I think this is actually the first tag I’ve ever done on this blog? (Besides the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag, which doesn’t really count…) This is definitely a fun one to start with; it was created by the wonderful Maddy @ Miss Maddy Chats, and she was also the one who tagged me!
Candles – Atmospheric Books to Read by Candlelight
This is a slightly rogue choice, but I’ve gone with Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli. You don’t often think of non-fiction as atmospheric (or at least I don’t!), but there’s so much philosophy mixed into Rovelli’s science, and his (and his translators’) writing is so beautiful, and his passion for his subject so evident, that you can’t help but feel the beauty and wonder of the universe around you.
Coraline – Spooky Reads
I’m not at all into horror or thrillers as a genre, unless they’re using that darkness to make a larger social point and not just for the sake of it. One that I truly love is An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard, which isn’t too graphically horrific, but is dark and creepy in a way that builds subtly throughout the book. It’s all about privilege and entitlement, and the things people can get away with unchallenged, when their peers care more about upholding the system and maintaining their own comfort and power, than justice and equality.
CW: minor body horror and gore; child sacrifice
Cinnamon Rolls – Cute, Autumnal Reads
I always struggle with this question because I don’t really associate books with particular seasons, and will mostly read anything at any time of year, but my usual answer is Anne of Green Gables. Anne’s love for flowers makes her more of a spring/summer character in my head, but the book does have the ‘I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers’ line, and this set of covers in particular feels autumnal (admittedly, largely due to the colour of Anne’s hair…)
Haunted House – Books You’d Buddy Read Because You’re Too Scared
Generally if a book scares me that much, it doesn’t make it on to my TBR! But I do actually have two answers to this that scare me for different reasons:
I’m not expecting to be scared by the actual content of M. L. Rio’s If We Were Villains, but I am rather scared that I won’t like it! So many of my friends count it among their favourite books, that I’ve been convinced to give it a go, but (though I am excited about the Shakespeare element) I am not at all enthused by the dark academia premise… I actually do have *vague* plans to buddy read this with my lovely friend Amy (TeastainsAndBooks) at some point, so we’ll see if/how it goes!
And secondly, I’m not expecting R. F. Kuang’s The Poppy War to be scary so much as harrowing. Grimdark fantasy isn’t really my thing (for a lot of the same reasons I don’t read straight-up horror), so maybe this is just the hype speaking, but I’ve heard such overwhelmingly wonderful things about this that I do at least want to give the first book a try?
Pumpkin Spice Latte – Basic Tropes We Crave in Autumn
Retellings are about as basic as it gets, but we love them anyway! Though, my absolute favourite one is not a retelling of a fairytale, but a classic: Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin! The reason this one works so well (as opposed to ~ahem~ another South Asian Pride and Prejudice retelling I read this year and HATED) is that it’s not an exact retelling so much as a loose reimagining – it has enough Pride and Prejudice elements that it’s obvious where the inspiration has come from, but it takes that base and adds enough new material that it’s its own story, with its own characters and message – which is exactly what retellings should be!
Sweater Weather – Binge-Worthy Cosy Reads
Is there anything cosier than baking magic? I thought of a few options for this, but ultimately I just had to go with the Love Sugar Magic trilogy by Anna Meriano! This is a middle grade trilogy following Leo, the youngest in a line of Mexican-American baking witches, and it’s just DELIGHTFUL in every single way! The family dynamic is so loving and nurturing, and Leo’s arc as she navigates friendship and responsibility, and learning to choose love over fear and anger, is just so wholesome and lovely!
I would love to know your answers to any of these questions, and just your favourite autumnal books!
Thank you again to Maddy for the tag! I tag Alyssa @biblio.in.a.bookstore, Amy @TeastainsAndBooks, Cara @ Wilde Book Garden, Chloe @ DarkFlameReads (even though I know it’s nowhere near autumn for her!), and anyone else who wants to do it 😊