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Subject: Beginning of Fall
Date Posted: 9/10/2007 10:15 AM ET
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The first day of Fall is right around the corner (Sept 23). What are you most looking forward to and what author do you think does the best job of capturing the spirit of the seasons?

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 11:24 AM ET
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Looking forward to cooler days and hayrides!  :)  We've had such a HOT couple of months here in MO and the cooler days are a true blessing...the kids can get out and play more!  :)  We have a family in our church that does a HUGE costume party and hayride every year and it's so much fun to see what everyone chooses as a costume.  Probably my favorite night of fall!

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 1:09 PM ET
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I am not really looking forward to Fall. It is getting cold and Winter will begin next month. I live in SD so that means 10 degree weather and lots of snow and ice. Not fun!! I do love the changing of the leaves but it only lasts a few weeks up here. I really prefer Spring and Summer. Gee...I complain alot, maybe I should move! LOL!!--Jody

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 1:42 PM ET
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Jody - when I saw SD I thought you meant San Diego!!  That's where I live and I love the change of season!!  We go from having out summer highs of 78 to our fall highs of 73!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  LOl               I do live in paradise!!!!          And for all those who pity me because I don't get to see the leaves change - less than 100 miles away are mountains where I can see all the fall leaves I want and even SNOW in the winter.   

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 2:21 PM ET
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In Hershey,Pa. we seem to have a lot of humidity in the summer.So along with cooler temps I am looking for a drop in the humidity.I'm also looking forward to a short trip to Vermont in Oct.

The only author that comes to mind is Mary Higgins Clark,who usually does a Christmas mystery.

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 4:31 PM ET
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Fall is my favorite time of the year.  The sky has that wonderful blue color it doesn't have at any other time of the year, the temperatures are cooler, most of the bugs are gone after the first frost, and most of the tourists are gone after Labor Day so we get our state back.  Just kidding about Labor Day, they come back again in about a month to do the foliage tours  :)  Anyway, I digress;  I love the colors changing, apple picking and that first apple pie made with those fresh apples you just picked.  It also feels really cozy in the house, so I'll pick a cozy mystery writer for the best seasonal books; Katherine Hall Page.  She includes her kids and family in her blueberry and apple picking seasons, the winter and the summer with her home up here in Maine and her seasonal recipes.   

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 6:46 PM ET
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Fall?  We don't have Fall  in Colorado.  Sure, you can go up to the mountains and see the Aspen change, but it will be snowing here in no time.  Get your skiis waxed now!  Lately, I've been into Maggie Sefton's books that take place in Northern Colorado.  It kinda gives you a feel for the state.   

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 6:55 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/10/2007 6:59 PM ET
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The fall season is my favoite time of year.  Today in Massachusetts, it felt very much like fall.  So I did some of my favorite fall activities.  My daughter and I went walking in the nice cool air then off to pick apples.  This afternoon we made my favorite dessert, apple crips along with some apple muffins.

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 9:54 PM ET
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I love the fall in East TN..the leaves changing, the cool nights sitting outside watching the birds, going to the corn maze and pumpkin patch , and getting ready for Halloween.   I also start looking forward to the snow and cold weather...our winters are usually mild-4-5 big snows(6-7 inches) and some cold temps.   

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 12:42 AM ET
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Fall is my fave too.  I think of fall scents, crisp air, color, apple picking, turning on the fireplace, pumpkins..you name it:)

I think Debbie Macomber does a good job of capturing the spirit of whatever season she writes about.

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 12:49 AM ET
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Fall means cooler temperatures here in Dallas, a respite from the 100+ degree days of August. Winter usually means rains but they are something to look forward to, except when the roads ice over. Dallas doesn't have much fall colour per se but the days are so much nicer for staying outdoors, specially on weekends. I miss San Diego and Orange County, though.

I am looking forward to the big FOL sale held here during the fall. It is as big if not bigger than the one they have in summer.  And of course my birthday - which means more books! :)

For some reason, I enjoy reading Martha Grimes during this time of the year. Maybe it is all the pubs she features in her books which give off a warm, cozy feeling. :)

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 11:23 AM ET
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Fall is my favorite season as well. I think the authors who have described it the best are Jan Karon in her Mitford books and also L.M. Montgomery in her various books set in Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island.

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 7:25 AM ET
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I'm enjoying the cooler temps now in Missouri.  What am I looking forward in fall?  This fall in particular, a trip with my DH to Hawaii.........the second half of October..........our first honeymoon after 34 years of marriage.........and plans on being at a luau our anniversary night.  I might even sneak in some reading on the plane, the beach, the balcony of our room.................

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 2:52 PM ET
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I am most looking forward to cooler weather--but I'll probably have to wait longer than that(it's still in the over 100s here--I hate the desert, I hate global warming--and most of all I hate giant SUVS).  Hmm, spirit of the season of fall--I really don't notice seasons in my books.

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 8:34 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/13/2007 10:45 AM ET
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I envy you living in SD - It is a beautiful state!  I love fall but like you don't look forward to winter of ice and snow here in MA. 

I love reading Richard Paul Evans and Nicholas Sparks - they capture the heart as well as whatever season they are writing about.

Date Posted: 9/13/2007 10:49 AM ET
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I envy you living in SD - It is a beautiful state!  I love fall but like you don't look forward to winter of ice and snow here in MA. 

I love reading Richard Paul Evans and Nicholas Sparks - they capture the heart as well as whatever season they are writing about.


Enjoy all of your fall days with a good book and some apple cider!


Date Posted: 9/13/2007 11:00 AM ET
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Fall is good because the summer crowds have dissipated and life's rhythms become more structured. But I don't like the cold. Madeleine L'Engle, who recently passed away, wrote beautifully in A Circle of Quiet about the rhythms of the seasons.
Date Posted: 9/13/2007 4:04 PM ET
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I love the beginning of fall. It means the tourists all go home, the speed limits go back to normal & the beaches are again a great place to sit and read. I'm not antisocial, but I moved here because of the quiet beauty. Now quiet prevails until Memorial Day.

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 1:42 PM ET
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For the sheer beauty of it all, Fall is the most "glamorous" looking time of the year!  I'm in San Diego also and out here we have American Sweet Gum trees that turn red, yellow and orange.  Cozette is right - this is Paradise!  Originally, I'm from upstate New York - in the mountains and I hate, loath and despise snow!  These hands will NEVER wield a snow-shovel again, if I have anything to say about it!  Just gimme warm days, balmy nights, the beach and a ton of books from PBS!


PS:  I think Fannie Flagg really uses words beautifully and I can almost "taste" the climate in her books.  Right now I'm re-reading Standing in the Rainbow and I swear I can feel the breeze blowing on Neighbor Dorothy's front porch. 

Date Posted: 9/14/2007 4:36 PM ET
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I am dying for fall, but it won't really start to feel like fall here in southern VA until late October or early November. I'm looking forward to "jeans and long sleeves" weather! It's my favorite season.

I think fall is the season for poets--so many poets have written wonderful snippets about the fleeting quality of autumn. And I love reading British mysteries in the fall, with a cup of tea in hand. Deborah Crombie's books fit into rainy fall days really well.

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Date Posted: 9/14/2007 5:15 PM ET
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I couldn't agree more about British mysteries and a hot cup of tea... Earl Grey or Darjeeling for me!!! Perfect in any weather actually! :)


Date Posted: 9/15/2007 10:06 AM ET
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My favorite season too!  It means harvest time out here, which is hectic, but at least it's cooler and the golden corn looks very pretty.  Love the smell of fall leaves, apple pie, apple crisp, cider, Halloween,  more reading time after harvest...!

My only pet peeve is the bugs and mice looking for warm homes before winter-AGH!   We live way out in the country, surrounded by fields, so it is a problem.  But on the up side-out here in the country you really notice when the seasons change. 

Can't think of any authors in particular except for Gary Paulsen-"Clabbered Dirt, Sweet Grass"-it covers all the seasons with beautiful descriptions, and perhaps the "Little House..." books by LIW, as she chronicles her life in all seasons. 

Happy reading!

Bonnie from Minnesota

Date Posted: 9/17/2007 2:34 PM ET
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I can't WAIT for fall!  This weekend it felt very fall-ish and I was so excited to sit on the couch in the morning and drink coffee with a hoodie on:)