1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!
For this, I am definitely going to go with City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. I felt so thoroughly transported to the landscape of this world, with its djinn and flying carpets and I absolutely loved it. Chakraborty has a wonderful way of building this rich, wild, desert, that you can almost taste it.
2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief
There are several books that I thought about for this one, but I think it needs to go to A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This book is heartbreaking, from beginning to end, and I don’t think I’ve ever come across a writer who understands damaged young minds like Ness does. I also highly recommend getting the illustrated version, because it is stunning. Have a hankie handy, though…
3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
Not a big non-fiction reader (I need to read through academic textbooks for my job, so non-fiction always ends up feeling like more work!), but my friend lent me her copy of Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions and some of the information in there was actually kind of terrifying, not only in how we look at mental health, but just our health in general.
4. 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.
Spending time with the Court of Dreams from Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series seems like a perfect way to spend my time, quite frankly. I’d even stick around until winter so I can try and get involved in that epic snowball fight they have…
5. The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-coloured spines!
My books are divided across four different houses at the moment, so this isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do! But here’s the most autumn looking photo on my bookstagram feed to keep you entertained!
6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Narrated by Death. Just for the record, I would love it if Death narrated my life for me. It’d probably be a bit boring, but I’m sure he’d make it far more interesting…
7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.
I don’t really read that many creepy books, but I picked up Rawblood by Catriona Ward last year and really enjoyed it. A proper gothic story about a cursed family. Definitely a good one if you’re looking for a spooky Halloween read!
8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day
So, I apparently don’t read that many heartwarming books either! It definitely feels more like a summer read than an autumn one, but You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour is definitely heartwarming, with this tale of friendship and love. I grinned a lot while reading this one.
9. Fall returns every year: name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.
I actually have a post coming up about all the books I want to reread, but one I need to get back to so that I can read the sequel now that it is FINALLY HERE is Vicious by V.E. Schwab.
10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!
Blankets. Candles. Big socks. Hot chocolate. Fluffy cardigan. Y’know … the usual!!