And it is time for another book tag. For this month’s book tag edition, I picked The Finally Fall Book Tag which I saw over at Amy’s Curiouser and Curiouser. It is actually late as fall season is nearly done and winter season is just over the horizon. But since I love the colors of autumn, I am doing my own version of the book tag which was originally created by Alina on her booktube channel Tall Tales.

Without more ado, here’s my own Finally Fall Book Tag. Happy reading!

In fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting.

The late Carlos Ruiz Zafon paints a very vivid picture of Barcelona in his first adult novel, The Shadow of the Wind. Parts-historical, parts-coming-of-age, parts-romance, it is a melting pot which worked even better because of the atmospheric writing and Zafon’s vivid painting of Barcelona, its shops, and back alleys. The book is one of my favorite reads this year.

Nature is beautiful… but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

About four years ago, I randomly picked Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life in the bookstore, having no iota on what the book it was about. I was haunted by the cover and the title (plus I look lengthy narratives). I’m glad I picked it up for it was one of my best reads of 2017. It was well-written and explores a plethora of heavy yet seminal subjects such as the search for identity, homosexuality, abuse, among others.

Fall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

I rarely read nonfiction books but about three years ago, I promised myself to read at least one each year. In 2018, it was Dave Egger’s The Monk of Mokha that made my list. It is about a young Yemeni man’s vision of redeeming the Yemeni art of coffeemaking. The book made me learn about the history of coffee, from its origins to how it became a global sensation. It also taught me about fighting for my 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.

I don’t want to alter their dynamic but for the sake of the question, I’d love to join the trio of Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, and Ron Weasley. I think it would also be fun being part of the Weasley clan, especially for someone who grew up with just one brother. Imagine the chaos!

The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall-coloured spines!

The initial impulse would be to place books with earthy color but I think autumn colors are so rich and vivid so I picked this trilogy by Philip Pullman. I know, the silver is out of place but the cover of The Golden Compass remind me of golden gingko leaves while The Amber Spyglass reminds me a little of maple leaves.

Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief is a popular young adult book about the impact of the Second World War to children. It has also been adapted into the big screen. An omniscient character (perhaps death) relates the entire tale.

The days are getting colder: Name a short, heart-warming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

I wouldn’t really consider Hiro Arikawa’s The Travelling Cat Chronicles an autumn read but the cover does suggest it (HAHA). Plus it is a heartwarming and poignant tale about the relationship between a stray cat (cats are ubiquitous in Japanese literature by the way) and the young man who adapted him.

The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.

I avoid the horror genre at all cost so I don’t have that many dark, creep reads. I was actually about to name Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca but Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic is my more recent Gothic novel. (Agreeing with Amy on this one). Both novels take place in creepy mansions and both are atmospheric.

Fall returns every year: Name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.

I am not a big re-reader and I rarely think of returning to a book, whether it’s my favorite or not. The real reason is not because I don’t want to but because more unread books are piling up on my bookshelf. But given the opportunity, there would be a lot of books I would want to re-read if only to relive the same experiences. Some of these books include Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities, and John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany.

Fall is the perfect time for cosy reading nights: Share your favourite cosy reading “accessories”!

I live in a tropical country, hence, I don’t have much idea on what to expect on a “fall reading”. Although I did have a glimpse when my friends and I visited South Korea in the autumn of 2017. What I remember, apart from the vivid colors, is the biting during the evening. If I am reading in an autumn setup, I think coffee would warm me up and provide badly needed company. I guess a blanket would do as well and some music on the background.

Autumn in my Heart. South Korea, 2017.

Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!

As what has been customary, I am not going to tag anyone. However, if you are interested in doing the book tag, feel free to do. Don’t forget to tag me so that I can check out your answers as well.