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October 4, 2022

Five immersive books perfect for avid autumn readers

Audrey Braugh

As fall begins, some think about traditions such as pumpkin carving and jumping into heaps of leaves. For others, the start of the season encourages another activity: traveling through literary landscapes with a good book. To inspire those who prefer reading as their autumn pastime, The Daily Texan compiled a list of books to read this fall. 

“Going to Meet the Man” by James Baldwin 

Baldwin’s collection of eight stories transports readers into the lives of various people, some likable and some undeniably not. The worlds of the characters, as tragic and emotional as they seem, revel in the warmth of Baldwin’s words and his ability to address heavy topics. A quick read, this collection strikes a balance between thought-provoking and nuanced — perfect for the season famous for reflection and deep thought.

“Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier

Du Maurier’s novel follows the mysterious haunting of a widower and his new wife by the widower’s late wife, Rebecca. Slowly paced and coupled with an unreliable narrator, “Rebecca” makes for an interesting journey akin to a ghost story, keeping readers on their toes. Fitting for the month of ghouls and apparitions, this read invites du Maurier’s audience to immerse themselves in a haunting love story. 

“What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” by Raymond Carver

Carver’s slice-of-life short story collection examines humanity with complete tenderness. Understated yet honest, these stories peek into the lives of bingo night attendees, photographers and yard sale enthusiasts. Carver, known for his captivating simplicity, creates a sense of yearning for the autumnal season and the mellow comfort it brings. 

“Before the Coffee Gets Cold” by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Kawaguchi’s novel tells the tale of a café in Tokyo which allows customers to travel back in time so long as they return before their coffee gets cold. A ludicrous yet intriguing premise, “Before the Coffee Gets Cold,” the first in Kawaguchi’s trilogy, delivers sweetness paired with a tinge of sorrow. Playing with themes of familiarity and regret while revolving around the trademark beverage of fall, this novel serves as an engaging fall read. 

“Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro 

Ishiguro’s novel tells the tale of Stevens, a butler in England. Taking place after the Second World War, “Remains of the Day” explores the intricate past of love and deceit surrounding the protagonist. This melancholy work showcases Ishiguro’s spectacular storytelling talents. Set in a place famous for its beautiful autumns, reading this novel pairs well with the brisk winds of the season. 

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