I know, that title is absolutely genius.
So, here are some of my favourite things about autumn and some books I associate with them.
Scented Candles – Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I love scented candles. I love reading and feeling that waft of fragrance from my candle. I love the flickering light. I just love the atmosphere they create. daughter of Smoke and Bone is the book I most associate with them, because the writing is so beautiful, it delights the mind just to read the words, and that complements the way that scented candles delight the senses. It’s also so atmospheric. It takes place in Prague, at least in part and I always associate Prague with flickering candle light. Don’t ask me why, I just feel like that’s the vibe of Prague. Even the cover and the title remind me of blowing out a candle and the smoke you get.
Tea – The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Specifically chai. There’s just something about The Name of the Wind and Patrick Rothfuss’ writing that reminds me of a nice, hot cup of chai tea. The spices in the tea complement the story so well. In my mind, tea (only black tea), is associated with long fantasy stories. And The Name of the Wind is one of the best fantasies I’ve ever read, so I have to pair it with one of my favourite teas. But it’s more than that. It’s hard for me to explain, but Kvothe’s story is like cinnamon and all those autumn spices. It’s kind of… unfurling. I don’t know if that makes any sense to anyone else, but yeah…
Pumpkin Pie – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Specifically this Harry Potter book. For the most part, I associate Harry Potter with winter. But this first book, I associate with pumpkin pie. Even more so the film for some reason. I know most people don’t like the first film because of the bad acting, but it’s my second favourite film (after goblet of Fire). I don’t care about the bad acting. I love the atmosphere of the first two films. Where they actually wear robes and pointy hats it’s all so magical. It’s also a book that I could read over and over again and I love pumpkin pie to the extent that I could eat nothing but pumpkin pie all day.
Piles of colourful leaves – Any Cosmere book by Brandon Sanderson
As a kid, I used to get out of school and go the park and pick up leaves. I would look for really beautiful ones and made little bundles of them. I also loved just making piles and jumping in them. I would look forward to that all day. My birthday is mid October and the weather was often really nice for my birthday. You know those crisp, yet sunny autumn days. Just thinking about it makes me happy. With the leaves and sunlight and scent of the leaves and birds about (especially crows and ravens). Amazing. Sanderson’s Cosmere books are like that. They’re colourful and varied. They have unique worlds and magic systems. Whenever I’m reading one (like now), I’m constantly looking forward to my next reading session. I just want to jump right in. And they’re also vast. Both in page number and in scope and complexity. And I just remember going to the park as a kid and everything would be covered in leaves. Just a colourful carpet.
Cozy blankets/clothing – Middle grade
This is obviously a genre, rather than a specific book. But I just love a nice, fun middle grade. I find them cozy. I love snuggling up with a fluffy throw and a nice middle grade. I actually have a huge middle grade craving right now and I don’t own a lot of middle grades that I haven’t read. So I need to get some asap (if you have any good recs, comment and you will have my gratitude).
These are some of my favourite autumn things and the books I associate with them. Feel free to do this yourself you you’re so incline and ping me so I can see your post. Or just leave it in the comments, I’d love to know. Just writing this post made me happy, so I’d love to read more of them.