The second the clock strikes midnight on October 1st, I am all in for autumn. If it’s not a hot beverage and a crisp walk, I simply don’t want it. There’s something so nostalgic and heartwarming about Octobers. Everything about them has held up throughout the years: the beauty of the trees, the coziness of hot home-cooked meals, the comfort of putting on a favorite sweater. It puts a spring in my step to return to the familiar (and to know that we get to say goodbye to shorts for another year).
Iâ€™ve been prepping a thematic October listening list all summer long, and I am more than ready to press play. Here’s what’s in my earbuds as I leap headlong into spooky season:
I absolutely adored Mexican Gothic and immediately upon finishing it swore to add more gothics to my to-listen-list. Narrator Frankie Corzo brings our clever heroine Noemi, her taffeta dresses, and her sharp tongue to life. Listening to this audiobook gave me all the same feelings I had when I read Rebecca and The Yellow Wallpaper for the first time. Fellow English class-loving peeps, this one’s for you.Lately Iâ€™ve been starting my day with the three minute long podcast Sagittarius Today, a daily horoscope podcast. I sandwich it between news podcasts for a reprieve during my morning coffee listens. There is an [astrological sign] Today podcast for every sign, so rest assured that everyone has a daily message from the cosmos. If, like me and my roommates, you impatiently wait for episodes of The Vow to come out every Sunday, I recommend The Girls by Emma Cline to fill any true crime voids you may have during the rest of your week. Itâ€™s a disturbing, canâ€™t-hit-pause fictionalized story about an infamous cult and what pulls people toward the unthinkable. There are certain artists that just feel like fall, and even though Phoebe Bridgersâ€™ album Punisher came out in June, it is really meant to be listened to while walking down a leaf-strewn sidewalk with no destination in mind. Standout tracks for me are Kyoto and Chinese Satellite.
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