October might be my favorite month of the year. Maybe I say that because I’m trying to deny the onset of winter as summer fades in the rearview mirror. Possibly it is the temperate weather that makes for great hikes, apple picking, and postseason baseball. But no. If you peer behind the area of my brain that enjoys leaves, pumpkins, and mulled cider, you will see a dark, sinister shadow, and the shambling, laughing, tooth-filled "monsters" that live there.
Since I was a child these monsters have hidden under my bed, in my closet, and, later in life, in the back seat of my car and down dark city alleys. Along with keeping me on my toes, these creatures have kept me warm because I also love them.
Before holiday cheer fills you up to your eye teeth, let your own little monster out for a bit to read a book. Every once in a while, we all need some magic, uncertainty, dread, or amazement to remind us that yes, there is a creature - friendly or not - that lives in our minds, and it can be as powerful as anything that walks the earth.
It's already a particularly good season for books and there are still books from big authors that have yet to hit the shelves. Judging from what is already in the store, though, we should all be busy through the winter.
With so many great books this season, we welcome a conversation with you about our favorites - come take a closer look! We're sure to help you find something to go perfectly with your apple cider and donuts.