I'm not going to lie, my reading has been pretty terrible this month. But, I still want to talk books because it's fall and I think that's just what you're supposed to do! I saw this Finally Fall Book Tag on YouTube and thought it would be fun to do in blog form. So, here it goes! Feel free to leave your answers in the comments if you'd like! I'd love to hear what you like to read in the fall.
In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!
Still Life by Louise Penny.
The Chief Inspector Gamache series is set in the cozy, fictional town of Three Pines in Quebec which is definitely the most charming town I've ever read about. Especially cozy are the scenes set in the local bistro where the characters eat melty brie sandwiches on crusty French bread.
Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.
Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion.
This classic is all about listlessness and ennui in Hollywood, which to me is probably one of the heaviest topics. It's an especially significant book because of it's female perspective on nihilistic depression.
Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
The Nordic Theory of Everything by Anu Partanen.
This was a book by a Finnish journalist who now lives in America, explaining how certain Finnish policies allow citizens to have a far better sense of freedom and independence than Americans.
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'd want to be part of Dumbledore's Army, of course!
The colorful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!
I'm changing the rules and showing you covers instead of spines.
Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
I'm pretty sure this fits the bill, plus it's my favorite book of all time and it's best to read during fall/winter. Told from Jane's perspective, the book follows the main character from her tortured childhood through her time as a governess for Mr. Rochester and beyond. It's a perfect cozy book and the Cary Fukunaga film adaptation is possibly the best rainy day movie there is.
The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
This book has everything you could want from a creepy read: cult horror films, crazed fans, black magic, asylums, occult shops, and mysterious country estates. It follows a disgraced journalist investigating the mysterious death of the daughter of a famed cult horror director.
The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl.
I was obsessed with this book in elementary school and sometimes wonder if it's what sparked my lifelong love of autumn. I remember loving the vivid descriptions of roast chickens and cider. At only ninety-six pages, this is great for a quick rainy day read.
Fall returns every year: name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
I'm cheating a bit because I just finished this one. I try to reread this book every year because it's just the coziest, most atmospheric campus mystery novel I've ever come across. If you haven't read it, put it at the top of your list.
Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favorite cozy reading accessories!
My must-have cozy reading accessories are: the Byredo Bibliotheque candle which smells like a beautiful library, a cozy throw blanket, a pair of cute socks, and a pretty mug full of hot chai.