Oy there, traveler!
Fall is definitely here, and it is the beeeest season to cozy up, read, and drink hot beverages. Did I tell you autumn is my favorite season? I just love the aesthetic. To me, October is more about autumn than Halloween (as it is not much implanted here in France, and even less in the countryside where I live). So! Fall! Yay!
I was looking to do some book tag about this whole season/month, but all I could found was: spooky tags! Scary books! And: no.
I’m such a weakling when it comes to that, be it books or films/tv shows, so I definitely won’t talk to you about spooky stories… But! Let’s go back to fall, the coziest season, which is much more my thing, and thanks to Anne on Books Baking and Blogging, I have found THE perfect tag.
The autumn reading book tag was created by Amy Jane Reads back in 2016, and I was hooked. So let’s do this!
Are there any books you plan on reading over the autumn season?
Lately, I haven’t been much following the TBR I set myself, but I still try to do it nonetheless. As I said above, I’m not a huge fan of spooky/horror stories, but I’d like to try reading some Halloween-vibes books: I’m talking witches, vampires, and all-sort creatures.
But enough talking! This season I’d like to read :
Hm, okay, the last one is far from having those Halloween-vibes I talked about (unless you’re really afraid of 19th century little women…) but! it has those cottage-core vibes I also relate to October, because you know, the whole fall aesthetic again.
I received an ARC of These Violent Delights through Netgalley and I cannot wait to read it too, I heard so much about it and I feel like this is the right time to finally get to it!
I’m currently reading The Black Veins, and I really like the universe and magic system! I’m gonna wait to have read more of it before really pronounce myself about it, but I’ve been following Ashia Monet on Twitter for a while now, and I really like what she is sharing about the stories she writes. So I have high expectations for this book!
September brings back to school memories: what book did you most enjoy studying? And what were your favourite and least favourite school subjects?
Since I was sixteen years old, I’ve been studying literature as a major (yeah, French high schools used to have majors too, just like university, and we had to choose between lit, sciences, and economy — not gonna lie: lit studies was an obvious choice for me). So yeah, I’ve been studying books for five years, so let me tell you I had to read a looooot of them (the funnier (or not) is that I hate when I have mandatory reads and it completely blocks me).
I loved studying literature, especially in my last year of high school because I had such a passionate and cool teacher. College was something else, but it has its cool sides too. Among all the books I had to read for school, a huge part was… not great books. But! there were a few gems, that I loved reading, and loved studying.
I already told you about The Lost Escape by Alain-Fournier and Claudine at school by Colette in a previous post, but one of the books I enjoyed reading the most is The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. I’m not gonna lie by telling you this book is one great epic adventure: basically, nothing happens. This is the story of a noble Italian family and their fall through the political events of Italy during the 19th century. The story follows this family for 70 years or so, depicting how war and revolution impacted them, the alliances they had to make, one love triangle among them, and their doomed fall. This may not be the most epic books you’ll read, but I just loved the ambiance and following the characters through their lives.
October means Halloween: do you enjoy scary books and films? If so what are some of your favourites?
*Insert here the clown emoji*
I think I answered that question above, but as you may have guessed: scary stories are not for me. Everyone is currently ranting about how good Bly Manor is, and you’re probably right, but I’m not gonna watch it to talk about it with you all… Even tho I read the book for one of my classes during high school — I hated every minute of it… No, my Halloween tradition, mostly when I was in middle school, was to cozy up and watch the four Halloweentown movies: I just loved those!
With November it’s time for bonfire night and firework displays. What’s the most exciting book you’ve read that really kept you gripped?
Okay, let’s get this memory of mine works… I’d say Neverseen by Shannon Messenger, the fourth book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, or Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, which I basically read in one sitting — which never happens. And Rebecca, oh my god, Rebecca! Daphne du Maurier’s book had me on edge for the whole thing, I was reading on the bus, before bed, while walking… I just couldn’t stop (and I can’t wait to watch the movie!)
What book is your favourite cosy comfort read?
Whenever I feel down, I love reading comic books, especially Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. Whenever I receive a new volume, I turn off my phone, get comfy, and re-read all the books. I just love it. It’s so cute, and always makes me smile and feel great.
Curled up with a good book, what is your hot drink of choice?
Hot chocolate! This is really my fav beverage for the cold season. I love drinking coffee too, but it’s an all-year-long thing, and more for when working/writing.
Any plans you’re looking forward to over the next few months?
Going back to my student apartment! I’ve been living with my parents since the start of lockdown, which was back in March, and I will only be back in my own flat in January… I live in a good environment, do not worry, but I just love the independence that comes with my apartment. I also love the city I live in, which is 500km away from where my parents live, so I can’t really go there when I want. And, most importantly, I miss seeing my friends and going to our fav coffee shop.
And that’s it! If anyone feels like doing this tag, feel free to do like I actually tagged you! In any case, fall is here, let’s enjoy crumbling leaves and warm clothes while reading our fav books!
What is your favorite season?
What kind of books do you like to read during fall/October?