Last anythings are hard.
Last anythings, are hard.
The leaves scurry, chasing each other to soon scatter, becoming temporary lawn ornaments, lovely little monuments to mortality. Maybe I have death on my mind because the life I had dreamed of for so long is over, decomposing and deteriorating.
He leaves, drawing the air fron my lungs as he goes. I am breathless, but not in the desired way written by poets. The wind whips all about me, yet I can’t take in enough. All I can take in is the cold crawl of chilling reality creeping along my skin, goosebumps growing where he once caressed.
At this moment, nothing could bring me warmth. Even his unlikely return would be met with numb indifference. The first frost has struck and my heart is a casualty.
Everyone leaves, eventually - some by choice, others by default. Even I leave, though I doubt I’ll be terribly missed. The leaves leave, becoming one with the earth once more. Maybe that’s the whole point of leaving: to become part of something bigger than where we are now. He is pursuing something more, and how can I blame him for that? Instead of standing here, stagnant in the fallout, I’ll leave to pursue my own ‘more.’
It’s finally fall! In the spirit of the season, I’ve
compiled a list of 10 books that I think are great to read in the fall. Some are
fantasy, others are paranormal, while others deal with darker themes. Let’s get
The Poison Throne by
The Poison Throne is a fantasy novel following our main
character, Wynter, on her quest to stop a rebellion that could destroy the
kingdom. This novel is great, as are the two follow up novels, The Crowded
Shadows and The Rebel Prince. The characters are so lovable, and there are
amazing family bonds. I think this is a great fall read; I find fantasy to be a
good fit with the fall season, I’m not sure why, but I do. The Poison Throne is
my favorite fantasy series, so I highly recommend it!
Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
Famous Last Words is a YA paranormal novel. It’s about a
girl named Willa who becomes caught up in the murder investigations of the
Hollywood Killer, a serial killer who stages their murders to look like famous
movie deaths. There are also ghosts and psychics. All in all, this is a perfect
fall read to lead you into Halloween.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Wuthering heights is probably the best fall read. There are
ghosts, suspense and, I think, reading this book in the fall just helps you
feel the atmosphere of the moors in which Wuthering Heights is set.
Halloween Party by Agatha Christie
It’s in the name, isn’t it? Surprisingly, Halloween Party
has very little to do with Halloween. The story surrounds the murder of a young
girl who was murdered at a Halloween party, and the days following. This is one
of my favorite Hercule Poirot mysteries. It is one of the only Poirot novels
that takes on a creepier tone that I think is great for the fall.
Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
This is a tale of twins who are destined to destroy each
other in hope of stopping the apocalypse. One twin is the guardian and the
other the gate to the other world. This novel is so incredibly vivid, which
makes it all the more suspenseful. It is an incredible read, I’ve read it twice
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
When our main character, Hester Prynne, has a child out of
wedlock, she refuses to name the father of her child and is forced to wear a
scarlet ‘A’ on her clothing. We get glimmers of magic in the novel when the
child, Pearl, is older and is said to be a fairy. Another aspect of magic in
the book is much more dark. When the identity of Pearl’s father is revealed, he
has an ‘A’ carved into his chest. As readers, we can assume he carved it there
himself, but the book does leave the answer opened ended for the purpose of
How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
It’s about a girl, Samantha Mather, who is a descendant of
Cotton Mather. She moves to Salem Village and has to deal with the descendants
of all the “witches” Cotton put to death. Not only that, but there is an actual
witch who wants to kill all the descendants. There are moments of true terror
in this book, which makes it a great lead up to Halloween.
The Yellow Wallpaper by
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Yellow Wallpaper is a psychological thriller, a short
story that will mess with your mind. It is one of my all-time favorite stories
and I highly recommend it for the fall season.
By the Pricking of my Thumbs by Agatha Christie
This book is in the Tommy and Tuppence series and is perfect
for fall. The mystery starts when an old woman at the old age home Tommy and
Tuppence are visiting, begins talking about a dead child behind the fire place.
The two become engrossed in the dark history of the old woman’s town. Like Halloween
Party, it is one of the creepier Agatha Christie novels.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame Smith
It’s Pride and Prejudice with zombies. What else is there to
say? It’s spooky and perfect.
And that’s it! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books
and what you thought of them. I’ll be posting a Halloween Book List soon, with
all the scary books!
Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can’t. Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.
It’s all about letting go of unhealthy relationships and surrounding yourself with people you trust and genuinely care about
And being the person you want to be, not the person you think you should be
It’s a realistic, well-researched and thoughtful portrayal of a
protagonist with a mental illness
A really wonderful, strong relationship between the main character and her therapist which emphasises how important therapists are
The protag makes mistakes and owns up to them - and also realises that people change and that’s not a bad thing
The male love interest’s best friend is a girl. The protag isn’t threatened by their close platonic relationship, and the bff isn’t jealous of her friend’s new girlfriend. Instead they BECOME FRIENDS :))))