I am a summer girl at heart, the heat of the sun, the smells of the pool, the coolness of the house after a day out soaking up the sun… however it is autumn that I think of when I think of my reading past. Riding my bike down to the library through the piles of fallen maple leaves, pushing open the huge library door and smelling the comforting smell of possibilties. So it only makes sense that my knee jerk once “it starts to smell like fall” is to crack open a book.
I found this fun post on another blog, Elaine Howlin shared The Cozy Autumn Book Tag that she got from Our First Year Here. So I’m joining the hype and sharing!! I hope you enjoy and please feel free to share/tag your answers!!
1. What book always reminds you of fall/autumn?
I have no idea why I think of this book when I think of fall but it’s definitely a great book to jump into during the autumn months. Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchey is set in the village of Knockglen Ireland in the 1950’s. It’s a story of friends who are embarking on adulthood, and the strains it can have on any relationship. Love is discovered, and betrayal tests the relationship, can the strength of the bond of friendship withstand it.
Now my favourite autumn movie HANDS DOWN is Dan in Real Life with Steven Carrell. Set in Rhode Island, it has the autumn foliage, it has family, it has romance, it has feel good…check it out!!
2. What is your favourite autumnal book cover?
Any old book…I love old books, there is something about the intentionality that went into old books. They weren’t after thoughts, they were treasures. Books use to be a luxury, something that wasn’t necessary but a gift. I love finding old books taking a peek in the inside cover…and finding an inscription…best thing ever to discover someones past treasure.
3. What is your favourite autumnal drink to read with?
I have a couple of favorites, I love Vanilla Chia tea, but also love to walk down memory lane to that time we went to London in the fall and I had the best pot of English Breakfast at Charles Dickens Musuem cafe.
4. Do you prefer to read late at night or early in the morning?
I have made it a habit to wake up very early and steal my quiet hours then. I love to drink my coffee and read with my reading buddy (my dog Finn keeps me me company every morning). There is something so renewing about my early mornings, they begin the canvas of the day in the hue of peace and calming.
5. Halloween is coming! What is your favourite spooky read?
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie is hands down one of my favorite books to read in October. I strongly suggest you read it, and then watch the A&E televison mini series made in 2015. So Good!! Little known fact it was considered by Christie to be her most difficult book to write but the best of her career and honestly I couldnt agree more!
6. What is the ultimate comfort read for you?
True Story…. I don’t typically read books more than once, so I don’t really have that comfort read that I pick up and revisit. I do however find comfort in books that are written in a way that I can slip into them, books that create a little nook in the corner of the story to cozy up so I can watch what happens. Those books that when life get a little too “life-y” they allow you just enough of a reprieve that you can catch your thoughts, and put them back into their proper place. A few of the books that I think of off the top of my head when think of comfort reads are The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto, and The 7 1/2 Deaths of Eveyln Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.
7. What is your favourite autumnal reading snack?
This one is easy all things…but for this season I am loving toast with cookie/pecan butter. We went to this little town in eastern New Mexico, and I discovered this little shop that sold pecans that are grown in their family pecan orchard, I got some pecan butter from them. This stuff is a hidden secret…I’m hear to tell you.. the creamy, salty favor of the pecans just feel like the perfect Autumn treat! I mixed this with a little bit of Biscoff Cookie Butter and then layer it on some of Dave’s Killer muligrain bread. Accompained with cuppa English Breakfast… perfection!!
8. What is your favourite autumnal candle to burn whilst reading?
So I’m pretty “Vanilla” when it comes to my favourite fall scents..apple, cinnamon, pumpkin. I do love the way my house smells in the fall with the smell of coffee in the morning, the smell of soups simmering on the stove, fresh baked bread. I love the smell of home during the autumn months!
9. When you’re not reading, what is your favourite autumnal activity?
I love to just be intentional in the moment, I am huge on “just being”. I love to go on walks and listen to my kids talk, I love to go exploring and find new things, I love to work on my photography (complete amateur but a lifelong passionate amateur), I love to bake and cook new foods, I love to research new books to read and recommend, but in all those things I love to just focus on being present!
10. What is on your autumn/fall reading list?
Soo many books….always!! But on the top of my list are:
The Guest List by Lucy Foley & Mexican Gothic by Silva Moreno-Garcia and planning on revisiting Whisper Hollow by Chris Cander & Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith.
If you are looking for a good autumn read check out the #imawordtraveler Autumn Book List . It’s loaded with some great reads for any mood you are in.