Autumn is officially upon us. If you need some fabulous ideas on how to spend the season, check out my post here. One fantastic way to enjoy the fresh brisk season is by reading a good book. Not all of my suggestions are Alexandre Dumas novels, most but not all. Please note that many of the books listed below have been made in to films, and some of them have been done well, but all of them should require reading the books first, as they are all fantastic.
1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. This has to be my favorite novel of all time. It has action, mystery, adventure, betrayal, treasure, mistaken identity, intrigue and love. This story has it all, set against the backdrop of France’s Napoleonic era, you really couldn’t ask for me.
2. The Once & Future King by T.H. White. Explore the entire Arthurian legend from his youth through his round table years leading up through his quest for the holy grail and ultimate death.
3. La Reine Margot by Alexandre Dumas. This is one of those novels you’ve probably never heard of, but I believe to be one of Dumas’ best works. This book focuses on the story of Princess Marguerite of France, Queen of Navarre, from her marriage to Henry, through the Saint Bartholomew’s Day massacre, and her love through it all, while battling the evil monster Catherine de Medici. This book was also made in to a movie, but trust me, the book is better.
4. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann. Ok, those of you judging me, get it over with. Yes, it is not the best piece of literature ever written, but it’s damn addictive. This novel follows the story of three women in NYC for 20 years from 1945 to 1965, and their battles with love, icons and pills. It’s a juicy read, so grab a glass of wine and enjoy.
5. Wicked by Gregory Maguire. This is an enjoyable and magical read of the Oz we don’t know. Yes it has been made into a musical, but trust me, the book is much better.
6. The Queen’s Necklace by Alexandre Dumas. Read a dramatized version of the events of the court of King Louis XVI in 1780 Versailles. This book will change your perception of Marie Antoinette, that will leave you sad that she got her head chopped off.
7. Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis. This book. Auntie Mame is the aunt we all wanted growing up, and the one we want to emulate as adults. Made into a Broadway smash, then two movies after, the book has just as much energy and excitement.
8. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. So the last to you read this, if ever, was probably back in high school theater or English class. This is a fun escape into another world, that can make you question the reality of the world around you.
9. The Rape of Europa by Lynn H. Nicholas. This book is not fiction. It depicts the acts leading up to, during and after world war II, specifically the art and architecture of Europe and how the Nazi’s stole it for personal gain or destroyed it. This book contributed to the making of The Monuments Men. The research done by the author is incredible and even the rare photos in the book will leave the reader amazed.
10. The Rival Queens by Nancy Goldstone. This book details the tumultuous relationship between Catherine de Medici and her daughter Marguerite de Valois. I suggest reading this book after La Reine Margot, as it will improve the experience.
Happy Reading. If you require any further suggestions, please go to the contact page and let me know.