The Autumn Book Tag

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Trisha from The Bookgasm Blog actually tagged me to do this last year in November, but I stalled and stalled until it’s seasonal again, oops. Anyway, this is perfect to do now because AUTUMN HAS FINALLY COME TO AUSTRALIA! It’s getting colder, the wind’s getting chillier, it’s harder to wake up in the mornings, leaves are falling… 😛

1) What is your favorite thing about autumn?

Autumn’s actually my favourite season out of the normal four. I love that it’s getting colder, I love that leaves are turning orange, I love that the days get a bit shorter, I love snuggling at night because it’s just that much easier to sleep when the weather’s a bit chillier… and perhaps I’m nuts for answering this but I also love that I can start wearing my coat and scarves and boots – they’re my favourite things. ❤

2) What book reminds you of your school days?

It’s actually really hard to find a book that reflects my actual high school days, as I went to high school in Asia and it was incredibly, incredibly different from what’s portrayed in most YA books now. I did read a couple of Indonesian YA lit, but even that was quite different from my experience as I went to an international high school… 😛

3) What cover reminds you of autumn?

The Last Leaves Falling

And these are they. My final moments. They say a warrior must always be mindful of death, but I never imagined that it would find me like this . . .

Japanese teenager, Sora, is diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Lonely and isolated, Sora turns to the ancient wisdom of the samurai for guidance and comfort. But he also finds hope in the present; through the internet he finds friends that see him, not just his illness. This is a story of friendship and acceptance, and testing strength in an uncertain future.

The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell. Incidentally, the title also reminds me of autumn, and the story is just sad.

4) What is your favourite horror or halloween story?

I don’t have any. I’m super easily freaked out and honestly anything from /r/nosleep scares me enough to the point of, well, no sleep. 😛

5) What is your favourite horror or halloween film?

I literally avoid all horror/halloween films. I can stand reading scary stuff but cannot, for the life of me, watch them because I’ll be too scared — I’ll be forever looking behind my back, jumping over every tiny noise, peeking under my bed, seeing things in the mirror… yeah.

BUT SCRATCH ALL THAT. The last horror-ish thing I watched was Crimson Peak and while that freaked me out to no end and there were many moments where I had to look away from the screen, I actually really liked it. The CGI was just beautiful and the whole creepy, gothic atmosphere was spot-on.

6) What fall book release are you looking forward to?

The Crown's Game Evelyn SkyeVika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye! It’s released this month. 😛

7) What autumn movie release are you anticipating?

I’m watching X-Men: Apocalypse next weekend! I’m a huge fan of the newer movies in the franchise, and I hope this one’s going to be just as good. Super excited to see it on the big screen. 🙂

8) What are the three books you plan to read this autumn?

Oh gooood, why does this tag ask for a TBR? Here’s my mid-May TBR, subject to change pretty much anytime:

  • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury — An Aladdin retelling. Not-so-amazing reviews so far, but I’m kind of intrigued by the concept.
  • The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub — Aussie YA, anyone? The concept of this one reminds me of Seven Ways We Lie, which I loved. 🙂
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo — A trans LGBT novel that (I hear) features an actually trans person on the cover! Book’s a bit short but reviews have been great, so I hope to get on this sometime soon.

The Yearbook Committee is a library loan for me so I’m starting with that one because TIME IS TICKING. Oops. 😛

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Please feel free to skip this tag if you can’t be bothered, guys — I know it’s not autumn everywhere in the world, but I tried. 😛

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56 thoughts on “The Autumn Book Tag

  1. Ahh, thank you for tagging me! Autumn and winter are my favourite seasons 😊 I was seeing spring book tags everywhere so it’s great to see this! I love autumn for all the reasons you mentioned. I’m currently wearing a jumper right now and I’m so happy, haha.

    Crimson Peak sounds awesome, I really want to watch that one! I saw the X-Men trailer when I watched Civil War and it looked so good. I also can’t wait to read The Crown’s Game!

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    • No worries! The questions aren’t really our autumn-specific but you know, better this than nothing at all. 😛

      I’d recommend Crimson Peak just because it’s very creepy! It doesn’t really shock you like many ghost movies; it’s just gothic horror. Hope you like it!

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  2. The Last Leaves Falling sounds absolutely incredible. I try to avoid depressing books as much as I can, but something draws me to them all the time. You have to let me know how you find The Forbidden Wish! I’ve been interested in it for such a long time but the bad reviews made me quite hesitant. 🙂

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    • It was quite good! I gave it three stars; the execution was a bit too shallow and emotionless but otherwise it tackled quite a depressing issue, haha. I’ll let you know how I feel about The Forbidden Wish once I get to it! I keep pushing it back – the bad reviews are making me hesitate as well. 😛

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  3. Autumn and winter are my favorite seasons, for the same reasons you listed: the scenery, the clothes, and the snuggling in warm, comfy places. I lived in New England for a few years recently (before moving back to my native Texas about a year ago), and they were the best years of my life. Snow, leaves that changed colors, cool and crisp days, foggy breath, scarves and sweaters and wool pea coats. It was heaven.

    And hell yes to Crimson Peak. It was everything I’d hoped it be–and the only type of “horror” movie I’m willing to sit through. A+. 😀

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    • That sounds like heaven! I love everything you mentioned except for snow, haha. I lived in England for a bit during winter-spring and I just didn’t like how inconvenient it was (although really pretty!).

      Definitely. I’m not a big fan of horror movies generally but this one was more… creepy/gothic-ish than anything else. And I love the ghosts, very nicely done. 😀

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  4. See it’s barely Summer over here so I always find it strange how in Australia your seasons are opposite to ours (though you probably feel the same when I talk about it being Summer here).
    I am so excited as well for The Crown’s Game, I’ve already seen some great reviews for it and it sounds like the kind of book I’d love as well. The same goes for X-Men Apocalypse, god it looks like it’s going to be a brilliant film.
    Great answers for this tag!

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    • Admittedly it’s probably less weird for us – Christmas in the media has always been associated with winter, and very rarely (or never, more like) do I see summer Christmases portrayed in films. 😛

      Thanks, Beth! I really can’t wait for both The Crown’s Game and X-Men – this week is going to be a blast.

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      • It would be interesting seeing a film which did show Christmas in the summer, and part of me thinks it’d definitely be an experience spending Christmas somewhere where it is sunny. Kind of like for you spending Christmas somewhere where it will snow I guess.
        The Crown’s Game is released tomorrow and I am really excited, and yes I wanna see X-Men as soon as it is released as well!

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        • Honestly I don’t think it would make much of a difference for me. My family doesn’t particularly care about Christmas and I grew up in a tropical country where it’s HUMID ALL YEAR LONG, so even this is a bit of a change since Aus summers are dry and hot. 😛

          YES, IT’S TODAY FOR ME! Also will be watching X-Men this weekend. I feel like this week’s just gonna fly quite quickly, haha.

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          • Ehh that makes sense. Christmas has always been a big thing for my family but I’d think that would probably be the same even if we were living somewhere where it’s hot all year around.
            Lucky you, if you worked the time different enough you could potentially get the book and read it before I’ve even woken up for the day 😀

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  5. Thank you for the tag! I’m going to do this right away while it’s still Autumn XD! I’m so excited for X-Men and If I was your Girl sounds really interesting, I’m going to check it out now 🙂

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  6. A FELLOW INDONESIAN! Well, I was born in Australia but I do speak it (slightly) XD I actually just watched Days of Future Past for the first time recently and it was amazing… Heard there’s more Quiksilver in Apocalypse though so I’m even more excited for it! Anyways, thanks for tagging me 😀

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  7. What is Autumn in Aussie like? I just assume that it’s always nice weather there (or hot and humid) year round LOL. That being said, I too enjoy Fall (although Winter still takes the cake). Actually, any cold weather will do because I just can’t do heat.

    I must know: how many subreddits do you actually follow? Considering last week you told me about /nottheonion (I just haven’t formally replied back) you seem so active on there!

    I’m stoked for X-Men too! It’s had meh reviews but most superhero films (minus Batman versus Superman) can do no wrong in my eyes.

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    • I live in Melbourne which has crazy bipolar weather, but right now it’s been pretty OK… around 13-20 degrees Celcius, which isn’t too bad for an autumn. Enough for a jacket and a sweater, sometimes a scarf at night or in the morning. We also get warmer days though, like maybe 25?

      Haha, my god. I probably subscribe to about 30 subreddits but I do tend to subscribe/unsubscribe quite a bit, and I subscribe to anything I think is remotely good. I don’t really comment or post, I just browse because there’s so much to see! It’s kind of my news site, I think. 😛

      Yeah, I’ve been hearing more meh reviews about Apocalypse as well but I love the X-Men. I think I’ll enjoy it regardless.

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  8. Thanks for the nomination! Even though it took me forever to come and read the post 😛 It’s so strange being opposite to most of the ‘popular’ countries, so I’m glad you managed to find people on the same side of the world! I love autumn too, although it isn’t my favourite. It’s just so pretty!

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