Hey there, bookworms and dragons! I’m so far behind on my book tags and things, but mistysbookspace tagged me for the Finally Fall Book Tag and, having just gotten back from where autumn is actually autumn-like, I feel like it’s the perfect opportunity to relish my favourite season. It’s also the perfect way for me to procrastinate on writing this review that I need to post tomorrow. Why wait? Procrastinate now!
Misty wasn’t sure who created this tag and I’ve not got the energy for digging so, if you know who created it let me know and I’ll be sure to update the post. Let’s dig in and have a little fun, shall we? 😀
In Autumn, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting!
The world building in the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard is incredibly vivid and lush! It’s one of the most immersive experiences I’ve had with a novel. I also heard recently that the series might be getting made into a TV show! *screams*
The first novel in the series is Truthwitch, followed by Windwitch, and the third novel in the series, Bloodwitch (are you seeing the theme here?), is due to be released in February 2019. There’s also a novella associated with the series that has already been released, titled Sightwitch. And, though it’s a prequel novella, I would read that one after the second novel because it might be easier to understand the world that way.
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 one could be pretty much any book written by Khaled Hosseini. He’s one of my favourite authors and everything he puts out is heart wrenchingly beautiful. My favourite novel of his is And The Mountains Echoed, which is a novel that deals with loss and family and shows how much of an effect we really have on the lives around us.
Khaled Hosseini is an incredible storyteller and I always look forward to reading anything he writes. I recently picked up his new release, Sea Prayer, though it’s a picture book so I won’t be writing out a full review of it. I love how it was written and why. It’s utterly heartbreaking and I recommend it to anyone who’s able to read it. (TW/CW: death of a child)
Autumn is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new
For Every One by Jason Reynolds is the book I didn’t know I needed until after I read it. I needed a short digital book to read while I was on the reference desk on one of my Sunday shifts back in May and this popped up as something that was available to read right away. I’ve heard many good things about Jason Reynolds and his writing, so I figured I would give it a go.
Little did I know I was picking up a book that would change my outlook on so many things. It’s more of a poem or open letter than a novel, which is why I never wrote a full review of it, but I definitely recommend everyone read it. It helped me learn that while everyone is struggling with one thing or another, it’s okay to fail. It’s okay to pick myself back up after I fail. And it’s okay to be okay with who I am now instead of forcing myself to only think about how much better I could be if I was different. It’s definitely the kick in the arse and self-esteem boost I needed.
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
I would LOVE to be a member of The Devil’s Own from The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell! I was hoping to visit a few of the spots in the book when I passed through New York City at the beginning of this month, but between traffic (people in Connecticut CAN NOT DRIVE) and getting lost (where do people in NYC even park?) it just didn’t work out that way.
I did, however, get to drive past the Brooklyn Bridge, where quite a few of the scenes in The Last Magician and take place! I’m hoping that when I’m near the city next, I’ll be able to stop by a few of the places in the Bowery that have been immortalized in my mind by The Devil’s Own.
The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of autumn-coloured spines!
I do have a few books I could probably use to take a photo for this prompt between my personal library and the public library. Unfortunately, it’s quite rainy here just now and I’m not sure I’ll be able to get any decent photos taken until after this Hurricane passes by. 😦 I will try to at least do it later on and post it to bookstagram. Unless I forget, which, let’s face it, is a distinct possibility these days.
Autumn is the perfect time for storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story
There are three novellas in Star-Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi. My favourite of the three is Poison and Gold but my second favourite was Rose and Sword, in which Gauri tells her granddaughter a story about a wife-to-be stealing her husband back from death himself. It’s a beautifully told story set in the lush Star-Touched world and I loved every moment of it! It’s definitely a collection worth picking up if you enjoyed either or both of Roshani’s novels set in the same universe, though I would read those novels first if you plan to read this collection because it’s pretty spoilery.
The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is two parts dark, one part creepy, and one part historical fiction. It’s the first and only (so far) novel I’ve read by Kiersten White, though if this is the kind of thing I have to look forward to in her work I’ll be eagerly picking up anything and everything.
The fact that this is a Frankenstein retelling should clue you in to the story’s dark and creeptastic nature, but it’s also slightly more historical fiction and slightly less sci-fi, making for a dark yet interesting read. Good plot twists and better world building, this novel should be near the top of your TBR!
The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon is obviously a summer novel. It also tackles some pretty tough topics, like being a first generation American. I love that this book didn’t shy away from those topics but still managed to be incredibly heartwarming.
The thing I like the most about When Dimple Met Rishi is what gives me the most heartwarming feels, so I figure I should take two seconds to talk about that: the fact that the characters are all incredibly flawed. I LOVE the fact that Dimple and Rishi both make mistakes. Sometimes they learn from them and sometimes they don’t. They’re allowed to be human and, to me, it makes them feel so much more real. I just love when characters are allowed to be human and show their humanity while still being able to have something like a happy ending. 🙂
Autumn (luckily, it’s my favourite season) returns every year: Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon
I was actually talking about this series a couple weeks ago at work with a friend of mine. I’m SUPER excited for the release of King of Scars in February, but I’d like to reread Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo before it’s released. This series has some of my all-time favourite characters in it and I’d really like to see them again.
I’ve also been told that the audiobook versions of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom are both incredibly well done AND with a full cast, so I’m probably going to go with audiobook format when I reread. Also, I might not have the time for many more physical books for a while beginning next summer if things go the way I’m hoping. But, yes. Six of Crows. Nina. Inej. Jesper. Wylan. Matthias. Kaz. I need all my Ketterdam friends back and soon! Also, dark stories with magic and heists seem to pretty much be my theme these days.
Autumn is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!
It’s still quite warm here in Florida even though it’s rainy, so I don’t really have a cozy reading accessory right now? When it starts to cool off a bit, I’ll probably “borrow” 7’s orange blanket though. It’s SO FLUFFY AND SOFT! When it’s cooler, I’ll be able to sit under it for hours and just enjoy a good book! 🙂
Spread the Autumn appreciation and tag some people!
I’m not going to tag anyone specific, but if it looks interesting or you’d like to do the Finally Fall Book Tag, please consider yourself tagged by me! Happy reading!