Hooray for my first book tag! These are absolutely some of my favorite posts to read from other bloggers, so I’m really excited to try my hand at one. The fall weather has finally arrived, and there’s no tag more fitting than the Finally Fall Book Tag created by Tall Tales.
1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!
Not only does this book have a vivid setting, but it is also perfect for the spooky season. The Neverworld is a land stuck between time that is built from elements of each character’s personality. Their fears also materialize in this world, and that makes it even more terrifying. The setting was certainly a driving force throughout this novel, and I was enthralled with every second of it.
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.
This novel explores some dark themes such as rape culture, murder, the justice system, etc. I love Mindy McGinnis’s writing style, and the way she writes about these topics is so beautiful, despite how dark they are.
3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
Okay, I really don’t read a lot of non-fiction. BUT the last non-fiction book I read was Elizabeth Smart’s memoir. It was very enlightening to read about her experiences in captivity. Most of all, I admire how strongly she held on to her beliefs, and how she never held any ill will against her family.
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 honestly one of my all time favorite books. There are so many good platonic relationships in this novel! I would love to be a part of Adam’s friend group. Sure, they go through their own struggles, but that’s just good character development. They were always so fun and supportive of each other.
5. The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!
This was harder than I thought! I realized that I have a lot more red spines on my shelf than any other color. I think I still managed to throw in a good assortment of fall colors, though.
6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
Apparently all the books I’ve read where someone is telling a story are through letters, so that’s the direction I’m taking this question. The Rules of Survival is a harrowing story of parental abuse. The story is told through a letter that Matt writes to his youngest sister that explains how one of their mother’s relationship changed things.
7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.
I’m pretty sure everyone in the bookish community has heard of this book, but that doesn’t have to stop me from recommending it. You is a special breed of terrifying. I would highly recommend listening to the audiobook for this one because it really feels like you are in the story (and it’s narrated by Santino Fontana, which certainly doesn’t hurt). Joe is truly a terrifying stalker.
8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
I don’t typically read graphic novels, but this one sounded to perfect to ignore. Oh my gosh, the Prince and the Dressmaker was to heartwarming for words. The story deals with some heavy social issues like gender identity, but the way Jen Wang handles them makes this a very light read.
9. Fall returns every year: name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.
I reread books all the time, so there were tons of stories I could have selected for this prompt. However, I really want the chance to revisit Proxy sometime soon. Something about this story made it the perfect read for me. Plus, author Alex London just released a new book that I can’t wait to read, even if it is out of my comfort zone.
10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!
I love enjoying a warm drink while I read. I know coffee vs tea is the big debate, but I honestly love them both! I drink tea from this mug because it has a special slot on the handle for the string. I actually painted this mug myself, which is why it looks a little amateur.
That’s all for my first tag, folks! I chose not to tag anyone directly because I’m sure that many of you have already done this tag in the past. However, if you read this tag and want to make your own, I tag you! If you’re interested in checking out any of the books above, check out my shop page where you can take a closer look.