I love Fall, like so many of us do, and since North Carolina and global warming mean I can’t pull out my sweaters already, I’m just going to inundate you with book tags related to Fall over the next three months. I hope you don’t mind!
1) What is your favorite thing about Autumn?
The leaves changing color, hands down. I just adore the way the trees look in the Fall, especially when you’re flying over them. I remember the first time I flew in the Fall, I was in middle school and I feel like it was the first time I really appreciated the beauty of West Virginia (where I grew up).
2) What book on your shelves reminds you of going back to school/your school days?
Ooh, well, considering most of the YA Contemporaries on my shelves here take place in the summer, I’m going to have to go with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which is a wonderful book and if you haven’t read it, you should. Basically, this book is about Cath, and her learning to be a person outside of her identity with her twin sister, Wren, when they go off to college. It’s very much a character’s journey and one that I loved. Apparently some people don’t like books like this though, so… Uh, fair warning? This is not an action book? It’s a YA contemporary.
3) Find a book on your shelf which has something Autumn related on the cover.
So I associate sunflowers with the Fall because… Well, aren’t they? Anyway, so to me, Beautiful Day represents Fall with the sunflowers on it., even though it takes place on the beaches of Nantucket, is a book I read in the summer, etc Also, Elin Hilderbrand writes fantastic books and you should read them. This book is about Jenna and Stuart, who are getting married on Nantucket, and the plan is that they’re following the instructions left by Jenna’s mom, who passed away years ago. These characters are all intensely flawed and so things kind of come to a head and lots of stuff happens. I really enjoyed this, along with all of her books. They’re fun.
4) What is your favorite horror/Halloween story?
Uh… Gone Girl. Does Gone Girl count? It’s my favorite thriller! I’m counting it. You may recall though that I included Gone Girl in my Top 5 list of books to read without reading the synopsis. (If not, it’s linked on the side!)
If you haven’t read this or seen the movie and have managed to avoid being spoiled, you should read it in October because it is the perfect thriller. It’s so amazing and I, personally, never saw that twist coming.
5) What is your favorite horror film?
Lol, jokes. I’m terrified of horror movies and barely survive previews. In my entire life I’ve seen The Ring, Saw I and II, and Lights Out (is that even what it was called? Idk, but it was so terrifying, I slept with a light on for over a week). So, let’s see what we can say here… My favorite Halloween film is Halloweentown. For real, Disney channel original movies are the absolute best and if you disagree, I’m confused.
6) Which book release are you most looking forward to this Autumn?
Ooh! So obviously I have my Highly Anticipated: Fall Edition posted (and linked over on the side), BUT after I made that I found out about two more books that I didn’t realize were coming out so soon! So first up we have Hamilton’s Battalion, which is an anthology that includes novellas from Rose Lerner, Alyssa Cole, and Courtney Milan! It comes out on October 17th and I’m super excited to let you all know that I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the authors so I’ll be sharing with you my thoughts on release day! Get excited!!!
The other one is American King, which praise Jesus, is finally coming out on Halloween and I am so excited. You cannot even begin to imagine. If you thought American Queen left off on a cliffhanger, you were probably in the ballpark of my emotions when you finished American Prince and had that emotional outrage happening. Seriously, Embry, stop being so self-sacrificial. I’m over it. American King is the final book in the trilogy and focuses on Ash, which is exciting. If you haven’t heard of these books, there are a ton of content warnings. They’re erotic romance, wherein Ash (POTUS) and Greer fall in love, but also have a triad relationship with Embry. Also, Ash has some emotional issues and Embry probably has like PTSD or something, but you know… It’s really good.So, needless to say, I’m looking forward to both of these books and would absolutely add them into my Highly Anticipated list!
7) Which film release are you most looking forward to this Autumn?
Well, I’m going to see Kingsman today, but I’m actually most excited for Justice League! I can’t wait! I think I talked about this a bit in my mid-year wrap up, so I’ll link that over on the side as well.
8) Three books that you are hoping to read this season.
I’m going to go with books that I haven’t included on any other list so that y’all get to see new books from me. (Although, I’m cheating because one of these is going on my Spookathon TBR probably.)
I’m going to finally get around to reading The Girl on the Train. I’m determined. I borrowed the book from Jaclyn, so I really need to read it so I can give it back to her anyway. It’s a thriller so it’s perfect for October and I plan to read it during #Spookathon.
I am also hoping to finally get around to reading Windwitch by Susan Dennard, which I picked up on release day in January and still haven’t read because I’m the worst. Windwitch is the sequel to Truthwitch, a YA fantasy the explores magic, political systems, and female friendship. Okay, lots of other stuff too, really, but that’s what I liked the best.
And finally… I would really like to finish The Raven Cycle, which means I need to read Blue Lily, Lily Blue and The Raven King. I have talked about The Raven Boys before, so I won’t bore you with recapping that, but September’s first part wrap up is to the side if you’re curious. What’s important is that I am absolutely adoring this series.
And that’s all for this tag! What are the three books you’re hoping to finish up this Fall? What’s your favorite part of Fall? Have you tried the new maple pecan latte at Starbucks yet?