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The Finally Fall Book Tag: 2020

2020 finally fall tag

I saw this book tag over at Pages and Tea and while I wasn’t actually tagged I thought I’d join in since I didn’t post anything yesterday! This tag was created by Alina on her booktube channel Tall Tales.

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Valperga titleIn fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting.

Valperga by Mary Shelley – This isn’t Shelley’s best-known novel (and it isn’t even currently in print) but I love the way she describes Valperga and the other settings in the novel. Her descriptions are just so vivid!

The Color PurpleNature is beautiful… but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker – It’s an incredibly beautiful book that deals with some heavy, but necessary topics. I can’t remember if I actually cried while I was reading it but it certainly moved me.

Confessions of an English Opium EaterFall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater and Other Writings by Thomas De Quincey – I learnt a lot about laudanum and opium addiction in the nineteenth century by reading this. It’s something I’ve been interested in since I found out Samuel Taylor Coleridge needed laudanum just to function and this book gave me a real insight into how it affected people addicted to it during this time.

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 genuinely can’t think of any!

The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall-coloured spines!

Three almost ~autumnal~ coloured Sherlock Holmes book covers rather than book spines.

The DecameronFall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio – Ten people telling one hundred stories over ten days while they’re quarantining in Florence during the plague. Not this plague though, the one during the 1340s.

A Room with a ViewThe days are getting colder: Name a short, heart-warming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

A Room with a View by E. M. Forster – I’d usually consider this a summer read (even though I don’t know why) but it could definitely be read to brighten a cold, rainy day. I just find this book really comforting.

Mexican GothicThe nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I haven’t read many creepy books in 2020, other than my usual early Gothic novels, but this book certainly fits the bill!

Fall returns every year: Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino, The Italian by Ann Radcliffe, and The City & the City by China Tom Miéville.

Fall is the perfect time for cosy reading nights: Share your favourite cosy reading “accessories”!

A very thick blanket or two, hot chocolate, and the ambient sound of rain on the window (usually provided by Nature since I live in the UK but occasionally provided by spotify). I’ve been listening to a lot of nature sounds while reading this year because they help me concentrate and rain is a favourite.

Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!

I’m not going to tag anyone but, as always, if you see this and you want to do it (like I did) then I’m tagging you!


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