I know it’s been fall for a while now, and I’m a bit late (when am I not?) with this tag, but autumn is my favourite season, so this tag is my jam, and I’m really excited to do it today! If you would like to do it too, consider yourself tagged. ❤
(BTW, I took these photos when I visited Kew Gardens in London the other day. I got given a season pass to Kew for my birthday; it’s such a beautiful place to walk, especially in the autumn!)
1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!
The Wicked Deep by Shea Earnshaw is the perfect book for this question. Although I found the plot of this book a bit predictable, the SETTING of this book earned it a 4 star rating from me. You can almost taste the sea-fog, rolling up the shore of the mysterious island our protagonist lives on, feel it, cold and damp against your skin. The little island is just across the water from the town of Sparrow, Oregon, a quaint, eerie and superstitious place, the descriptions of which are also sprinkled with just the right amount of dark magic. I loved Shea Earnshaw’s writing style, and I am looking forward to whatever she writes next; I hope it will be just as atmospheric as The Wicked Deep.
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.
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan is the story of Joe, whose brother Ed is on death row and has just received his execution date. This book is written in verse – it’s not flowery, but the writing is beautiful in its raw and brutal honesty. I’m pretty sure this book stabbed me in the heart, but I wouldn’t take back the experience for the world, and I highly recommend this phenomenal book.
3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
I haven’t actually finished reading this book, because it’s quite academic and requires a lot of focus (even if it is written in a very accessible style) but Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker taught me *this* disturbing fact: there is a (thankfully rare) type of insomnia some people get where they stop sleeping COMPLETELY, which goes on for about 18 months, and then they just… die. WTF how terrifying is that?! This book about sleep and sleep disorders and dreaming is super interesting though, and I really need to pick it up again soon.
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 would love to be part of the friendship group in Piglettes by Clementine Beauvais. I read Piglettes back in the summer, and I think it’s probably my favourite book of the year. It’s about three girls, Mireille, Astrid and Hakima, who become friends when they are voted the three ugliest girls at their school in their classmates’ annual ‘Pig Pageant’. But this book just blows raspberries at bullying, and it’s all about how these three awesome, witty, clever, resourceful girls decide not to let the haters get them down, and become media sensations by spending their summer cycling across France, selling sausages, and raising money for an anti-bullying charity. It’s SO good, SO funny (Mireille is a hilarious narrator), and SO uplifting. And I would LOVE to be friends with these girls because they just kick ass in the most positive of ways.
5. The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-coloured spines!
I didn’t even do this on purpose, but I recently bought this selection of books from a charity shop, and they’re so perfectly colour-coordinated for this tag, and aesthetic glory in general.
6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
The book that springs to mind for this question is The Wrong Train by Jeremy De Quidt. The story follows a boy who gets on the wrong train home in the middle of the night. He gets off at the next station, only to find himself alone on the platform but for a strange old man, who insists on telling him increasingly frightening stories whilst he waits for his train to arrive. This book was really creepy and unsettling, and I loved every second of it.
7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.
I feel like I recommend the same creepy books every time this question comes up, so this time I’m going to suggest something I read recently, which was The Stuff of Nightmares by Malorie Blackman. This book was a lot darker than I expected, and although structurally it was a bit messy, I really enjoyed it because it made me think and it creeped me out. It’s about a boy called Kyle who’s on a school trip when he gets caught up in a train crash. Whilst struggling to find a way to get out of the train, he discovers that he has the ability to enter the nightmares of the other passengers on the train, learning some very dark and disturbing things about the people around him in the process.
8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
For this question, I am recommending Take My Picture by Giselle Ellis which is an indie-published gay romance novella about a moody photographer, Jake, and his assistant, Aaron (who is of a much sunnier disposition!), two guys who are absolutely perfect for each other, and everybody knows it but them. This book was adorable, and filled my heart with so many fluffy feelings, and I promise that if you are feeling sad when you pick this up it will leave you with a big soppy smile on your face by the time you finish it. For a short book, the chemistry in this book is flawless, and you never doubt for one second that these characters are just hopelessly and cluelessly in love with each other.
9. Fall returns every year: name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.
I’m actually in a big re-reading mood at the moment. I’m currently re-reading Persuasion by Jane Austen, because it’s an old, cosy favourite I feel at home in. But I also fancy re-reading The Mortal Instruments series soon, because it’s been ages since I’ve done that, and I love getting stuck into a series at this time of year.
10. Fall is the perfect time for cosy reading nights: share your favourite cosy reading “accessories”!
Well, obviously I love a cosy blanket! I also love fluffy socks, my pjs, a warm mug of hot chocolate or tea, a calming lavender-scented candle, and a mountain of cuddly animals to snuggle.
Add a book, and that makes my perfect Friday night, because I’m a cool introvert who thinks social lives are overrated.
And that’s the end of this tag! Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What are you favourite fall reads? I’d love to hear from you!
18 thoughts on “The Finally Fall Book Tag”
Oh I’m with you about The Wicked Deep, I loved the setting and atmosphere coming with it all, too! ❤ and I love your cozy reading accessories, too, fluffy socks and cuddly animals are my favoriteeeeeeeees in this season as well 🙂
Lovely answers for this tag! 😀
Thanks Marie! Yes, it was so atmospheric! I’m really excited to see what the author comes up with next. Aww yay, another person who loves cuddly animals 🙂 I am a bit addicted to buying them, soon I will have as many cuddly animals as I do books haha!
I’m so glad I’m not alone…. I’m addicted to buying them as well hahaha I can’t help it. Too cute. 😛
Hahaha I know me either, I have no self control. Their little eyes just look up at me from the shelf and I feel like they’re saying ‘please take me home’!! 🙂
SAME HERE haha I have the same feeling haha 🙂
hehe glad I’m not the only one 🙂 🙂
Thank you ❤
hahaha social lives are overrated 😉 And I’m really excited to read Wicked deep- love the sound of the setting so much 😀 Moonrise sounds heartbreaking. ah those are perfectly colour coordinated for the season 🙂 Definitely love the mountain of cuddly animals- a girl after my own heart! ❤ Awesome answers!
Yay, another cuddly animal lover 😀 Ooh I hope you enjoy The Wicked Deep, I saw on Twitter that you bought it the other day! Yes Moonrise was utterly heartbreaking, but a fantastic book. Just prepare yourself with tissues if you are going to read it!
hehe yes!! Ah yeah, I actually picked it up from the library, but same difference 😉 Great- good to know!
Beautiful photos! I love cuddly toys too
Thank you! ❤ And yay, cuddly animals are the best. So comforting.
I love your pics! Fall is also my favorite season, I can’t resist the colors, the colder days, and the shy sun!
Great tag and fab answers! I’m dealing with a bout of insomnia these days so your comment on Why We Sleep had me scared!!!!
Thank you! Yess I love the fall colours and colder weather. I’m not a big fan of heat so I always get excited once I can feel the chill in the air. Ahh I’m so so sorry it scared you. It scared me too to be honest, I also suffer from insomnia. I probably should have thought twice before posting it, really sorry!! xxx
Don’t worry ❤ Insomnia is such a pain! xx
It really is a pain. The other night I was so tired I hallucinated a mouse running under my bed, and even after checking there was nothing there, I was wide awake literally all night. It was NOT fun 😦 xx