As much as I’m a summer girl, I have a special place in my heart for fall. While fall is also an amazing time in the book community, since it often brings some of the most anticipated titles of the year, autumn signals such an exciting time in the year in general. Blame it on my love for school/being a student for most of life thus far, but the season always marks a sense of change and new beginnings (the new notebooks and pens are an added bonus). As a recently new coffee drinker – blame that one on being an overstressed/overworked college student and working in an office- I can’t help but admit that pumpkin spice is often my flavor of choice (and for some reason this year, salted caramel!).
As I get going on all these fall facts about me here, I think it’s about time I just start today’s tag: The Autumn Tag. This tag was created by Jenn of Jenniely, who created this tag based on some of her favorite fall things (scarves and cardigans of course included).
Hot Chocolate- What is your comfort book?
I always have a few books prepared for this question, but I don’t think I’ve ever answered with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. If you know me, you’ll know that isn’t a surprise at all since I have so much comfort in and relate so much to Lara Jean.
Pumpkin Carving- What is your favorite creative outlet?
I’m sure it’s not hard to imagine, but I consider blogging to be my favorite creative outlet. Outside of writing about all the bookish and fangirlish things, I do like taking on craft-like projects from time to time.
My latest project was actually a string-nail art board in shape of my home state for my college dorm. I’ve always seen this trending on Pinterest. Since I decided to update my dorm decorations for this school year, I figured it was time to give it a shot! It was a fairly inexpensive project- I spent around $10 on the board and yarn at Hobby Lobby and I had the nails leftover from mini home renovation projects. Nailing the shape was definitely the most time consuming part, but weaving the yarn back and forth was a fairly easy process (although I sometimes had to re-hammer some of the nails back into place).
Falling Leaves- Changes that appear bad but you secretly love
Jenn meant for this question to be fairly ambiguous, which the answer ranging from life to books and TV/movies.
As I somewhat alluded to in the beginning, saying goodbye to summer is always hard for me, just because I love the season (aka beach and pool season aka reading all the time season) so much. However, after plenty of long days in the sun and warm weather, I do appreciate the change in weather and all the cute cardigans that fall brings. I feel like this is something I’ll get more into when I have my own place one day or even decorate my work place, but I also love fall decorations. Another change that might be bad for my wallet, but lovely for my inner designer.
Pumpkin Spice Latte- Something you love but others tend to hate
I’m not sure if it counts more as a fall or winter clothing, but I cannot stand wearing turtlenecks. I think they make for cute clothing, but even as a kid, I hated wearing them and that uncomfortable-ness has followed me into my young adult clothing life.
I wouldn’t say some of the people in my life hate reading (and they fully support my bookish and blogging self), but when I recently told them I hit my reading goal of 100 books this year (!!!) and plan on going past my count last year (113), most of them said the couldn’t imagine reading one book in a year.
Bonfire Night- What makes you explode with joy?
In the fall, I love sunny days and warmish weather (the kind where you can wear leggings, but not a jacket). These types of days make for the perfect runs and walks, which then turns into: coming home, showering, putting on comfy clothes, and getting under the covers with a good book and hot drink.
Friday Night- Favorite scary book or film
Fun fact about me: I HATE SCARY MOVIES! My friends tend to love watching them with me though because I am that person who jumps at everything (even when you can see it coming). Getting that out the way, I am definitely lean more towards scary books or films. My go-to spooky recommendation this year is hands-down Sara Faring’s gothic thriller, The Tenth Girl.
Halloween Candy- Favorite thing to eat
Following the fall theme, my favorite fall-themed treat is apple pie (with vanilla pie as the cherry on top). Non-fall-themed (although it is my favorite Thanksgiving dish), but my go-to comfort food is always homemade mac n’ cheese.
Scarves- Your autumn ‘must have’ accessory
A scarf or two is definitely a fall must have (although I’m not as into them as I used to be), but the ultimate must have for any time of year are cardigans! I want to start trying some new brands for more quality cardigans (I want to maybe try Madewell, which means bad for my wallet again), but my go-to brand is American Eagle. They can also be on the pricey side, but the quality is often worth the price and I’ve found most of mine in the clearance section.
Fire- A book or film that burns your soul
I think you could answer this question in a variety of ways, but I’m going with a book or series that I could discuss to no end, which is basically any Sarah J. Maas book. A question that is currently burning my SJM-inspired soul is when we are going to get ACOTAR #4 or The World of Throne of Glass?? And also can I have House of Earth and Blood now?
Toffee Apples- A book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside
I’m going with one of my summer TV watches, The Man in the High Castle. This alternate World War II-inspired show has a sci-fi element that I’m honestly not too crazy about. I’m still halfway through Season 3 and I definitely want to pick it up again with the final season coming out later this year.
What is your favorite fall accessory? Fall-themed treat? Comfort book? Comfort TV show or film? Share in the comments!