Happy autumn, my friends! Once again, the leaves are turning orange and brown, the memes all start with “Brace yourself…it’s pumpkin spice season!” and librarians everywhere rejoice as cardigan weather is finally upon us!
What accessory pairs well with a stylish cardigan? A good book, of course! Here are a few combinations that are perfect for sweater weather:
1. The Trusty Boyfriend Cardigan paired with The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
A boyfriend cardigan perfectly accompanies this contemporary romance that is warm and sweet with a generous dash of (pumpkin?) “spice.” The date won’t be a one-off either, as you’re bound to get excited for the next installment due out in 2019.
2. The Waist- or Cropped-Length Cardigan paired with Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
The waist cardigan doesn’t hide much, and the cropped cardigan, well, you might as well call them arm warmers! A short book goes well with these types of cardigans, so why not pick up this short, captivating story set in Japan? It comes in at less than 200 pages.
3. The Oversized Cardigan paired with Color Me Murder by Krista Davis
That comfortable oversized cardigan will act like a blanket as you snuggle up with a hot brew and dive into this delightful cozy mystery.
4. The Long Cardigan paired with Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
If you’re like me, the long cardigan acts as a foot warmer. But don’t be put off by its length, as it suggests a perfect partnership with a long book. This weighty, genre-crossing page-turner is 850 pages long!
5. The Cardigan Vest paired with Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
A cardigan vest is the perfect accompaniment to the monster-hunting, young adult hero in this book. Your sleeves won’t be caught in the handle of your weapon—no unraveled wool to get in the way of slaying to save the day!
6. The Wrap Cardigan paired with A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
I don’t like to feel alone when I read something spooky (so, hold my hand!). The wrap cardigan acts as the perfect hugging partner when you’re diving into dark, horrifying reads like this one!
7. The Belted Cardigan paired with Heartsick by Chelsea Cain (Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell #1)
The belted cardigan has many different uses. It mimics a coat, can assist in holding up those baggy pants, and could double as a worker’s belt! The best use for a belted cardigan, however, is to act as makeshift handcuffs for a crime crusader, which works well with this gritty thriller. Time to catch a bad guy!
8. The Zipped Cardigan paired with The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
A zipped cardigan is a perfect homage to the best and most influential neighbor, and fellow cardigan-wearer, Mr. Rogers!
9. The Hoodie Cardigan paired with Vox by Christina Dalcher
In this dystopian novel, American women have been silenced. A hoodie cardigan is the perfect cover to blend in and hide your identity as you fight to reclaim your voice!
10. The Button-Up Cardigan paired with To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The classic cardigan will look dashing with a classic novel accompaniment. Published in the ’60s, To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most beloved/hated/banned/challenged stories and has truly stood the test of time, just like the classic button-up! Looking for another reason to dive into this timeless read? It’s the first pick for the Jacqui Lucky Book Group, which MCPL and KC 102.1 have partnered to offer.
Want some help “accessorizing” your reading list? Your local book-loving librarian is happy to assist you every step of the way!
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