Fall is here! It’s actually closer to winter but for now it is still definitely fall. Being a fall baby and in keeping with the season I decided to do the Finally Fall Book Tag. I’m gonna be honest here, I may have been born in November but I have the soul of a person born in July. Like other mammals I choose to spend my autumn preparing for a long winter of hibernation and trust me you won’t see me until after groundhog’s day. One of the few things I do love about the season besides my birthday and Thanksgiving would have to be the lovely excuses I have to stay home in the warm and READ.
I got this tag from The Sassy Book Geek who found in on Zane Reads it was originally created by Tall Tales.
1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!
The First 4 Books in the Series
The House of Night Series by P.C. & Kristin Cast has got to be one of my favorite scenes for setting. The same attention was paid describing the otherwise uneventful country town, as it was to the ornate magical elements and occurrences of the book. The description of the Isle of Skye was so ornate I thought it to be fictional. The island is actually in Scotland! I’m determined to make it there someday.
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 remember the exact day and occurrence of how I came upon this book. How I Made it to Eighteen by Tracy White is a creative non-fiction work about a young woman’s experience in a mental facility following what I remember to be a failed suicide attempt. At some point over the summer when I was home from college, (back when Border’s still existed) I’d run into an old high school friend who had just started reading it. The thin book only took me a few hours and it could technically be featured elsewhere on this list also. A great read but don’t forget some tissue!
3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
Alas, I seldom read non-fiction to completion if I actually read them at all. I am a stellar student but in my downtime I prefer a good fantasy tale to take me out of my reality. Just the same Comic – Con & The Business of Pop Culture by Rob Salkowitz has got to be one of the more entertaining reads. I haven’t finished it YET! When I was given the book a few Christmas’s ago, I wasn’t familiar with a lot of the jargon, i’m still not but I now have a better understanding of Comic – Con so ill be re-reading this one. The book itself gives a brief history of comic-con, the evolution of entertainment and marketing and its influences on pop – culture.
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.
Originally when I thought about it I couldn’t decide between the down to earth, humbled Weasley’s of the Harry Potter Series or the elusive, charismatic and wealthy… did I mention immortal Cullen family of Twilight. After some serious thought and a search through pinterest I think I would prefer be a member of the Cullens. Besides being able to live forever, they are loyal to their own and possess super vamp swag. Plus, some of these vampires have magical talents.
5. The colorful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!
I have a lot of yellow and red books, not a lot of brown or orange I’m afraid. I pulled from my bookshelf, (Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Maya Angelou: Complete Poems, Incantation,Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony,I’m Telling, The Davinci Code, Crime & Punishment, Diary of a Groupie, City of Glass and The Count of Monte Cristo) I’m proud to say I’ve actually read six of the eleven books listed here. Someday I’ll make this a fall reading list. (Not today though,)
6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
I really had to think long and hard about this one. I have a hefty list f books I have yet to get to so it’s hard to say if there is a better option. Any first person narrative in my opinion could fit this question but I’m going to be a little literal and choose Out of the Dust by Karen Hess I realize now that as a child I didn’t understand that this book was a collection of poems that told a story and I hated the way it read. It’s the journal entries of a young girl experiencing dust storms in Oklahoma during the great depression. Using free – verse Out of the Dust tells the story of Billie Jo through her own accounts.
7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.
Dark Lady by Richard North Patterson looks like a creepy read. This would be one of those books I haven’t read yet, I believe it was among the books at my nana’s when she passed. Prior to checking out the description I had nothing more to go on other than this one. It was in a crate that had a skull and a see – trough hand with a key in it, perhaps I thought the entire crate was creepy. Anyway, the cover looks foreboding and eventually when I decide to go back to reading mystery thriller I’ll crack it open.
8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
The only short heartwarming book I own is probably How I Made it to Eighteen, I enjoy reading series books that are pretty thick to start with and expand as the story does. I also tend to shy away from things not fiction or in the fantasy spectrum so i’m sure there are plenty of books i’m really missing out on. Maybe time to expand my palette a bit?
9. Fall returns every year: name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon.
I fell in love with the Millenium Series, (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) by Stieg Larsson and later David Lagercrantz during college. I originally discovered the series in the bottom of my mother’s bookcase. As I’ve said many times before, I seldom read the mystery thriller genre, but something about this series seemed intriguing.
At first I wondered what was so special about the dragon tattoo and then afterwards wondered why this idiot girl was kicking a hornets nest and playing with fire. After reading the first book I was hooked. Lisbeth Salander is my literary spirit animal. I love a strong female lead and she has the ability to take it to Olivia Pope status. Imagine my disappointment, when I discovered that Stieg Larsson died shortly after writing the third book.
I’d watched the first three films in subtitles, I’d watched the american DVD more times than I can count, whatever would become of Lisbeth and Blomkvist? During a book haul purchase I discovered that David Lagercrantz has rebooted the series and there are loads for me to catch up on. So I’ll be adding Millenium to my 2018 Book list for sure.
10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favorite cozy reading “accessories”!
I’m actually working on finishing the set-up of my reading nook in my living room. So far I have the comfy chair and reading lamp, but a few things I would love to add or replace. My blanket, right now I have a cozy blanket but since it’s getting cooler I’d like to swap it out for an electric blanket, an end table to hold my cup and other bookish things close by as well as something called a reading pillow. Right now I use a normal pillow that came with my furniture set but a reading pillow sounds like something I need to have.
11. Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!
I’m new to the book blogging world and I don’t actually know any bloggers who haven’t done this tag already. If you haven’t done this one, feel free to try it out! 🙂
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