Today is a special day. First because it’s Halloween (free excuse to eat as much candy as I want) and second, and more relevantly, because I’m going to do be doing a double tag post.
*intensely ignores fact that this is because she didn’t blog for most of October and now needs to squeeze in the fall tags before they become unseasonal*
Time to answer all these questions!
The Book Tag Questions
1) The Finally Fall Book Tag
In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting.
I’m reaching deep into the archives for this post, but I’m going to choose No Summit out of Sight: The Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits by Jordan Romero. I read this book two? three? four? years ago, but I still remember how vivid and exhilerating it was. It’s Jordan Romero’s memoir of how he climbed the seven summits (the highest point on each of the seven continents), completing the accomplishment in 2010 at age 15. He was also the youngest person ever to climb Mt. Everest when he did it at 13.
Nature is beautiful… but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This book is fresh on my mind because I just read it, but it perfectly fits this category.
“When I lost my sight, Werner, people said I was brave. When my father left, people said I was brave. But it is not bravery; I have no choice. I wake up and live my life. Don’t you do the same?”
Fall is back-to-school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
I have lots of nominees for this category, but I’m going to go with a book I have not talked about yet on this blog… The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming. (PSA: I read nonfiction books about the most random topics) This book is all about the Russian Revolution and the Romanovs, and I learned a ton of things; it’s both informative and very tragic. If you want to learn about the Russian Revolution, this is a great choice, although the writing style is a bit simple because it’s written for younger readers.
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 part of.
The Weasley family from Harry Potter! They are the best. (This is not the first time I’m going to mention Harry Potter in this tag)
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 someone is telling a story.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Again, this book is fresh on my mind because I recently finished reading it, but the epistolary format of the novel definitely fits this category.
The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.
The Landlady by Roald Dahl– another one from deep in the archives! This is not a book; it’s a short story, but I’m still including it. We read this for our horror unit and seventh grade and… it made trick-or-treating a bit creepier afterward.
The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
Smile by Raina Telgemeier– why am I picking so many books I read years ago? I don’t know! I feel like it. I read Smile in 2015, and it was just such a cute and fun book. It was my first time reading a graphic novel, too.
Fall returns every year: Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling- I haven’t re-read Harry Potter for quite a while, so it may be time to return to my old obsession soon. My HP books are all falling apart, though.
Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favorite cozy reading “accessories”!
Tea. Pretzels. Blankets. My dog.
2) The Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag
1. CRUNCHING LEAVES: The world is full of color! Choose a book with red/orange/yellow on the cover.
2. COZY SWEATER: It’s finally cool enough for warm cozy clothing! What book gives you the warm fuzzies?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I read P&P back in January, and although it took me an entire month to finish (to be fair, that was when we were still in school), I enjoyed it. I also really like the one movie adaptation I have seen (the 2005 one). Fun fact: I have learned some of the songs on piano.
3. FALL STORM: The wind is howling & the rain is pounding. Choose a book that you like to read on a stormy day
Times I have mentioned this book count #?: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. Great creepy mystery book.
4. COOL CRISP AIR: makes you breathe freely~ Who’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?
There are so many characters I would love to trade places with, but today I’m going to go with Hermione Granger from Harry Potter! Fun fact: I dressed up as Hermione for Halloween for 6 years of my life. Originally because of my HP obsession, later because I was too lazy to think of a new costume. Hermione is still my favorite character, and I’ve been told I act like her. I’m taking that as a compliment.
5. HOT APPLE CIDER: warm autumn drink. What underhyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?
This is a super weird one, but for this category I’m going to choose The Real McCoys series by Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr. I tutor an elementary schooler for reading, and this is the series we’re reading together right now. It’s a younger middle grade series about a 4th grader named Moxie and her detective misadventures with her brother and her friend. I was extremely surprised to see how few ratings the books had on Amazon and Goodreads because they were GOOD books. Every page is full of illustrations and the writing is super clever, full of wordplay and quirky metaphors. The characterization is also great. I’m surprised the series isn’t more popular.
6. COAT, SCARVES, & MITTENS: the weather has turned cold & it’s time to cover up! What’s a book cover you don’t like?
The Selection series book covers (and that disappointingly stupid series in general)
7. PUMPKIN SPICE: time for some Starbucks! What’s your favorite fall comfort food?
Soup! Tea! Mac and cheese (even though I haven’t had it in forever)
Since I’m doing this post kind of late, and Halloween (at least in my worldview) marks the end of the fall-ish period of fall, I feel like it’s a bit late to tag people for these. Not that November isn’t fall-ish… it just seems more wintry to me, and it can take a while to write posts. What I’m trying to say is, I’m not going to specifically tag anyone, but if you’re reading this right now and want to do either of these tags, consider yourself nominated!
Thanks for checking out my blog today! Happy Halloween, if you celebrate it.
Have you read any of the books mentioned here? Do you agree with my choices? What’s your favorite season of the year?