This tag originated in booktube with Alina @ Tall Tales. I found it on Zezee with Books. The graphic above is my own creation; feel free to use it, but please credit me if you do! Let’s dive right in.
In fall, the air is crisp and clear. name a book with a vivid setting.
The Man from Berlin by Luke McCallin. I actually just read this book! (You can read my review here). This is a murder mystery set in 1943 Yugoslavia, and mostly takes place within the city of Sarajevo. McCallin really brought the city to life, and his descriptions of the people, the architectural styles from different parts of Sarajevo’s history, and finally the way the mountains cupped the city, were so vivid and full of life.
Nature is beautiful, but also dying. name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.
Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey. One day, a famous Brazilian writer climbs into an almond tree and is not seen coming back down. She vanishes, seemingly from all existence, and her American translator must come to Brazil and team up with the writer’s children to try and find her. This book is not so much about grief as it is about parental abandonment and neglect. Idra Novey is primarily a poet, so the writing in this book is stunning.
Fall is back to school season. Share a nonfiction book that taught you something new.
The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Deborah Blum. I discovered this book thanks to Molly Mack @ Silver Button Books. Just the synopsis is a learning experience: “At the end of the nineteenth century, food was dangerous. Lethal, even. ‘Milk’ might contain formaldehyde, most often used to embalm corpses.” I had no idea! I’m very eager to read this book.
In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend time with the people we love. Name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.
The Moomin family! Tove Jansson, a sapphic Finnish writer, wrote a series of nine children’s books about a white creature named Moomintroll and his family, who live in the fictional Moominvalley. My favorite character is definitely Little My, who is allowed to be angry and snide even if the rest of the family don’t agree with her.
The colorful leaves are piling up on the ground. Show us a pile of fall-colored spines!
Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside. Share a book wherein someone is telling a story.
The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King. This is a companion novel to King’s epic Dark Tower series, which I used to be a huge, huge fan of. I can’t explain very much without spoiling the series, but suffice to say a gunslinger named Roland tells his traveling companions the story of an adventure from his youth. Also, there’s a tiger.
The nights are getting darker. Share a dark, creepy read.
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle. This is a re-telling of a Lovecraftian horror story, wherein a musician in early 20th century NYC discovers that some occult powers are best left unused. I’m going to be reading this in October!
The days are getting colder. Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
Soft on Soft by Minda Waheed. This is a gentle, contemporary sapphic romance featuring an makeup artist with social anxiety and an extremely extroverted model/actress. I don’t read much romance, but I think this would be a great place to start!
Fall returns every year. Name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon.
Guardians of the Flame: The Warriors by Joel Rosenberg. This is actually a compilation of the first three books in the Guardians of the Flame series, which are The Sleeping Dragon, The Sword and the Chain, and The Silver Crown. I remember really, really loving this series as an adolescent. The basic premise of this book is that a bunch of college students in the 1980s are magically transported inside the DnD campaign they were playing, and they have to adjust and survive and ultimately make this fantasy world a better place.
Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights. Share your favorite cozy reading accessories.
I am a caffeine addict. It’s a problem. I love curling up with a book and a warm drink, and coffee is my go-to. If I didn’t have a rule about only drinking decaf past 5pm I would be awake until 5am every night. Er, morning. You get the picture.