I love fall. Maybe it’s a bit of a cliche, but I don’t care–the cooler weather, the leaves changing, the cozy sweaters, even Halloween and the spooky vibes… it’s all right in my wheelhouse!
And yes, pumpkin-flavored things factor in there somewhere, though my penchant for pumpkin spice varies depending on the day. Fall is my favorite season, and that’s just the facts, Jack.
Which is why I was super stoked when I found this book tag.
I’m also super stoked because the reason I found it was because a booktuber whom I really admire, Kat of paperbackdreams, had done it. So I asked her in the comments if it was a public tag, not expecting a response. But she commented back and gave me the green light, so to speak! And even though I know that big booktubers are people just like me and I shouldn’t geek out or anything, I totally still did.
So I mean, of course I had to do it ASAP! It is finally fall, after all!
1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, which also has a very spooky season-approved monster theme! (Though not quite the kind you may be thinking.)
I listened to this on audiobook and have some… thoughts… about my experience with that, but I will say this much: the descriptions of the setting (mainly Prague, but also other locales) were rich with five-senses imagery!
2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief
I reached back into high school and pulled out East of Eden by John Steinbeck for this one!
To be completely honest, I don’t remember the finer points of this American classic, only that it dealt with some heavy topics (“complicated character sadness,” as I so eloquently put it in the video). And I’m pretty sure it was written beautifully… from what I remember!
3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie.
It’s exactly how it sounds. A how-to manual on public speaking, but in the conversational, candid early 20th century voice of Mr. Carnegie. Actually really enjoyed this–and learned a thing or two!
4. 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.
The siblings from Save the Date by Morgan Matson.
Despite all the shenanigans that occur throughout this wedding-themed rom-com (that pairs really well with a nice radler), the five siblings that make up the Grant family all had a pretty sweet relationship with one another. I especially liked the way the main character genuinely wanted to spend time with them–it was so cute and heartwarming!
5. The colorful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!
Right… I think I have a photo for that somewhere…
6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
Storyteller by Edward Myers, of course!
That was a pretty easy out. Not only is it about a storyteller, but it’s a frame tale told by a storyteller, making it oh-so-meta. This is one of my favorites from my childhood and a pretty autumnal read, especially if you like darkish fairytales.
7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Despite my intolerance for modern horror, I do love me some gothic horror. If you’ve never read the novella from which this infamous monster came, then I highly recommend it. It’s dark, creepy, and full of Victorian repression! Ah, scary!
8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day
This wasn’t the best book I’d ever read, but it was cute and heartwarming. A rom-com told from the perspective of Love personified, it follows the exploits of a hopelessly romantic teenaged boy as he attempts to find love.
9. Fall (luckily, it’s my favorite season) returns every year: name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon.
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, in case I don’t mention it enough!
I read the whole trilogy in high school and loved it, so I really want to revisit it in hopes of finding it just as good the second (or third?) time around. The first book is a darker, deeper retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses that would totally make a great movie, someone start a KickStarter with me!
10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favorite cozy reading “accessories”!
I can’t resist a fuzzy blanket when the weather gets colder, or my comfy backrest pillow! And God forbid I deny my snuggly husky puppy… who just loves to distract me from whatever it is I’m doing!
Have you done this tag? Link below! Would you like to do this tag? Consider yourself tagged!!!
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