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If you are a reader, a cozy night in with a good book can be the highlight of the fall season. I don't get the opportunity too often to dedicate an entire night to reading, but I do try to reserve some time before bed to read. It is an excellent way to wind down for the night. Diffuse an essential oil like Lavender, Roman Chamomile, or Serenity Restful Blend to promote restful sleep. You can also apply the oil to bottom of your feet or to a cotton ball tucked under your pillow. A snugly blanket, warm cup of tea, or a crackling fire can really up the cozy factor - a worthy pursuit that I highly recommend.
Fall Book List
- Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living, Shauna Niequist - A perfect read before heading into the holiday season.
- Cooked, Michael Pollan - Again a great time to get motivated to start cooking at home and prompt a journey of healthier eating when so many temptations are just around the corner.
- The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege, Marilynne K. Roach - If you like to read history, this non-fiction account of the Salem Witch Trials and great information and an interesting format.
- The Halloween Tree, Ray Bradbury - A spooky tale that will work for older teens as well as adults.
- Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte - This book just begs for a cozy blanket and a roaring fire. Perfect for fall reading!
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith - I read this several years ago and remember how sad I was when I finished and could no longer spend my evenings sharing the experiences of Francie Nolan. I loved this one!
- The Swan House, Elizabeth Musser - Just a great book to get caught up in. It is historical fiction that offers insights into the Atlanta civil rights scene in the 1960s. It offers up revelations that will keep you surprised too.
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern - Love story meets fable with two young magicians and the mysterious world of the circus.
- Wonder, R.J. Palacio - This a a Youth Fiction novel that is a must read for everyone, anytime. I'm adding it to my fall reading list since the movie version is is going to hit the theaters on November 17. It's a quick read and would make an excellent family read-aloud.
- Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life, Jen Hatmaker - Often hilarious essays on vibrant, courageous living in the midst of the every day real-life moments.
- Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone, Brené Brown - Incredible book about creating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture.
- The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, Meik Wiking - Guide to the Danish philosophy of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. Perfect for getting cozy this fall.
Picture Book Recommendations
When my kids were little, I started collecting pictures books for most holidays, but especially for Halloween and Christmas. They have become a big part of our holiday traditions even as my kids have gotten older. So I couldn't end my fall reading list without a few of my favorite picture books for this time of year.
- The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, Linda D. Williams - Such a fun book to read with toddlers, preschoolers, and young elementary age kids. They will have tons of fun repeating all the fun sounds from the book.
- Room on the Broom, Julia Donaldson - This is just a super fun Halloween book about a hapless witch and some new friends that save the day.
- Too Many Pumpkins, Linda White - When life gives you pumpkins, make pumpkin pie, and bread, and butter, and more. This is a wonderful book about make the best of a situation that you might not find agreeable. It also shares a message of friendship and community.
Do you have any book suggestions for me? What's on your reading list this fall? Do you tend to favor fiction or non-fiction? Do you have any "reading rituals" you do to make reading time unique? I'd love to hear! Please share in a comment.