There has been a decidedly autumnal feel to the air these past two days, and after too many days of excessive heat and humidity this summer, I am happy for the arrival of fall. It is supposed to warm up a bit later this week, but I have hopes that the days of high humidity are behind us. It is September, after all. And with September and cooler temperatures and the approaching turning of the leaves as evening falls earlier and earlier, it is time to turn to fall reads.
I have perhaps started already; the historical fiction I’m reading at the moment (Year of Wonders) deals with the 1665 plague event in Eyam England, a story perhaps as frightening as anything I shall read this fall (both for the devastation of the plague and the evil to which such events can drive us). But I’ve been saying all year I’d read The Woman in White this fall. My current focus on reading only what I feel like had me reconsidering that plan, yet I picked it up to glance at yesterday, read the first page, and decided that I feel like reading it this fall. I’ll just finish the plague book first. I also recently was reminded of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw. I don’t remember what prompted such thought, but it is relatively short, so perhaps… But I said that last year. Either would make for a suitably Gothic read, suitably seasonal.
These current and next months, September and October, are of course the months of Carl’s annual R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, Seventh Edition this year. It was, I believe, my only successful challenge participation last year (by which I mean, I read what I intended in the challenge period), so it seems appropriate to challenge myself there again, though I intended to stay away from challenges the rest of the year. But how can I resist this logo?
It reminds me of Edward Gorey’s illustrations, also suitably seasonal. I only promise to attempt this year, though, to just meet the first rule, “have fun.” Although, there are so many suitable categories: mysteries, thrillers, horror, supernatural, even short stories and movies—you just never know what I might do!