Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Delicious Autumn! Challenge - CLOSED! WINNERS ANNOUNCED AUG. 27

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird,
I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns." ~ George Eliot

image by SolStock


It's my favorite time of year; therefore, the perfect time for a new Latherati Challenge!
Tell me your favorite Autumn-themed reads. Leave a comment with the
book title and author along with your email so I can contact you if you win.

I will pick a book (or two!) that inspires me to design a Limited Edition Autumn scent. Something haunting? spooky goblins and ghouls...or maybe something romantic? tragic?

Just a note: I prefer classics and/or quality literature :-)

Contest Ends: August 26th, 9pm EST.
Winners will be notified by email by Aug. 27th.

The Prize:
One bar of soap & roll-on perfume inspired by the Challenge winning book
AND one of my latest products that have yet to be revealed ;-)


"Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal
to sympathy for its decay.
" ~ Robert Browning


  1. It probably isn't considered high literature by many, but every fall I must re-read the entire Harry Potter series. Fall is also the annual reading of Emily of New Moon books by L.M. Montgomery.

  2. I love both autumn and books (and handmade body products)! What a fun challenge :)

    The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield is the perfect ghost story for autumn night reading.

    Every Last One by Anna Quindlen is superbly written and as tragic as they come.

  3. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury!

    Also, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, and I always read, for nostalgia, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.

  4. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
    and The Autumn by Elizabeth Barrett Browning are two of my favs!!!

    Keeping my fingers crossed for a win!!!


  5. October is my favorite month out of the entire year! It is the essence of fall for me. I love everything from the pumpkins and colorful leaves to the Halloween antics.

    "The Girl With The Green Ribbon" - Alvin Schwartz, not classic literature, but it is indeed a wonderful short stories, its in a collection called "In A Dark Dark Room and Other Short Stores."

    It will definitely inspire something wonderful for your collection ;)


  6. I suggest Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

    Many of the important scenes occur in the autumn months. In September Laurie is avoiding his studies with Mr. Brookes and getting to know the Marshes. Jo writes extensively in October and gets published for the first time, and is chased all over the garden by Laurie. Jo was born in November, and cuts her hair to allow the faire for her mother to join her father in Washington. In November Amy is sent away to avoid scarlet fever, while Beth becomes ill. Jo also gets married in October.

    It is a Classic, and watching the ‘little women’ mature into adulthood is a joy. Strong characters that represent the varying ways of love, friendship and what family truly is.

    Or, if you'd prefer something more Halloween themed,I suggest Bram Stoker's Dracula.

    Good luck everyone! I'm sure we'll all have awesome ideas, i'm as excited to read all other ideas as I am to add mine! ;)


  7. Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

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  8. Frankenstein BY Mary Shelly
    Dante's Inferno

  9. Okay, my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving and there are so few books with Thanksgiving, I had to look through my kids bookshelves. Here it is:

    Strega Nona's Harvest by Tomie dePaola

    ntaylor228 at yahoo dot com

  10. At first sight-Nicholas Sparks


  11. I loved the classic "My Antonia" by Willa Cather, perfect reading for fall. Lots of imagery and beautiful writing, this is not a book to rush through. Highly recommend this poetic story about the midwest and landscape and season. Her characters are believable and well-sympathized.

    sswpss at yahoo dot com

  12. Christina - xristya@rock.com - Every fall I love to read Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived In The Castle and her book of collected works, The Lottery! Spooky tales!

  13. I always thought salem's lot by stephen king was a really good autumn read.

  14. Mary Higgins Clark: I'll be seeing you. I adore this book! So great for autumn, a real inspiration. A storm when you're in a cozy beachhouse must be fantastic... except anything else scary going on :)


  15. When I think of autumn, I always remember Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. Many scenes in the book are set in this season, and I always imagine the park trees with yellow and falling leaves.

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  16. One of my favorite autumn reads since I was a kid has been "A Little Princess" by Burnett.

    "Perhaps to be able to learn things quickly isn't everything. To be kind is worth a great deal to other people... Lots of clever people have done harm and have been wicked."

    Oh, and I do like "The Ghost Writer" by John Harwood, too.

    impendingfate at hotmail dot com

  17. My favorite Autumn book is the Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon---it's a historical time-travel romance book!
    Here's a link to some info on the book from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drums_of_Autumn

    barbs562 at gmail dot com

  18. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury, Sleepy Hollow, and Dracula.


  19. When I lived in New England fall was beautiful and sad to me witnessing the leaves changing and then having the bareness. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  21. I'm with your first poster - Harry Potter. They all have that wonderful back-to-school feel with new books and new clothes and you can almost feel the cool air and smell the leaves.

  22. My favorite autumn read would be Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

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  23. Love Story because I picture the fall foliage and cable-knit sweaters (from the movie).

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  24. Its when I read my Vampire lestat series...kind creepy for October. I love them!
    Thanks for the chance.

  25. I consulted the husband and we both agree on 1984. remember, remember the 5th of November, and so on. <3 while harry potter is on our reading list, we will both read 1984 before the winter comes.

    boswife @ gmail . com

  26. One of my favorite reads is Tender Graces and the sequel, Secret Graces ... both by Kathryn Magendie (http://www.kathrynmagendie.com/). The books are not yet classic but I'm sure they are destined to be. As to why I would consider these books "Autumn" books ... well ... I think it's because they are such good books to curl up with and they are such heartwarming stories ... and anything heartwarming reminds me of fall, Thanksgiving and gratitude. :)

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  27. I like the re-read the Lord of the Rings yearly, so I'll be doing that this fall!

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

  28. I don't know that my favorite autumn readings are particularly...autumnal, but Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd and Tess of the d'Urbervilles get my vote. :)

    Thank you!

    amysweeps at gmail dot com

  29. I like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

  30. I love re-reading stories of the great detective Sherlock Holmes!Such an intriguing,complex and inspiring character with stories and settings around him so wonderful to interpret especially in terms of scent..I wonder how one would even start to go about it..:)

    Also I love going back to the basics..you can't get more classic than going back to childhood fairytales...in particular my very favorite, Beauty & the Beast..I think it would be a challenge to make a scent that would be able to capture the essence of this fairytale..a smell magnificent enough to bring to mind the Beast's garden & luxurious rooms in his enchanted castle..to be able to capture the beauty & goodness of Beauty as well as the Beast..who despite his ugliness was actually good. To hide a scent behind another scent..i think it would be most interesting. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  31. How about Anne Rice? Or maybe Stephen King? I'm thinking a good V.C. Andrews? Maybe your feeling like a Deane Koontz? Or just a plain old James Patterson book? I read so fast that this would be a typical two weeks of reading for me. ambrerose(at)aol(dot)com

  32. miriam dot nussbaum at gmail
    One of my favorites is an underappreciated children's classic, Ronia the Robber's Daughter, although a lot of it is very winrty rather than autmnal I think it is appropriate for all seasons. It is by Astid Lindgren.

  33. Mary Shelly's Frankenstein is awesome autumn reading. Most anything by Stephen King also comes to mind.

  34. ms(dot)verymarried(at)gmail(dot)com

    I love Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It's an easy book to read but it's also so complex.

  35. I really love Nathaniel Hawthone's short stories this time of year. My favorites are "Young Goodman Brown" and "The Birth-Mark."


  36. I'm reading Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman right now. She's one of my favorite authors - and for some reason I've bypassed that book. The film with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman is one of my favorites. The book is very much different but still has a magical theme mixed with love and a little drama. All of Alice Hoffman's books are filled with magical realism, which I love. There is a bit of fairy tale in all of them - I also suggest "Ice Queen."
    I love your shop and promptly made it a favorite! I adore the concept!!!
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  37. For the fall, I like classic gothic literature, like my favorite, Turn of the Screw by Henry James. I also love the Invisible Man, The House of the Seven Gables (along with the Scarlet Letter...Salem conjures up Autumn and spooky to me), Picture of Dorian Grey, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and Hound of the Baskerville.

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  38. Durr, forget to leave my email address. finakid12(at)yahoo(dot)com

  39. I seem to be an odd duck... in the fall I read historical fiction, so my recommendation is Look Away, by Harold Coyle.
    mia1653 at bellsouth dot net

  40. For me Autumn is all about romance! My autumn themed book will have to be "The Cowboy and The Lady," by Diana Palmer... I am a lover for romance and when I start reading any Love themed book, I would not stop :)


  41. Romantic & Classic - "Phantom of the Opera"

    If you haven't read it, you will love it! :)

  42. I always like "Watership Down" at this time of year- a story of seeking home and putting down roots, while leaving the past behind; a story close to the earth and its cycle, seems very fitting.


  43. i like a stranger in a strange land

  44. i love L'OMBRA DEL VENTO di Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  45. May I suggest Shakespeare's MACBETH. I read it every fall. The short days and long nights of the play are a perfect match for the fall weather. The wierd sisters are sinister enough to satisfy my Halloween cravings and the struggle for ultimate power at any cost always ties in well with November elections.


  46. Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

  47. I'm a teacher, so Johnny Appleseed always comes to mind!

  48. Wondrous Strange is a beautiful book of paintings by N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, James Wyeth, and Howard Pyle. The disturbing themes and dream-like styles make this a perfect book for a stormy fall evening.

  49. Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Merhan.

    This book is full if scends and flavors!
    3 sisters from Persia (Iran) go to a small village in Ireland and make the hole village speak about them and their food.
    I literally smelled the smells from their spices when I was reading it. And it is totaly automn scends with all these spices. Oh! you should pick this defenately!

    See here http://www.marshamehran.com/Pomegranate_Soup.htm

    sophia.komninou at gmail.com

  50. I really love an old book called Daisy Summerfield's Style. It takes place in New York City in fall and winter. The imagery is just lovely!

    Thanks for the chance to win such a great giveaway!

    lesliedoll at hotmail dot com

  51. Phantom of the Opera, The Lord of the Rings, or the Harry Potter series are some of my favorites.

    kristin.brown106 at gmail dot com

  52. How about The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier (school starts in the Fall--and this happens in a school).
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  53. I'm not sure it's autumn per se, but Peal S. Buck's The Good Earth came to mind when you were asking about fine literature.

  54. How about "Where the Red Fern Grows"... yes it may be a kid's story but it's still great and a classic! It's by Wilson Rawls.

  55. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa is a wonderful YA work of literature.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  56. In the beginning of Autumn (last year) was when I first picked up "The Lady of the Camellias" ( by Alexandre Dumas). It was absolutely tragic, but breath taking - in a way a book hadn't done in a long time.
    The kind in which at each page you have to take a break, think about it all, absorve, and sigh... you know?

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  57. "Hamlet" reminds me a lot of fall. There are ghosts, gravediggers, tragic love, treachery, revenge...everything you need for a tragic romance, and that's what fall sometimes reminds me of. Summer coming to an end, the sadness and beauty of it.


  58. Pillars of the Earth, most definitely (:


  59. I think of Wuthering Heights because the setting of that book is haunting.
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  60. The poem "Autumn" by Keats. Love it every time!

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  61. I read "Uncluttering Your Space" by Ann T. Sullivan every fall. After a relaxed summer of ignored accumulation, it always puts my mind at ease to have the home orderly again before the school year.

  62. Harry potter.. does that count? I loveeee those books..

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  63. It is not so much reading books but reading cook books. Looking for some new hearty things to make.

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  64. I love Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth, and I believe one of Lily's awakenings is closely tied to the fall season. There's also this beautiful quote at the beginning of Book 1, Ch. 6: "A deeper stillness possessed the air, and the glitter of the American autumn was tempered by a haze which diffused the brightness without dulling it."

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  65. When the weather starts to get colder I love to re-read Little House in the Big Woods

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  66. One of my favorite fall time reads is Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

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  67. I chose not a book but a short story. "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathanial Hawthorn. Young Goodman Brown's walk through the dark forest toward something sinister always reminded me of a good Halloween story! Haunted and scary!

    Thank you, em9499 at gmail dot com

  68. I don't think I have ever thought of reading material as seasonal related, with the notable exception of some holiday based material. But in keeping with the 'darker days' theme, I guess mine would be The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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  69. My favorite Autumn book is Frankenstein by Mary Shelly it makes me think of spooky halloween stuff.

    tderosa142 at gmail dot com

  70. Stephen King's Dark Tower series, the "Wizard and Glass" installment especially--very autumnal though a bit depressing going into the shorter days of fall.

    Thanks for the chance to win!


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  71. Not a book, but I had to include one of my favorite narrative poems - The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. That's fitting for autumn and the Halloween season. Email: yona(at)pricelesswriters.com

  72. I am reading the Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann right now and in my opinion it's perfect for fall. You can feel the mountain air, you can smell the autumn leaves and the first rain of the year...


  73. I'm recommending The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin. It might not be considered an "autumn read", but it is a fabulous read. -A terrific story of love and survival- a definite must read at any time of the year.


  74. While not autumnal in theme itself, there's a lot of directions that this story could take on:
    Dry grasses and crisp air - "The October breeze set white fronds of head-tall grasses swaying. One long streak of cloud hung pasted across a dome of frozen blue."

    Loam, and the dark, watery depths of the field well - "The stones of it's collar had been weathered and turned a strange muddy white...It was deep beyond measuring, and crammed full of darkness, as if all the world's darkness had been boiled down to their ultimate density."

    Drifting memories, youthful love, faded - "'I want you to remember me. Will you remember that I existed, and that I stood next to you here like this?' 'Always,' I said. 'I'll always remember.' She walked on ahead without speaking. The autumn light filtering through the branches danced over the shoulders of her jacket.
    ...The more the memories of Naoko inside me fade, the more deeply I am able to understand her...she knew that my memories of her would fade. Which is precisely why she begged me never to forget her...The thought fills me with an unbearable sorrow. Because Naoko never loved me."

    All taken from the first chapter of Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami. (emmie_and_me@yahoo.com)

  75. a good autumn read is
    Halloween Romance
    by Donaya Haymond

  76. wuthering heights emily bronte ty.

  77. I enjoy reading Sleepy Hollow in the fall.

  78. "Full Dark, No Stars" by Stephen King.

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  79. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

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  80. Having an autumn birthday and the beginning of a new school year remind me of milestones in life and coming of age stories. I suggest "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith or "Maniac Magee" by Jerry Spinelli.

  81. I have to say my fall reading book is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (it was a gift from my co-worker)

    lyromero77 at yahoo dot com

  82. I love Dracula, gets me in the spirit for fall and halloweeen! :D

  83. I love Salem's Lot by Stephen King!


  84. Leaf By Leaf by Barbara Rogasky is a great book. Lovely poemes & photos! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

  85. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradberry is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

  86. I suggest Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge.

    My favorite story for autumn is The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, having read it in Elementary School for Halloween it's one I always re-read in autumn.

    Another great story is The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.

  87. Tea House of the August Moon for me! Fingers crossed! Thanks! senekers@comcast.net

  88. The Time Machine did it.