My Autumn Favourites

Winter boots and woolly jumpers are officially out in force which means Summer is over. Autumn is by far my favourite season. I love the dark nights and the crisp chill in the air as we get closer to winter.

As Autumn is here I’ve decided to do a quick fun post about my Autumn favourites.

Autumn Drinks

My tastes change so fast when summer ends. My love for iced coffee and BBQs disappears and my craving for hot drinks and winter food comes into play.

Starbucks is the coffee shop that I happily avoid for the majority of the year. There are so many other coffee shops that do nicer (and cheaper) coffees. However, if you’re going to catch me in a Starbucks it’ll be at this time of year. Pumpkin Spice Latte season is finally here. I can’t lie I do prefer an Eggnog latte at Christmas time but I know that it’s only around the corner when Starbucks bring back the Pumpkin Spice.

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 Additionally, I do tend to drink a lot more tea at this time of year. I can live without the stuff in the summer very easily but on a cold rainy day when you’re stuck in the house and there is better than a good cuppa.

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Is it too early for the mulled wine to come out? I know it’s a Christmas drink but I do love a cup of mulled wine during a cosy night in at this time of year. If you add in a shot of Amaretto you have the perfect autumn drink.

 

Autumn Food Favourites

With my favourite drinks there are also my favourite foods.

Homemade butternut squash, sweet potato and red chilli soup is one of my go to meals during Autumn. There is nothing better than a bowl of this on a freezing cold rainy day with some fresh warm bread and butter.

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I also have a thing for jacket potatoes at this time of year. There is nothing better than a slow oven cooked jacket with butter on a cold evening. Top it off with a with cheese and beans or chilli con carne and it’s even more perfect on a cold Autumn night. I will never say no to a jacket.

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Moving away from the food and drink topic (a little weird I know) I have my Autumn essentials for around the house.

 

House-Hold Autumn Essentials

The spiced apple and cinnamon fragranced candles make an appearance in Autumn. They appear in most of the rooms around my house. It’s my favourite autumnal scent. It just makes the house more cosy and warm.

I love scattering throws around the house in Autumn too. They will be found in the living room, bedroom and my office for when it gets a little cold. Last year the boyfriend and I bought our first home. It is my dream house. A Victorian terrace with 4 bedrooms. When the summer ends it gets super cold really fast and due to the size of the rooms it takes forever to warm the house up. Having throws around the house is really helpful. Instead of spending a fortune on the heating and wasting time waiting for the rooms to warm up when I feel a little chilly I just reach for a throw. I could not get through Autumn without one.

Berwick Throw

 

Wardrobe Must Haves

Jumpers are yet another Autumn essential for me. My family refer to me as the jumper queen. My jumper pile is growing bigger and bigger every year. I honestly believe that you can never have enough jumpers. They come in every colour imaginable and whether you’re sat at home vegged out on the sofa reading, out and about on a walk or at the local having a pint or two they are the perfect outfit choice.

As well as jumpers I love a scarf too in the Autumn. Just like my jumpers I have a large stash in a variety of colours. Pairing an extra big scarf with either a coat or jacket is one of my favourite touches to an outfit in Autumn. To top the outfit off a pair of boots is a must have.

My have a new found love for boots. Ankle boots, knee high boots, boots with a heel or without I don’t care what style I just don’t think I could get through Autumn without them.

 

Cosy Nights In

The dark nights are rolling in which means the fire pit has been put away for the next few months. As we don’t sit out in the garden during the evenings anymore it’s all about the cosy nights in on the sofa in front of the TV or with a good book.

If I am not reading you’ll find me tucked up on the sofa binge watching a TV series’. This Autumn my must watch TV shows are:

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Young Sheldon
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Young Sheldon has recently started up again and this is show I love to settle down and watch during a cosy night in. I don’t have much to say about it other than it is super funny and totally worth watching. The episodes are short so it’s great for a late night watch.

A Discovery of Witches (2018)

A Discovery of Witches
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I’m currently reading the All Souls trilogy and after completing the first novel I started watching A discovery of Witches on TV. It’s my Friday night entertainment and I honestly don’t know what I am going to do when it finishes.  The show is just as addictive as the book and I highly recommend it.

 

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Cable Girls 
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I’ve recently started watching Cable Girls on Netflix. It’s stupidly cheesy but so entertaining and I just can’t seem to stop watching. The only thing about the show is that because it’s Spanish you have to choose between the English subtitles or the English  voice over. I can’t lie it does get irritating every so often watching their mouths moving out of sync but it’s full of drama. If you love cheesy TV then I recommend this show.

 

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I am never one to watch reality TV shows but Strictly Come Dancing is back in my life and I love it. I don’t know what it is about the show but I’m so happy it is in my life. With all of the drama that his come to light during this series too it’s like TV gold.

 

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Outlander

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At this time of year Outlander is due to start up again. I am obsessed with this show just as much as the books. I’ve been impatiently waiting for season 4 to start and there are only a few more weeks to go until it starts up again. It cannot come quick enough.

Kiernan Shipka in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018)

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
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Yet another series I’m looking forward to watching this Autumn is the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. This starts up on Netflix at the end of the month and I’m really excited for it. I used to watch the original show back in the 90s and 00s and I love how there is a completely new spin on the show coming out. Fingers crossed it is as good as it looks.

 

What are your Autumn essentials?

Lucy xx

 

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October TBR

 

This is yet another late post and I don’t know whether to blame having so little free time or the fact that I have a new bullet journal that I’m obsessing over. When I do eventually have some time to myself I’m doing that.

I have another eventful month coming up with a trip home for a week and my engagement party / huge family get together. Due to this I fear that a weeks worth of reading time is probably going to be taken from me. This does depend on the plans my family make around my visit. I am selfishly hoping that there will be a couple of days where I can veg on my mum’s sofa with the dog and do nothing but read. I’m not going to lie, my mum’s dog is like a tornado and being alone in the house to read with the terror will inevitably result in no reading time. It’s most likely going to leave me with a half eaten book.

Due to the visit home I have purposely made my TBR small this month. This just means that if I do get some extra reading time in throughout October I can pick a few books out of my TBR jar.

So the three books I will read this month are:

Shadow of Night – Deborah Harkness.

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I started this book at the end of September and I mean the end. I think I managed to pick it up on the last day of the month. I intend to get this finished at some point this week.

The Book of Life – Deborah Harkness

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The third book in the All Souls series is the second book I intend to complete this month.

 

His True Queen – Jodi Ellen Malpas

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I read the first instalment of this duology last month and I do intend to complete the series as soon as possible.

As I said it’s a short list this month.

It just feels so empty.

There is a fourth book by Debora Harkness called Times Covert which I have avoided looking into in case there are spoilers of the series around. As far as I am aware it is a follow on from the All Souls series. Depending on how the series turns out and if I am still in the mood for the story this may also be added into my October TBR.

Additionally, as I stated above my ever-growing TBR jar really does need some attention. Once I have completed the books above I will be selecting my next reads at random. Hopefully, if I start using the TBR jar to chose my next reads I will have more space on my TBR shelves by Christmas.

What is on your TBR this month?

Lucy xx

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September Wrap-Up

September Wrap-Up

So this post is super late and it’s going to be brief for so many reasons but without boring you here is my September wrap-up.

With trips home at the beginning of the month and awful things thrown in in between I’ve been a little preoccupied. Sadly, not much reading took place over September.

I have managed a total of four and a half books this month which is awful.

 

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The Controversial Princess – Jodi Ellen Malpas

On a busy Friday rush hour train choosing something to read that requires my sole attention is probably the worst decision I could make. I get distracted too easily when I’m on trains. I will start up a conversation with the person at the side of me and my concentration disappears. A clear example of this is when I was heading down to Sheffield at the beginning of the month. A lecturer from The University of Sheffield sat down at the side of me and we chatted most of the way home about EVERYTHING. Our studies, our favourite classics, why we moved away from home and never moved back. The list goes on. With easy reads I can dip in and out of them without losing my place and forgetting things. Jodie Ellen Malpas’ writing is so easy to ready and follow so it is great for these moments.

 

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Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas

At the beginning of the month I decided to re-read Maas’ Throne of Glass so I could continue with the series. This backfired. As soon as I had completed the book and I was ready to move onto Crown of Midnight I found a copy of A Discovery of Witches. I’d heard that the show was coming out and all of the reviews online had hinted that it needed to be read so obviously I had to buy it.  The Throne of Glass series has been forgotten for the time being. I’ll get to it eventually I just hope this is sooner rather than later.

 

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A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness

I am so glad a picked this book up when I did. I LOVE IT! It’s my favourite read this year so far. My review was uploaded a little while ago if you want to check it out. After reading the first instalment I needed Shadow of Night in my life. As usual when there is a huge hype about a book Amazon run out of their copies and there was a pre-order system going on. After stewing over the wait time for a while I decided to order elsewhere. (I am happy to announce my new books have arrived and I own the complete series)

 

I have only just noticed how specific my selection of books was during September. It seems I was in a Deborah Harkness and Sarah J Maas mood.

 

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A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J Mass

This is by far my worst read of September. I hated it. This is a new experience for me with Maas’ writing. I don’t think she has ever disappointed me before. I just can’t get over how poor this book was. Yes, I know it was a novella and it was released to fill the gap between Feyre’s story and the upcoming new release but the writing was dreadful and the way the characters were portrayed just didn’t work for me.

 

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Shadow of Night – Deborah Harkness

I am still reading this book and was debating whether to add it to my wrap-up but I don’t think I could have finished the month with a total of 4 books. It would just make a shitty month even worse. This book has been stated and will be finished shortly.

 

Lucy
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