october's books

It’s not even that deep in to the semester and I’m already straying from my reading list on trusts and patents…I’m so hungry for the autumn reading lists of my undergrad days as a Lit student! If you’re a seasonal reader like me then perchance this self-curated autumnal reading list might appeal to you:

1.       Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
You either love or hate Wuthering Heights; I have genuinely never met someone who has a middle-ground opinion. As it has made it on to this list you can probably guess that I’m in the former club and if you’re also a sucker for ghosts, stormy weather and an even stormier love story then seriously, take the older language in Wuthering with a spoonful of sugar and you’ll find aftertastes of a novel that challenges its contextual society but keeps things exciting and unpredictable.

2.       Dracula by Bram Stoker
I don’t know why it took me until last year to pick up Dracula for the first time. I’ve always been a fan of the vampire genre and always knew the pop-culture perception of vampires was largely due to Stoker’s work. Dracula was the first classic I picked up in a long time that kept me as entranced as Jonathan Harker under the spell of three luscious vampire vixens. There are some long-winded scenes that challenge your attention span but generally the novel brings honour to the gothic/horror genre and has one of the most exciting endings I’ve ever read in any genre.

3.       Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Hold that wince. I was assigned this book for my Romantic & Victorian class and persevered for the sake of having something to say in front of my professor. As soon as I powered through the generic abused-Victorian-orphan opening, it didn’t take long until I realised I was actually loving the book. As the pivotal discussion points of the book tend to focus around imperialism and morality vs social standing, it isn’t commonly register as an autumnal book. However, there is fog, ghosts, murder and plot twists aplenty if you want something to snuggle up with on a stormy night.

4.       The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
If you don’t have the time to dedicate to a novel I always find a quick eerie fix in Poe’s The Raven.

5.       The Shining by Stephen King
My tastes tend towards more classical texts but I appreciate some people find the older language a challenge rather than a characteristic. The Shining employs traditional components of the horror oeuvre, characters trapped by bad weather in an old building with something not quite right…and is perfectly accessible through modern English.

Hotel Nights (October 20th)

The stench of you lies in the air,

A wafting reminder of how you lie there.

Face frozen in the grimace of love’s labour

Reflecting the pain of which I’ve returned the favour.

A deluded mockery of Romeo and Juliet.

We were playing Sid and Nancy, we just didn’t know it yet.

Not when we entered this; A Lover’s Sanctuary.

Robins fall outside the window but your eyes only see right through me.

You stood to leave and it was all falling apart.

You were slipping through my fingers but yours were still wrapped around my heart.

It was an act of desperate self defence

On the battle field of a bloody romance.

You were destroying us so I had to stop you

From corrupting our memories and denying those anew.

Now we exist on the outskirts of a world

Where the fledging of our love never truely unfurled.

The numbers on the door are burned behind my eyes,

A three digit total of all your licentious lies.

The barrel is still hot from the bullet’s bite

Making our room a crime scene hotel night.

~ from the mind of my alter-ego Sophia Sparks

(Day Twenty of Spooky Story Month)