Can you smell that? It’s the smell of encroaching crispy leaves falling off trees and Starbucks churning out PSLs. That’s right, it’s Fall – or, Autumn, as we English people say. And in celebration of this transitional season into the best of the year (Winter, obviously), I’ve found a book tag, the aptly names Fall Book Tag. No messing around with fancy names here, no sir. This tag was created by Bionic Book Worm and I saw it over on Stephanie’s blog so I couldn’t resist giving it a go.
Crisp Fall Air – A Book That Felt Fresh and New
The first thing that came to mind was Genuine Fraud by e. lockhart. I know other authors have written stories in reverse order but this used that device in a really interesting way so it started with, say, chapter 20, and worked its way back to chapter 1 so you understood the motivation behind what brought the protagonist to the situation she was in at the start of the book/end of the story. It didn’t feel gimmicky either, it completely fit the tone of the story being told, which was quite refreshing, like that sweet, sweet fall breeze.
Howling Winds – An Ending That Blew You Away
I could pick so many series enders for this. I mean, shall I be typical and mention a certain duology by Leigh Bardugo? Or perhaps a trilogy by V.E. Schwab?
But if we’re talking about real ‘makes you gasp with surprise’ ending that made me frantically turn over the pages expecting (nay, needing) more story right this second, then I guess that would be the thing that happens at the end of The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon. I don’t know if I’ve ever quite recovered from it.
Comfy Sweaters – A Book That Gave You the Warm and Fuzzy’s
Basically anything where it has a touch of cutesy, healthy, aspirational romance? See Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Lately I’m gonna add Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt to the list too because it made me so warm and fuzzy, not because of a couple but in it but rather because of the obvious passion in it for the theatrical community and all the people who were behind putting on the theatre production in this book. I just loved this cast of characters and reading it certainly made me feel all warm and fuzzy.
Bright Colors – A Cover with Either Red, Orange, or Yellow
Shall we talk about the stunning cover for Circe by Madeline Miller? I think we should pause a second to just stare at it for a little while because this UK hardback cover is an absolute cracker and also very orange and shiny. In person, it’s stunning – if you’ve seen it, you know what I mean.
Leaf Fight – A Book with Non Stop Action
Ok, here’s the thing: I don’t really read action packed books. When it comes to books I am the sort who gasps “he touched her hand!!!” during a Jane Austen novel because the drawn-out tension was killing me and I live for that shit. So… I’m mostly about the more sedate, character-driven sort. But I do read a lot of YA fantasy as of late so I guess choosing one of those would be probably apt. I’m going to go for An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir because it’s such high stakes action and so much happens that my heart was in my throat the entire time I first read it.
Pumpkin Spice – Your Most Anticipated Read
I am very much looking forward to King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. In fact, I need it, now. January seems like so far away and I just need Nikolai back in my life as soon as humanly possible, please and thank you. In the meantime I’m having to console myself with the rest of the Grishaverse which is nice (don’t get me wrong) but also not a book dedicated to following the precious Nikolai.
That’s all, folks, that was the Fall Book Tag! Didn’t we have fun? If you would like to get in on the fun yourself please do consider yourself tagged by me and link me to your post because I’d love to read your responses. Until then, Happy Fall everyone!