So hey guys! How’s it going? A couple of days ago, I uploaded my second YouTube video and it was sort of a how-to. How to decorate an autumn-themed bookshelf and reading nook? This is the most comfortable place for any book lover, and for that matter, anyone, to be honest. You can watch movies and listen to music and just chill with the homies. Autumn is the best time of the year when the world is just so photogenic and the temperature is great.

I had a ton of fun doing this. So without further ado, let me share the thoughts I kept in mind while creating this setup. I hope you guys try it out too.

Autumn colours

Since I was recreating a Fall look, the colours I focused on were yellows, browns, reds and dark browns and a bit of black as well.

I tried to organize them in an order of increasing saturation. So I went from yellow, orange, red to a bit of brown, dark brown and a few purple ones too.

Autumn decoration

For decoration, I focused on three things:

  1. A background – I used my DIY page-wallpaper for this. This adds depth and texture to the whole scene.
  2. A bit of green – Yes, this is very much contrary to the theme, but rules are meant to be broken yeah?
  3. Plaques – I put up my NorthEast creator Award plaque for display as well as this beautiful peacock one, which was my grandmother’s.

The autumn-y nook

In this area, I simply put down an old mattress, covered it with a white bedsheet and then strewed some brown cushions over it. You can also throw a shawl or a warm and soft blanket over it.

Candles and fairylights!

The most easy way to make something atmospheric? Candles all the way! I lighted up a few and put them all over the area. Fairylights are the other option. You can have both or you can have either. They also render a very photogenic effect to the place.

I would suggest putting a small table or stool nearby, for your ease and convenience, and where you can perhaps put your music player, or laptop or food.

Click here to check out my YouTube video : Autumn-themed Bookshelf and Reading Nook!

Check out my review for Dear Juliet , Nordic Tales , Celtic Tales – the best books to read this time of the year.

And so, here’s how you make the best autumn-themed bookshelf and reading nook! I hope you enjoyed this post and I have a few more ideas coming up for this DIY segment of my blog! I’m excited and I hope you are too!

A Quest for Spring, Monica Mujumdar Dixit, 2017

Title: A Quest for Spring
Author: Monica Mujumdar Dixit
Year: 2017
Publishers: Notion Press
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Format: Paperback
Raehan and Amolika come from two very different worlds. And for the time that their worlds overlap and stick to one path, life seems beautiful. Between projects at college and hanging out with friends, the two of them come to a startling revelation that involves a bond of love between them.
Unbeknownst to the both of them, there lies a leviathan of espionage that eventually consumes the bond they share, driving them apart by force.
Sixteen years pass, when fate decides to rekindle their bond – only this time, the challenges are exacerbated by the unresolved baggage of the past. Do the two of them find each other? Does the dull, grey, long-standing spell of winter rise to give way to spring?
What I liked:
A Quest for Spring was a really interesting book, especially when I did not have high expectations from it. But it quite positively blew me away. The plot was quite long and while it may polarize many reviews, it worked in the author’s favour for me and thus, really pleased me. The themes of hope, religious and political strife, love, friendship, responsibility abounds these pages and interweaves a really intricate and detailed plot. ‘
The character of Amolika Nath has become an almost favourite for certain reasons- very much like my love for the similarly serious and career-oriented Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter world. Amolika’s drive and determination, as well her devotion to Kaka is worth mentioning and worth applauding. She is a person not afraid to give up her all for the people that he loved and also, is not afraid of risking her life for these ones. However, here I would also like to mention that at some points I really did find Amolika very self-centered and selfish, basically.
Raehan, on the other hand, as I found out later, us also a shy albeit focused person who really wants to repay what he considered dept. I front of the front rooms. Both of these characters were very likeable and real and thus, relatable. The author has also done a good job with Vikram. While there is a positive change in the protagonists, in case of Vikram, we see the opposite and this contrast is very interesting to observe.
The themes of friendship is the best explored in the book, I feel, apart from the obvious political unrest in the Valley. I would love to be a part of Millie, Sameer, Radhika, Amolika and Rehan’s group. The subtle romance added in the book is also worth reading about and enjoying. The allusions made to the famous persons and events in the book is also worth watching out for.  These were really nice and easy to read about. The language used in pretty intermediate and I think everyone will enjoy it.
I have really loved this experience, and A Quest for Spring has been one of the most interesting contemporary fictions I have read this year. I rate it a 4/5 stars!