Rachel Recommends: What to Read and Watch This Autumn
Posted on October 9, 2023
by Rachel S
Fall is busy and we are in a constant battle with time. Between work, school and forever waiting for the Great Pumpkin, it’s all but impossible to find time to ourselves to read. As a representative of the Library, I can’t allow that to happen. Perhaps something on this list will inspire you to sneak away to a sincere pumpkin patch, Hobbit hole, or cupboard under the stairs and get reading.
I’ve got a new sweatsuit, a dormant bonfire, and pumpkin spice creamer chilling in the fridge. Bring it on.
This book is just what I was looking for. It is heavy on ideas, and it is not trying to be the answer to all dietary problems (refreshing). This is the rare, modern cookbook that isn’t exclusively vegan, gluten-free, or plant-based. It’s a book full of good food, and simple recipes with a focus on timing for the busy household.
Fall faves include:
A choice between making dinner OR cinnamon rolls (we pick our battles).
Chicken and corn casserole.
Green and gold bean stew (perfect for an autumn Sunday).
Even a recipe for English toffee which I’ve never had the guts to try and make.
For people who are tired of asking their friends for meal ideas only to find out those friends don’t know what to make for dinner tonight either.
A fictional account of the author’s grandmother’s real-life experience during the Great Depression set in picture book form. The book takes place throughout 4 seasons while the family of 9 contrives to survive in a tiny shack in the woods, build a life, and most of all experience the joy of being together.
What’s more cathartic when getting over a breakup than becoming best friends with a witch? This is the ultimate fall read and will make you want to pick up a PSL, bake an apple pie, and host a slumber party in a haunted house (after egging your ex’s car, of course).
Once again Colson Whitehead makes crime fiction fun in this anticipated follow-up to Harlem Shuffle (and the second in a planned trilogy – yay!). We find our friend Carney in a tight spot. After having gone straight for several years, it’s a set of Jackson 5 tickets that set him back on his former, crooked path.
“Crooked stays crooked and bent hates straight. The rest is survival.”
As I’ve mentioned before Colson Whitehead’s writing is phenomenal and addictive. I cannot stop reading him and cannot wait for the final book.