Yes, it is that time of year. It’s definitely still summer, but the air is slightly cooler and it has been so windy here in Minnesota! Anyway, I saw this tag going around Booktube the last few days. I traced it back to Tall Tales YouTube channel, and you can check out the original video here.
It looked like a lot of fun to do, as fall is my favorite season! So, let’s get into the questions!
1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!
The first one that comes to mind is The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell. You may recall my review brutalizing this book a few months ago, but the setting was the one thing I could not critique. And with fall being all about death, I thought this book also fit with its themes of decay and misery.
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 don’t read a lot of super depressing books, mostly because I am effected easily by what I read, and I do not want to get depressed. However, the one that does come to mind is The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I also did a review for it, and while it is a beautiful book, it is incredibly sobering to read!
3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
I miss school…side thought. Gosh, I read so many non-fiction books that teach me something new, it’s hard to pick one. I’ll pick My Hermitage: How the Hermitage Survived Tsars, Wars, and Revolutions to Become the Greatest Museum in the World by Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky. I actually didn’t know much about the Hermitage Museum in Russia until I read this book, which has such gorgeous pictures and interesting history.
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.
This is an easy answer. The Laura Ingalls series, starting with Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved the Ingalls family growing up. I wanted to be part of it when I was little.
5. The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!
When I think of fall colors, I think of orange, brown, and yellow. So I gathered some of my books whose spines contain those colors together and this is the result (for the record, not all of these have I read, but I own all of them).
6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
The first book I immediately think of is The Arabian Nights by Anonymous. It’s a great book, and one of the few story-within-a-story I’ve read that I really enjoyed.
7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.
Since I just finished it this week, I’ll pick Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix (my review). It was a far creepier read than I had expected it to be, and I absolutely love the cover!
8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
I’ll pick one of my favorites to read during fall (as the story is set near the end of summer) and a short book: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. I also really like the movie, but the book is just so heartwarming, it can brighten up any day!
9. Fall (luckily, it’s my favourite season) returns every year: name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.
I don’t have plans to reread any book soon (since I’m focusing on getting through my TBR), but the one book I did just recently buy and would like to read around Halloween is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith. I’ve only read it once years ago and, since finding it at the Goodwill for under two dollars, I bought it and I really want to get around to rereading it!
10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!
My salt lamp beside me to keep me warm and a cup of tea next to me! And probably some slippers on my feet!
11. Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!
As always, I will not be tagging anyone specifically. However, if you do end up doing this tag, let me know because I would love to read your answers! Also, if you know any fall or Halloween-themed tags, let me know because I’m in a fall mood right now! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more madness and, as always,
Best wishes in your life full of adventure,