Hello fellow bookworms 🍂 Finally Fall has arrived, so of course, I had to come to you with a seasonally appropriate Tag! I found this in my search for some great autumn Tags to do, so I haven’t been tagged by anyone to do this, but we’ll go with it anyway 😄 Today I’m doing the It’s Finally Fall Tag, that perfectly sums up why I’m excited that it’s getting colder again and I can get all cozy and warm inside my home again (instead of melting in the heat). I could find out that the creator of the Tag is Milena from talltalsreads, but it seems like the original video doesn’t exist anymore.
Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!
- Noémie @ tempestofbooks
- Pauliina @ bookaholicdreamer
- Sophie @ blameitonchocolate
- Becca @ becandbooks
In fall, the air is crisp and clear ➽ Name a book with a vivid setting!
Warcross (Marie Lu) 🍂 I was inclined to choose a fantasy world for this prompt, but in the end, I choose another setting entirely! I have not gushed about Warcross in a while, which is a shame because it’s such a fantastic book and has a wonderful, interesting world that I kind of would want to live in. Warcross is set in the near future where virtual reality is easily accessible for everyone thanks to a great inventor. Connected to that is the Warcross game, an international phenomenon that has an army of fans and sounds like a lot of fun! There are professional gamers trying to compete in big championships and in general, the virtual reality aspect enhances everyday life. That is just SO cool, please someone transport me into this world!
Nature is beautiful… but also dying ➽ Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.
We are Okay (Nina LaCour) 🍂 I feel like I haven’t talked about this book a lot on my blog, which is a shame because We are Okay was such an emotional read. It deals with the loss of a loved one and the grief/depression that follows the main character. I definitely consider the writing to be absolutely beautiful and so atmospheric, it fits really well for the book, as it’s a bit slower and very character-focused. I personally had no problem staying engaged in the story, as it had lots of great discussions about what losing someone feels like and how to piece yourself together after you’ve fallen apart. I felt bad for the main character and was rooting for her the entire time. It’s a quiet, but beautiful book that definitely deserves more recognition!
Fall is back to school season ➽ Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
Outlining your Novel (K.M. Weiland) 🍂 I only rarely read non-fiction (apart from my university textbooks), so I didn’t have a lot of choose from, but I love writing advice books! K.M. Weiland had a fantastic website full of resources for aspiring writers, but she also wrote some craft books (hint: you can get a free e-book if you sign up for her newsletter) that I, of course, wanted to check out! During my Scribd free Trial last year I read her in-depth look into outlining and it was really interesting! It definitely helped me consider my outlining process and what I could do to better brainstorm and plan a cleaner first draft. I also know now that I like planning, but not as much as Weiland, because she’s very intense about her outlining and I need it a step below that! Still, I got a lot of valuable advice from the book!
In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love ➽ Name a fictional family/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.
King of Scars Crew (Leigh Bardugo) 🍂 Okay I would totally like to hang out with the King of Scars crew, even if it means going into a fictional universe that’s currently under lots of danger. I just think that being with Nikolai, Zoya, Genya, and David would be so much fun, as they are all cool people that I really like! I mean it’s hard to resist Nikolai’s charm and it would be so great to be around him, as he’s got such a positive, striking presence even in the face of conflict. I would also love to be Genya’s friend as she’s can be mischievous and a great partner in crime, who I can imagine being so supportive. I would have a harder time getting close to Zoya, because she’s very different from me personality vise, but she grew on me a lot while reading his book. Plus, David and I could be awkward together 😄
The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground ➽ Show us a pile of fall-colored spines!
Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside ➽ Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
Code Name Verity (Elizabeth Wein) 🍂 This was such an interesting prompt because I LOVE when there’s a story within the story! A great approach can be found in Code Name Verity wherein a captured British Spy recounts her story (all about finding her best friend and how she came to be in the situation) while imprisoned by the Nazis. I had a hard time getting into the story, but then I got to a fantastic twist in the story that was so clever and fully invested me in Verity and her voice. She’s telling the story, almost making us forget that we’re not actually in the past, but we also get glimpses of her misery as a prisoner whose time is running out. Full-on disclaimer: this book will make you very emotional and sob your heart out 😭
The nights are getting darker ➽ Share a dark, creepy read.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe (Lauren James) 🍂 This might not be your typical creepy read (the book has a lot more in store than the synopsis suggests, so best go in blind and be surprised!), but it is very dark. It deals with a girl living in isolation after the entire crew of her spaceship died, leaving her with nothing else to do but wait YEARS to reach their destination – a new planet. Then strange things start happening and you know … space is pretty open, dark and scary on its own. I went into this expecting a quick, fast-paced read (it really was) but ended up getting terrified as well. The last third is truly something and had my heart racing – you could say that the book played a bit with my mind and truly scared me 😱
The days are getting colder ➽ Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
Mooncakes (Wendy Xu & Suzanne Walker) 🍂 I feel like I’ve talked about Heartstopper a bit recently, so I decided to go with Mooncakes (Review will be up soon 🙂) because it’s another heartwarming graphic novel perfect for a cozy afternoon chilling on the couch! Not only is it quick to read, but it has got a cute art style and an adorable wholesome couple that you’ll love. And it’s about witches (I LOVE witches!!) and the strong magical family the main character has with her grandmas ✨ The graphic novel also offers a lot of great disability, ethnic and LGBTQ representation! It’s definitely a heartwarming read that deals with some tougher topics too, but highlights the importance of family (and found family as well) and friendship – I highly recommend picking up the book upon its release ❤
Fall returns every year ➽ Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.
A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness) 🍂 I have a lot of Fall favorites to reread (including Fangirl that I mentioned earlier in this post), because it’s the perfect season to get nostalgic and reread old favorite books! A Monster Calls is a book that I return to every year, as it always touches me with its emotional story and beautiful illustrations (whatever you do, please read the illustrated version, it adds so much atmosphere to the story!) 🥰 I also cry every year, because the book is SO sad, but it’s totally worth it. I need to get my own copy soon, as I’ve been reading my library’s copy for the past two years I cannot wait to check out the book from my library one last time though and sit down in the nearby Starbucks to read it while being all cozy!
Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights ➽ Share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!
Blankets & Pillows 🍂 I LOVE autumn because it has the potential to get all cozy and comfortable. Of course, I need to be covered in blankets and get lots of pillows to feel all warm and fuzzy when I’m reading, let me tell you the blanket in the picture is very soft and I love it ❤ I also have this adorable hedgehog mini pillow, that’s perfectly seasonally appropriate! Not pictured are a dozen sweaters that I like to hide in during the colder seasons – I cannot wait to wear them again and feel warm again! I also often light one of my scented candles, as I primarily read in the evenings and get a steaming mug of my favorite tea to complete my perfect reading experience.
What book with a vivid setting do you like? What heartwarming read does make you feel all cozy inside? 🍂