The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Transport yourself to opulent parties during the Jazz Age on New York’s Long Island. The plot uses the seasons of summer and fall as symbolism for the situations its characters experience. As autumn begins and the leaves start to fall, the novel’s love triangle comes to a head.
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
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Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
An 11-year-old, freckle-faced orphan with a big imagination makes her home with an adoptive family on Prince Edward Island. Anne’s description of the scenery at Green Gables captures the charm and warmth of fall.
“October was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson...”
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling
The beloved first novel in J.K. Rowling’s successful series follows a young wizard as he begins his initial year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy. The often nerve-wracking start of a new school year coincides with the start of fall, when school supply lists plague parents (whether it be potions for wizards or pencils for muggles).
“There was a lot more to magic, as Harry quickly found out, than waving your wand and saying a few funny words.”
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Practical Magic, by Alice Hoffman
This bewitching read tells the tale of the Owens girls, orphaned sisters who are raised by their aunts (who happen to be witches). After growing up, pursuing love, and going in different directions, the sisters reunite in the spellbinding house they were raised in.
“There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.”
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Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
A pioneer family works through the fall to prepare for the coming winter in a cabin on the outskirts of the Big Woods in Wisconsin. Crops are harvested, meat is smoked, and maple syrup tapped before the family gathers around the fire at night for some fiddle playing.
“She was glad that the cozy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.”
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