Tuesday, October 8, 2013

October is for Wilkie Collins

I love this time of year.  The temperature drops, so I get to pull out leggings, boots, and cardigans, and get excited all over again about my winter wardrobe.  The leaves start changing and falling (though not nearly so spectacularly as in New Hampshire, where I grew up).  Starting this summer, I became a bike commuter, and my daily rides to and from school are crisp and clear, full of exciting smells, and no longer so humid!  On rainy days like yesterday, I can enjoy staying inside with a pot of tea.  I adore fall.  Fall is full of potential: the semester is under way and Advent is approaching.

Like any kid, I used to dress up and trick or treat in my neighborhood for Halloween.  One year I went as C3PO, a fact which greatly amused my science-fiction-loving husband.  After I bought a set of Renaissance garb from the Ren Faire, I wore that dress every Halloween (it fed my geekiness and, as an added bonus, was nice and warm).  Now that I'm an adult, my Halloween traditions have changed.  Halloween has transformed into All-Hallow's Eve, one of Duke Chapel's best services of the year.  The church is completely dark, and as the congregation processes in with candles, my Vespers choir sings the Requiem chant from the rafters.  Haunting and transformative!  I can't wait for this year's service (even though it doesn't get out until around midnight, an hour past my usual bedtime).

Halloween has also come to be associated with one of my few seasonal bookish traditions.  Just as winter break means a Bronte novel, October means Wilkie Collins!  Last year, I read The Woman in White, bundled up in my covers and flying eagerly through the novel to figure out all of the secrets.  Luckily, I also have a copy of The Moonstone.  Rather delightfully, both are old orange Penguins, which feels just perfect for the season.  I'm trying to be more productive at school so that I can guiltlessly take some reading time for myself in the evenings, and I'm really looking forward to starting Collins's other famous mystery.

What does fall conjure for you?  What are you reading lately, and does it fit in with the changing season?

5 comments:

  1. I see we're on the same page! I'm reading The Woman in White right now, and I specifically saved it for this month because it seemed like such a good October read! I can't wait to here what you think about The Moonstone.

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    1. And I'm eager to hear your thoughts about The Woman in White! :-)

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  2. Sorry, I meant "hear" of course, and I can't let that go without correcting it!

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  3. I just finished No Name and absolutely loved it! I'm sure you'll adore The Moonstone. All four of the novels he wrote in the 1860s are great.

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    1. Can't wait! You've all convinced me to try Armadale and No Name - I was only going to read his two most famous. Eventually I'll have to even give Dickens a try!

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