Classic stories make for spooky autumn reads

Now that the cool October winds are here, there will be days that it will be necessary to stay in bed with some warm cider. Capture the essence of the season with a breezy read! For a book to complement your post-midterm despair, a perfect classic is Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, which not only matches your mood but also the season, as protagonist Rodion Raskolnikov strides in anguish through brisk autumn winds.

In college, sometimes you will realize you do not have the time or the attention span to attack a full novel, making poetry a perfect and convenient medium to turn to.

With the spookiest season upon us, there is no better man to turn to than Edgar Allan Poe.  A writer of short stories and poems, his work is perfect for this time of year and a busy schedule.

Michelle Costello, an educational and instructional design librarian at Milne Library, suggested a few books to try out with Halloween coming up.

The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton is a top pick. The book is broken up into 11 stories, making it easy to pick up at a moment's notice for your fill of New England hauntings.

If you want a twist on a much-feared classic, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova provides a modern take on the well-known tale of Count Dracula. Published in 2005, it tells a story of Dracula's potential successor and how his daughter slowly discovers his true identity.