Reading During the Fall Time

I live in Southern Ontario in Canada, which means I’m quite accustomed to having all four seasons: spring, summer, winter, and fall.

We’ve had a pretty sporadic fall season in terms of weather so far. We’ve had days where it’s felt like the middle of summer again and we’ve had days, which I prefer, where it’s quite cold.

Which is what prompted this blog post, reading during the fall time.

A forest in the fall time.

Why I Like to Read in the Fall Time

Let’s get one thing clear, I love to read all year round (duh). However, there’s something so special to me about reading during the fall. I can read outside and not completely freeze and it’s not too hot where I’m only able to read for about five minutes until I start burning.

Reading at this time of year leaves me feeling more relaxed and calmer than normal, I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because the cool air often leaves me with a sense of nostalgia for my childhood, or maybe, on a lighter note, I just like the colours outside and the cool air. Probably a little of both.

There’s something so refreshing about cold crisp air and the sense of a new beginning.

Where I Like to Read in the Fall Time

As mentioned above, the autumn season is perfect, usually, time terms of weather for reading, leading me to my next point. Where I like to read in the fall time.

I’ll be honest, sometimes if I’m feeling a little bit tired or lazy, or I’ve just had a long day, I’ll just read in my bedroom before going to bed, however, it is nice to change things up a bit for some different scenery.

My parents have a swing in the backyard that is perfect for pretty much anything but swinging. You can lay down on it, you can sit on it, you can eat on it (my dad may disapprove), you can relax on it, but it’s one of those nice backyard swings so you can’t swing on it sadly. I always hated this as a kid. But it is quite nice for reading as I can get a bit of a breeze, wrap myself in a blanket, and stay outside for hours at a time. The only downfall is that there is no place to set a tea or a coffee.

A person reading with a warm drink in their hand.

I also, and this is going to sound so cliché, love to read in coffee shops or bookstores. I am fortunate enough, or unfortunate depending on how you look at it, to live close to an Indigo and Starbucks so for the most part if I want to get out of the house I’ll just take a short walk and read there. However, if I’m feeling more adventurous, there are plenty of local coffee shops and bookstores near where I live. Local coffee shops are the best because you’re supporting a local and independent business, and there is also a sense of community. Whether the other people are there working, going through something and needed to get out, or having a meeting, in some way you’re all there together sharing the experience.

Bookstores are also great because I’m doing something that I love around the things I love. Reading in bookstores is also a great way to ask employees or other people there for book recommendations to add to your list or collection.

Places Where I Want to Read This Fall

I only listed three places where I currently read during the fall time, however, there are so many more that I want to try out.

The other places that I want to try reading this fall, or before it gets too cold to go anywhere, are as follows:

  • On a hiking trail (just imagine all the colours you’d be surrounded by)
  • Different coffee shops then the typical ones I frequent
  • With other people
  • On a picnic (the picnic can be by myself or with someone else but I just love the idea of laying on a blanket when it’s a little cooler, eating or drinking something warm, and spending time reading, and possibly falling asleep)
  • By a body of water
A river/lake surrounded by trees in the autumn.

I’ll keep this blog updated on my progress, until then.


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