It’s finally fall! While I’m not looking forward to fall turning into winter, I’ll relish these cooler, crisper days while I can. And with the autumn season comes the Finally Fall Book Tag, originally created by Tall Tales
Into the questions:
In fall, the air is crisp and clear
Name a book with a vivid setting!
I try to not say Harry Potter for every answer, so how about “a new Potter.” Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow was so delightfully whimsical, both the town as a whole and the magical shifting hotel where Morrigan stays during her trials. (If you haven’t read this middle grade book yet, there’s still time before the next book comes out late next month!)
Nature is beautiful… but also dying
Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.
The book on my shelf that embodies “beautiful darkness” most has to be The Fact of a Body. It’s a nonfiction book about a woman who is working with an exoneration project, fully believing that she’s against the death penalty. But when she is assigned the case of a child murderer/rapist, she has to confront her own beliefs and her own traumatic past. It’s a difficult book to read. Trigger warnings for assault. But this story has stuck with me for well over the year since I last read it. It’s heartbreaking, challenging and so well told.
Fall is back to school season
Share a nonfiction book that taught you something new.
As I’ve said in other tags/posts, my fave forever is Mary Roach. This time I’ll talk about Grunt. This one focuses on the science behind the military. And not the “science” of strategy, no. The science behind body armor, how to deal with how loud war is and, for those of us with middle-school childishness, how they go about traumatic injuries to the genitals. All incredibly interesting and well told, like every Mary Roach out there. (What are you studying next Ms. Roach?! Enquiring minds need to know!)
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.
After scrolling through my “Read” shelf, I also realized I don’t read a ton of books with great families/friend, or at least not in worlds where I’d want to live. There’s lots of absent parents/murdering going ‘round out there. But I finally thought of joining the crew of the Wayfarer in either The Long Way To a Small, Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit. That crew is so wholesome, willing to work with each other for a common goals and so genuinely interested in each others’ lives. Even the AI is friendly.
The colorful 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.
The Name of the Wind follows Kvothe, who is detailing his life story to a Chronicler over the span of three nights in a tavern, where he mysteriously ended up in hiding. The first book tells of his time in a magical university.
The nights are getting darker
Share a dark, creepy read.
A perfect fall creepy read: We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I should pick up other Shirley Jackson books, which all feel very autumnal to me.
The days are getting colder
Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
I don’t read a lot of short or heartwarming books… But the books that brought me a crazy amount of joy are the Temeraire books by Naomi Novik. It’s a Napoleonic war reimagined with dragons, so not exactly a cozy read but the relationship between Temeraire and Captain Laurence is so precious ❤
Fall returns every year
Name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon.
I really want to reread The Night Circus soon. It’s super atmospheric to fall/winter times so maybe I’ll be in the mood for it soon!
Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights
Share your favorite cozy reading “accessories”
My favorite autumn accessories are a cozy knit blanket, a mug of chai tea and warm candles. And I can’t forget my favorite cozy companion: