As our beloved Anne Shirley says in Anne of Green Gables, ‘I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.’ Think of the colours of autumn and the fresh, crisp air. You can still do a lot of outdoor activities, but as the days are getting shorter, we spend more time inside, maybe curled up in a comfortable and warm armchair, sipping hot cocoa or tea. And what better companion than a book on autumn evenings and long weekends? We have more time to reflect on stories, talk about them with our family and friends, or just simply write our thoughts in a diary or on a blog.
We have collected our favourite books that have a special autumn atmosphere and can help you enjoy this glorious season even more.
Read the classics
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
‘Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.’ – says Daisy Buchanan in this classic. Even if you have read it several times, it’s always a good idea to reread The Great Gatsby, for its storyline, its beautiful langauge and its atmosphere.
The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
This much-loved children’s story follows a full cycle in the secret garden, and there are plenty of things to explore in the autumn.
Both novels take you on an adventure in North America from California all the way up to Yukon Territory. Go on a journey and look for autumn colours.
The do our Jack London Special with your students.
Both novels by the Brontë sisters carry a special autumnal atmosphere, and the melancholic but exciting storylines will keep you and your students hooked on the books.
Do the Brontë Sisters Special Film Project with your students.
Read some autumn inspired poetry
John Keats: To Autumn (1819)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning: The Autumn (1833)
Emily Dickinson: Nature, Poem 28 (1896)
Louis MacNeice: Autumn Journal (1939)
- Watch this video and listen to the poem.
W. B. Yeats: The Wild Swans at Coole (1919)
What are you going to read this autumn?
Those of you in the southern hemisphere… tell us what you are reading for spring!