Finally Fall Tag

Blogmas 2019

Hello beautiful book people! Happy 3rd day of Blogmas! Saw this post over on Orangutan Library and decided to tag myself because I love fall. I know, I know, we are well on our way to winter (which, let’s be honest, I also love) but fall will always be my favorite and we still have about 20 days of it left so….

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

I couldn’t just pick one. I mean, the setting is practically a main character in both The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin and Dune by Frank Hebert.

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

Very rarely do I encounter a book that accurately portrays the emotions of an adult who as a child experienced the traumatic death of a parent. In fact, I can count on one hand the number of books I have read, and even then I would be using only 2 fingers. One of those fingers is this book, Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. Here is a quote from the book that is spot on (and in case you are wondering “how the hell would she know?” Well, my mom died when I was 10 from breast cancer so yeah, I know.)

You see, for me, memories are difficult. Very often, they hurt. A curious thing about grief is the way it takes your entire life, all those foundational years that made you who you are, and makes them so painful to look back upon because of the absence there, that suddenly they’re inaccessible. You must invent an entirely new system.

And this one:

“So, imagine we’re all born with a set of feelings. Some are broader or deeper than others, but for everyone, there’s that ground floor, a bottom crust of the pie. That’s the maximum depth of feeling you’ve ever experienced. And then, the worst thing happens to you. The very worst thing that could have happened. The thing you had nightmares about as a child, and you thought, it’s all right because that thing will happen to me when I’m older and wiser, and I’ll have felt so many feelings by then that this one worst feeling, the worst possible feeling, won’t seem so terrible.

“But it happens to you when you’re young. It happens when your brain isn’t even fully done cooking—when you’ve barely experienced anything, really. The worst thing is one of the first big things that ever happens to you in your life. It happens to you, and it goes all the way down to the bottom of what you know how to feel, and it rips it open and carves out this chasm down below to make room. And because you were so young, and because it was one of the first big things to happen in your life, you’ll always carry it inside you. Every time something terrible happens to you from then on, it doesn’t just stop at the bottom—it goes all the way down.”

It is frankly terrifying how accurate these quotes are.

Fall is Back to School Season. Name a Nonfiction Book that Taught You Something.

The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan is one of the very rare nonfiction books I have picked up, and I loved it. It taught me so much about the 4 plants Pollen talks about, and how really, the plants are cultivating us, not the other way around.

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 love to be a part of.

I would love to be a part of Jaenelle’s friend group in Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop.

The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground. Show us a pile of Autumn-colored spines. 

Autumn book spines

I am away from home, visiting my Aunt, at the writing of this post, so I snapped a pic of her and my uncle’s books. I could snap a pic of my own books when I get home and before this post is posted, but I am afraid I will forget or not have enough time.

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

I am gonna go with Orangutang Library on this one. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is pretty much a perfect example of a story framed within a story. I just really hope that Kvothe turns out to be an unreliable narrator. That would just be *chef’s kiss*.

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

I was just thinking to myself the other day about how creepy Lord of the Flies by William Golding is…so I am pleased this was a prompt.

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

Tournament of Losers by Megan Derr. I will always recommend this book for these prompts, hahaha.

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

I have been thinking a lot lately about the Harry Potter books and will probably re-read them soon.

The end! Please consider yourself tagged if you liked this post and want to do one of your own.

3 thoughts on “Finally Fall Tag

  1. Really glad you did this! 😀 I like the sound of the left hand of darkness 😀 ooh lord of the flies is a great answer. I love rereading harry potter as well. And it’s so great that red white and royal blue dealt with childhood bereavement so well- those quotes were brilliant and I’m really sorry to hear you went through that ❤

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    • Thank you! 💜 I really enjoy your blog btw, you have some great things to say and while my taste in books doesn’t always intersect with yours, I have ended up putting a few of your recommendations on my TBR list. 😁


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