Personally, summer is never long enough. I like every season, but usually only for a month or so before I get bored… and autumn, to me, mostly means the impending darkness of winter. 😔 To make autumn a little more palatable for me, here are some creative links between quintessential fall-things and my brain by books!
Some of these are less reading-focused, but you can make it what you want. Just be sure to give credit to Jenniely for her work in making it! Thanks to her, and here we go!
1. Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?
A comic series, actually. It’s Roar Street Journal, and it’s SO freaking cute and wholesome and the art style is delightful. It never fails to make me feel better about life and people.
2. Pumpkin Carving – what is your favourite creative outlet?
Photography, definitely! I fell into it without intending to care about it or love it, but when you do something every day for 5+ years, I guess it’s inevitable that it grows on you. I think that’s called the exposure effect, which is delightfully appropriate for this! All the title photos for this post are my own from my project ☺I host them on my favorite site ever, Tookapic!
3. Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?
When your whole team at work quits and it’s only you left to do all the work. Does that sound too specific? 😅 That’s my current fate, and while it will certainly be endlessly busy, I’m very excited to be able to help lead the team and improve my skills.
In books, when an MC or love interest dies. And stays dead. Call me morbid, but I really appreciate when an author has the chutzpah to write something realistically, even if it’ll be a punch to the gut! No wonder I’ve loved George RR Martin’s works, right? 😍
4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge
For reading, a very specific series: the World of Warcraft books. High fantasy at it’s finest, plus I love the game! It doesn’t get much better than that!
K-pop. I fell in love when I was living in Korea, because it’s so energetic and bouncy, and the harmonies you get with 4+ people singing together make the songs layered in a really great way. Plus the MVs are so crazy, I can’t help but laugh when I watch them! Remember that song Gangnam Stlye by Psy that was so popular years ago? That’s k-pop. Crazy and energetic. ♥ Here’s the only song I can fully sing in Korean.
5. Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?
The moment right before my favorite band comes onto the stage. The anticipation is so good, and the second they step out, I lose my mind. Being surrounded by so many other people who passionately love what you love is one of the best feelings ever!
On a day to day basis though, the feeling of wind on my face, or warm sun on my skin, or the way raindrops look on leaves. Simple joys. ☺
6. Fright Night – favourite scary book or film
Oooh, I don’t read a lot of scary things – because I’m easily freaked out – but Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was required reading for one of my classes in college (and yes, it was an amazing class). That book FLOORED ME. Not only were there tons of moments that I didn’t see coming, but the characters and situations got so chilling that I would actually have to put the book down and read something light and wholesome (there was a lot of Roar Street Journal from Question 1 those times).
Unfortunately, my beau loves horror movies… so guess who’s going to see It Part Two this week!
7. Halloween candy – favourite thing to eat
For candy, Kit Kats! The wafer and the chocolate get the ratio just right. I’m more partial to chocolate candies than fruity candies.
Of all foods, it’s gotta be ice cream. I have an extreme sweet tooth and I grew up in New England, which means ice cream year round. Blizzard’s rolling in and we have a day off of school? Let’s make a sundae to celebrate! 🍨
8. Scarves – your autumn ‘must have’ accessory
The knitted headband my friend made me. It keeps my ears from freezing, looks pretty cute, and makes me happy to think of her even when she’s far away. ♥ My autumn style is best described as “as warm as possible” so it’s nice to have one thing that’s cute and stylish to balance out my ugly puffy coats and gloves!
9. Fire – a book or film that burns your soul
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillip Sendker. I’m not sure I can pinpoint one thing about this story as the “why” of it lighting me up. It simply does with it’s beautiful writing, beautiful story, and challenges to what you believe and how you see the world.
10. Toffee apples / – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside
This is partly based on my own expectations I had going into this book, but The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton blew me away. I read it on my own, somewhat expecting a dry classic story that required a lot of analysis and investigation. What I got was a raw, passionate story and characters I absolutely adored. Tears streaming down my face. Good reminder – I think it’s time for a re-read. ^.^