Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor  

With re-emergence of the pumpkin spice latte, including at our dear Muse, it has reminded me that it is almost that time of year again. The Autumnal Equinox is quickly approaching, so we must ask ourselves this question: what is better than to curl up with some good entertainment and a warm drink in the fall? 

      I, personally, am a reader, so my good entertainment of choice would be books. I have a few recommendations to get both into the fall spirit and add a touch of spookiness as October approaches.

      The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe was required reading for a class on witches I took during the summer after my freshman year. It is a lovely tale of a woman who returns to her hometown and realizes there is more to her family than meets the eye. It is both an easy and a good read that I would recommend to anyone who likes that fall feeling and maybe some witchy-ness.

      A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab follows the adventures of a magician who is participating in some…illegal activities that eventually send him down a twisty path. It has a boss female protagonist, magic, killer siblings, assassins…what more could you ask for? It is a wonderful read and better yet: it is a trilogy! All three books are out, and there is a graphic novel pre-series for people less inclined to read 400 pages.

      Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett has the added benefit of also having a TV show! Michael Sheen and David Tennant pair up in this comedy about the end of the world. The book is hefty with nearly 500 pages, but the show only has 8 episodes. It is funny and well-worth the time.

      Speaking of TV shows, the second season of “Mindhunter” recently arrived to Netflix. Fans of true crime will devour this series, which is about the start of the FBI’s behavioral science unit. If you watch “Criminal Minds”, this is definitely a show for you. There is violence and gore, though, and quite a bit of swearing, so just be warned.

      I have heard good things about Jordan Peele’s “Twilight Zone”. My roommate and I watched the first two episodes last semester, and they were great! It has the same vibe as the old show, but with newer adaptations modern audiences can relate to. Creepy and funny, but well worth the watch!

      For movies, new to theatres “It: Chapter 2” has had some great things said about it. Critics have said that the movie is just as funny as the first, but the scares are lacking. Regardless, I will be watching the movie myself, and hopefully getting super scared.

      A Harry Potter marathon would be a great way to spend a fall weekend. A bag or two of popcorn, some hot apple cider, and maybe a butterbeer will get you in the mood to watch all 8 movies. You could read the books too, but that would probably take longer than just a weekend.

      I hope I inspired you to do something to get yourself in the fall mood. The equinox is only 2 weeks away! Happy fall, y’all!