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Cold Weather, Warm Sweater, Tea, and a Book

The following is a blog post by Community Engagement Coordinator, Kristen Zory King, and PR Associate, Chris Fanning

Tips for a Successful Fall.
Like it or not, fall is here. The sky is getting cloudier, the temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing color and we’re seeing fewer bright pink toenails and more boots and clogs. So, how should you prepare yourself for fall? Your trusty friends at Writers & Books have got you covered with four tips for a successful fall!

1. Acquire a sweater that will keep you warm and toasty. 

Sweater PileSweather Confusion

The weather will soon be fluctuating between forty and sixty degrees, so it’s essential that you have a comfy sweater to keep you warm. We like oversized sweaters – but really any will work.

2. Brew some tea (or coffee! We’re not here to judge your beverages…).

Chris Changing TempLeo
The Writers & Books staff is divided between coffee addicts and tea aficionados. Often we brew our own but we also love to grab a cuppa’ at one of the local coffee shops in the Neighborhood of the Arts (like Starry Nites Café or Joe Bean). For tea, we tend to favor peppermint, pumpkin, ginger peach, or a hearty black tea. For coffee: we like a full, dark roast (with just a spot of cream). Protip: the bigger the mug, the better.

3. Find a good book.

Chris Reads Kristen Reads
Generally, as the days get shorter and the nights get colder, we like to curl up with some “heavier reads” (as staffie Kristen says: “summer is great for books that make you think, but not too hard. By fall I’m ready to read some books that blow my mind”). Go ahead and grab a stack of books from your local library, or from our bookstore! We recommend:

  • For those who like to stay up all night terrified (it is almost October, after all), try The Shining by Stephen King.
  • For those who like fantasy and politics, try Storm of Swords by George R. R.  Martin (plus, you can then join in on our discussion series!)
  •  For those who like history with a feisty female protagonist, try Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
  • For those wanted to re-read (or read for the first time!) a classic, try A Moveable Feast by Earnest Hemingway, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, or Moby Dick by Herman Melville (too intimidated by Melville? Read it with a group in this reading seminar) 
  • For those who want a modern gothic tale, try The House at Midnight by Lucie Whitehouse

4. Enjoy. You are now ready for fall.