Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. Time for another book tag, and today it’s a seasonal one with the Autumn Book Tag! I took these prompts from I’m All Booked Up, and you can find their answers here.
1. What book always reminds you of fall/autumn?
I read a lot of historical fiction when I first had access to my library at secondary school, so I’d have to say I have the memories of reading authors like Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir make me think of Autumn, although no specific book springs to mind. Dark academia is generally also a good shout with all the ‘back to school’ vibes.
2. What is your favorite autumnal book cover?
This year I’ve read some brilliant books with some brilliant covers, but I think the most Autumnal cover I can think of is Mexican Gothic, which I read last year and loved. It’s a great read, and the green, orange and purple colours on the cover feel very cosy.
3. What is your favorite autumnal drink to read with?
If I’m at home? Apple and cinnamon tea, or mulled cider. If I’m out, Caramel Macchinato all the way!
4. Do you prefer to read late at night or early in the morning?
Late at night. I love late nights, especially if it’s raining and a bit chilly, and I’ve got my fluffy blanket wrapped over my legs, and my cat purring in my lap. I haven’t been sleeping all that well recently though, so I’ve seen a lot of early mornings recently, and frankly dealing with mornings with a book is the only way I want to deal with them.
5. Halloween is coming! What is your favorite spooky read?
Halloween has been and gone now! Here’s my list of twenty Halloween Reads, with the perfect book for anyone, whether you’re looking for ghosts or vampires or humans (they’re always the scariest!). I haven’t had any time to do any rereading at the moment, but I’ve just finished reading The Sisters Grimm which I started on Halloween, so to go with that big list, I’ll add that one in.
6. What is the ultimate comfort read for you?
I love a good mystery. Mysteries and thrillers are my comfy, cosy place. I’ve read some absolutely brilliant ones this year, and I’ve got some lined up for the rest of the year too that I’m really excited for too. This month especially I’ll be starting with T.I.G.E.R.S, book four in the S.T.A.G.S series.
7. What is your favorite autumnal reading snack?
Sweets, obviously. No, I have various issues with food, physically and mentally, and tend to go through phases of eating something constantly then not eating it for months. Currently I’m hooked on a particular brand of salt and viniger crisps. The counterweight of that is Haribo Tangfastics.
8. What is your favorite autumnal candle to burn whilst reading?
Oops, sorry! I’m going to be very dull and boring I’m afraid. Because of my migraines, a lot of scents can cause me a lot of pain and sickness, so I stick with plain vanilla. I love the smell of vanilla candles, and I love vanilla lattes too. If it was a good quality candle, I might be able to get away with coffee, but I’m always too scared to try them in a shop to find out!
9. When you’re not reading, what is your favorite autumnal activity?
I do a lot of crochet, when I’m well enough. I get a lot of numbness in my hands and am losing my vision so what I can manage depends on that, but when I can, I love listening to my audiobooks and crocheting at the same time. That’s my ideal. It’s great weather for making blankets and snuggly things to wear that I’ll either give as presents or say I’m going to give as presents and keep for myself.
10. What is on your autumn/fall reading list?
Because we’re moving this month, I’ve only put a few books on my TBR this month, but I’m hoping to get more done. As I’ve mentioned above I’m planning on reading T.I.G.E.R.S, but here’s the rest of my November TBR.