It’s the first month of autumn, and I didn’t even need to look at the calendar to know that we’re leaving summer behind. We had our first autumn storm in Denmark last week. Even for weather-beaten Danes, this is pretty unusual. The last time we had a storm in September was 27 years ago. But even though the weather seems to be getting crazier *cough* global warming *cough*, I still love autumn – storms and all.
Actually, I’m a big fan of all the seasons. Yup, I love them all. They each add to the world in their own unique way: Winter is icy beauty softened by snow and reading by candlelight on a cold, dark evening; Spring brings hope, light and green stuff; Summer is infused with the scent of flowers, it’s warm…ish (it is Denmark after all) and we get the light summer nights. Autumn… Well, autumn is just amazing. It’s leafy blankets in beautifully warm colours, it’s the smell of a crisp, clear morning – and it’s the start of my book hygge season.
Don’t get me wrong, I love stealing precious moments all year round where I can hygge with a good book – I’m a bookworm after all. It’s just so much more special when you can curl up with a great book, a nice cup of tea and some candles (actually, don’t curl up with candles – that would be pretty dangerous… Place them nearby), all safe and warm inside whilst a storm is throwing a temper tantrum on the other side of your window.
I’m planning on taking full advantage of the changing seasons, but I won’t be spending all my time reading. I’ll be doing some other bookish things this autumn too. If you’re looking for a few ideas on how to make this season more bookish, I’ve compiled 10 fun ideas below 🙂
Now, you may have read all of this and thought: “Autumn??? It’s spring outside!”. No worries, I’ve got you covered with a post full of bookish things to do during springtime!
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1. Curling up with a great book is just so much more amazing if you have the perfect reading nook. Now would be the perfect time to create that cosy space you’ve always dreamed about!
2. If the weather is nice, find the nearest forest or park and take a long walk through the changing colours while you listen to a great audiobook. Clear your mind in the crisp, clean air and let the warm colours soothe your soul.
3. Do an outdoor photo shoot with your autumn books!Grab your books and take some pictures of them at the park, a beautiful forest, in a pile of leaves or somewhere else. Share them on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook with a mini review.
4. Find a tranquil spot and write a poem or a list of book recommendations that are inspired by autumn. Send it to a loved one by snail mail.
5. Spend a starry evening outside with a couple of friends, a bonfire and some blankets. Take turns telling scary ghost stories, tales of alien abduction or discuss your favourite books about autumn.
6. Is the weather forecast proclaiming rain all weekend? Spend it watching romantic movies about books, or put a Halloween spin on it and dedicate the weekend to all the horror stories that have been turned into movies.
7. Get creative and make some bookish DIY Halloween decorations! What about some literary-themed pumpkins or your very own spell books?
8. Tired of tacky Halloween parties? Throw your own literary-themed feast! Invite your bookworm friends to an H.P. Lovecraft party or check them into the Overlook Hotel for a night of supernatural fun.
9. Get lost in a second-hand bookshop. Spend a couple of hours (I once lost four hours in a tiny shop – those things are like Narnia portals!) winding your way through narrow aisles crammed full of books. They are bound to have something you didn’t know you needed, so be careful with your credit card…
10. Spend an afternoon doing a bookish puzzle! There’s nothing more calming than slowly piecing together a puzzle (besides reading, of course) whilst you drink a hot cup of chocolate and snack on cookies – it’s even better when the puzzle has a bookish twist like this bizarre bookshop puzzle or this exotic 2000 piece puzzle that displays a whole world of books on its shelves OR this BEAUTIFUL fairy tale bookshelf puzzle! Okay, I may have a slight obsession with bookish puzzles…
And there you have it! 10 ideas to make your autumn weekends more bookish. If you decide to do any (or all!) of these activities, I would love to hear about it!
Have any fun autumn ideas to make this season more bookish? Please share them in the comments below!