Creating the Perfect Fall Reading Nook

Fall Reading Nook

Simple ways to make a cozy place for your reading adventures.

Does anyone else here LOVE fall? It is my favorite season for more than one reason...But the NUMBER ONE fall activity that I am obsessed with? Reading in my cozy little corner of the house. Surprised? I didn’t think so. When we moved into this house, my husband made me a library/reading nook. Which I LOVE! I know how important it is for us book lovers to have our own reading space, and that not everyone has the ability/space to build one. So, today I wanted to give you a few simple ideas for creating your own space this fall where you can cozy up with a good book and lose yourself in another world.


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WoodWick Candle - Pumpkin Spice

WoodWick Candle - Pumpkin Spice

  1. The first item you will need is a chair. Unless you prefer the floor. A couch, wingback, recliner, make sure it is somewhere YOU are comfortable.

  2. Cozy blanket. I read all year long, of course, but when it is finally cool enough out to be able to pull out my fuzzy blankets, my heart sings with joy.

  3. Fall Decor. I admit I go a little overboard on the decor in my house. But don’t worry, you don’t need to break the bank to add a little touch of Fall. A few faux pumpkins and leaves thrown on your end table with a vase of dried roses adds the perfect touch. (Any craft supply store will carry these. Mine are specifically from Hobby Lobby.)

  4. Candle. This is a MUST! WoodWick is my favorite brand because the wick crackles, which makes it sound like a fireplace. This scent is Pumpkin Butter and it is just what the house needs to SMELL like Fall.

  5. Tea.Coffee.Hot Cocoa. Now that the weather has turned (it was 30°F/-1°C this morning at my house) I like to sip warm beverages throughout the day.

  6. Slippers. We have hardwood floors throughout our house. Needless to say, if I have to crawl out of my little reading corner, my feet get cold immediately! So I always keep slippers handy.

  7. Books. Yes. More than one. Personally, I like the more mysterious books for this time of year, here are a few personal recommendations:

Books

Joanna Davidson Politano’s A Rumored Fortune

Jaime Jo Wright’s The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

Sandra Byrd’s Lady of a Thousand Treasures

Abigail Wilson’s In the Shadow of Croft Towers

Now you can create your own special place this fall for your reading adventures. Send us your photos of your completed Fall reading nook!

Tea


Rachel enjoys reading, reviewing books, and sharing her passion for literature at www.bookwormmama.org. She's a virtual assistant and shares the small-town life with her husband and children.


Off the Page & On The Walls: Fearless Edition

Sometimes, we need a little help to be fearless. And sometimes, that help comes through the pages of a book. If you’re like me, you jot down favorite book quotes to remember later. But what better way to remember these ‘fearless’ quotes than to incorporate them into your home decor!

Check out these ready-for-your-home quotes on being brave, having courage, and conquering fear straight from the pages of your fave reads!

Courage, dear heart
— The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Lewis)

One of my personal favorite ‘fearless’ quotes - and one that most touches my heart - is the above snippet from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. This seems to be a favorite among other booklovers too, as evidenced by the sheer volume of options on Etsy.

photo credit: Letters and Luster

photo credit: Letters and Luster

Wood slice, $25.00 - This hand painted wood slice from Letters and Luster is so cheerful and cozy looking, isn’t it? A great reminder to brighten your day and strengthen your heart. It’s about 8 inches in length, and it can come with a sawtooth hanger on the back if you specify that you want one (for an extra $2.00) Cost without sawtooth hanger is $25.00 plus shipping.

Not your style? Check out the many other variations on Etsy here!


There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.
— The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Baum)
photo credit: Peter Pan Prints

photo credit: Peter Pan Prints

Wizard of Oz quotes (set of 4 prints), $27.50 - These bright and cheery prints from Peter Pan Prints are just adorable. I want them all. They also come in a few different colors, including a really pretty grey with light pink accents. The prices range from $27.50-$240.00, depending on what size you want the prints to be, and they come unframed.


Courage is found in unlikely places.
— The Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
photo credit: Sweet Sequels

photo credit: Sweet Sequels

Tapestry, $80.00 - This beautiful tapestry from Sweet Sequels is printed on a heavyweight sateen fabric (100% cotton) from the artist’s original paintings. She does beautiful work on a variety of bookish subjects, which you can see on her website. This is a great reminder that courage does appear in the most unlikely places - even when we don’t feel courageous.


Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
— To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)
photo credit Echo Literary Arts

photo credit Echo Literary Arts

Art print, $10.00+ - I love the bright color and the minimalist art work that really makes this print (and the quote) pop. From Echo Literary Arts, it’s the perfect choice to motivate us to keep going even when we’d rather turn back. You can also order it laminated or framed and in a variety of sizes. Prices range from $10 (8x10) to $55.00 (18x24, framed).


When I am afraid, I put my trust in You
— Psalm 56:3

No list of quotes on bravery, courage and fearlessness would be complete without heading straight to the Bible.

photo credit: Esther Dorotik Shop

photo credit: Esther Dorotik Shop

Fearless Scripture card set, $8.50 - These beautiful prints with 10 different Scripture verses are ideal for laminating & carrying with you, writing a note on the back & giving to a friend, or displaying in your own home as a mini art print. Come printed on heavy cardstock from Esther Dorotik Shop, in 4x4 size. Shop has a wide variety of other decor/apparel/accessory ideas, as well as other Scripture card collections.

Don't Be Afraid to Let Your Inner Reader Show: Ways to Express Your Bookish Side

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Do you have an affinity for books? Here are a few items that can help you express that love.

Villanous, Hermoine, and Ravenclaw Common Room (Exclusively for Bookish Box) candles from Novelly Yours.

Villanous, Hermoine, and Ravenclaw Common Room (Exclusively for Bookish Box) candles from Novelly Yours.

Novelly Yours

https://novellyyourscandles.com/

Soy candles to satisfy every reader’s heart.

With generic bookish candles like “Book Club” with scents of wine, cozy fire, and books… to specific collections like the Ravenclaw inspired candle, “Intelligent” which is a lovely combination of tea blend, books, and parchment.

 
Coffee, Books, and Rain pillow with vintage books stacked as home decor.

Coffee, Books, and Rain pillow with vintage books stacked as home decor.

Books

What better way to decorate your house than to use the books you already own? With never-ending book sales, garage sales, and thrift stores, it is easy to acquire books both to look pretty and to read. Personally, I love having stacks of vintage books throughout the house. And if you are looking for “Bookish Books” here are a couple recommendations:

  • Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson (Tyndale, Sept 2018)

 
Here are a few items that have been in past Fandom of the Month Club boxes.

Here are a few items that have been in past Fandom of the Month Club boxes.

Fandom of the Month Club

https://www.fandomofthemonth.com/

An easy way to show off your bookish pride is to subscribe to Fandom of the Month. Curious? Here is what they have to say about their boxes: Fandom Jewelry Surprises! Every month comes with 3-4 handpicked fandom inspired jewelry items, with a surprise theme! Examples include: Earrings, necklaces, rings (size 7 or adjustable), bracelets, keychains, and pins. Each month our jewelry comes in a hand screen printed muslin drawstring bag. An adorable custom box, a custom postcard and a custom magnet.

 
A few items that have been in The Bookish Box.

A few items that have been in The Bookish Box.

Bookish Box

https://thebookishbox.cratejoy.com/

The Bookish Box is a monthly subscription box with literary themes. They have loads of customizable options. Each month they have a different theme.

My favorites have been the Doctor Who and Harry Potter boxes.

 

Drinkware

One of the best ways to advertise your love for books is your coffee/tea mug! They are great conversation starters. And who knows, maybe you will make a new friend because of your mutual love for books. Check out these mugs on Etsy:

  • Pride and Prejudice - “You have bewitched me body & soul” (ETSY)

  • The Hobbit - “Far over the Misty Mountains cold” (ETSY)

  • Lord of the Rings - “Not all who wander are lost” (ETSY)

  • Narnia - “Aslan is on the move” (ETSY)

 
A couple of Bookish Items I LOVE.  Wisdom by  Willow Tree. Erasmus quote from Books & Beverages. Quote from Joanna Davidson Politano.

A couple of Bookish Items I LOVE. Wisdom by Willow Tree. Erasmus quote from Books & Beverages. Quote from Joanna Davidson Politano.

For more book lover ideas, check out my Amazon Idea List here: http://a.co/ioNIpww


Rachel enjoys reading, reviewing books, and sharing her passion for literature at www.bookwormmama.org. She's a virtual assistant and shares the small-town life with her husband and children. Rachel is also an associate editor of Hope By The Book