As the resident basic white girl of the book blogosphere, it should come as no surprise when I say my favorite season is fall. The changing leaves, the crisp smell in the air, the sweater weather– everything about the season appeals to me.
Therefore, I knew I had to do this tag after I saw it on Kat’s channel Paperback Dreams. And so I am. Let’s go!
In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
The world of Daevabad is so vivid and immersive. You feel like you could just step right into the book and be there with Nahri, Ali, and Dara.
Nature is beautiful, but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
This memoir is so beautifully written, but so heavy. Machado unpacks and reflects on an abusive relationship she had with an ex-girlfriend through different lenses. It’s so moving and impactful.
Fall is back-to-school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Through this book, I learned how to truly be an antiracist. It’s not enough to simply not be racist. Kendi lays out how policies need to prioritize equity over equality in order to achieve social equality. He also discusses how the intersections of race with other categories like class, gender, and sexual orientation affects how people of color, but especially Black people, are treated.
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
The Super Six
This is my ideal friend group. A bunch of rich dorks who love the crap out of each other. I’d love to get into shenanigans with them. I’d also date June, Nora, or Bea. I’m not picky (though Nora is the only one canonically into girls.)
The colorful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall colored spines
Fall is the perfect time for storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein someone is telling a story
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
This series is told through two perspectives: a bard and Tea telling her story to said bard. I have mixed feelings on how this affects the story, but hey, it fits the prompt.
The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read
The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
This book follows Gyre, who is on a dangerous lone cave expedition, with only Em helping remotely. And Em is being really cagey about what the goal of this expedition is. And she keeps drugging Gyre. And there might be someone else in the caves with Gyre. The story is so harrowing and creepy. It also gets bonus points for being gay.
The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day
Roadqueen: Eternal Roadtrip to Love by Mira Ong Chua
This is a really cute sapphic graphic novel. And yes, I did rhyme on purpose.
Fall returns every year: Name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I really miss this world and story, but mostly I just miss Karou and her romance with Akiva.
Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favorite cozy reading “accessories”
I usually read in bed, so my weighted blanket is a must have while reading.
Do you have any answers to any of these questions? Let me know in the comments!