Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Give Off Autumn Vibes

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This is one of those topics that I’m guessing a lot of us will choose the same answers for. Only time will tell if I’m right about that.

Most of these tales are set in the autumn, so that’s by far my biggest reason for choosing them.

I’ve written a similar post to this one recently. Due to that, I’m going to keep this list short and sweet to avoid duplicates.

1. Dead Poets Society by N.H. Kleinbaum

Why:  If you haven’t seen the 1980s adaptation of this book, go find a copy of it. It was incredibly well done, especially later on in the plot once one of the main characters who was depressed feels like all hope is lost. My own struggles with depression were often the worst around the time that autumn turned to winter, so this character’s experiences at the same time of the year make this something I’ll always associate with autumn.

2. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) byJ.R.R. Tolkien

Why: The Lord of the Rings series also had a lot of themes related to death and the endings of various eras or kingdoms. There’s something about watching the natural world die for the season or go into hibernation that makes me ponder these topics, too.

3. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Why: Most of the events of this tale were not set during the autumn, but the themes in it were heavily related to death, loss, change, and other things I associate with this season.There was also a twist at the end that oddly reminded me of spring! Saying anything else would give away spoilers, though.

4. Autumn Days: Let’s Look at the Seasons by Ann Schweninger

Why: This picture book about autumn is self-explanatory, I think.

5. The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

Why: It was autumn the first time I read this poem. The subject matter of it has a lot of autumn themes related to things ending, so that only cements it further as something that belongs to this season.

80 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Give Off Autumn Vibes

  1. I haven’t read Dead Poets Society, but the movie I still count as a favourite. I cry every time. And you are so right about the Fellowship — it’s a very cool way to think about the book.

  2. OMG! I had the Dead Poets Society on my list this week too! I don’t even know how that book came to mind seeing as I wasn’t even sure it was a book to begin with, but the movie was one of the first things that popped into my head when I thought of this prompt lol great list, Lydia 🙂

    My TTT post

  3. I haven’t read The Dead Poets Society, but I also love the movie. Such a great story with phenomenal acting. And I totally agree, the depression related storyline is handled super well in the film. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for the book!

  4. There’s something about watching the natural world die for the season or go into hibernation that makes me ponder these topics, too

    i really really love this. that’s such a great way of looking at it

  5. I haven’t gotten around to reading a lot of yesterday’s posts yet, so now I’m curious if a lot of people *did* choose the same books. xD

    I actually didn’t realize The Dead Poet’s society took place in autumn! It’s been so long since I’ve seen that movie, and now I want to watch it again. Great picks!

  6. So did your topic theory prove true? I’ve noticed a few posts with yours and my approach and others that went straight cover vibes…

    Funnily enough I categorize The Lord of the Rings as spring/summer because there is so much verdant green nature description. Also, I’ve only read them during those seasons. Your interpretation does fit the themes well.

    • Yes….sort of? There was a lot of variation, but I did see some of the same books pop up over and over again.

      And, yeah, I can see how Lord of the Rings would be a good spring/summer book as well. There is a lot of nature in that trilogy.

  7. I really need to read Dead Poet’s Society some day soon. The film itself is my ultimate signal to autumn–I watch it every year come fall. It’s just… the best. Great picks all around, as per usual!

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