The beautiful Molly from Molly Marcelle tagged me in the It’s Finally Fall Book Tag. This is my first tag and I’m super excited to be getting involved! Fall (or Autumn, as it’s known in my neck of the woods) is my favourite season – the cosy knitwear, fallen leaves and the promise that Christmas isn’t too far away anymore! I hope you enjoy reading my answers and get involved yourselves.
IN FALL, THE AIR IS CRISP AND CLEAR | NAME A BOOK WITH A VIVID SETTING!
For this one, I chose Divergent by Veronica Roth. I loved these books (minus the ending but we don’t talk about that) and one of my favourite things about them was the accomplished setting. I was so impressed with the effort Roth put into creating the setting for the series. While still in college (like, what?!), she envisioned a dystopian Chicago, making use of popular landmarks the reader would recognise but altering the city beyond belief in the way that it was governed – an incredibly clever but terrifying system.
NATURE IS BEAUTIFUL…BUT ALSO DYING | NAME A BOOK THAT IS BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, BUT ALSO DEALS WITH A HEAVY TOPIC LIKE LOSS OR GRIEF.
This one took all of a millisecond to choose: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Not only is this one of my favourite books of all time, it is perfectly described by the question above. Zusak’s novel is beautifully written from the perspective of Death, detailing the life of a young girl living in Germany during the Holocaust.
FALL IS BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON | SHARE A NON-FICTION BOOK THAT TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING NEW.
Being vegan, I quite like to venture into books with factual information about animal cruelty and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals was a fantastic book full of statistics, while also showing the impact of eating meat on humanity, physically and emotionally.
IN ORDER TO KEEP WARM, IT’S GOOD TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH THE PEOPLE WE LOVE | NAME A FICTIONAL FAMILY/HOUSEHOLD/FRIEND-GROUP THAT YOU’D LIKE TO BE A PART OF.
When reading the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han, all I wanted was to be a Covey sister myself. I don’t have any sisters – only a younger brother, who also happens to be one of my best friends – but I always would have liked to have another girl in the house going through the same teenage issues as myself, who could bake me treats and braid my hair.
THE COLOURFUL LEAVES ARE PILING UP ON THE GROUND | SHOW US A PILE OF FALL-COLOURED SPINES!
FALL IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR SOME STORYTELLING BY THE FIRESIDE | SHARE A BOOK WHEREIN SOMEBODY IS TELLING A STORY.
I love a framed narrative because it usually gives way to one of my favourite themes: An Unreliable Narrator. One of the best texts I’ve read in that department is Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Though there are lots of parts of the novella I could criticise – including its inherent racism – I will always be impressed by the way in which Conrad has his main character tell stories about his past to those aboard a boat with him.
THE NIGHTS ARE GETTING DARKER | SHARE A DARK, CREEPY READ.
For this one, I happened to choose the same text as Molly, without meaning to. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is another of my favourite works of literature as there are so many different themes and issues to be found within such a simple story. However, putting all that aside, Shelley’s text is one that will send shivers up your spine and consider sleeping with the light on.
THE DAYS ARE GETTING COLDER | NAME A SHORT, HEARTWARMING READ THAT COULD WARM UP SOMEBODY’S COLD AND RAINY DAY.
I don’t know if this one can be characterised as a “short” read but I made short work of it, I’ll tell you that much! Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You is both a heartbreaking and heartwarming read that will have you laughing while simultaneously crying.
FALL RETURNS EVERY YEAR | NAME AN OLD FAVOURITE THAT YOU’D LIKE TO RETURN TO SOON.
An old favourite (or favourites) that I get the urge to return to every year around this time is Harry Potter. I’ve actually asked for the set for my Christmas this year – I know what you’re thinking, it’s a crime that I don’t already own them – and I hope to make my way through them again if I do receive them.
FALL IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR COZY READING NIGHTS | SHARE YOUR FAVOURITE COZY READING ACCESSORIES!
My favourite cozy reading accessories remain the same throughout the year, no matter the temperature. There’s nothing I love more than cozying up with a good book, wearing my cosy socks, while a scented candle burns (the scent corresponding to the season) and my mug of tea cools on my bedside table.
- Hasanthi at Hasanthi’s Book Blog
- Amy at Bookish Heights
- Stephanie at Between Folded Pages
- Amanda at Devouring Books
- Norrie at Reading Under the Blankie
- Mel, Martha and Al at The Book Family Rogerson
- Chloe at CHLXEMARIE
- Malanie at Malanie Loves Fiction
I want to say a huge thank you to Molly for tagging me in this. I had so much fun taking part in this tag and I can’t wait to read the responses of those I’ve tagged!