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Finally Fall Book Tag

Hello, readers! It is starting to become fall here in the Midwest US, and I am starting to get very excited for it so I thought I would do this tag that you already know because of the title of the post.

This tag was created by Alina Milena and the original video doesn’t exist. But I will say that I was inspired by Kat at paperbackdreams posting her video.

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

So I bet you wondered if I could go a post without talking about this book, but the answer’s no. It feels weird picking it for a fall book tag when it’s so obviously a summer book, but Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno is so atmospheric for me. When I read it, I can hear the rain fall and smell the salt.

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

As I’ve mentioned whenever a question like this pops up, I read a lot of books about death and grief. It appears in almost ever book I read without me even wanting to, but I decided to go with Everything All At Once by Katrina Leno. This book is about a girl named Lottie whose aunt passed away, and she is dealing with her mental illness at the same time. I really related to Lottie a lot so I completely felt the emotions she was expressing.

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

I don’t read much non-fiction, but I did read All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson in June, and I absolutely loved it! This is a memoir, and it was so interesting to here him talk about his life and experiences.

4. 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.

I get very attached to friend groups and love to read about fantastic friend groups. For this, I decided to go with Blue and the Raven Boys from The Raven Cycle. I really enjoy this series, and part of it is because I love the characters. Every single one of them felt so real and uniquely lovable in their own way, including Ronan.

5. The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!

Photo of Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender, Crown of Feathers by Nikki Pau Preto, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson, and The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

I am back at college right now so I only have my unread books and a couple books that I wanted to reread, and apparently I don’t have very many fall-colored spines with me so this is what we’ve got to work with. It looks pretty lackluster, but apparently my unread books have black spines for the most part.

6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

For this, I’m going to go with The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. Part of this is told as Minnow is living a juvenile detention center, but another part is about her life in a cult shortly before the events of the book. It feels like a fairytale in the darkest way.

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

I don’t read many spooky books so this is a really hard for me to do. I wouldn’t call it creepy, but Sadie by Courtney Summers does have the dark, unsettling tone that I associate with horror. It is a thriller so I think that’s why the feelings are so similar.

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

It’s a pretty average-sized book, but I’m going to count With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo. This is the ultimate comfort read to me, and I think it only adds to it that the main character Emoni loves to cook so her recipes are scattered within the story. It’s also a YA contemporary so it is pretty fast to get through.

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

Graceling by Kristin Cashore! I’m usually pretty good about rereading my favorites, but I’ve never reread this series despite thinking so fondly of it. I don’t remember that much about it except that I absolutely loved it. They’re some of the few fantasy books to stay on my shelves after I read them so that is a great sign.

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

I love to create playlists or listening the ambience videos on Youtube as I read. What I do depends on the tone of the book. I also love to get warm and cozy in a blanket so those are probably my top accessories.

In the photo, I have my playlist for Felix Ever After on my laptop, my book and earbuds in my hand, and my blanket that my brother made me for Christmas

11. Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!

You! Feel free to do this tag and say that I tagged you.

That is the end of the Finally Fall book tag! I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know if we have any similar answers or what you thought of my picks! I’d love to talk to you down below!

Published by alyssathebookvagabond

A 22-year-old college student with a restless heart and equally restless brain

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