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I was tagged by Molly at her blog Molly Elizabeth Marcelle to participate in the autumn-themed book tag activity, “It’s Finally Fall”. There are a few autumn-related questions and prompts I will be responding to.
Fall is my favourite season because everything looks more thoughtful and beautiful, and you get to bundle up in all your most stylish and warm clothes. Fall/winter fashion is the chicest…all those sweaters, scarves, and jackets. It’s also not that cold but also not that hot. It’s a happy medium.
Here are some very interesting fall-inspired book questions that I’ll be answering…and of course, some book suggestions!
Questions & Prompts:
In fall, the air is crisp and clear | Name a book with a vivid setting!
Anne of Green Gables comes to mind. Montgomery’s descriptions of nature and domestic settings are so beautiful and full; they produce very crisp and clear images. I imagine Green Gables as a lush paradise. Of course, Anne of Green Gables is also the fall novel, in my opinion. As Anne says, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
Nature is beautiful, but also dying | Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.
Bitter Fruit by Achmat Dangor is about a South Africa after apartheid. It’s about grieving the loss of innocence, agency, and your home. The terrors and trauma experienced by the characters parallel those of the nation under an apartheid system. As the country tries to reconcile these issues, so do the characters among themselves. It’s a very dark book.
Fall is back to school season | Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
It is so difficult to pick just one! Most of my undergrad was compromised of amazing non-fiction books by some incredible scholars. I would say History After Apartheid by Annie E. Coombes. Coombes discusses the aftermath of apartheid in South Africa largely from an art history perspective.
This was the first heavy piece of non-fiction I had to read in an English course centered on settler-colonialism, the Middle East and Africa. As I had never read anything like it, and I came straight out of high school and skipped a year into this second-year English class, I was extremely intimidated by the language. It was so new and alien to me. I honestly did not understand it and would have to read a single page over and over in order to discern any sort of meaning from it. Not only was the subject matter completely new to me, but the language implied that the reader should already know something about the discipline. It was extremely challenging. Art history itself — examining art, museums, and exhibitions in historical contexts and their implications — was beyond strange to me. I had never learned about it before, never thought about it…it was just very weird. But throughout the next few years, I learned more regarding those very issues and began to understand that sociological language. Now I always go back to this Coombes book as my first real introduction to sociology, political science, and art history. What an incredible book; I have to review it at some point. I learned that systemic oppression takes root in very insidious, strange ways, and one way to try and battle it is via museums. Museums give a kind of power to the oppressed — though, not entirely. The museum itself is separate from the artist. That’s a whole other discussion though!
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.
Harry Potter’s friends and family (The Weasley’s, etc.)
The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground | Show us a pile of fall-coloured spines!
Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside | Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
Don’t @ me, but The Secret History by Donna Tartt is a book I actually despise. I read it in high school, hated all of the characters and just thought it was the most pretentious, pointless book ever. It is narrated by a boring, awful young man explaining the nonsensical escapades he and some college buddies have as they try to pretend they’re Greek and commune with Dionysus. I don’t know what the Greek equivalent for a weeaboo is, but that is what they are.
I have not read it since high school and perhaps my mind will change if I read it now, but I seriously doubt it.
I know how the online book community feels about this novel. If you want to explain why you love it, please do feel free! I am genuinely curious of your thoughts.
The nights are getting darker | Share a dark, creepy read.
Anything by H.P. Lovecraft. I personally love the The Beast in the Cave…it’s terribly creepy and quite depressing.
The days are getting colder | Name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe!
Also I am The Messenger by Markus Zusak. I read this back when it was pretty new; I found it in the library and thought the cover looked good. It’s about some strange a young man who, after a mere coincidental event, is sent some mysterious playing cards in the mail with addresses on them. When he goes to these addresses, he meets various people that he must help in a certain way. It’s a very thoughtful, intriguing, and encouraging young adult novel.
Fall returns every year | Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.
Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights | Share your favourite cozy reading accessories!
A cup of tea in a nice, big mug, pillows and my bed, plus some twinkling lights and a vanilla candle.
Michael at M Neale Writing | Angela at Hiding Behind Books Blog | ERK at Musings of a Confuzzled Reader and anyone else who wants to answer these questions and discuss books they enjoy! If you do complete this, please comment with a link to your post!