21 October

Author Round-Up: Fall Favorites

As the leaves continue to fall and we enjoy the autumn festivities, we’ve asked some of our Blink authors to share their favorite books to “cozy up with” and favorite seasonal traditions. Read below for their answers!

What is your favorite book to “cozy up with” in the fall? 

Annie Sullivan: I’m not the type to reread books over and over again, so I just love to read anything packed with a fun fantasy adventure. 

Courtney Moulton: Every fall I devour my paranormal favorites from Kelley Armstrong, Kim Richardson, and Patricia Briggs. I have a special place in my heart for Kelley’s books starring Savannah!

Kimberly Gabriel: For whatever reason, fall is my favorite season as a reader, and I historically devour books during this time of year. I have very vivid memories of reading the entire Twilight series over the span of two weekends in the fall. Since then, whatever I pick up, I want it to be something packed with page-turning tension. Right now, I’m reading Before I Disappear by Danielle Stinson and Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. 

Laurie Boyle Crompton: The books I seem to end up revisiting the most are Stephen King’s classics. So in honor of the recent film, this year’s “cozy up with” pick will have to be IT of course!

Mayra Cuevas: Anything Jane Austen. Currently, re-reading Sense and Sensibility.  

Do you have a favorite genre to read this time of year?

Annie Sullivan: I know a lot of people love reading spooky books this time of year, but I can’t handle those. So I’ll stick with my fantasy! 

Courtney Moulton:  Halloween is my favorite holiday and I try to enjoy the spooky, cozy season to the fullest every year. I love to find a comfy spot, light a candle, and immerse myself a dark paranormal or urban fantasy world.

Kimberly Gabriel: Yes! I need something tense and a little scary- something that has me flipping quickly through the pages and gasping for breath. It’s no surprise that YA fantasy and YA thrillers are my favorites. 

Laurie Boyle Crompton: The fall season is definitely the time for reading horror novels! 

Mayra Cuevas: If it makes my heart soar, I’ll devour it! That also includes cookbooks. 

Any favorite fall traditions?

Annie Sullivan: I love going apple picking at a local orchard with my nieces and nephews. I also love drinking some nice apple cider. And if we manage to pick up some pumpkins along the way, all the better! 

Courtney Moulton: I love to bake and every fall I make my crumbly apple crisp and warm, gooey buttermilk pies! Buttermilk pies are a southern tradition, especially in Texas, and very few people here in the Midwest have ever even heard of them. I love to bake my family’s buttermilk pie recipe and share them with people up there who’ve never tasted it before. Midwesterners go crazy for them!

If you’ve never had buttermilk pie before, this is the best way I can describe it: the filling’s texture is a little denser than custard and tastes like a half-baked sugar cookie. Best served and enjoyed warm!

Kimberly Gabriel: Fall is my favorite time of year. I have three young kids and we love to go apple picking, visit pumpkin farms, walk through the Chicago Botanic Gardens, go on hayrides, cook smores at bonfires, and stop by any local costume-themed activity in our city (because Halloween is the best).

Laurie Boyle Crompton: My family loves to get away from the bustle and visit upstate New York every chance we get! Walking in the woods in New Paltz is my favorite family activity anytime, but especially when the trail is carpeted with beautifully colored leaves! 

Mayra Cuevas: BAKE APPLE PIES!!!! I’ve been perfecting my recipe over the years. I’m pretty sure it’s near perfection. 

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