Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday Salon- Falling for Fall


It may not be fall officially but let's face it- summer's over here in New England.

Jeff and I tried to go blueberry picking last weekend and ended up with a big bag of apples instead, the coffeeshops and bookstores of Harvard Square are filled with students and it's just a little too cool out for shorts. And, yesterday I had my last ice cream of the summer season.

But you know what? It's okay, because as much as I love summer, fall is my favorite time of year. I love the food of fall- apples in all its forms (cider, cider donuts, apple pie, candied apples) and more. Fairs, falling leaves, those last few warm sunny days before winter and the first day you need a sweater are all reasons to love fall.

And, of course, fall reading! The next few months are so packed with great reads I already know I won't get to them all, but that won't stop me from trying. On my shelf now are books like Russian Winter, A Novel Bookstore, A Curable Romantic, Our Kind of Traitor, Home, and more; and then there are the books I want that aren't on my shelf- yet. Chief among those is The Bells, by Richard Harvell, which I'm planning on buying bright and early Tuesday when it comes out. I take an early strength class at the gym Tuesday mornings and I can hit the bookstore on my way over.

Today I'm reading Misadventure, Millard Kaufman's second and final published novel, a kind of California noir about a real estate agent mixed up in a very messy domestic dispute, and of course, The Tiger, John Vaillant's amazing true story about the hunt for a man-eating Amur tiger in the wilds of eastern Russia. One's light, one's serious; it's a good mix. When I'm done here I think I'm headed straight for Howard Jacobson's The Finkler Question, then I'll pick a review book out of the pile and knock it off.

I have to say, I was very disappointed with some of the big-name spring and summer books; Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story just left me cold and even China Mieville's Kraken failed to keep me interested. A few people I know who read the Mieville felt the same way but the Shteyngart got so many glowing reviews I feel like it's probably just me, but still. But so far the fall books I've read have been much better- let's hope that continues!

How have you been feeling about your fall reading so far?

More Sunday Salon here.