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.
In 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!
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 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.
Fall 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.
Fall 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.
The 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.
The 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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