I was planning on writing a review of Turtles All The Way Down today, but I couldn’t really concentrate on that properly, and I want to do it justice, so I decided to do a book tag! I came across this autumn reading tag the other day over at Sarah’s Chapter, and I was immediately like I should do that. So here we are. Perhaps it’s a bit late to do an autumnal book tag since we’re already nearing the end of October, but oh well!
I love autumn, I like book tags – let’s do this thing!
1 Are there any books you plan on reading over the autumn season?
Oh, there are so many books I’m planning on reading! Most of them I already planned on reading during the summer, probably… But high on my list are now Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor as well as Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. They seem like good reads to curl up with as well. I’m currently reading Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and that’s definitely proven to be a great read to snuggle up with on the couch. Not because it’s so warm and fuzzy (it’s very dark, yikes), but because I can’t stop READING.
2 September brings back to school memories: what book did you most enjoy studying? And what were your favourite and least favourite school subjects?
The first book to come to mind is one I studied in university, which then became my favourite book and the book I wrote my BA thesis on: The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. I LOVED studying that one. In terms of books I had to study in high school, though… I think I’d have to say 1984. It was pretty difficult (as English is not my native language, so we studied it as a foreign language in school) but I loved it so much. That might even be where my love of studying literature began!
Not very surprising, but English was definitely my favourite subject. That’s why I went to study it at university! My least favourite subject was probably maths, or economics. Didn’t have much fun with those.
3 October means Halloween: do you enjoy scary books and films? If so what are some of your favourites?
My first instinct is to say “NOPE”. But I think I do sort of like scary books. The thing is; there’s so many types of scary! Illuminae is pretty scary. 1984 is kind of terrifying as well. But horror scary? I’m not sure if I’ve even read any horror books. I don’t think so. I’m not a fan of horror films though. That’s the only genre I really don’t like to watch. Although I do like Supernatural (the TV series), which definitely started out very horror-esque. Might have something to do with the eye candy, though…
4 With November it’s time for bonfire night and firework displays. What’s the most exciting book you’ve read that really kept you gripped?
Like, ever? No clue. Loads of books really grip me. Illuminae is currently having its hold on me; very exciting, very gripping. In a very different way, I’d also like to say The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I don’t think “exciting” is the right word, but “gripped” is definitely how I’d describe what that book did to me. Oooh, or The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater in its entirety. I binge read those books earlier this year and I was very excited.
5 What book is your favourite cosy comfort read?
I mean, I guess it’s a very boring answer, but the truth is: Harry Potter. That’s been my cosy comfort read for years now, and it will probably stay that way for a while too. So many other books would fit in this category too, though. Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s books, for example. They hit you in the feels, but they’re also very comforting. The thing is, reading is simply a cosy and comforting pastime for me.
6 Curled up with a good book, what is your hot drink of choice?
Tea! All day, every day. I don’t like coffee or hot chocolate, so that might have something to do with it as well.
7 Any plans you’re looking forward to over the next few months?
Not that many specific things. I’ve just had my birthday at the beginning of October – that’s always something to look forward to in autumn. I’m also planning on doing lots of baking, and trying to make a pumpkin pie for the first time! If I do end up doing that, you guys’ll probably hear about it, whether it’s a fail or not. I’ve never even eaten pumpkin pie, so it’s going to be interesting.
What are you reading this autumn? Any special plans? Let me know in the comments below!