No matter what the early snow on the ground might have told you, we are still 100% in the wonderful season of Autumn.
For me, changing leaves and crisp air has always signaled the end of lake season and time to start packing to head back to the States for school. I am officially two full seasons back in the Great White North, but I still start to get restless at this time of year. This year, to combat the stagnant feeling of staying in the same place for too long, I am attempting to make my environment cozy, comfortable and above all, a place that I want to be – Full of fuzzy blankets, slippers, tea, and of course my dear friends (books).
I am an environment creator. I like to set the mood with music, lighting, seating, snacks, you name it.
Let me take you through an ideal fall morning. Before we get going, tune into the playlist below.
Okay, now that you have the acoustic stylings of my fall playlist in your ears, let’s take a little journey into my ideal fall morning.
The Perfect Fall Morning
You wake up at the crack of 9AM to the sun peaking through your white linen floor length curtains, illuminating the room. Someone has cracked the window in anticipation of you waking up so there is a delicate breeze coming from your bedroom balcony. You stretch, and climb out from under your white cloud like duvet in your matching PJ set feeling incredibly rested.
You slide your feet into your favourite pair of reading socks, splash some water on your face, slip into a knit cardigan and reach a 7 out of 10 on the cozy scale. What’s that smell coming from the living room? Could it be a crackling fire and a fresh pot of coffee brewing?
Of course it is.
You shuffle to the kitchen and reach into the cupboard for your favourite powder blue inspirational quote mug and fill it with almond milk and dark roast coffee. You close your eyes and take a deep breath and fill your lungs with the aroma.
You decide it’s time for some breakfast. Who prepared these fluffy angel cakes with butter and maple syrup and left them for you on the stove with note and your name on it? There’s no time to ask questions, the pancakes might get cold.
After you’re comfortably full of coffee and syrupy pancakes, you wander over to your library room. Its four walls are equipped with built in bookshelves. A ladder on a track runs the length of the room enabling you to both reach the books at the top shelf and live out your Belle from Beauty and the Beast childhood dream. You climb on the ladder, go for a spin and wonder if there must be more than this Provincial life.
You select that book, you know, the one that pulls you through the pages to make you forget time and space exist outside of it’s binding? The one with that favourite narrator, the character that reminds you of that one friend, the one that makes you simultaneously cry and laugh? That one!
You hug the book to your chest – Hello old friend – and decide it’s time to maximize the cozy scale right to a 10.
You walk into the living room where a plush throne, halfway between and armchair and a love seat, awaits you beside the fireplace. A fuzzy blanket is draped over the arm.
What’s left to do but snuggle yourself in for a late morning of reading? You do not stir until you turn the very last page with an exhale of delight, misery and wonder.
You resurface out of your reading haze and gaze out the window at the red, orange and yellow trees beyond, drenched in a midday sunlight. It looks like a lovely day for a stroll through the crunching leaves. The perfect fall morning has ended and made way for the perfect fall afternoon.
Annie’s Fall Reading List
For me, the fall is my busiest time of year so I tend to scale back a bit on my reading. Unfortunately, my desire to ditch my responsibilities does not coincide with the increase in demand SO I’m up way too late trying to squeeze in just one more chapter.
Here’s a look and what’s on my shelf for Fall;
She Said – Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse for the New York Times, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement
Circe – Madeline Miller
With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER–NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR, The Washington Post, People, Time, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Newsweek, the A.V. Club, Christian Science Monitor and Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, Paste, Audible, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Thrillist, NYPL, Self Real Simple, Goodreads, Boston Globe, Electric Literature, BookPage, the Guardian, Book Riot, Seattle Times, and Business Insider
Trick Mirror – Jia Tolentino
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “From The New Yorker’s beloved cultural critic comes a bold, unflinching collection of essays about self-deception, examining everything from scammer culture to reality television.”—Esquire
“A whip-smart, challenging book.”—Zadie Smith • “Jia Tolentino could be the Joan Didion of our time.”—Vulture
Trick Mirror is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly through a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Tolentino writes about a cultural prism: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the advent of scamming as the definitive millennial ethos; the literary heroine’s journey from brave to blank to bitter; the punitive dream of optimization, which insists that everything, including our bodies, should become more efficient and beautiful until we die. Gleaming with Tolentino’s sense of humor and capacity to elucidate the impossibly complex in an instant, and marked by her desire to treat the reader with profound honesty, Trick Mirror is an instant classic of the worst decade yet.
The Dutch House – Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett, the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.
“’Do you think it’s possible to ever see the past as it actually was?’ I asked my sister. We were sitting in her car, parked in front of the Dutch House in the broad daylight of early summer.”
The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are. Filled with suspense, you may read it quickly to find out what happens, but what happens to Danny and Maeve will stay with you for a very long time
Ellie and the Harp Maker – Hazel Prior
“Uplifting escapism…fresh and sweet.”–Washington Post
Discover the charming and heartwarming debut novel which shows us that love can be found in the most unexpected places…
Meet Ellie. She’s perfectly happy living her quiet life with her husband, Clive. Happy to wander the English countryside and write the occasional poem that nobody will read; happy to dream of all the things she hasn’t yet managed to do.
Meet Dan. He thinks all he needs is the time and space to make harps in his isolated barn, deep in the countryside. He enjoys being on his own, far away from other people and – crucially – far away from any risk of surprises.
But what Ellie and Dan are about to learn that sometimes, you don’t find love–love finds you…
Other Fall Favourites
Fraiche Food, Full Hearts
My partner and I are getting into the habit of learning new recipes and cooking together rather than going out for special occasions. Recently, for our anniversary we went to Chapters and picked out a couple cookbooks that we wanted to try. I selected Jillian Harris’s new cookbook! We made the Butternut Squash Risotto and it was scrumptious. Everything I’ve made so far in that cookbook is delicious for that matter.
Yes, these socks have been designated the sole purpose of existing for your feet in times of literature. I have two pairs, and I love them. Thank you Chapters Indigo for creating these.
Lavender Buttercream Tea
Hear me out. I’ve actually tricked myself into thinking I’m having dessert with how good this tea tastes. And no caffeine so I can have it right before bed. While you’re there, pick up some of their Birthday Cake Tea for some more dessert trickery. Available at David’s Tea!
Sweater Weather Candle Collection
Coal and Canary is a local Winnipeg candle company that is known for its clever candle names and most importantly, it’s irresistible scents. The Sweater Weather Collection Box includes the following snuggly options;
- Cable Knit Scarf
- Chunky Knit Sweater
- Gimme Some Sugar
- The Cider Made Me Do It
- Warm Wooly Mittens
Don’t those sound amazing? Candles are the perfect way to transform any room into a cozy retreat. Plus – you can get this entire set for $50 CAD
If you are not familiar with the personality analysis called the Enneagram – check it out. If you are familiar with it, you probably realized by this point that I am a personality type 9.
I value stillness, comfort and personal time very highly in my life. If your ideal Fall morning includes checking everything off of your to-do list or catching up with friends that is how you should spend it. All that is important is that you recognize what makes you feel the most at peace, and find time to schedule it into your life.
I hope you’re having a wonderful day.
Happy Reading xox