5 Ways You Can Have a Cozy Bookish Fall

Wondering how to max out your cozy factor with reading this fall? I got you.

So. I have this thing about being cozy. The first thing I did whenever I moved into a new place was hang things on the walls and pile blankets and pillows all over the place. And then light a nice, warm-smelling candle. It was all about the cozy.

In fact, that was one thing my now-husband loved about my apartment when we met: I had made it a place to be comfortable and at peace. And, of course, I applied my own personal rules of cozy to his house!

So now that fall is in full swing and spooky season is upon us, why not discuss five things you can do right now to have a cozy bookish fall?

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1. Choose a cozy book.

I mean, this is the first requirement of a bookish fall, right? You have to find yourself the right book! Ideally, this book should evoke all the warm fuzzies you could imagine and take you on an adventure of your choice.

Not sure where to start? No problem. I can get you started with 3 recommendations.

Pumpkin Everything by Beth Labonte

I’m currently reading this on my ereader, and it is so full of everything autumn! The fall foliage, the chill in the air, and, of course, everything pumpkin. This is great if you’re looking for a sweet adult romance, and even better, it’s the first book in a series set in Autumnboro, the self-proclaimed capital of the New England fall season!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This is one of my all-time favorite books! It’s young adult, but college-age, and it follows the story of Cath as she navigates her first year of college, new separation from her twin sister, the finale of her super-popular fanfic, and her first real relationship. This book has such a rollercoaster of emotion, and it always leaves me with warm, happy feelings when I finish it! (yes, I’ve read it 3+ times) Also, it’s coming out in manga form! (for those of you who don’t like sex or swearing in your fiction, maybe pass on this one)

Pumpkinheads by rainbow rowell

And even though I haven’t read this one, it’s been on my list for ages! Same author as Fangirl, but it’s a graphic novel format and of course is set during the fall! It follows two teen seasonal workers in their last year… the year they say goodbye. I love Rainbow Rowell, and I’m so excited to read this one!

2. Set the mood.

Once I got my own apartment and didn’t have dorm restrictions anymore, I developed a love for candles and wax/oil burners. Scent is so deeply tied to memory (neuroscientist here) that it can be easy to set a mood with smells, relive old memories of fall, or create new associations.

This year, my husband bought me a candle I love so much that I’ve been savoring it. It’s especially great if you don’t have a fireplace, like us, because it’s campfire scented and has a wood wick, so crackles. I also love the shiny, charcoal-like appearance of the wax. Seriously, I love this candle, and wood smoke is one of the scents I always link to fall! You can check it out here.

But if candles aren’t your thing, I also recently came across a few different autumn oil blends. In particular, this maple one! Like, how cool is that? I haven’t gotten to try this one, but it sounds fantastic.

Whatever you decide to use, just make sure it is a scent you find warm and welcoming!

3. Get a drink!

I love picking out special things to drink while I’m reading or relaxing at home. There are a few good choices, depending on your tastes. For example, I switch between coffee, tea, and super sweet Duplin wines, like their Toil and Trouble mulled wine for fall…which they sadly don’t have this year 😥 . But especially when it gets colder, warm drinks are a must to cozy up!

Last winter I had gotten the Victor Allen mix of winter coffee K-cups, and this fall I found their autumn version! There are so many warm, autumn flavors that I’m super excited about. Or, if tea is more your thing, how about a cinnamon, orange, and clove black tea? It sounds spicy and warm, all good flavors for the season!

And since we have a wood fire going with the candle already, how about a camp-style mug to drink out of? I’m so happy these are on trend right now. When I was in undergrad, I won a camp-style mug from the school, and I got another when I went to grad school to stick with the theme. They just remind me of the camping trips I went on with my family when I was a kid. Simpler times… and one of those trips especially was super cold!

4. Find some snacks.

I don’t know about you, but I am a snacker. It may be a bit of a problem. But this is a great season for snacks! I particularly like sweet snacks, like little cakes, or savory like special cheeses or simple chips and popcorn.

One good option is the Pepperidge Farm pumpkin cheesecake cookies. I’ve had these, and they’re such a sweet twist on autumn cookies! I love the cheesecake bites in them and the spiciness of the season.

Another favorite of mine is Cake Bites, though I’ve had them in the Italian Rainbow cake flavor (husband comes from an Italian family and introduced me to them). But now they have their own pumpkin spice version! These cakes are sweet, moist, and delicious! Great for whenever you have a sweet tooth but don’t have a whole cake.

Whatever snack you go with, I highly recommend preparing it together with your drink before you move on to the next step…

5. Snuggle up!

Yesss, my favorite part! First, you have to find the perfect place to nest. For me, I prefer to snuggle into my spot on the couch. I have enough surfaces around it to hold my drink and snacks, and there’s our fluffy Costco blankets and the heated blanket (another luxury my husband introduced to me). The Sunbeam washable versions are the kind we have, and they have 3 settings for you to adjust your level of toast. And if your feet also get cold, I like to wear my thick socks. I can’t find the ones I have, but I love the pattern of these wool socks!

I also bought myself a super cozy, bulky, sweater cardigan for around the house. It was so handy when I was working from home and quarantined back in May, and I’m so happy I have it now. It’s so comfortable and warm! I got it in antique violet because I’m a fiend for all things purple, but it comes in a bunch of different colors.

Final Thoughts

With the weather getting colder up here in Pennsylvania, I’m so excited for cozy season! Today I shared some of my favorite ways to have a cozy, bookish fall. Once you’ve performed all five steps, you’ll find yourself snuggled and ready for a super cozy, warm, and peaceful reading session! Whatever choices you make for your own bookish fall, just make sure they’re right for you! And I’d love to hear your suggestions, too. 🙂

What do you do to snuggle up? What are your favorite cozy reads?

Also, you may notice that the format of this post is a little different. That’s because I’m trying a new thing. Instead of just throwing a list of books at your likely already monstrous TBR, I wanted to help you curate an experience. Feel free to let me know your thoughts on this as well!

Talk to you in the comments, and until next time, stay cozy!

Cozy Stories

Looking for some warm fuzzies on a cold day? I got you covered.

I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but up here in Pennsylvania, it’s gotten pretty chilly this week! We even had our first snowstorm halfway through November. Crazy!

All that got me thinking. There is nothing I love better on a cold, blustery day than settling in snuggled up in a blanket with a steaming cup of something, be it coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, and a good book. Even better if the dog or cats come to hang out with me. So today, I want to give you a list of some of my favorite cozy, warm-fuzzy-inducing reads.

As a bit of a bonus, I’ll also include a list of movies for those days you just need to give your brain a break… read to the end to see those!

Cozy Reads

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Series: It’s a standalone!
Why: Cath and Levi 4eva!
Genre: YA contemporary

Written in Red by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others book 1
Why: Meg and Simon and the entire Lakeside pack
Genre: Urban fantasy

Sunrise by Mike Mullin
Series: Ashfall book 3
Why: This series is a roller coaster, and it ends on such a high note of hope, you can’t help but feel warm and happy at the end! Also there’s so much snow, it seems appropriate for winter.
Genre: YA science fiction

The Martian by Andy Weir
Series: It’s a standalone!
Why: That ending… nothing like the feeling that we are all in this together.
Genre: Science fiction

Spice Bringer by H.L. Burke
Series: It’s a standalone!
Why: Niya and Jayesh and life. Be ready for the feels and the tears.
Genre: Fantasy

I Temporarily Do by Ellie Cahill
Series: Standalone!
Why: It’s adorable.
Genre: Contemporary/romance

A Chance for Sunny Skies by Eryn Scott
Series: What’s in a Name book 1 (but all can be read out of order)
Why: Sunny is adorable and her story is engaging and warm and full of feels. Honestly, every book by Eryn Scott is warm and fuzzy and fun.
Genre: Contemporary

Cozy Shorts

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
Collection: None!
Why: such a great feeling of solidarity and nostalgia
Genre: YA contemporary

Blood in the Snow by Sarah Pennington
Collection: None, but part of the Magic Mirrors joint release
Why: Baili’s journey and the love story ❤
Genre: Fantasy

Cozy Flicks

Stardust
Why: It’s whimsical and magical and leaves you feeling good!
Genre: Fantasy

Meet the Robinsons
Why: It’s also whimsical, but it is encouraging and light and leaves you with a “we can do this” attitude! No movie makes me feel better at the end than this one.
Genre: Fantasy/scifi (kids)

Tangled
Why: Yeah, I know, more Disney, but Flynn and Rapunzel make me happy. This is one of my greatest pick-me-up movies!
Genre: Fantasy (kids)

Final Thoughts

These are just SOME of my favorite stories that evoke the warm fuzzies. I have a bunch more! But I figured this list is long enough for one post. 😉

Now that I’ve shared some of my favorites with you, I’d love to hear some of yours! What are your favorite books and movies for those cold winter days? Comment below!