A Perfect-for-Fall Reading List

On those chilly and rainy fall days (much like today at the Readers.com office), there’s nothing better than snuggling up next to the fire with hot cider and a stimulating book.

Looking for a good read for this fall? Check out our six recommendations:


Fall Reading List

>The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Book Thief

>A Tree Grows In Brooklyn – Betty Smith

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

>The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia – Laura Miller

The Magician's Book

>Tell The Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt

Tell The Wolves I'm Home

>And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie 

And Then There Were None

>Radio Iris – Anne-Marie Kinney

Radio Iris

If this isn’t enough, check out our past reading lists: books for teens and what’s on my mother’s kindle.  Let us know if you have any great book suggestions for fall!

DIY: How To Make A Fall Wreath

With scents of pumpkin spice and apple-cinnamon in the air, it can only mean one thing: Fall is here. During this season, leaves start turning, scarves and jackets make a return, and fall hues like hunter green, rust orange, and wine are on display for all to see.

For many, fall is a favorite season for decorating the home. You can make your space festive by adding  harvest accents and warm colors to your decor. However, if you feel like you need some ideas on how to get started, why not begin with the part of the home that welcomes you and your guests every day: the front door.

We rounded up nine wreaths that make a gorgeous fall statement:


DIY Fall Wreathes

For step-by-step directions on how to make the wreaths above, click the following links:

Wreath 1 | Wreath 2| Wreath 3| Wreath 4| Wreath 5 | Wreath 6 | Wreath 7| Wreath 8| Wreath 9

We hope you enjoy this time of year as much as we do.  For more DIYs and craft inspiration, check out our Getting Crafty Pinterest Board.

Have fun decorating! :)

The Reading Glasses Shopper Crew

A Tasty Summer Tomato

Nothing beats fresh-from-the-garden produce on a nice summer day. Something that tastes especially amazing homegrown is a fresh tomato.  If you’re like my family, you just add a dash of salt and eat it right there. But there are some amazing recipes that you can incorporate into your next meal (If the tomato escapes the quick fate of entering your stomach instantly).

Summer Food Recipe

1.  Tomato Millefeuilles

Thanks to La Tartine Gourmande for this amazing recipe. Please visit their site for a complete list of all the ingredients.


  1. Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella into think slices. Make slices of equal sizes to make it pretty-and so the pieces will not fall.  For stability, cut small pieces at the bottom.
  2. Layer each slice. Season with pepper between each of the delicious slices.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar right before serving.

2. Stuffed Tomatoes with Peaches, Corn, Cucumbers, and Basil

Thanks to Martha Stewart for this tasty recipe. Please visit her site for a complete list of all the ingredients.


  1. Slice off the tops of tomatoes (about 1/2 inch). Scoop and chop the seeds and ribs.  Stir together the chopped tomatoes, peaches, cucumbers, corn, oil, 1 tablespoon lime juice, salt, and pepper.
  2. Let it stand for 15 minutes. Adjust for acidity, adding up to 1 tablespoon more lime juice. At the right tastes, stir in basil.
  3. Season the tomato shells with salt and pepper on the inside. Fill the shell with the mixture.  Serve immediately.

3.  Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

Check out this delicious recipe from Eating Well. Please visit their site for a complete list of all the ingredients.


  1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
  2. Place tomatoes cut-side up on a baking sheet. Sprinkle the top with Parmesan, oregano, salt, and pepper. Drizzle with oil and bake until the tomatoes are tender — approximately 15 minutes.

4. Cherry Tomato Salad

Check out this fan favorite on the Food Network blog.


  1. Pick up some multicolored cherry tomatoes and cover them a creamy, tart buttermilk-basil dressing.


All of these tasty treats are red hot! (Get it?) But if tomatoes aren’t your fancy, we have  more summer treat ideas  to make for the next barbecue just in case :)

Have a great day!

Reading Glasses Shopper Crew

DIY Ideas for Father’s Day

Mother’s Day wasn’t too long ago, and we had an amazing roundup of DIY craft ideas for moms. It’s  time to be fair and give the same attention to those great and proud fathers in the world.  Father’s Day is this Sunday — don’t procrastinate or forget (If the men in your life are anything like my dad, you received a list a month ago of the “needs.”).

Here are some cute card and gift ideas to give your dad this Father’s Day.  Check it out!

DIY father's day card


We’re loving this folded-shirt and tie card for the savvy businessman in your life.  It’s a cute way to show your hardworking dad appreciation and love.  And maybe if you craft it well enough, it could inspire a wardrobe upgrade!

Pasta Card


I mustache you to show your father some love with this clever use of bow-tie pasta.  So cute and adorable — and maybe with the extra pasta you can make dinner for your dad.

Fathers Day Apron


The grill is man’s second best friend.  Let your dad be king of the grill with this unique, handcrafted apron. This craft is as simple as cutting the felt shapes and gluing them on a plain white apron!

Mini Toolbox


A cute idea for the handyman in your life is these tiny, handmade toolboxes. These little guys are made of Altoid tins and are perfect for storing items like nuts and bolts.

Reading Glasses

The Astor Reading Glasses

Lastly, don’t forget to check out our amazing selection of men’s reading glasses.  I think this is the perfect gift for the man who doesn’t like to shop!

Regardless of your gift, just show some love to your dad this Sunday. Happy Father’s Day from Reading Glasses Shopper!


The Reading Glasses Crew

Summer Drinks

With these hot, sunny days, I begin to daydream of the ocean and relaxing at the beach nestled in a good book.  Then reality sets in, and I find myself in my cubicle, surrounded by office buzz, and longing desires as I peer out the window.  Don’t get me wrong — I am thankful to be here because it is rad :)  —  but my true heart desires to at least be poolside.

So, here is to all those whose hearts are with mine. Grab a book (check out this list if you need some suggestions), put on your swimsuit, and pick one of my favorite things — the perfect summer drink!

Summer Sweet Tea

Reading Glasses Sweet Tea

Carolyn Sun Reader//Sweet Tea Image

Not just a Southern thing,  sweet tea hits the spot when catching some rays.  Check out those lovely Carolyn readers — kind of sweet-tea inspired, right?

Summer Lemonade

Reading Glasses Lemonade

Elaine Bi-Focal Reader//Lemonade Image

Lemonade epitomizes summer, in my humble opinion.  That delicious sweetness is so refreshing on a perfect sunny day.  That tall glass of goodness looks a little like the Elaine reader, hmmm?

Summer Pink Lemonade

Reading Glasses Pink Lemonade

Capri Glasses//Pink Lemonade Image

It’s lemonade again, but this time it’s all jazzed up and pretty in pink.  Pink lemonade may not be as tasty as the regular, but the color is stunning and a perfect accessory for sitting poolside!  The color and perfection remind me of the Capri glasses — both stunning!

I hope your summer fares well and you get to enjoy many days in the beautiful weather.  Take time to check out the cool new styles just for summer!  As for me, I will keep dreaming, but there is always the weekend!

Happy Summer!

The Reading Glasses Shopper Crew