Hi Guys, happy happy Thursday! I hope you all are having a wonderful day. I was hoping to get this up sooner to you all but life happens and can get chaotic. I am sure you can relate. But I am excited to be sharing my Autumn Reading list with you all and how I get cozy during this special time of year.
Reading has become a huge part of my life, it allows me to relax, it gives me the 'me' time I am learning to give myself, and it allows me to escape my own reality for a little bit. I think all of these things during any time of year is very important to your mental well being but I especially love it during this time of year.
I always try to find time to read but some days it can be harder to achieve then others. I wish I was one of those people that block out some time to do it mid afternoon say or morning. But as a student and working individual I don't get the time during the day to do that. So I read at night usually an hour before bed.
My night routine consists of me Facetiming my sweet handsome and then signing off with him and technology to make way to relax my hard to shut off brain. I take a warm shower, light a candle, do my night skin care routine, put on my cozies, and get all tucked up into bed for my hour of reading.
Doing this routine every night makes me so happy and it's something I look forward to each night. I used to dread going to bed because of how hard it was for me to shut off from the day but now I delve into another person's life and it allows me to be present fully in that. I encourage you to try this if you struggle with the "too many tabs" open in your brain.
Now onto the books the best part! I try to read a book a month, that might be short or long to some people but some nights I can hardly read for more then 15 minutes without falling asleep. Also a disclaimer I did in my last reading list is the books I tend to read are not mysteries or thrillers. I need calm feel good books or I will definitely not sleep.
Currently I am reading Paris Capsule by Ella Carey. I am about 50 pages in and am really enjoying it so far. Here is the description in case you are interested "New York - based photographer Cat Jordan is ready to begin a new life with her successful, button-down boyfriend. But when she learns that she's inherited the estate of a complete stranger - a woman named Isabelle de Florian - her life is turned upside down. Cat arrives in Paris to find that she is now the owner of a perfectly preserved Belle Époque apartment in the ninth arrondissement, and that the Frenchwoman's family knew nothing about this secret estate. Amid these strange developments, Cat is left with burning questions: Who was Isabelle de Florian? And why did she leave the inheritance to Cat instead of her own family? As Cat travels France in search of answers, she feels her grasp on her New York life starting to slip. With long-buried secrets coming to light and an attraction to Isabelle de Florian's grandson growing too intense to ignore, Cat will have to decide what to let go of, and what to claim as her own." I find I really like books that also take me to other parts of the world. I get to travel without leaving the snuggle bed I am in and it makes me oh so happy.
Next book I cannot wait to crack into is The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor. I am very excited to read this one after I am done with the Paris Time Capsule. Something you might get a glimpse of in this reading list that I haven't told you before is I am really dorky about books that have magic in them. I am like embarrassingly obsessed with Harry Potter. Like I could read, listen to it, or watch it every single day no lie. So this book really intrigued me. Here's the back cover description "The New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Came Home turns the clock back 100 years to a time when two young girls from Cottingley, Yorkshire, convinced the world that they had done the impossible and photographed fairies in their garden. Now, in her newest novel, international best seller Hazel Gaynor reimagines their story. 1917... It was inexplicable, impossible, but it had to be true - didn't it? When two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright from Cottingley, England, claim to have photographed fairies at the bottom of the garden, their parents are astonished. But when one of the great novelists of the time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, becomes convinced of the photographs' authenticity, the girls become a national sensation, their discovery offering hope to those longing for something to believe in amid a world ravaged by war. Frances and Elsie will hide their secret for many decades. But Frances longs for the truth to be told. One hundred years later...When Olivia Kavanagh finds an old manuscript in her late grandfather's bookshop, she becomes fascinated by the story it tells of two young girls who mystified the world. But it is the discovery of an old photograph that leads her to realize how the fairy girls' lives intertwine with hers, connecting past to present and blurring her understanding of what is real and what is imagined. As she begins to understand why a nation once believed in fairies, can Olivia find a way to believe in herself?
Lastly I have to read Harry Potter during the fall! I do every fall and its a little tradition of mine each year. To me nothing feels more Autumn-y then reading harry potter. So I already finished the one pictured(the Prisoner of Azkaban) so I am going to move on to the 4th book eventually and I cannot wait. Which Harry Potter book is your favorite? Which character do you like most? I would love to know so comment down below!
Let me know if you are reading something you think I should down below! I hope you enjoy this list and let me know also if you are going to read any of the posts I mentioned.