The Ultimate Fall Bookish Bucket List

It’s still hitting 100° F almost every day here (ick), but I’m trying to get into the fall (autumn) spirit! Here’s a list of bookish things to do before fall is over!

  1. Make (crochet, knit, etc.) a Harry Potter house scarf
  2. Curl up with a pumpkin spice latte (or any fall drink) and a good book
  3. Read a fall-themed book
  4. Dress up as a book character for Halloween
  5. Have book club around a bonfire
  6. Take a walk while listening to an audiobook
  7. Read a spooky novel/thriller
  8. Light a candle to read next to
  9. Build a blanket fort to read inside of!
  10. Make a fleece blanket for cozy reading
  11. Read a novel with a supernatural character
  12. Make butterbeer
  13. Make an autumn recipe from your favorite book
  14. Find a new bookstore
  15. Read a book about football
  16. Carve a pumpkin with a bookish theme/character
  17. Make autumn decorations out of books pages
  18. Find a new coffee shop
  19. Buy a used book
  20. Learn archery (because so many book characters know how, why shouldn’t you?)
  21. Donate books you don’t need/want anymore
  22. Do a fall photo shoot for Bookstagram
  23. Attend a library hosted program
  24. Have a picnic! When you’re full, lay down and relax with a good book
  25. Find out of there is a free little library near you
  26. Make a list of books you are thankful for
  27. Go antiquing and find a vintage book
  28. Create a 3D pumpkin out of book pages
  29. Create a kindle cover out of an old sweater
  30. Read about a fall holiday (such as Dia de los Muertos, Oktoberfest, etc.)

Which one are you most excited to do? What should I add to this list?

❤ Annette

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Book Review: Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Skottie Young

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

This is a middle grade graphic novel. The father of two children goes out to get milk so they can have their cereal and tea for breakfast, but he takes a really long time to get back. So, over breakfast, he tells them the tale of what happened that made him take so long.

What I Liked

  • This was sort of a fun story. It involves many different settings (like pirate ship, alien spaceship, etc.) and time periods. It’s exactly the sort of story you would want to make up if you’re camping under the stars or trying to distract your child from a storm. It was intriguing and unpredictable, especially since it involved time travel.
  • I just love that graphic novels are now a thing for all ages. I think they’re important to reach those who otherwise might not read at all. (I know this isn’t specific to this book, but I wanted to mention it anyway.)

What I Didn’t Like

  • At one point the father comes across ancient gods and interacts with them in some capacity. Depending on your religion or your child’s knowledge of such things, this might not be a good book for them. (Like, if they’re already reading Percy Jackson, they’ll probably be fine. But if you’re reading it to a younger crew who doesn’t quite get the concept yet, maybe not.)
  • How safe is that milk?? I read this book right after I read Fast Food Nation, so my food-safety brain was very concerned about the germs this adventurous milk must have acquired! 😛

In Conclusion

If you have a reluctant middle grade reader, you’re an adult who loves a whimsical story, or you have curious children who love hearing stories, this might be the book for you.

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)

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1 year ago: Book Review: Undeniably Chosen by Shelly Crane

Fall Drinks to Enjoy with a Good Book

What better way to enjoy fall/autumn than to curl up with a yummy drink and a good book? Or, since it’s still in the 90s where I live, a fall-themed iced drink and a good book? Here are ten of my favorite drinks that remind me of fall.

  1. Pumpkin Spice Latte
    A pretty obvious classic. I’ve been getting this is frappuchino form – the taste of fall but the coolness needed for relief from the outdoors.
  2. Caramel Apple Spice
    I think this only exists at Starbucks. It’s like a hot apple cider with caramel added. If you don’t like caffeine (or don’t want to give your kids caffeine) this is a popular choice.
  3. Apple Cider
    The best apple cider I’ve ever had can be bought at a random roadside stand along Oak Creek in Arizona. But if you can’t get to that, many grocery stores will start selling more commercial brands that area also quite yummy. I prefer them cold, but I’m sure either one is delicious.
  4. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
    I used to really like this one, but I’ve moved away from it over the years. It’s like a hot chocolate, but with an edge. It’s very rich though, so be warned!
  5. White Mocha
    This is really a year-round favorite (I like super sugar drinks, especially if they have caffeine), but if I had to assign it a season, I’d assign it fall.
  6. Chai Tea Latte
    The cinnamon/ginger/clove/cardamom flavor reminds me very much of fall. I prefer this drink hot and with milk, but I know friends who like iced chai or chai with a shot of espresso.
  7. Mexican Hot Chocolate
    To my knowledge, this is just hot chocolate with cinnamon. Anything with cinnamon very much reminds me of fall. This particular one also reminds me of Dia de los Muertos, which occurs in the fall.
  8. Caramel Mocha
    This is probably my favorite drink at McDonalds. It’s super rich and crazy sweet, so make sure you’re prepared for that! It still has a coffee taste, but with enough caramel and chocolate that it goes down smooth. This reminds me of different fall road trips I’ve taken.
  9. Salted Caramel White Mocha
    If salted caramel is in season, try this drink! It’s amazing! It’s another super sweet drink though, so if that’s not your thing, you probably won’t like this one. I like it because there are so many flavors involved in it that your tongue does a little happy dance trying to process it all.
  10. Root Beer
    This has enough of a spice-based flavor that it also reminds me of fall.

What’s your favorite fall/autumn themed drink? (Or, if your part of the world is experiencing spring, what drink are you enjoying right now?) I love reading a good book with a great drink on hand.

fall drinks

❤ Annette

Month in Review – August 2018

Another paltry reading month, but I’m ready to go into September full force! Here’s a summary of my bookish activity for this month. I will be linking up to https://thebookdate.wordpress.com/.

August MIR

Total Books Read: 2

Books Read

(The links below are affiliate links to Amazon.)

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol 2 by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim

Book Formats

Hardcover – 2

Book Genres

Young Adult – 1
Graphic Novel – 1

New to Me Authors

none

Top Book for August

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol 2 by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim

 

I hope you had a great reading month! Let me know the favorite thing you read that month.

 

❤ Annette

 

1 Year Ago: Month in Review – August 2017

New on the Stack August 2018

What happened to August? Didn’t it just start? Yikes!

Sorry about the sudden two week hiatus from blog posts. I got sick and just didn’t have the energy to blog. Hopefully I’ll get back on track for y’all soon! Anyways, here are the books I picked up last month. Next to each book I give a short explanation why I chose to pick up that particular book. (Clicking on the picture of each book will take you to the book’s Amazon page, through an affiliate link.)

Purchased Physical Book

Scooby-Doo y el Barco Hundido by James Gelsey (Scooby-Doo and the Sunken Ship)

Next in the series!

White Christmas by Jody Rosen

I know a little of the story behind the song and the composer (Irving Berlin), but would like to know more.

Won Book

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout

I “won” this by completing my library’s summer reading program! And to be honest, a free book is an excellent prize!

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

I won this one on Goodreads! I won a book a long long time ago before I understood how the giveaways worked (and ended up with a weird book, tbh), but this is the first one I’ve won that I’ve actively tried to get! It looks soooo pretty.

 

What books did you add to your stack in August?

❤ Annette

August NOS

1 Year Ago: New on the Stack in August 2017