This time, I’m doing the Cat Markings Book Tag, which was created by Laura at Corner of Laura, who loves cats. I wouldn’t say I love cats, but since the Jinster joined my family, I’ve grown fond of them and even toy with the idea of getting a cat of my own… and then I start thinking it’s a lot of responsibility and then change my mind, lol.
Anyway… the tag.
The graphics below were created by Laura.
Black Cats: Pick a book that doesn’t get the love it deserves.
Middle Passage by Charles Johnson
It’s historical fiction but also a high-seas adventure with a touch of fantasy. It’s about a freed slave who stows away on a slave ship that’s bound for Africa to pick up the mysterious Allmuseri people. It’s an entertaining read but not many people seem to have read it.
I’ve been off work and my sense of days is a mess, so I forgot that yesterday was Tuesday, but I’d still like to participate in TTT. Since this week’s topic is a Halloween freebie and I’ve already done a recommendation post for fall reads that includes a range of books from cozy reads to spooky ones, for this post I’ve decided to instead focus on horror books I want to read.
Autumn is here! The scent of pumpkin spice and cinnamon is in the air, the days and nights are much cooler and shorter and even rainy, leaves are starting to change, my boots and blazers are popping up in my daily wardrobe, and there’s a strong urge in me to snuggle down under the covers with a book and a hot drink.
Although I’m an island girl from the Caribbean, I love the autumn season — for the things I associate with it (comfort, reading, pleasing scents, and colors), not for the cold — and look forward to its coming every year. I also enjoy reading spooky and atmospheric books around this time, so I’d like to share with you a few such books I’ve read.
I’ve divided my recommendations into three sections based on my reading moods for the autumn season. The first section lists books that give me a strong sense of the autumn season. The second section consists of lighter, fun reads that I associate with the season, and the last section lists dark, thrilling reads.
It’s October, which means it’s cozy, spooky season. So for this month, my Book Tag Thursday posts will be dedicated to fall-inspired or Halloween-themed book tags, starting with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Book Tag, which I found over on Way Too Fantasy.
Buffy Summers: The Chosen One Choose a fictional character who carries the weight of the world on their shoulders.
Defintely Fitzchivalry from Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy. That dude carries the weight of the entire Six Duchies kingdom on his shoulders throughout all the books. The Farseer trilogy is the first set of books in an expansive fantasy series and focuses on the bastard son of a prince, Fitz, who becomes an assassin’s apprentice.
Almost two months have passed since I did a book haul, so here I am to show what I’ve since acquired. A few of them I picked up at the Small Press Expo, a comic-book convention for indies and small presses, which I was looking forward to since seeing the announcement that the event would return this year. I saved for it and am happy that I almost stayed on budget for it, lol. But since I went over budget by a lot, I fully intend NOT to purchase any more books for the rest of the year — which is something I often declare but never do. But THIS time, I will. (Exceptions for certain comic book series I’m subscribed to and series I’m reading for book club/buddy-reads.)
It’s all fantasy in this batch. Moon Witch, Spider King was a cover buy because I wasn’t sure about continuing with Marlon James’s Dark Star trilogy. The Justice of Kings was a recommendation via Mogsy’s review of the book, and probably The Bladed Faith too, but I can’t recall for certain. Lair of Dreams is the second novel in the Diviners series, which is one set of books exempted from my book-buying ban. I’ve read and enjoyed most of the series (currently on the last book) and would like to collect the books. I picked up Moonshineat random from a used comic-book shop because the synopsis reminded me of the Diviners books.
Another quarter of the year has ended. I was hoping to read much more books this past quarter than I actually managed to complete, but such was not the case. My slumps have passed but finding time to read has been difficult — or rather, finding the motivation to read has been difficult. It’s interesting because the lack of motivation isn’t due to being in a slump, it’s due to lack of adequate down time where I feel relaxed enough to want to read. Instead, I find myself leaning more toward silly games on my phone. 😩 I intend to make some changes this coming quarter, so we’ll see if they’ll help me find time to read.
Having read just 4 books should mean I don’t have to do this whole wrap-up thing, but I’ll go through with it anyway because it comes in handy at the end of the year.