Howdy folks! I’ve been tagged by the lovely Emma @ The Terror of Knowing to do the Finally Fall Book Tag. The leaves on the trees are changing colour, the nights are drawing in, the temperature has taken a nose dive, Christmas has definitely arrived in the shops, and more nights than not I am sitting with the fire and/or a hot water bottle to stay cosy. Add these all up and it means that fall has arrived and made itself comfy. But I can’t take any of the credit for this autumnal gem, it was created by Alina aka Tall Tales – check our her video if you get the chance!
1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!
When I think about books with a vivid setting, I instantly recall the vivid details in which the different London’s are described in Shaes of Magic by V. E. Schwab. The rich smells, colours, and textures described leave the reader in doubt as to which world they are experiencing, adding another dimension to the already rich story.
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.
If I’m honest, I don’t tend to read heavy books that deal with elements such as loss and grief. Yes, I read a lot of thrillers and mysteries, but in most cases the ends of these books are far from sad, and the writing style could not be described as ‘beautiful’. The only book that springs to mind (and I use the term lightly because it took me 10/15 mins to think of it) is John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. This is probably one of the most powerful books I have ever read, and as you go through the story, the themes of loss and grief aren’t really felt. Yes, the scenes relating to the servant (who is a Doctor) and the scent of burning flesh are truly harrowing, but it is the feeling of loss and grief once the story is finished and the last page is read that is truly present and has been beautifully and horribly crafted.
3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
For me, one of the most eye-opening books I have ever read was a series of autobiographical stories from Trevor Noah, a South African comedian. I’ve travelled to South Africa and studied South Africa, but there something so visceral about hearing a man talk about the sometimes horrendous, sometimes amazing, sometimes inspiring, sometimes surprising stories about life growing up in a divided society. I’ve heard so much about South Africa under Apartheid, but not so much from the point of view of a mixed race child, so this book, well, it’s incredible! I’d advise anyone and everyone to go out and read it. I purchased the audiobook from Audible, and can say that hearing him read these stories is just mindblowing.
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.
I think there isn’t a person of my generation who wouldn’t give up their left arm to be a Weasley. As a red-head, they are my fictional dream family. They are the right mix of funny, loving, caring, hardworking, and inspiring, that comes together in a wonderfully warm household. As for a friendship group, I wouldn’t say no to be part of Kaz Brekker’s gang in Six of Crows, or the Fellowship in Lord of the Rings, or to bring it full circle, I’d kinda like to be in Dumbledore’s Army too!
5. The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!
6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
One of my favourite story tellers is Roald Dahl. I remember staying up at night with a torch and reading my 3-in-1 edition of The BFG/Matilda/George’s Marvellous Medicine, and being blown away by the creativity of the author. And none were better than The BFG. The ridiculousness of the idea of dream spouting giants and a giant world and popping into the Queen’s bedroom in Buckingham Palace in the middle of the night is just everything that a child dreams about reading. It’s actually, technically, The BFG’s autobiography, so I guess he’s telling the story right through.
7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.
Stalker by Lars Kepler is one of t he creepiest books I have ever read. The psychological thrillers has horrendously vivid stalking and murder scenes told from a variety of different points of view that make you heart race, you ears prick, and you mind refuse to switch off when you go to bed. It also has creepy settings, and unusual characters aside from the ultimate murderer.
8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
One of my favourite books is a pretty short children’s book called Busy Busy World. It’s by Richard Scarry, and it is as ridiculous as it is brilliant, and it is an absolute favourite of mine. It’s over 20yrs old now, and to be honest some of the names and stereotypes wouldn’t get printed these days, but the traveling feel, and humour, and multi faceted elements to the book instantly bring a smile to the face of anyone who reads it.
9. Fall returns every year: name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.
I haven’t read any Roald Dahl in a while, and I have been building up a collection of colourful hardback editions, so I think I may dip my toe back in my childhood favourites pool and re-read those books. I also haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird in a long time. It is still my go to answer as my favourite book, but it’s been that long since I read it and I have read so many good books in the last 18 months that I think I may need to reread it to make sure it still tops my list.
10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!
I like a comfy chair that lets me move around and get comfy in increasingly unusual positions. I like a good blanket to cosy on under, and a set of cushions to prop up whatever body part I have flung at an obscure angle. I like a burning candle and a nice warm drink (unless it’s boiling, at which point I want a nice cold glass of soda), and a hearty pile of snack foods including (but not limited to) chocolate and pretzels.
11. Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!
If you’ve liked what you’ve read and would like to have a go then please consider yourself tagged by me (and link me to your post because I’d love to have a nosey at your answers!) But, for the purposes of actually answering this question, I tag the following (feel free to ignore, especially if you’ve already done it!) Jessica @ Ever the Crafter, and Lauren @ Live. Love. Read because I’d love to read your answers!