🍂🍁🍂 Saw Anne from Madame Writer did this tag on her blog HERE and she linked where she found the tag originally at the beginning of her post. Anne said was tagging anyone that wanted to try it and so yep here we are!
Well, I am basically doing like Anne did and saying anyone that sees this that wants to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!
Also of note, I am limiting myself to only include books that I have read in 2021 as then that way we are getting more recently read by me recommendations and then it is also less difficult for me to think of things. Hopefully you find something here that maybe peaks your interest and makes you want to read it, even if I didn’t exactly love something. That is okay too. Not everyone has the same book tastes, so if I didn’t love something you loved or I loved something you didn’t, roll with it sweet friends. Okay, here we go!🍂🍁🍂
In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting:
“The Boy, The Bird, and the Coffin Maker” by: Matilda Woods
What a sweet quick and heartbreakingly beautiful story!
The illustrations fit the story so well in that the entire story itself felt like a magical fairytale.
The bonds formed and the town and the ending were all just so lovely and I felt so pleased with the ending.
Go read this!
Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief:
“If Cats Disappeared from the World” by: Genki Kawamura
What if you found out you were going to die? At only age 30 our MC finds out exactly this and soon after encounters someone looking to make a deal with him. For every day you get to live longer, something has to disappear from the world forever.
From there we are sent into a whirlwind of reflections and meditations on what would happen if certain things disappeared forever from the world and what that would mean.
Very introspective and one of those books where almost every sentence or so I found myself stopping and sort of staring off into space deep in thought. All. The. Feels.
This book was my third 5 star read in a row and definitely earned a spot amongst the most profound books I have ever read.
Everything was stated in such a succinct way and I annotated it very heavily.
Cried at the second to last chapter and man oh man. While I was familiar with the concepts presented, it was written so charmingly that I wanted to linger and wished for more.
Incredible and so nuanced.
Ahhhhh, just do yourself a favor, especially if you need to go on a feels trip, and read it. You’ll be so glad you did!
Plus it is a super short one at only 168 pages!
Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new:
“#Futureboards” by: Sarah Centrella
This was lovely and super inspirational for me.
I especially enjoyed the way that this was formatted to really get you hunting about your goals and envisioning them and everything before crafting the actual future board.
The distinction between this and regular vision boards was very apparent and I lived the real life success stories in that there weren’t *too* many. There were the exact perfect amount needed without detracting from what was being discussed.
The author explained everything in a very easy to understand and implement way and I liked the sprinkling of magick mentions like the Law of Attraction and creating under certain moon phases.
Super inspired and I added to and changed around my own personal manifestation area in my office based on this as well as added to my personal common place journal with journal entries and reflections.
Recommend this one as long as you are open minded to the concept and willing to put the fort in and engage with the material.
Manifest your dreams!
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:
“Instructions for Dancing” by: Nicola Yoon
Having already read previous works from this author, I had a feeling I was going to enjoy this one, and I did!
I especially enjoyed the sort of magical superpower our MC had for seeing the meet cute to break up of couples just by seeing a couple in love kissing. Quite a unique super power to have and I wasn’t expecting this mix of genres.
I loved the writing style and the quick pace along with the side characters and the entire friend group dynamic.
While I am not a fan of some of the choices some of the characters made, it is fiction afterall and I do know some people make decisions like that in real life…so while I personally wouldn’t react to certain situations the same way, I could understand that some people would and it was nice to read about different perspectives.
I still wasn’t a fan of the whole cheating father thing, but all and all it was a great read and I would recommend!
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 somebody is telling a story:
“The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by: V.E. Schwab
This book was amazing.
All the stars!
Serious contender for best book I have read this year.
I adored Addie and her story and her love with Henry and all of her snippets of time between making her deal and meeting him and Luke and just ahhhhhh!!!!
This book was everything single thing I want in a story and I got so lost in the world sometimes that I forgot I was reading fiction.
Incredible. One of my new favorites of all time!
The irony is not lost on me that with a title like that, and considering the premise, this book is gonna sit with me for a LONG time to come!
The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read:
“Catherine House” by: Elizabeth Thomas
Originally I was going to rate 2.5 stars and round up to 3, but really this was a 2 star read for me. I didn’t really like it or enjoy my time reading it much.
This….wasn’t really for me.
I switched to the audio early on because I couldn’t get into my physical copy.
The pace was slow and while I could see how this one could have its fans, I was especially sad because I had heard this was like Bunny by Mona Awad. I can see why, but like it just wasn’t and was lacking the bizarre fun that Bunny had.
I couldn’t connect to the characters and I felt like okay come on let’s get to it in several places. It was atmospheric and had dark academia vibes, but it was lacking something and I’m not quite sure what that was, but it didn’t have something it needed. It sort of meandered about aimlessly for most of it.
Would still recommend this to others though because I could see how others may love this, but I was unfortunately not someone that did.
I was interested enough to finish, yet it is one that is forgettable and I probably won’t think much on it beyond maybe recommending to someone that I genuinely think could enjoy it more than I did.
The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day:
“Oddball” by: Sarah Andersen
Read in one sitting.
So fricken cute. Plus relatable for a lot of it. I love the animals, the generation stuff, and the juxtaposition of goth and cute princess glitter vibes.
Seriously, another great installment in the scribbles series!
Fall (luckily, it’s my favorite season) returns every year: name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon:
“You Have to Stop This (Secret #5)” by: Pseudonymous Bosch
Since I have not done my reread yet, here is the Goodreads Synopsis:
“The finale to the New York Times bestselling Secret Series!
I always feared this day would come. A secret is meant to stay secret, after all. And now we’ve come to this: the fifth and final (I swear!) book in my saga of secrets.
A class trip to the local natural history museum turns dangerous, or perhaps deadly–and I don’t mean in the bored-to-death way–when Cass accidentally breaks a finger off a priceless mummy. Forced to atone for this “crime” of vandalism, Cass and her friends Max-Ernest and Yo-Yoji go to work for the mummy exhibit’s curator, only to be blamed when tragedy strikes. To clear their names–and, they hope, to discover the Secret–the trio must travel deep into a land of majestic pyramids, dusty tombs, mysterious hieroglyphs, and the walking dead. Egypt? Or somewhere much stranger…”
Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favorite cozy reading “accessories”:
Cozy blanket and a nice warm beverage alongside my reading journal
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