Ah and so it has returned! With Autumn comes pumpkin spice latte season with a hint of the autumn reading tag. I don’t drink coffee, so I’ve never tasted one, but I do love that coffee shops now smell at least 50% spicier, since I am partial to ginger and cinnamon.
Thank you to the lovely Almost Amazing Grace for tagging me to do this, you’re almost amazing! 😉
Are there any books you plan on reading over the autumn season?
I dread to think how big my TBR pile is now. I’ve had to start double stacking my bookshelves, which should give you an idea about how ridiculous it’s become. I really should buy a third bookshelf…
I’m really looking forward to reading:
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa MacInerney
After watching Lisa read from the beginning of her book recently at an event, I’m really intrigued by how the book progresses! It’s also won two awards this year (The Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction and The Desmond Elliot Prize) so I really want to have a crack.
Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Deborah Biancotti and Margo Lanagan
Zeroes was one of my favourite books of 2015 so I’m super excited for the sequel!
September brings back school memories: what book did you most enjoy studying? And what were your favourite and least favourite subjects?
Okay so the first part of this question comes in two parts.
1.1 – I didn’t actually study this book, but it was introduced to me by one of my teachers so I think it counts. Imagine young Emma at roughly around the age of 9-10, world book day has come and gone, naturally, I dressed as Hermione, and now it’s close to the end of the school year. It’s at this point Miss Thompson picks up a copy of The Northern Lights and begins to read a chapter to the class. One every day for the rest of term, just before we’re picked up for the evening. I was fascinated. Lyra was an enigmatic and rebellious young woman who I was enamoured by and the alethiometer was something I yearned to own. To this day I would still love to have a daemon.
1.2 – Now this is also a similar story, taking place in secondary school. One of my teachers also decided to read us The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. At this point, I didn’t know that I would come to study Christopher’s story twice. Once during my AS Levels and again in my final year of University. This book is a deeper reflection of my personal growth during education and I’m very grateful to have a point of recollection that shows exactly how my mind changed and was shaped by the thoughts and scholar of others around me.
My favourite subject was surprisingly not English. I was always quite bad at it and only took is during my A Levels as an attempt to help with my essay writing for the languages I was studying (French and Spanish). I would say up to GCSE French was my favourite subject and then A Levels and beyond it shifted to English Language.
My least favourite was and will always be Geography. I’m terrible with countries and have no interest in tectonic plates. The other day I looked at a map and was genuinely shocked by the size of Russia – I had legitimately forgotten how massive it is…
October means Halloween: Do you enjoy scary films? If so what are some of your favourites?
I’m really not a scary film kinda gal, but one thing I do love is anything magical and witchy! Hallowe’en is the perfect time to watch all of my 90’s witchy faves consisting of: Hocus Pocus, who wouldn’t love watching Bette Midler getting her sing on? Practical Magic and The Craft have some awesome plots and brilliant casting! And my absolute favourite that I could watch and re-watch any time is Charmed, having grown up watching the Halliwell sisters (and not to mention the replica Book of Shadows I have), this TV series is my all-time favourite witchy programme, but Sabrina came in a close second!
With November it’s time for Bonfire Night and firework displays. What’s the most exciting book you’ve ever read that really kept you gripped.
Bonfire Night always makes me think of pets, because they have the most interesting reactions to what is essentially the sky exploding into an unexplainable array of colours before fizzling out.
Books that have really gripped me:
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
This book is so clever and intricate in how it comments on gender inequality and expectations on females. I loved this book in a bittersweet way from start to finish and Louise’s endings are not something you can expect.
13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
Just when you think you’ve sussed this book out it throws another curveball at you. It’s totally un-put-downable.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I can rave about this book all day. It has such a brilliant and unsuspecting narrative. It’s witty, humourous and endearing without really forcing it.
What book is your favourite cosy comfort read?
Anything by Jay Crownover, when I just want to have a relaxing, but still very engrossing read, I love to pick up one of her Marked Men or Saints of Denver books. Definitely something to curl up with and read for hours on end!
Curled up with a good book, what is your hot drink of choice?
As previously mentioned coffee is not my jam. As a true Northern lass, I love a simple builder’s tea, brewed properly with a generous helping of milk but no sugar, I’m sweet enough.
I do also love peppermint tea and green tea – I recently purchased a steeper and some loose-leaf tea.
(You can buy this adorable spoon on etsy!)
Any plans you’re looking forward to over the next few months?
Well! As some of you may know I’ve just started a new job so there is quite possibly a fair few things to look forward to over the next few months that I don’t even know about yet!
In addition to that, I’m going to be attending YAShot for the first time this weekend, and staying for the UKYA Blogger Awards afterwards. Many of my friends have been nominated for the awards including the lovely Grace, who tagged me.
In November I’ll be attending the Vuelio Blogger Awards and the SYP conference, as well as hopefully going to see Austentatious!
So to keep this lovely tag going I am tagging: