Finally Fall Book Tag

Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! I’ve been so excited for the return of fall – lots of tasty meals, cups of tea, snuggly clothes, crunching through leaves, and Halloween! Today, I’m revisiting the Finally Fall Book Tag which I did last year, so without further ado, let’s begin!

In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting. For this, I’ve chosen The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, which is a historical adult novel, set in Amsterdam. This follows Nella, who at eighteen, finds herself married to a merchant trader. One day, he presents her with a miniature replica of their house, and slowly events unfurl that the dollhouse seems to depict… This is vivid Amsterdam, with so many details about the houses, markets and land. I enjoyed this, and as I’ve never been to Amsterdam, I felt it was an eye opener.

the miniaturist

Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief. This was a recent read, and that is S.T.A.G.S. by M. A. Bennett, which is a YA thriller/contemporary. This follows Greer as she wins a scholarship to the elusive school, S.T.A.G.S. One day she is invited to spend half term hunting, shooting and fishing – three blood sports – with prefect royalty. And then, the unexpected happens and the blood sports become even more deadly… This deals with loss and death from a teenage perspective, even from chapter one as Greer talks about the harrowing experiences she had. This was a really good book, and I recommend it to you all!

stags

Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new. I’ve been back to university, so that means textbooks! A book I’ve read is Globalization and Crime (2nd ed) by Katja Franko Aas, part of Key Approaches to Criminology. I learnt quite a bit about human trafficking from this, which is what I’ll be teaching about in my Contemporary Issues classes.

uni book

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. For this question, I’ve gone for the Milone family in Wolf Spring, where Arsinoe is fostered from the Three Dark Crowns YA fantasy series. They are a naturalist family, but they have a love for each other, even if part of it is instinct to keep Arsinoe alive. They are determined, feisty and are often looked down as other territories see their Queen as superior. The Milone’s hold their own secrets, but you’ll have to read the series to see how…

queens

The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-coloured spines! I wen rogue with this and I’ve picked one picked with fall colours! And that book is Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton, the ninth book in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. The sugar skull motif is perfect for celebrating Halloween and the colours blend beautifully!

obsidian butterfly

Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story. The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh is a good example of this. In this series, the Caliph of Khorasan takes a new bride to bed each night, and by the next morning, she is dead. Shahrzad becomes his wife, to avenge her cousin, and so she begins to tell him stories to see if she can live past the dawn… The series is a YA fantasy, and is very mystical and culture bound, especially as the tales begin and unwind…

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The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read. I’m going for Pet Sematary by Stephen King for this. This is an adult horror, and is definitely dark and creepy. Dr Louis Creed moves his family to Maine for his new job at the university, but disaster lurks. One day, his daughters cat, Church, is hit and killed by a truck. And then Louis learns about the pet cemetery and what lies beyond… This is definitely creepy, and kind of looks at how far a person would go to keep love alive. It’s perfect for the fall season!

Pet Sematary

The days are getting colder: name a short, heart warming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day. Definitely the Goth Girl series by Chris Riddell. This is a children’s series, mixing comedy and horror. The series follows Ada Goth, as she meets a wide variety of wacky characters around her home, Ghastly Gorm Hall… It’s funny, eerie and has such sweet messages!

Goth Girl Mouse

Fall (luckily it’s my favourite season) returns every year: name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon. I have quite a few books on my TBR, but I’d like to revisit Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling quite soon! I was hoping that the illustrated version would be out this year, but alas, I have to wait… I’d still like to return though, as this book definitely has fall feelings, especially with the Triwizard Tournament tasks…

Goblet of Fire

Fall is the perfect time for cosy reading nights: share your favourite cosy reading “accessories”! Definitely some fluffy pyjamas and cosy socks! It’s important to keep warm, and you can’t beat a good mug for your hot tea too! And my house rabbit Jinkx is an all season companion, of course.

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So that completes the tag – have you sorted your Halloween costume yet? I’ll give you a hint for mine – Brad Dourif!

– ReadWriteZoe.

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