I wasn’t tagged in this, but I saw it over at Hannah’s Bookshelf and thought it looked fun. I clicked on several posts for this tag, but couldn’t find the original creator. If you know who they are, please let me know so I can credit them!
Let’s get into it!
In fall, the air is crisp and clear | Name a book with a vivid setting!
I’m going to go with Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant. It’s a novella and a very quick but haunting read that I thoroughly enjoyed. The book is a prequel to Into the Drowning Deep and I would recommend reading it before that one as it gives a fun view into some of the events mentioned in that book.
I don’t give 5 star ratings out very often, but this was a 5 star read for me. For those of you who don’t know, Mira Grant is a pen name for Seanan McGuire, so if you like her books, definitely give Mira Grant books a try!
This is a horror book where the main plot follows a bunch of people exploring a part of the ocean that has killer mermaids in it…need I say more?
Nature is beautiful… but also dying | Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.
Love Times Infinity is another book that I gave 5 stars this year and it is absolutely fantastic. I was in tears throughout this book because of how difficult some scenes were and how heartwarming other scenes were.
The general plot of this is that it’s a YA contemporary coming-of-age book of a teenage girl learning what it means to accept that she is deserving of love. As the child of a rape victim, she has been conditioned into thinking she was a mistake her entire life. Now that she’s finally growing up, it’s time for her to explore that negative self-image and grow.
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book and to also meet the author in person at a Chicago event!
Fall is back to school season | Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
I don’t read many non-fiction books, but basically every book I read teaches me something new. One book that I read as part of a book club was The Five, which tells the stories of Jack the Ripper’s victims.
Jack the Ripper is probably the most known serial killer around, and as a result, he is highly sensationalized. Many people forget that the women he killed were, in fact, real people who didn’t deserve the fate they were dealt. In this book, the author attempts to pay homage to the victims of such gruesome crimes while busting some of the myths and misogyny that often surround their histories.
In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend time with the people we love | Name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.
Omg there are so many groups that would be such a blast to be part of! The friend group from TJ Klune’s series The Extraordinaries seems like they would be a lot of fun. I laughed out loud several times while listening to this series on audiobook and I loved the tight ride-or-die friendships that these characters shared.
I do, however, have to acknowledge that I am no longer a teenager, so looking at some groups of my own age group, I might say the team from Tessa Bailey’s Hot & Hammered series. They have a great dynamic and the women also run a little feminist club that seems very motivating.
The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground | Show us a pile of fall-coloured spines!
I’m going to go ahead and the the L for this prompt because I am sitting in a library right now, nowhere near any of my books. I also am not 100% on what counts as “fall-colored”. I tried to search my phone for images of books that might satisfy this prompt, but I’m just going to give up and say SORRY!
Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside | Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
Oh I have so many books like this! One of the first ones I thought of was a book that my partner wanted me to read and it’s Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld.
The main character of this book is an aspiring YA author (who is a teen herself) who is trying to learn how to navigate the publishing world while dealing with some of her own issues, including writer’s block.
The book is told through alternating chapters where some chapters are about the author and some chapters are the book that she has written. It was a lot of fun and a very unique experience.
The nights are getting darker | Share a dark, creepy read.
I have to admit that literally any dark thriller/horror novel will scare the heck out of me because I am the biggest wimp in the world when it comes to that stuff. I’m going to go with a book that I did a tour for this year called Into the Sublime.
As you can tell from the cover, this is an atmospheric horror/thriller novel about a group of strangers who decide to explore a cave that is rumored to have mysterious properties.
The reason this book really got to me is because a lot of scenes occur in near-darkness and I am afraid of the dark. I couldn’t even begin to imagine how terrified I would be in these character’s shoes.
The days are getting colder | Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
A Psalm for the Wild-Built is the perfect candidate for this! It’s a novella, so it’s only 160 pages and it is one of the most wholesome novels I’ve ever read.
This book and some other books from Becky Chambers seem to be in this nice little genre of a kind of cozy utopia type of literature.
In this novella, the book follows a monk and a robot who team together to try and figure out who they are and what humanity really needs. My Goodreads review for this literally says, “This was the purest book I’ve ever read in my entire life. Someone hold me”
Fall returns every year | Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.
I keep meaning to do a reread of Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. I read this book a while ago and I loved it so much that I wanted to run around yelling at everyone else to read it. I cried multiple times while reading it, and it was an easy 5 star read for me.
The book is a gay adult romance novel about the hate-to-love relationship between the son of the US president and a Prince of the Royal Family. McQuiston wrote this at a time where America was going through the turmoil that was the election of Donald Trump, so it proved to be a nice escapist type of read at the time.
Fall is the perfect time for cosy reading nights | Share your favourite cosy reading accessories!
I don’t have pictures of anything right now (again, cause I’m writing this post in a library), but I have so many blankets that I’ve received from book boxes that I often end up using to keep me warm during these colder days. If you know me in real life, you know that I’m cold basically always, so a blanket or jacket during the Fall is a must. I also really like having candles going in my apartment, and sometimes I put up an atmospheric YouTube video (RusticPages has some good ones) in the background to really get in the right mood space. I’m looking into getting an Oodie for this season.