Hello everyone! Today I wanted to do a Book Tag that I have seen going around Booktube lately that combines cute fall prompts with book recommendations ~ This tag was originally created by Alina Milena over on Youtube. Unfortunately, the video has been set to private.
Let’s get into the questions ~
1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting
Answer: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
🍂 This story has some of the most lush world building that I have read in a long time! Jordan Ifueko’s way with words blew me away the more and more I read this book. This story takes place in a fantasy world inspired by African folklore and culture and I just ate it up!
2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief
Answer: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
🍂 This beautiful story told in verse follows two sisters who do not know of each other’s existence until their father dies in a tragic plane crash based on a true story. As one sister lives in New York and the other in the Dominican Republic, their father’s death devastates both of them in different ways but also allows them to find each other. I think this summary perfectly describes why this book fits this prompt (:
3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new
Answer: All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M Johnson
🍂 Technically a memoir, this story follows the life of George Johnson, who is a Black queer activist. In this book, George compiles essays about his childhood and what it was like to grow up with all of his different identities. I definitely learned a lot while reading this and think it is a beautiful story everyone should read!
4. 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
Answer: The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare
🍂 I am doing a throwback for this one because I just recently re-read this series to prepare for Chain of Gold and fell in love with all of these characters again. I would absolutely love to be a part of their family because they all love each other so much ❤
5. The colorful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines
Here is my fall color book stack which I came up with at the last minute! (:
6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story
Answer: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reed
🍂 Although not a YA book, I thought this book was the perfect answer to this prompt. This follows a woman named Eveyln Hugo as she tells her life story as a 1960s movie star and all she has to sacrifice to be famous. It also follows all the husbands she has along the way and what happens to each marriage. This book is one of my favorite books of 2020 so I wanted to gush about it somewhere on this blog!
7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read
Answer: The Call by Peader O’Guilin
🍂 This is a throwback for me because I have not read this book in years! I personally do not like dark, creepy reads all that much and try to avoid them if I can. I actually did not personally enjoy this book because I thought it was much too creepy. However, I still wanted to include it because I know so many people love horror books. It follows this creepy reality where at any moment you could be “called” to go into this land filled with horrors. If that sounds like your thing, maybe give it a try!
8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day
Answer: You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
🍂 I read this wonderful story over the summer and just fell in love with it! It follows a Black girl named Liz Lighty who has to run for prom queen in order to win a scholarship for her dream school. The catch is, her high school has never had a Black prom queen before. Overall, this story put the biggest smile on my face and made me want to cheer for the characters at the end of it. It also has a f/f romance in it and it was just the sweetest book!
9. Fall returns every year: name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon
Answer: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
🍂 Strange the Dreamer used to be my favorite book of all time back in 2017-2018. I absolutely fell in love with everything inside of it. Since it’s been so long, I’ve really been wanting to re-read it to make sure that it still deserves that favorite book of all time rating! Also, I never actually read the sequel (oops). So, needless to say, I want to revisit this one soon ~~