Fall is the perfect season for reading, and I always love doing autumn-inspired book tags. So, I was immediately excited when I saw Alina @ Tall Tales created a new fall book tag– the Finally Fall Book Tag. Without further ado, let’s get into the questions!
Book covers link to Goodreads.
1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting.
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent paints a hauntingly atmospheric picture of Iceland in the 1800’s– from the widespread poverty, to the religious fervor, to the brutal winters, to rural farm life. This book is incredibly bleak, yet still beautiful, and the setting perfectly reflects this dichotomy.
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.
The books in the Wayward Children series always fill me with a sense of melancholy. They’re so full of longing, particularly this first book– all the children at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children want nothing more than to return to the magical worlds they journeyed to before being returned, against their will, to our world.
3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
Trevor Noah’s memoir, Born a Crime, taught me so much about life in South Africa during- and post-Apartheid. I particularly learned a lot about the dynamics of the racial tensions in that country.
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.
I mean… as far as family goes, is there any other acceptable answer besides the Weasleys? If we’re talking friends, I desperately want to be part of Paige’s friend group from The Start of Me & You. They’re all so intelligent, loyal, and like-minded, and their dynamic reminded me so much of my friend group in high school.
5. The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!
Some of the prettiest book covers that feature fall colors:
6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
In Everything Must Go (full review here), the main character, Flora, is telling the story of her year at a Quaker school in upstate New York through a collection of documents (letters, emails, blog posts, etc.) she’s assembled from that year in her life. Every so often, current-Flora will add commentary or context to some of the documents or provide some insight into past-Flora’s reasoning for the decisions she made.
7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.
Obviously I had to pick The Diviners. Libba Bray is my favorite author, so she was bound to show up somewhere on this list. Plus, it’s the perfect creepy read around Halloween. The paranormal elements in this series are really well-thought-out, and as a result, totally terrifying.
8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
The sheer relatability and cuteness of Becky Albertalli’s books could brighten even the rainiest day.
9. Fall returns every year: name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon.
As you know if you read the blog regularly, Victoria/V. E. Schwab is one of my very favorite authors. Vicious remains one of my favorites of her novels, but I haven’t read it in three years, so I’m definitely due for a reread soon! I also reeeeeaaaallly need to reread Steinbeck’s East of Eden soon. It’s my favorite classic, and one of my all-time favorite books. It’s so brilliant that it’s one of those books I think I’ll return to every couple years throughout my life, since there’s SO much to digest and to take away from this story.
10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favorite cozy reading accessories!
“Over the Wall” candle from Icey Designs // This candle is inspired by one of my absolute favorite books of the year, The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke. Plus, the coffee, cinnamon, and cake scent just screams “fall” to me. I’ve been burning it nonstop lately.
Lattes // I’m normally a coffee purist (I usually just drink black coffee. I know; I’m a monster), but something about a warm latte in the fall is so comforting. I also love adding milk to my tea drinks in the fall, too.
Floral blanket (Target) // This blanket has long been a staple in my apartment. It is THE COZIEST. Perfect for late nights reading on the couch.
11. Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!
People I tag:
- Lauren @ Bookmark Lit
- Brooke @ Brooke Reports
- Paige @ The Minimalist BookTuber
- Sarah @ Sarah with the Glasses
- Cat @ Cat’s Book Nook
- Sky @ Sky’s Reading Corner
- Quirks @ Quirky Opinions
- Jordyn @ Jordz the Bibliophile
- A.J. @ Lacy Literary
- Kayla Rayne
If you’ve also done this tag, feel free to leave me a link below! And if you’d like to do this tag, feel free to say I tagged you! What are some of your fall reading essentials?