The Finally Fall Book Tag!

Hello everyone, and welcome back! Fall is in the air! The weather is turning crisp and cool (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere) and I got the chance to see some beautiful beginnings of autumn foliage when I went apple picking with my family over the weekend. So I’ve come equipped today with just the right type of blog post — the Finally Fall Book Tag! Thank you so much to Alexis @ The Reading Addict for tagging me, and let’s get right into it!

The Questions

In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting.

The Silence of Bones by June Hur! I may be slightly biased about this book, but the setting of Joseon seemed to come to life before my very eyes as I sped through this novel. June Hur captures the tense atmosphere of the time period perfectly through her writing and the suspenseful storyline.

Check out my review here!

Nature is beautiful… but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

Amazon.com: Salt to the Sea (9780142423622): Sepetys, Ruta: Books

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Sepetys’s sparse and raw writing serves as backdrop to a devastating account of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff. It’s a truly heartbreaking story, but Sepetys’s prose manages to convey hope and love in the midst of terror and cruelty.

Fall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon  (Newbery Honor Book): Sheinkin, Steve: 9781596434875: Amazon.com: Books

Bomb by Steve Sheinkin — I really didn’t know anything about the WWII atomic bomb project other than what I’d been taught at school before reading this book. I went into it expecting a boring account of dates and famous names, but Steve Sheinkin does a fantastic job of narrating true incidents in a way that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. He also explores themes of morality and the ethics behind the decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Highly engrossing.

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 part of.

Amazon.com: Cinder (9781250007209): Marissa Meyer: Books

The crew from The Lunar Chronicles! I can’t keep the smile off my face just imagining what it would be like to meet Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, their respective love interests, and everyone’s favorite android, Iko. My fangirling over their 214 Rampion would probably put Thorne’s love for his ship to shame.

The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall coloured spines!

Voilà — my first attempt at a bookish ~aesthetic~! Books included are: Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk, Far from the Tree by Robin Benway, Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas, A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews, The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry, and Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery.

Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein someone is telling a story.

Amazon.com: Bridge of Clay (9781984830159): Zusak, Markus: Books

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak. Markus Zusak’s follow-up to The Book Thief is convoluted, long, and complicated, and I absolutely loved it. In this novel, Matthew Dunbar tells the story of his brother Clay, the fourth of the five Dunbar brothers who somehow finds himself at the center of their family’s story. Spanning decades and generations and countless relationships, this book definitely makes for an intricate and at times perplexing read. It’s only in the months after I finished this book that I realized what a masterpiece Bridge of Clay really is. I’m so overdue for a reread.

The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.

The Devil and the Dark Water - Kindle edition by Turton, Stuart. Literature  & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

I generally hate dark and creepy with a passion — it’s scary okay 😂 — but the blurb for Stuart Turton’s The Devil and Dark Water immediately caught my eye. It’s giving me major Sherlock & Watson vibes, and I LOVE that the bodyguard is the one solving the mystery. Plus that cover!!! I’m definitely planning to pick this one up when it comes out in October. 

The days are getting colder: Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

Amazon.com: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society  (9780385341004): Shaffer, Mary Ann, Barrows, Annie: Books

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I read this relatively short book within a day, and I have absolutely no regrets. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows spin a beautiful story about an eccentric book club, an author struggling with writer’s block, and above all, how the smallest decisions you make can completely change someone else’s life. One of my all-time favorite books ever.

Fall returns every year: Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.

Amazon.com: Legend (9780142422076): Lu, Marie: Books

I’ve been thinking of rereading the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu! I’m in the mood for something cozy and comforting and romantic, and Marie Lu’s debut fits the bar perfectly.

I now apparently consider overthrowing a totalitarian government cozy and comforting. This is what happens when you read too many books.

Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!

I don’t have a particular “accessory” for reading that comes to mind, but for me, cozy reading nights don’t get any better than curling up on the couch and cracking open a hardcover for the first time!

I Tag…

Cherelle @ Cherelle the Bibliophile
Emily @ Frappes & Fiction
Sarah @ Bookish Rantings
Aayushi @ My Bookish Banter

As usual, no pressure if you’re not interested in doing this tag! 💖

That’s it for today, everyone! This tag was so much fun to do — feel free to complete this tag on your blog if you’re interested, even if I didn’t tag you!

How about you? What’s your go-to fall read? Any dark, creepy books that I should give a chance? Chat with me in the comments below!

20 thoughts on “The Finally Fall Book Tag!

  1. Wonderful answers, Abby! Autumn seems to have come along so quickly this year, haha. It sounds like you had a lovely weekend, so I am happy to hear that ❤

    You really have convinced me to read Silence of Bones. I also love the aesthetic you created, such beautiful spines!

    I’m currently reading The Devil and the Dark Water, as I was lucky to get an advanced electronic copy of it. I can’t tell you how happy I was to get one! I’m just over 40% in and it’s a fascinating read. A little slow-paced for me until now, but the writing is great and now that the mystery is beginning to emerge, I am really starting to enjoy it. I will buy a physical copy when it is released 🙂

    Have a great day, and happy reading!

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    1. Fall is really such a lovely season! And I definitely enjoyed my weekend out! I loved seeing the beautiful scenery and spending some time outdoors for once 😆

      Ahh I’m so happy that I’m succeeding in spreading the word about this amazing book! I really really really hope you love it when you get the chance to pick it up 🥰 And it’s a relief to hear that my first attempt at a bookish photograph didn’t fail miserably 😂

      You got an advanced copy?!?! I’m so jealous!!! I’m so glad to hear that you’re enjoying it so far 🥳 Slow paced books are usually my favorite, so that’s yet another point in its favor! I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts about it once you finish!!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Stephen, and hope you have a wonderful day as well! 💕

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      1. I’m so glad you had a great time 🥰 I will let you know what I think of Silence of Bones as soon as I read it. If you loved it, I’m sure I will also!

        Yes, getting an advanced copy really made my day! I’m excited to read more tonight. Have you read The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle? I absolutely adored that book. 💕😍

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        1. I’ve heard the most amazing things about Evelyn Hardcastle! Sofii’s review at A Book A Thought convinced me to add it to my TBR, and I was planning to pick it up if I enjoyed The Devil and the Dark Water. Now that I have your word on that, it seems like I’ll be picking it up either way! 😂🥰

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  2. This was fun to read! I’m also a big Lunar Chronicles fan. Right now though, I’ve been reading a bunch of holiday/winter-themed books. I don’t think I really own any creepy ones, but I do want to try to read the murder-mysteries that I own and haven’t read.

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    1. Fall is the perfect time to get started on your holiday TBR! And there’s nothing like sinking into a chair and reading the latest murder mystery while the autumn wind howls outside 🎃 Thanks for reading and commenting, Ariel! 💛

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  3. This was really enjoyable to read! I agree 1000000% that my fictional family has to be the Lunar Chronicles gang.

    And ooh Legend! Glad to know its a favourite as I am eager to read it After Warcross and The Young Elites. Haha, indeed books have the ability to make defeating governments, slaying dragons and whatnot comforting. 😊

    Thanks for the tag, I’ll get to it soon!

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed, Cherelle! I get all warm and fuzzy inside imagining what it would be like to be part of the Lunar Chronicles gang 🥰🥰

      Legend was amazing! It had its cliched moments for sure, but it’s still one of the best YA dystopias I’ve read! And I’m low-key annoyed with myself that I still haven’t picked up Marie Lu’s other series. I currently have her newest release Skyhunter on hold so I’m really excited for that!!

      I’m looking forward to reading your answers!!! Thanks for reading and hope you have a beautiful day ❤️💗

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      1. Same! I am looking forward to Skyhunter (partially because I want to own a book with such a gorgeous cover hehe)! 🤩

        You too, take care! ❤

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  4. AH I would also LOVE to be apart of the Lunar Chronicles crew. However, I would probably cause a few scandals because I’d be crushing on all the boys lol. I loved this tag and reading your answers 🙂

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