Cozy Up With These Books

Cozy Up With These Books
Posted on 11/13/2019
Cozy Up With These BooksBest Classic Novels To Read During Fall
Alexis Stakem
Staff Writer
22astakem@cvsdstudents.org

Fall, a time of pumpkin spice, The Neighbourhood's song "Sweater Weather" being played on repeat to such an extent that it should become fall's national anthem, blanket scarves that act as 21st century version of a ruff collar (maybe this means knee pads will make a come back), and of course, reading. What else is a person supposed to while sipping on their pumpkin spice lattes (that only taste like pumpkin spice because they told us they did) and struggling to breathe while their blanket scarves as boa constrictors? However, there are only certain books acceptable for reading during fall, thinking of reading Of Mice and Men in November, think again because the literary police (of which I am the Captain) will come to arrest for treason. Please do not fret for this article is here to guide those who are blissfully unaware of the strict reading guides that fall imposes. So without further ado, let's discuss what the best books to read during fall are, and successfully avoid the literature police's capture.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
What about this novel doesn't scream fall? While its Gothic literature's aspects may scream Halloween, Wuthering Heights is able to establish itself as a novel to read during the season of thanks, otherwise known as Thanksgiving. While everyone experiences heartbreak, Wuthering Heights will make anyone thankful they did not experience the trainwreck of a relationship Catherine and Heathcliff endured, partially due to societal standards, but mostly in part to their deranged mental states. It starts out as a classic love story, Catherine, who was born into an affluent family cannot marry the poor degenerate that is Heathcliff, and instead marries a wealthy man. Heathiff, upset that Catherine cannot get over the fact he hasn't showered in seven months (and given the time period, I doubt Catherine was much cleaner), runs away. He then returns a wealthy man and eventually marries another girl which makes Catherine jealous because goshdarnit she wants the filthy orphan. Eventually, Catherine dies after giving birth to her daughter, Cathy (not confusing at all). Heathcliff then goes completely off the rails and tries to force a romantic relationship between Cathy and his son, Linton, going so far as to lock Cathy in a cellar until she agrees to marry Linton which I think is a little unnerving to say the least. So, by reading Wuthering Heights it really reminds us to be thankful that our exes aren't locking people in cellars.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Again, another novel that reminds people to be thankful during the season of thanks. Has anyone reading this ever fallen in love with someone who comes from a wealthy family, and has had to disappear to amass a large fortune through scrupulous means in order to be worthy of dating them because as everyone knows poor people cannot marry the wealthy? No, well Gatsby has. Gatsby also has failed at doing this. Daisy, the wealthy girl he was trying to win back refused to leave her husband Tom because she was fearful of what people would say. Oh, and then Daisy committed vehicular manslaughter (who hasn't been there), and Gatsby took the fall her and she still didn't leave her husband! As stated before, be thankful that no one here has taken the fall for vehicular manslaughter.

Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
Now, there is not a clear explanation for this one, rather it is more that Holden's teenage angst always reminds me of the changing seasons. Often in literature summer represents an idyllic childhood, while the fall represents the transition into adulthood, which means fall is the optimal time to read and experience true teenage angst.
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