I wasn’t tagged in this, but I’ve seen it making the rounds lately–and given my love of autumn, this tag created by Jenniely looked absolutely perfect for me! Light a candle, slide under a blanket, grab a pumpkin spiced latte (or a caramel coffee, if that’s also your jam), and let’s get talking autumnal reading!
1. Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?
The Harry Potter series will always be a place of such childhood nostalgia for me, and nostalgia is the key for comfort, I think–but a good comfort read also needs to be familiar, funny, and light, so for me, that also includes The Princess Diaries series and Bridget Jones’s Diary!
2. Pumpkin Carving – what is your favourite creative outlet?
Writing is the thing I want to do with with the rest of my life–but I do get so caught up in it, it’s not always an outlet. So I also love crafting (I’ve really got into painting wooden decor lately, and I’m loving that!) and for storytelling vibes, playing The Sims.
Book-wise, I love reading characters who are musical or can draw. I’ve never been able to draw even stick people well, so reading through that artistic medium is fascinating to me!
3. Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?
For autumn, the falling of the leaves–I’ll hate it come winter, but there’s something so soul-lifting about seeing all that red and orange and yellow, and kicking through it!
Book-wise, I love a good romance where closed-off characters start to open up, almost against their will–when they let themselves be vulnerable, even though they’ll kick off about it later (I’m thinking primarily of Izzy and Simon, especially in City of Lost Souls). Relatable, for me!
4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge
I think I’m gonna go with YA as a general category–I feel like everything targeted at teen girls is ridiculed, and adults who read it are ridiculed even harder. But I’ve loved it since I was twelve, and I love it still, and why on earth should we give up things we love for the sake of someone else’s ignorance and prejudice?
5. Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?
My dog. Easiest answer in the world. My eyes turn to hearts when I look at her.
Book-wise, that moment where two characters I’ve been rooting for get together. I am a big ol’ romantic, and if it makes me clutch the book to my chest and beam, that’s how I know it’s good!
6. Fright Night – favourite scary book or film
I’m not huge on scary films or books–I like the kooky, spooky, Addams Family, Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus kind of borderline-horror, instead. I do really like the Scream movies, though–more funny than scary, but they still have me peeking around the door before I enter a room! (That might be because my brother once dressed up as Ghostface and hid in my room, scaring the wits out of me, but who’s counting?)
Book-wise, same–I’m not into horror. I’m about to read Ninth House, though, and I’m hoping that’ll be my shade of spooky.
7. Halloween candy – favourite thing to eat
For Halloween, I love to make a full banquet–brownies with Hershey’s witches hats, stuffed peppers with jack-o-lanterns cut into them, pizza with vegan mozzarella laid out like a spiderweb… it’s more fun to cook than to eat, and that is saying something!
8. Scarves – your autumn ‘must have’ accessory
I do love a good scarf–a friend of mine bought me an official Gryffindor scarf when we graduated university, and I love to wear it! I also need gloves, because my hands FREEZE in cold weather.
9. Fire – a book or film that burns your soul
Assuming this means a righteous sort of anger? I love having that attachment to a book or film–it’s a sign it’s done properly! The ones that come to mind most quickly are The Hunger Games and its sequels–books and films. The rage that burns through me on Katniss’s behalf is something else entirely.
10. Toffee apples – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside
Film-wise, The Nightmare Before Christmas: when I watched it for the first time, at 13, I was expecting to be terrified and kind of hate it–but it’s actually a genuinely lovely and heart-warming sort of coming-of-age tale, it’s just that everyone in it is dead and weird!
Book-wise, I think I have to go with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo–nothing in the title, or the summary, hints at the real content, and for good reason. It BLEW MY MIND and elevated the book from being good, like I thought it would be, to being truly exceptional.
That was fun! Tagging anyone who feels like having a go–that is, after all, how I came across it!