I’m a creature of habit. Every few years I reread The Lord of the Rings series, along with The Hobbit. I hit Emma and Pride and Prejudice in the winter. Fall is reserved for comfort reading — and a few good scares.
For the first, there’s nobody better than Laurie Colwin. I first discovered her years ago in Gourmet Magazine, and loved her so much I went to the library and searched out all the back issues in which she appeared. When she died – the same year I discovered her, I think — I felt as if I’d lost a friend. Every year, just when it starts to get cool, I reread her cookbooks/memoirs — Home Cooking and More Home Cooking — then bake a gingerbread in her honor.
Of course, fall’s the time for Halloween, too. And though Colwin does offer up a chapter entitled Kitchen Horrors, I still feel the need for something slightly more spooky. My favorite is Haunted, by James Herbert. It’s a slim little volume, and I’d never heard of it before I stumbled across the movie by the same name. I was in London, jet-lagged, and looking for something soothing on television to help me sleep. Instead, I wound up sitting up most of the night, completely terrified. When I got home I searched out the book, figuring it could never be as good, but it is quite chilling in its own way.
Here’s a link to the movie Haunted: It’s a slow start, but worth it. (Plus, it stars Aidan Quinn and Kate Beckinsale — more reason to hang in there.)
What are you reading and watching this fall?