This seems like a great time to do this tag. I potted this over at Fi’s Biblofiles which is a fantastic blog, and the tag was created by The Book Belle.
What book always reminds you of autumn?
Under My Hat, an anthology centred around witches. I can’t even fully put my finger on why, it just feels like the kind of cosy book that’s perfect for curling up with as the nights get darker and colder. It might also be because it was a previous years’ Blogtober review, so it sticks in my mind as being a good October book.
What is your favourite autumnal book cover?
Halloween Season, by Lucy A. Snyder. It just feels like it perfectly encapsulates the sense of autumn and Halloween, with the huge pumpkin on the cover and the red/orange colours to it. Check out my review on Divination Hollow.
What is your favourite autumnal drink to read with?
When it comes to coffee, I’m kind of weird – I only really drink flavoured stuff! That means getting a lot of Beanies instant coffee, and one of the ones I always, always make sure to get in time for autumn is Cinder Toffee. It’s a lovely flavour to snuggle up in an armchair with a nice hot cuppa and sink into my latest read.
Do you prefer to read late at night or early in the morning?
I don’t read as much in the mornings as I used to, though I did used to love if I woke up a touch too early on a Sunday and could read a little bit before getting up and starting my day. Nowadays though, I’m more like to be caught reading after dark than any other time of the day.
Halloween is coming! What is your favourite spooky read?
This is a hard one when there are so many great spooky books out there! And I read a lot of horror – incredibly difficult to pick one from even the last couple of years that stands out as a favourite. For this, I’m going to pick a book that has a great atmosphere, isn’t depressingly dark, and is great for both adults and young adults: The Near Witch, by V.E. Schwab. Though ask me again next year and I’ll probably have a different answer. Read my review here.
What is the ultimate comfort read for you?
I don’t tend to reread books – there are so many great books out there just waiting for me to pick them up, I rarely have the chance to reread them anymore. I admit though when I am looking for something a bit more comforting, I more often find myself drawn to Romances, of all types. A good, well-written one is as comfortable as a warm blanket on a cold evening.
What is your favourite autumnal reading snack?
I am a big fan of biscuits, any time of the year. Especially the chocolate covered ones. But I admit around this time of year is when I tend to start picking up any sort of seasonal biscuits or snacks on sale, whether it’s for autumn or Christmas. Even if Christmas isn’t until winter, if they have their fancy biscuit boxes out for cheaper than usual, I’ll still pick them up in October.
What is your favourite autumnal candle to burn whilst reading?
Unfortunately I don’t use scented candles anymore. With a cat running around it’s too much of a risk, and knowing her she’d find some way to knock a candle off any surface. A shame, because I used to really like them, and still have a few around!
When you’re not reading, what is your favourite autumnal activity?
It really feels like there’s so much to do in autumn, especially before the weather gets too cold. At the start of November there is, of course, Bonfire Night, which can be a lot of fun and I have lots of happy memories of. But mostly I love curling up on the sofa as the nights draw in, and sticking a fun film on – either something creepy as Halloween approaches, or something cheesy and romantic to make me feel warm!
What is on your autumn/fall reading list?
I haven’t done as well with my autumn TBR as I would have liked, and though I’ve finished two books from my Top Ten Tuesday post, I ended up picking up Our Share of Night first, which proved to be a long one, that I then took breaks from to read my BBNYA books! So not making good progress there at all. But a couple of books I still want to try and get to are Unnatural Creatures, Welsh Gothic and The Lady in Chains.
Such a fun tag! And if you want to give it a go, consider yourself tagged! Just don’t forget to link back to The Book Belle who created this.