rules for your upcoming autumn

A long, long time ago in a land far, far away... I wrote a post similar to this, but about summer. And actually it wasn't in a land far, far away, it was written about five feet from where I currently sit. But, "madam, that is entirely beside the point!"

The point is I am taking the stance of a dictator and pointing out several things you should and must do this autumn.

read cozy books

Such as:

ANON, SIR, ANON by Rachel Heffington
ANNE OF THE ISLAND by Lucy Maud Montgomery
MIRACLES ON MAPLE HILL by Virginia Sorensen
THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien
JO'S BOYS by Louisa May Alcott
DADDY-LONG-LEGS by Jean Webster
CRY OF HOPE by Emily Chapman
(heh, heh...)

You see, Autumn is wistful and nostalgic. It's sharp and crisp and is a sign of the end of things, with a charm of adventure and sense of hope. I feel as if it is a time for bringing out childhood classics and girlhood favorites. Charlotte's Web makes me cry, but it's intertwined around my heart with its simple, soothing message. Jo's Boys is the nostalgic and unsatisfactory ending of a beloved trilogy, echoing the browned leaves drifting off the trees. The Hobbit drips with adventure, and Daddy-Long-Legs laughs in frost's face. Cry of Hope addresses life's heartstrings, and Anon, Sir, Anon tangles a murder mystery with a cozy English setting. As for Anne of the Island and Sense and Sensibility, they are classic novels set in romantic eras. And Miracles on Maple Hill is pure sweetness.

drink hot chocolate

Or coffee. Either way, wrapping your cold little hands around a mug of something warm on a cool, crisp morning has the effect of a million twinkling stars.

wear flannel

Particularly flannel shirts. Paired with a pair of skinny jeans or leggings. Paired with a pair of lace-up boots. Or maybe just skip all of that and go straight to rainbow socks with a snazzy coat. Either way, dress fabulously. Winter isn't far away, so let's get a head start on its majesty's cruel rule and begin dressing nicely before we have a chance to glance at sweatpants. (I'm getting really good at rhyming.)

Although, I'm actually being all hypocritical right here, because I've been wearing sweats and warm-ups for a whole week already.

eat alllll the pumpkin

The good thing about Autumn is we stuff ourselves on all the pumpkin things and then don't want pumpkin again until next Autumn, so it works splendidly. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice lattes, gingersnaps (oh, wait, that's not pumpkin), pumpkin delights, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin donuts... just eat lots of pumpkin.

eat alllll the apple

Apple cider, apple pie, baked apples, fried apples, raw apples, squished apples, apple juice, apple yogurt... I'm not sure the last one exists, but it should.

stomp in the leaves

This one is a given.


  1. Oh, I absolutely love this post, Em!! Anne of the Island, Charlotte's Web, and Cry of Hope are fantastic autumn reads. =) I heartily agree with hot chocolate and coffee. Yes, yes, yes. And we've gone through two pumpkin sheet cakes this month and quite a few gallons of apple cider. Good stuff right there. Apple yogurt does exist!! I found this out today before I even read your post! My mom bought apple yogurt and it had cinnamon mixed with was yummy!

    1. I'm so glad you liked this post, Em! I hope I can begin posting more often (inspiration is a fickle thing). And wait, what, apple yogurt really exists?! The world just got a little awesomer. ^.^

  2. I *love* this! So cozy. Great book recommendations. Aaaand....I need to go make myself a cup of hot chocolate now :)

    1. Aww, thanks, Hannah. ^.^ Yes, go drink hot chocolate. It's the nectar of life.

  3. Such a snuggly time of year. I love this checklist. Excuse me while I go live them all out... : )

    1. Why, thank you! And I like how you described it: such a snuggly time of the year. ^.^

  4. One thing about living in the northern part of Australia, where the weather is very humid, warm, sunny and we have lots of rain, I always get a little jealous of the sort of autumns you folk get up in America. It sounds ever so charming and cozy! And so does your post, Emily darling. We missed you!!!

    Ah, I love these book recommendations. I still need to read some of them like "Daddy Long Legs" 'Charlotte's Web" "Jo's Boys", but I totally agree with you about "Cry of Hope" and "Anon, sir, Anon" - and also, "Sense and Sensibility", while I haven't read the book yet, I have fallen in love with the 2008 BBC mini-series tv adaption :). Have you seen that one?

    Hot chocolate is always really nice. Full stop.

    1. You should come experience autumn in the States sometime. ^.^

      Oh, you must read CHARLOTTE'S WEB. It's a classic. DADDY-LONG-LEGS is good as well -- JO'S BOYS was slightly disappointing, but the perfect nostalgic autumn read.

      I have not seen that adaption! In fact, I haven't seen any SENSE AND SENSIBILITY movie adaptions. I ought to do that sometime.

      Oh, yes. One can never go wrong with hot chocolate. ;)

  5. From a guy who knows a little bit about yogurt. Thought you might be interested...

    Love you.

    1. Whoa. Talk about awesome. My day is made. ^.^