Autumn Reading Tag

It’s Friday. Yeahie. I’m fucking exhausted. The damn week was longer than usual and I worked my ass off every day of it.

I’ve decided to do another book tag because I’m much too tired to do any of the other posts I had in mind. Times like this, I’m glad for book tags. Plus, usually by the end of the tag I’d have shed the foul mood I started it in. Hopefully it works this time too.

I saw this one going around for a while now and decided to do it because, well, it’s autumn. Why not.

It was created by the booktuber Amy Jane Smith.

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

I did a Fall & Winter TBR a couple weeks ago listing the books I plan to read for the rest of the year. I’m trying very hard to stick to it. So far, I’ve completed four on the list — Thunder & Lightning, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secret [audiobook], Unteachable, and The Raven King — and gave up on one — Air Awakens. I’m currently reading these three:

Horror: The Curse of the Wendigo; Fantasy: Ship of Magic; Nonfiction, science (though I think it could go under horror): Parasites 

And I plan to pick up one of these four as soon as one of the above books is done.

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

I recently mentioned the book I enjoyed studying the most in an author tribute post. It was Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor.

Linden Hills

Linden Hills is one of my favorite novels. Inspired by Dante’s Inferno, it is a literary novel about Blacks striving to achieve success and how that affects them. I enjoyed reading the book and the discussions in class were always great. It was one of the best literature classes I had.

As for best and worst subjects, I’ll use my high-school experiences for this. My best subject was art. I loved those classes. And my worst subject was probably P.E. I didn’t like any of the physical activities we had to do. If yoga or pilates were an option, I would have been happy. I was glad when dance was introduced later.

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

Salem's Lot

I like scary movies, but not so scary that I can’t sleep. I’m not a huge fan of them, though, so I can’t name a favorite here. As for a book, ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King was great. A bit unsettling.

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

The Raven King

I’ll choose a recent read: The Raven King, the fourth and final installment in Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys series. I couldn’t put this book down because I kept wondering how the story would end and what would happen to the characters.

What book is your favorite cosy comfort read?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter. An expected, and these days cliched, answer. Oh well. Let’s move on.

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

Panera-Pumpkin-Spice-Latte

It’s usually a hot chocolate or even water. I don’t drink much while reading. But since it’s autumn, let’s go with a pumpkin spice latte (without the espresso).

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

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Fin.
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17 thoughts on “Autumn Reading Tag

  1. Salem’s Lot is also one of my faves! It was actually the book that got me into horror and made me fall in love with Stephen King.
    I still haven’t tried The Raven Cycle, but it sounds so good. I’ll eventually read it, but first, I’ll read Six of Crows. Starting it next week!!! 😀

    This is a cool tag. I’m writing it down as a potential one to do. But gotta work on it quick since it’s almost November!

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    • Yea, definitely do it! The Raven Cycle is good. I considered reading Six of Crows but am not sure about it because I wasn’t crazy about Shadow and Bone (I keep thinking it’s called Shadow of Bone, smh).

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  2. Linden Hills does sound interesting, it’s on my list. I picked up 15 books at a used book sale today. Today, in honor of my 29th birthday, I’m picking 29 random blog friends to send some extra special thoughts of love. Come visit my blog and say happy birthday if you wish, and keep spreading the love!

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  3. I’m planning on reading a lot of horror/dark fantasy themed books this fall season, though technically I’ve already started on catching up with a lot of horror releases from the last couple months. I really enjoyed The Girl With All the Gifts, I hope you’ll like that one!

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    • Thanks, I hope so too.
      Do you take breaks between dark & scary reads by reading a lighter book or does it not bother you?
      I’m a scaredy cat so I have to take a break.

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    • Same here, especially when I saw it was part of Jill’s (Rant & Rave About Books) bookclub. But by the time I realized that, I’d already had a bunch of books on going.

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  4. I’ve heard lots of good things about The Girl With All the Gifts lately, so I may need to bump that one up to the top of my TBR list. Linden Hills sounds really interesting. I’m going to have to read your post on it and get a copy of it as well. Sounds like it could possibly inform some of my dissertation research. Thanks for the great suggestions!

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      • I was at my campus library on Friday and came across a copy of The Girl With All the Gifts. . .figured that was a good sign 😉 I read it over the weekend. Pretty good. Definitely a quick read. You’ll have to let me know what you think of it once you’ve had the chance to read it.

        I haven’t figured out how to boil my dissertation topic down to a a short sentence or two yet. . .but here’s an attempt. . .I’m using Erich Fromm’s work on freedom (negative and positive), ethics, and love to analyze education and the schooling experience. The part I’m researching and writing now is looking at the ways in which we perpetuate negative freedom in schools. One issue with his work is that he doesn’t address race, so I’m complicating his theories with Critical Race Theory and Thandeka’s work on learning to be white and white shame. In your other post on Naylor, you talked about how her novel addresses race, class, success and the American dream. It made me think (having not read the novel yet) that maybe there’s some overlap between how she explores those ideas and Fromm’s ideas of negative freedom, or that maybe she provides a lens for looking at those things that Fromm is lacking. Anyway. . .sorry for the long response. But am looking forward to reading Linden Hills.

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        • Oh no, the long response is fine and now I’m curious about Fromm’s discussion on freedom -I just googled it. Your dissertation sounds very interesting. I read Linden Hills a while back so I don’t recall enough to give more info on it, but I feel like Naylor’s Women of Brewster place might be of great help to you too. I haven’t read that one but have only heard of it. There’s also a movie on it, starring Oprah, that you could watch instead (I’m sure you have A LOT of reading and writing to do for your dissertation already).

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