License to Burrow: The Post-Summer Reading List

While summer may lay claim to a lion’s share of reading lists, fall, in my opinion, sets the most satisfying stage for curling up with a book that simply can’t be put down. Whether the story of choice features a leafy boarding school (always sure to perpetuate that autumn feel), or is just so good it’s immune to seasonal implications, pair these select tomes with a cup of tea, your favorite knit throw, and a crisp, blustery afternoon. (You won’t be disappointed.)

1. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. A chronicle of the (countless) gastronomical adventures on which this expat writer and his wife embarked in 1920s Paris. No, it doesn’t get any better than that.

2. One Day by David Nicholls. If you saw the film version of this, erase it from your memory. While the movie wasn’t a rotten tomato by any means, this heart-melting love story deserves to be savored as the best-book-I’ve-ever-read-in-my-life experience that it truly is.

3. The Good Life by Jay McInerney. The fact that this was penned by one of the most fantastic authors of our time aside, this emotional look at various lives and relationships in pre- and post-9/11 New York can’t be passed up.

4. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. Spanning two decades, this tale of an unlikely (and destructive) friendship boasts an aristocratic family, their grand country estate, Oxford University life, 1920s London society, and World War II. Hello, perfectly satisfying English novel.

5. Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard. Yes, there’s a geographical trend here. But fall has me craving a hop across the pond (with plenty of saucisson waiting on the other side).

6. How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely.  A hilariously satirical take on writing one of those much-obsessed-over American novels. Warning: you’ll never look at the “best-sellers” section the same way again.

7. Maynard & Jennica by Rudolph Delson. Looking to live vicariously through someone else’s ideal relationship (fictional or otherwise)? Dive head first into this sweetly addicting tale of how an out-of-nowhere encounter on a Manhattan subway led to once-in-a-lifetime love (of the quirky, off-beat variety).

8. A Separate Peace by John Knowles. Nothing like a book straight off the ninth grade reading list – not to mention, a 1950s New England boarding school component – to get into the fall spirit.

9. The It Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar. Attention all Gossip Girl fans: before the GG books even became a TV reality, Jenny Humphrey’s antics had already spawned a spinoff collection of stories! (Note: Just because summer is over doesn’t mean we’re immune to titillatingly mindless fiction. Plus, a boarding school’s involved here, too.)

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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September 10, 2012