Monday, 3 October 2016

Autumn Reading Tag!

Hello lovelies,

I'm so excited it is now AUTUMN! Yay!

It is now the time for massive scarves and blankets and hot drinks and gloves and windy days and stormy night and bulky jumpers and chunky fringes and bobble hats and cosy nights in and big boots and long sleeves and basically just everything that makes the world just bloody fantastic!

In celebration of this momentous season, I have decided to do the Autumn Reading Tag, created by the absolutely lovely Amy Jane Smith!

I also highly recommend you check out Jen Campbell, Lauren and the Books and Mercy's Bookish Musings videos because they are all just as excited if not possibly more excited about Autumn than me!

So now, on with the questions!

1) Are there any books you plan on reading over the Autumn season?

So many, I feel like autumn is the bookish season. Like autumn just shouts at you to sit down and cosy up with a good book, a big blanket and some hot chocolate and just read as the storm blows outside. 

Particularly I want to read:

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1 by Catherynne M Valente - this probably has the most autumnal cover of any book I own, and I just really need to add this to my read pile. I can't believe I haven't read it yet quite frankly!

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles #1) by Patrick Rothfuss - I've been meaning to read this for the LONGEST time, and I feel like a chunky epic fantasy is just right for Autumn. 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs - I want to read this before the movie comes out so I can go and see it. 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - I have to read this for my book group, but I think something magical is always good for Autumn. 

2) September brings back to school memories: what book did you most enjoy studying? And what were your favourite and least favourite school subjects? 

I have a terrible, awful memory, so the only book I actually remember studying was The Cone Gatherers. We never studied any of the classic "classics" and all the books seemed like totally odd choices. 

I did do a review on The Big Boy Did It and Ran Away by Christopher Brookmyre, but since that was my own choice I don't think I can count that can I??

I really loved English, Chemistry and Music, which is such an odd mix, but since I ended up doing Pyschology at university it seems to add up quite well. Sadly, my school didn't offer psychology at all when I attended. 

I hated Maths for the most part because my teacher did not like me. I hated history too, I still do, in fact historical fiction is my absolute least favourite genre, with some exceptions. 

3) October means Halloween: do you enjoy scary books and films? If so what are some of your favourites?

OK so I'm pretty weird when it comes to this topic. I can read books about pretty much ANY topic, but I'm not the same when it comes to seeing things visually. I was even a bit concerned about seeing Gone Girl in the cinema because of *that* bit. Although I still haven't read that many horror books either to be honest.

I can watch some scary films, but I can't watch anything that's actually possible (like Hostel, UGH), or just totally gross. I do like the Resident Evil films, and I really liked Disturbia (yup, even though people say it's rubbish). 

My favourite typical "scary" book is Carrie by Stephen King, although that's not really that scary, more paranormal, though I'd like to read some more Stephen King. I do love thrillers, and I do find myself getting jumpy when I read them! I love all of Gillian Flynn's books, Before I Go to Sleep, The Girl on the Train and Apple Tree Yard. 

This month however in honour of Halloween, I'm planning to pick up Nailbiter Volume 1, a horror comic book!

4) With November it's time for bonfire night & firework displays. What's the most exciting book you've read that really kept you gripped?

OK, so this might seem like a really odd choice but when it comes to keeping me gripped there is no book that's done it better than Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. It's not action packed, but I felt so many emotions reading that book and I could not put it down.

A book that has that excitement level would probably be more like Apple Tree Yard or Before I Go to Sleep. 

5) What book is your favorite cosy comfort read?

Well Harry Potter obviously but surely that is a given!

So I also like a really in-depth big character based novel - like The Book of Strange New Things, or the book I'm currently reading as I write this - The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. 

Also I secretly love some absolutely cheesy Christmas romance!

6) Curled up with a good book, what is your hot drink of choice?

All the flavoured tea! I own a ridiculous amount of flavoured tea. I don't really like any other hot drinks. In autumn/winter I love the christmassy special edition flavours like spiced apple and gingerbread or salted caramel. 
Occasionally a gingerbread latte even though the coffee makes me sick, so it's a bit pointless!

Any plans you're looking forward to over the next few months?

Quite a lot actually! The end of the year is always eventful in our family thanks to lots of Oct/Nov/Dec birthdays. 

  • I'm looking forward to doing more baking classes with my niece that I started up recently! 
  • I'm also looking forward to having a week off from work next week, and celebrating my big sisters birthday during it. 
  • I'm looking forward to a mate date to see The Girl on the Train and then going to the Halloween party at our friends house. 
  • I'm planning on baking my first big cake for my Dads birthday at the of November. 
  • Then I have both my nephews birthday within a few weeks, and then its the best birthday of all - MINE! I have another whole week off and I'm so looking forward to doing something nice with my husband. 

So there we have it, the Autumn tag is completed! That was great fun. I wasn't tagged but I tag anyone who is as excited about Autumn as I am!

What's your favourite thing about Autumn? What are you looking forward to? Let me know below!

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