Hi! I feel like I have been neglecting this blog, and I have only started it. I thought an easy way to get into posting regularly would be to do a few book tags. This one is one that I’ve seen around on YouTube a lot and it fits, as it is definitely Fall now (though, I call it Autumn…). Unfortunately I cannot link to the creator of the tag, as the video has been made private. I also wasn’t tagged by anyone, I just thought it would be fun to do it.
Okay, let’s get into the questions!
QUESTION 1: In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting!
You might not know it yet, but will probably soon notice I absolutely love The Gentlemen Bastards series and I praise it ALL.THE.TIME. It deserves every single bit of praise, though. Set in a fantasy city inspired by Venice, following a band of cheats and con artists, it’s one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read (and I’ve read a good few). The writing and the setting are very evocative. You know when you remember a story and you don’t know if you’ve seen it or read it? If I wasn’t absolutely sure the series doesn’t have an adaptation (I mean, I would not be opposed to it), I’d have to stop and think – because I can clearly SEE scenes from this book.
QUESTION 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.
Another one of my absolute favourites EVER. Celeste Ng writes beautiful and gut wrenching stories. The writing in this one is really stunning, but dear god, did it absolutely break my heart. It is one of the best family dynamic I’ve read – it follows a Chinese-American family of five, and it opens up with us finding out the middle child and the parents’ favourite, Lydia, drowned in the lake at the age of 16. If you plan on reading it, and you definitely should, make sure to have some tissues ready.
QUESTION 3: Fall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
I don’t read non fiction usually, and if I do, I reach for biographies/memoirs, and it’s hard to learn anything new from those. I’ve been racking my brain for an answer, but alas – I have none.
QUESTION 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 have the most generic answer for this one, or what I think is a generic answer, at least… The Weasleys? I mean, is there any other fictional family out there who welcomes strays (yes, Harry is a stray) with open arms, shares whatever they have with them (even though they don’t have much) and is just so incredibly warm? I don’t think so. The Weasleys!
QUESTION 5: The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall-colored spines!
Shamelessly plugging in my own Instagram. The blue doesn’t quite match, I guess, but it’s late and no picture I take right now is going to look in any way as nice as this one. Red and orange for leaves, purple for witchy Halloween vibes. There you go!
QUESTION 6: Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
This is a retelling of One Thousand and One Nights, and the protagonist, Shahrzad, is a story teller. It’s also one of a precious few romances I enjoyed – and by enjoyed I mean, I ship Shazi and Khalid so hard, it’s crazy.
QUESTION 7: The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.
You’re probably aware what this book is about, after the TV show with Dan Humphrey (I forget the actor’s name, I’m sorry… I don’t even like Gossip Girl) took Netflix by storm, but if not I’ll tell you – it’s a book about a stalker. As far as thrillers go, this one isn’t anything ground breaking. I knew what to expect, it didn’t really surprise me, but what got me to rate it 4 stars was the second person narrative. It was disturbing and creepy, and honestly I never thought I would enjoy being so uncomfortable, but… I somehow did.
QUESTION 8: The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
This might seem like a cop-out for a lot of you, but just hear me out. This story wraps you up like a cosy blanket and it keeps you warm and happy. It fits all the criteria. I don’t care if it’s a conventional answer. What’s makes it the best choice for this question is that anyone can enjoy it. To all of the people who never read it because “they’re too old for it” (this is mostly aimed at my boyfriend, who’s never gonna read this anyway, but it probably fits a lot of people) – you are missing out, BIG TIME. No one is too old for Harry Potter.
QUESTION 9: Fall returns every year: Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.
I haven’t read Anne in a really long time (close to 10 years now) and I miss this series a lot. It was one of my absolute favourites growing up, and I feel like I need to reread it all, soon. Realistically, I probably won’t get to it until the start of next year, as my tbr is kind of out of hand, but I will definitely be rereading it in the next 6 months.
QUESTION 10: Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!
My bed – for starters. There is no other and better place to read. Pair it with a cosy blanket, a cup of tea, a hot water bottle and fairy lights and I’m good to go. I could read like that forever.
And that would be it! I tag anyone and everyone who wants to do it! If you do decide to do this tag on your blog, post your link down in the comments – I’d love to read your answers.
I’ll talk to you soon!