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?
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?
Vika 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. 😛
- Victoria @ Addlepates and Book Nerds
- Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews
- Shanayah @ The Scarlet Bookkeeper
- Jenna @ Reading with Jenna
- Vivian @ Inked In Pages
- Casey @ adoptabookaus
- Yasmin @ Read Books and Drink Coffee
- Madeline @ The SFF Bookshelf
- Prima @ Panda Hearts Books
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. 😛