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Today I’m going to be doing the Finally Fall book tag which I was tagged to do by the absolutely amazing Virginia @ The Sassy Library Fox, if you haven’t checked out her blog then go do that because you’re missing out.
We’re less then a week out from December so today is the last day I can squeeze this tag in before it’s too late (I could leave it till next year but I have the worlds worst memory) however I do feel a bit odd doing an autumn book tag especially because my mum put our Christmas tree last week 😂
So yeah, let’s just jump into it.
In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting.
Earlier this month I picked up The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden and it’s perfect for this question. This is a paranormal novel set in New Orleans just a few months after Hurricane Katrina. I thought it did a fantastic job at setting the scene and portraying the atmosphere of New Orleans after such a devastating tragedy and that was actually one of my favourite aspects.
I’ve never been to New Orleans but I think it perfectly encapsulated the spirit, both the community spirit and the more ghostly spirits too.
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 had little to no expectations before going into this book but You Know I’m No Good by Jessie Ann Foley was a really great read.
It was beautifully written, hence why it’s my answer to this prompt, and follows a girl called Mia who is sent to a boarding school for troubled girls. There she discovers a lot about herself and the other girls around here.
This book deals with a lot and so it does have some trigger warnings: Sexual Assault, Suicidal Ideation, Drug and Alcohol Use, Self-Harm.
Fall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
I’m going to go with Me by Elton John. This book definitely taught me something I just can’t remember what that something was exactly. I found this to be a really interesting book, I enjoyed learning about Elton Johns life, and the music scene of the time.
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 part of.
I want to be part of the Carry On gang simply because I want to be best friends with Penelope. I love Simon and Baz as much as the next person but I just adore Penelope. And I think she needs the friendly back-up after dealing with the two love-sick idiots.
The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall coloured spines!
Apparently “fall coloured” just means orange in my eyes lol.
Ft: With the Fire on High, A Monster Calls, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Call Down the Hawk (pretty UK cover), Half-blood Prince, City of Fallen Angels.
Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein someone is telling a story.
I had a hard time coming up with a book for this one so it might be a bit of a cop out but … Becoming by Michelle Obama. She’s telling the story of her life ok. It totally counts.
But yeah this book was great. It was the first autobiography I ever read and I found Michelle’s life story to be very interesting and intriguing and even inspirational. Well worth the read.
The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo!! There were parts of this book that had me reading through my fingers because it was so dark. This is definitely not a book for everyone, it’s an acquired taste but if it sounds like your sort of thing and your comfortable with the triggers then I highly reccomend it.
I read this at the start of the year, thinking the sequel would be out round about now. That’s not the case. It’s coming out next year which means a re-read is in order before then which I’m not even mad about.
The days are getting colder: Name a short, heart-warming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth. This isn’t necessarily “short”, it’s like 350+ pages, but it reads fast and I thought it was pretty heart-warming (and slightly heart-breaking ngl)
This book follows Saoirse who has totally written off romance after her mother is diagnosed with early on set dementia. And then she meets Ruby, a rom-com lover who convinces Saoirse to spend a summer re-enacting the typical movie montages. One of my favourites of the years!!
Fall returns every year: Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.
I try to re-read All For the Game by Nora Sakovic every year. This year I’ve only read the first book and I’m sad about that. I need to hurry up and get to the other two.
Also, earlier this year during lockdown I decided it’d be a great idea to re-read the entire Percy Jackson/Riordan universe series. So far I’ve completed the Percy Jackson series and the first Kane Chronicle book.
Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!
My bookmarks!!! I have different bookmarks that give off different vibes that go with different books. I have my eyes on some super pretty ones on Etsy but I don’t know if I can justify spending that much on bookmarks to my mum just yet. When I get my own debit card I’ll be collecting even more.
And so there we go. At this point I should probably just call it Finally (the end) of Fall tag. 😂
Again, thanks so much to Virginia for the tag, I had a lot of fun. I’m not tagging anyone because I’ve been studying art history for hours and my brain is dead. Thank you for reading and stay safe 🙂