As the leaves start to turn and the air gets crisper, I can't help but get into the fall spirit. There's something truly magical about this season, and one of my favorite ways to embrace it is by diving into some cozy books, watching heartwarming movies, and listening to the perfect playlist. So, if you're looking to get into that fall mood, you've come to the right place!
Books That Warm Your Soul
"The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern: This enchanting novel is like a warm, spiced latte for your imagination. It weaves a tale of a mysterious circus that appears only at night, offering a delightful blend of magic and romance that's perfect for fall evenings.
"Pumpkinheads" by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks: If you're a fan of graphic novels, this one's a must-read. It follows two friends, Deja and Josiah, as they embark on an unforgettable adventure at their local pumpkin patch. It's a sweet, funny, and beautifully illustrated story that captures the essence of fall.
"The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett: This classic novel is a timeless treasure, and its themes of renewal and transformation align perfectly with the changing seasons. Join Mary Lennox as she discovers a hidden garden and the magic it holds.
"The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt: This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel takes you on a gripping journey through the life of Theo Decker, whose world changes dramatically after a tragic event. It's a story of resilience, art, and the power of human connection, perfect for a deep dive during the fall season.
"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows: Dive into the charming world of post-war Guernsey through letters and stories. This heartwarming and often humorous novel celebrates the love of literature and friendship, making it a delightful autumn read.
Movies That Make You Feel Cozy
"You've Got Mail" (1998): Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan's on-screen chemistry is as warm and comforting as a cozy sweater. This rom-com set in a charming bookstore in New York City is a perfect pick for a cozy movie night.
"Hocus Pocus" (1993): Halloween isn't complete without a viewing of the Sanderson sisters' misadventures. This nostalgic classic combines comedy, magic, and a dash of spooky fun that's ideal for fall.
"Dead Poets Society" (1989): This heartwarming film set in an all-boys prep school is perfect for those reflective autumn days. Robin Williams' portrayal of an inspiring teacher will leave you feeling both inspired and introspective.
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009): This whimsical stop-motion animated film directed by Wes Anderson is a visual treat. Follow the adventures of Mr. Fox and his animal friends as they outwit a trio of farmers. It's a delightful, quirky choice for a fall movie night.
"Autumn in New York" (2000): Starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder, this romantic drama tells the story of a May-December romance in the backdrop of a picturesque New York City in the fall. It's a poignant and visually stunning film that captures the season's beauty.
Music to Set the Mood
Fleet Foxes – "Helplessness Blues": The folksy harmonies and introspective lyrics of this album make it a perfect soundtrack for long walks through fallen leaves. Tracks like "Montezuma" and "Blue Spotted Tail" evoke the cozy, contemplative feel of autumn.
Mumford & Sons – "Sigh No More": This album's blend of folk and rock is a fall favorite. Songs like "Little Lion Man" and "The Cave" are perfect for those moments when you want to feel a bit more spirited.
Taylor Swift – "Red": Taylor Swift's "Red" album captures the essence of autumn with its mix of emotions and vivid storytelling. From the melancholic "All Too Well" to the upbeat "22," it's a fall playlist essential.
Bon Iver – "For Emma, Forever Ago": Justin Vernon's hauntingly beautiful folk album, recorded in a remote cabin, feels like it was made for fall. Songs like "Skinny Love" and "Flume" create an atmospheric and introspective musical experience.
Simon & Garfunkel – "Bookends": This classic album is perfect for a nostalgic fall evening. The harmonious blend of folk and rock in songs like "Mrs. Robinson" and "America" evokes a sense of wanderlust and reflection.
TV Delights for Autumn Evenings
"Gilmore Girls" (2000-2007, and the 2016 revival "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life"): Follow the heartwarming and witty mother-daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, as they navigate life in the charming, fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. The series beautifully captures the essence of fall with its small-town atmosphere, cozy cafes, and the annual Stars Hollow Fall Festival.
"Stranger Things" (2016-present): If you're in the mood for a thrilling and slightly spooky series, "Stranger Things" is a fantastic choice. Set in the 1980s, it combines supernatural mysteries, government conspiracies, and a group of kids on bikes. The eerie and atmospheric setting is perfect for fall binge-watching.
"The Crown" (2016-2022): Fall is a season of change, and "The Crown" explores the changing eras of British history through the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. With its intricate storytelling, lavish period details, and impeccable performances, it's a compelling series to get lost in during the cooler months.
"Outlander" (2014-present): This historical drama and time-travel series takes you on a journey through the stunning landscapes of Scotland. Follow Claire Randall as she navigates the 18th century and the challenges of love, politics, and adventure. The lush scenery and romantic drama make it a perfect fall escape.
"The Haunting of Hill House" (2018): For those who enjoy a good scare during the Halloween season, "The Haunting of Hill House" is a chilling choice. This psychological horror series weaves a complex family drama with supernatural elements. It's a spine-tingling experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat.