I love doing tags but I haven’t done one in so long! So I was beyond excited to see that Lola over at Lola Et La Vie had tagged me. Thank you so much! Fall is probably my favorite season, so I’m happy to share with you my answers today 😊
1. Crunching Leaves: Pick a book that has reds, yellows, and oranges on the cover
I’m cheating here and choosing three books instead of just one. I’ll go with There There by Tommy Orange, Algeria Is Beautiful Like America by Olivia Burton, and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.
Here is quick review of these books:
There There by Tommy Orange: Strong plot with interesting characters but fell short for me. I was expecting more but I couldn’t relate to the characters or really care for them, which undermines the climax of the book. I gave it 3 stars. You can read a more full review here.
Algeria Is Beautiful Like America by Olivia Burton & Mahi Grand (illustrations): I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review a while back. Unfortunately, this, too, turned out to be not a favorite of mine. I felt like nothing really happened to the character, even though it revolved completely around her and her trip to her family’s roots… I ended up rating it 2.5 stars.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: I looooved this book. It was one of my favorite young-adult contemporaries this summer. Dimple and Rishi were a super adorable couple and I loved the whole start-up initiative that was going on in the background. It’s not my favorite of all time, but it made my heart feel warm and that’s all I care about. I of course gave it 5 stars.
2. Cozy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough wear warm, cozy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzy feelings?
This is actually my favorite part about the fall: getting to wear lots of sweaters that are warm and make me feel comfortable. So of course I had to choose a contemporary, because nothing gives me the fuzzy feelings like contemporaries do. And of course I couldn’t choose just one book…
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: This adorable book made me cry so much when I read it for the first time back in 2015. I was in 9th grade and became a sobbing mess when I read this amazing book. I love everything about it. The characters, the pop-culture references, the 1980s vibe, the message, the love story!!! I want more books to exist like this one right here. I couldn’t not give it 5 stars.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: If you’ve been around for a while, you know how much I adore it. I love the university setting, I loved seeing the relationship between the Avery teens develop, the role of the dad, the friends Cath makes at university, and of course the relationship with the dreamy Levi. Oh Levi. He
is was my book crush for sooo long. This was an easy 5 stars as well. The perfect pick-me-up novel!
3. Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pouring. Pick your favorite book or genre to read on a stormy day.
A lot of you know how much I love non-fiction books. Recently, history books have been really drawing me in. So I went ahead and picked the book I’m currently reading: A Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer.
I’ve only just started reading it and I wish I didn’t have school to keep me from reading it non-stop! I’m on chapter one still, but I can already tell this will be a really cool book. I have some issues with how the writer has framed the time period, but I’ll hold off on my comments on this until I finish reading it. If I like it, I want to read his other “Time Traveller’s Guide to…” books. I can’t wait to keep reading it and obviously post a review as soon as I’m done!
Also, if you want to find out about more books like this one, don’t forget to check out my post on history books that are on my TBR! Let me know if you’ve read any!
4. Cool, Crisp Air: What cool character would you like to trade places with?
This question makes me well aware of the fact that I haven’t read happy and positive books in a long long time! It’s so hard to pick one character… I don’t want to choose Hermione Granger (although that would be awesome), so I’ll go with Rachel Chu from Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.
It’s crazy how much I love this series. I have read the first two and I’m saving the last one for Christmas break when I can go all in. Two weeks ago I finally got to watch the movie and I’m so happy I did! Rachel Chu is an awesome character that sometimes is super annoying but I love her nonetheless. Plus, she’s a professor at NYU, has an amazing significant other, and a pretty awesome life (if we forget about all the drama… oops!).
I would also love to be Lara Jean for a day or week! First of all, she knows how to bake some delicious-sounding cookies and cakes; secondly, she’s studying something that sounds very interesting at university; and lastly, her family is awesome. I definitely wouldn’t be mad about being her for a few days…
5. Hot Apple Cider: What is an under-hyped book that you want to see being the next big thing?
I want to scream at everyone to read Ayiti by Roxane Gay. If you like her other books, you’ll for sure love this one. I feel like this book isn’t appreciated enough. Her other books (Bad Feminist, Hunger…) get a lot of attention, but I feel like this one should be better known as well.
I got a review copy from the publisher last summer even though the book was first published years ago. They’ve republished it with a different cover and maybe that’ll be good to make it more well-known. If you don’t know, it follows several short tales that have nothing in common except for the fact that they are either set in Haiti or have some connection with Haiti. We get to hear the voice of a young boy, of a woman who works at a tourist resort, of a woman who is help captive for ransom, and much more. The stories are all so heartbreaking and beautiful I couldn’t put the book down. Please read it if you’re interested in Haitian culture, history, diaspora, and voices!
6. Coats, Scarves, and Mittens: The weather is turning cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most amazing book cover you have seen this year?
I have to steal Lola’s answer and go with Circe by Madeline Miller. I don’t really know what this book is about except for the fact that it is an Ancient Greek myth retelling.
I’m not familiar at all with ancient history, even though I’m sort of intrigued by it. It’s not my favorite time period, but I still want to get my hands on this book. Even if it didn’t have this stunning cover covered with gold-like reflections, I’d get it! So many people have hyped it up to be one of their favorite books of the year that I couldn’t resist. I need to give in to peer pressure, hopefully soon!
7. Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favorite fall time snack to eat while reading?
I don’t like eating while I read because I’m way too clumsy and know I’d drop too many crumbs. But if I really really need to pick one, I’d go with the banana bread I baked today. It’s delicious and a great winter and fall snack.
But when I’m reading I do like to drink! And nothing yells fall time more to me than a good cup of half-coffee-half-milk with some sugar and cinnamon while it’s still hot. I love having this drink out of my favorite mug while reading in bed or on the couch under some blankets…
8. Warm, Cozy Bonfire: Spread the warmth! Who are you going to tag?
Yay! I love tagging people and reading their responses. If you want to do this tag, do it and pingback to my blog so I can read it! Otherwise, I’m picking Nicki from Nicki Mags, Alice from Arctic Books, Alex from The Paperback Piano, and Zuki from Book Bum.
Do you enjoy the fall season? I love it — as you can tell… What are your favorite books set in this season? 🍂🍂