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My (BASIC) List of Books to Read During the Fall

          It's been way to long since I posted some yammerings here!  Sorry.  School started again and things got crazy.
          I should be going to bed right now so this will have to be a short post.  I guess, since I am feeling very excited about the arrival of fall (Every time the seasons change I hyperventilate with joy! It's exhausting), I should make a list of cozy fall books.  Do you know what kind of books I mean?  Comforting, heart-melting ones.  I would not, for example, recommend The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or 1984 specifically for a list like this - the former is so ridiculous that it sort of stretches your mind out of shape like a very old T-shirt, and the latter makes you question EVERYTHING and wake up in cold sweats as you question the very nature of human nature.  Not that they are not phenomenal books; they just don't belong on this list.  Hitchhiker's Guide is OBVIOUSLY a perfect summer book and 1984 is for January, when you are fully submerged in mid-winter depression.

Cozy Books to Read with Hot Chocolate, a Blanket, and Your Butt Perched on a Warm Radiator:
1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - This book is all about the power of love, amped up by the awesomeness of Charles Wallace, the Happy Medium (a perpetually perky psychic), and space travel.
2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - Something about Charlie and the group of friends who adopt him makes me feel all mushy.  It's a good free-spirit-y teenager-y story.
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows - Told in the form of letters and set on a British island just after World War II, this is the story of an eccentric circle of book-lovers who formed a book club AND invented potato peel pie, all while under the thumb of occupying Nazis.
4. The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry - Lowry is one of the coolest writers ever because she writes spectacularly in whatever fiction genre she chooses - and so far she has chosen a wide variety.  This one, for example, is a spoof on "old-fashioned" classics and makes me laugh each time I re-read it.  It also has food in it - roast chicken and chocolate-chip cookies and such.
5. The Cookie-Store Cat by Cynthia Rylant - This book may be substituted for any favorite nostalgic picture book of your choosing.  However, this one is particularly fitting for this list because it contains lists of different kinds of cookies.  Even the names taste good!  (This seems to be a somewhat food-centric post.)


Gonna drink some tea now.  Bye!

     - Carly



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