're looking forward to this autumn? This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett.

What is a film release you're looking forward to this autumn? The latest adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" starring Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham.

What are three books you want to read this autumn? Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister, and Alyssa Nutting's Tampa (hopefully before I see at the Omaha Lit Fest in October).

Consider yourself tagged - tell me about your favorite fall things!


  1. How did I miss the fact that Ann Patchett has a new book on the way???

  2. Loved reading this! I hadn't head about the Great Expectations redux. When is it out?

  3. Oh, Helena Bonham Carter was born to play Miss Havisham! That should be a good version--I hadn't heard about it. On a recent NY trip, we stayed the night in Tarrytown and drove by Sleepy Hollow. I had wanted to visit Washington Irving's house but it was closed Sunday morning, and we had to head to the airport before it opened. However, even 200 years later the area has a darkly forested, wet, spooky, windy quality to it. I had no trouble imagining the headless horseman in the Sleepy Hollow area. I have a version with the Arthur Rackham illustrations that I plan to read this month.

    I also want to read The Haunting of Hill House--maybe later this month.

  4. What a fabulous meme! I will get on it. I want to get that kid's Halloween book. I hope my library has it so I can read it to Gabe :) Happy Fall!

  5. I hope you enjoy The Haunting of Hill House, it's one of my favorite books of all time.

  6. Finally I'm back with a link ;)