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Fall Fever

Reflections on the approaching autumnal season and favorite falls “rituals”

The fall season has made its debut across the nation, and it is most notably characterized by the maple colored leaves, the smell of crisp apple cider in the air, and pumpkin — everything. 

 Pumpkin spice, pumpkin candles, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and even pumpkin soup are just of the few items that people can encounter on grocery store shelves all throughout the fall months of September, October, and November. 

 Many people are no strangers to the comforting and cozy aura of the autumnal season, but regardless, the fall months have obtained an increasing amount of popularity and attention from those who love sweater weather, staying indoors with a warm drink, and making soup while binge-watching their favorite somber, melodramatic shows and movies. 

 “Fall is just around the corner which means that all things cozy and soul-nourishing are within reach. While there are many, many ways to lean into the autumn mindset—with cozy sweaters, snuggly slippers, warm beverages, great books, and moments in nature—some autumn activities date back hundreds of years,” contributor for the Country Living website, Rebecca Norris, explained. 

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 Picking apples at an orchard or a trip to the local pumpkin patch are just a few of the obvious fall themed activities that everyone knows and loves. Needless to say, these autumnal ventures are always welcome to join the fall schedule, but there are plenty of other seasonal pastimes to enjoy as well.  

 For those who find reading to be their ideal form of relaxation and entertainment, and even for those who feel that they would like to give reading a try, there are myriads of novels and poetry available to satisfy the subconscious cravings of your autumn deprived mind. 

 Whether someone favors mystery, thrillers, classics, romance, or even fantasy books, there are plenty of novels that combine the autumn ambiance with the likes of each and every genre. 

 Romance lovers would most likely devour “Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words” by Annika Sharma or “Awkward in October” by Teresa Yea, while mystery and thriller enthusiasts might enjoy “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides. 

 For anyone who is a fan of the old-fashioned classics, the fall months are the perfect time to pick up “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, “Northanger Abbey” by Jane Austen, or “The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. 

 Dark academia is a newly classified sub-genre that is on the rise, and the books that are categorized into this genre are typically portrayed during the muted, hazy, autumnal months of the year. 

 “Dark academia is an internet aesthetic and subculture concerned with higher education, the arts, and literature, or an idealized version thereof. The aesthetic centers on traditional educational clothing, interior design, activities such as writing and poetry, ancient art, classic literature, as well as classical Greek and Collegiate Gothic architecture,” the Wikipedia website flawlessly described. 

 Those who may have an interest in the dark academia style of the sub-genre may be interested in Donna Tartt’s “The Secret History,” or “If We Were Villains” by M. L. Rio. 

 If literature is not your preferred cup of tea, there are several TV shows that can satisfy the need for an autumn-inspired entertainment venture. 

 “Whether you are into comedy, romance, drama, horror, or anything in between, there are definitely plenty of options to keep you in a festive, fall mood throughout the entirety of the season. Now, grab a cup of hard cider, the fluffiest blanket you can find, and start streaming,” staff writer for the Elite Daily website, Noelle Devoe, encouraged. 

 “Gilmore Girls” is notably one of the most popular TV shows that exudes autumn vibes, as well as “Virgin River,” “Dawson’s Creek,” and “Downton Abbey.” 

 While binge watching a new show throughout the fall season, it might be suitable to space out your streaming sessions with an occasional autumnal-based movie. 

 Films like “Knives Out,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Good Will Hunting,” and all of the Harry Potter movies fit the bill for a great fall movie to watch with friends, or while cuddled up on your lonesome. Moreover, while they are known to be tearjerkers, films like “Dead Poets Society” and “Little Women” are also great candidates. 

After the issue of fall entertainment is settled, it is crucial to get a pot of potato soup on the stove or a homemade lasagna in the oven so that your stomach is satisfied while overindulging on all of the enterprises that the autumn season has in store. 

 With the addition of a soft blanket and warm drink in hand – whether it be apple cider, a chai latte, a pumpkin concoction, or a classic cup of coffee – it is nearly guaranteed that you will be equipped for a perfect, unrivaled fall season. 

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