The weather is becoming consistently cool, pumpkins are plopped outside grocery stores, and advertisements are full of Halloween costumes, caramel apples, pumpkin beer, and candy corn. Probably because I was in Greece last fall, I feel like I haven't experienced this season in the longest time. It did get cold in Greece (contrary to popular belief), but I couldn't appreciate the little things I'm loving here now: leaves changing color and falling, my full cold-weather wardrobe (my closet was pretty empty in Greece), baking seasonal treats, apple picking (my boyfriend and I went a couple weeks ago, as seen above) . . .
Plus, fall and winter weather is perfect for curling up with a good book. Some people rave about the joy of beach reading (which is nice, sure), but how can it possible compare?
Beach reading starts out well, but it always seems to end badly: uncomfortable positioning, too much sun, sunburn, the smell and greasiness of sunscreen, seagulls snipping at your snacks, headaches from the heat, etc. Can you tell I'm not a summer person? ;)
With autumn and winter, on the other hand, you can cozy up in a nice chair, sit by the fire maybe, beneath your fuzziest blanket, your dog at your toes, a warm cup of cocoa beside you, watching the snow outside your window (on a perfect day) . . . Perfection.
In the spirit of the season, I might try to squeeze in a few creepy books this month too, before Halloween. I've got Coraline by Neil Gaiman on hold at the library (for some pre-teen creepiness), but I'm really hoping to get to We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, which revolves around a mother whose son is a school shooter (and needless to say, this unsettles her . . . ).
If those don't get the job done, I'm sure I can count on American Horror Story, which returns to FX in a couple of weeks. Season 1 revolved around a haunted house and the ghosts and humans that inhabited it, but the show's creators have decided to leave that story as it stands. For each subsequent season of the show, the story and characters will all change completely. So for Season 2, we're headed to a 1960s asylum and it is sure to be majorly scary. I'm easily scared, I'm the first to admit, but asylums especially freak me out and have caused many a nightmare over the years.
By the way, if you want a quick and easy fall dessert, I'd definitely recommend these baked apples with a crumble oatmeal topping. Easy and so delicious!
Which is your favorite: beach reading in the summer or cozying up with a good book in the fall?
Any other fans of American Horror Story?