This is officially the season of books. There's no denying the comfort of sitting at home with a good read and a warm cup of coffee, especially when the weather begins to cool down and you don’t feel guilty not going outside as much. It has just started getting chilly in Toronto, which I find fitting for our Thanksgiving and upcoming Halloween, so I thought I’d pick out a few books I think are good reads for this time of year. Some I have read myself and some that I plan on reading and have heard good things about.
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This is a collection of Edgar Allen Poe’s poems and short stories, all somewhat dark and gothic. My boyfriend bought this for me a few years ago, knowing how much I enjoy Gothic literature and I have gone through most of it. I have never been much for poetry, only because uncovering the themes is much more difficult in such a short piece of writing, but I plan on reading a few more this month just to get back into my university mindset of analyzing and appreciating pieces of writing.
This is one of my favourite classic books and recent movies. It follows the life of a young girl raised by a cruel family and sent off to boarding school because of her “bad behaviour”. There she was subjected to the same amount of cruelty until she graduated and began her life as a governess for an estate where a mysterious landlord lives with his young ward who Jane is hired to teach. From there she begins to uncover a few strange things about Mr. Rochester, the landlord, and his past, but also starts to build a very strong connection with him.
Unlike a few other novels of this kind, it is very easy to read and follow along as the intricate plot unfolds. Gothic romances have always been my favourite and I think this is the perfect book for delving into that genre.
Another novel from a Bronte sister, but one I have yet to read. I remember attempting to read this a few times, but the plot and intricate family lines in this story are incredibly confusing. I also found that understanding the servant’s accents was also very difficult and left me missing out a lot of the important points in the plot as most of it was told by one of these servants. I plan on getting back into this one and finishing it as I’ve heard many great things about it, especially since it falls into the Gothic romance genre for this time of year.
The final piece of writing I would recommend is a play rather than a book. I read this back in university and enjoyed it so much that I plan on reading it again despite it meant for the stage. This story follows a family afflicted by many emotional and physical ailments and insecurities and how they deal with each other as they try to overcome or, in some cases, fall deeper into their afflictions. As a warning, this is a fairly depressing read, but one that will resonate with you because of the depth of the characters and gloomy set design. However, I think the themes are prevalent in many people’s lives, especially when it comes to families and dealing with one another during dark times.
What are your favourite books for this time of year?