This year hasn’t been great for traveling, which means I still have most of my holidays left. To avoid loosing them, I’ll have to take three weeks off work over Christmas and New Year. Three weeks! I can’t remember when that last happened.
One of the things I look forward to is spending time writing reviews again. In my head, I have so many posts, I want to write, but it seems my time, focus and attention span are not up for it.
So for now you’ll have to do with a tag. Last November, I did the Autumn tag: Are you ready for sweater weather, which I enjoyed. When I stumbled across The Cosy Autumn Book Tag created by The Book Belle I thought that would do nicely for this week’s blog post.
1. What book always reminds you of fall/autumn?
I have to mention The Remains of the Day again. Not only has the lead character reached his own personal autumn, but the book also evokes the feelings and state of mind I normally connect with autumn; poignancy, introspection, looking back, musing about the good and the bad times and making status on the year – or my life – so far.
2. What is your favourite autumnal book cover?
The colours of autumn is one of the things I love the most and the cover of The Brutal Telling captures them perfectly. Also, Louise Penny’s Gamache series takes place in Quebec, which I imagine is a beautiful place to visit during this season.
3. What is your favourite autumnal drink to read with?
Coffee. Always coffee. Strong, black, ideally in a rustic mug. #coffeeholic
4. Do you prefer to read late at night or early in the morning?
Being a night owl, I love late night reading! I only read early morning if a captivating story has kept me up all night. Yup, it does happen.
5. Halloween is coming! What is your favourite spooky read?
Halloween has been and gone! This year’s Halloween read was Rosemary’s Baby, which is an iconic, low key horror story with a perfect build-up of tension.
6. What is the ultimate comfort read for you?
Without competition, my most viewed blog post is 7 Books Perfect for Comfort Reading. Even before Covid, this post was quite popular, but the Covid crisis gave it a massive boost. I guess, we all need a bit of comfort reading. To me crime fiction is perfect for this purpose, but as mentioned in my recent Nonfiction November post, memoirs of people who strive and achieve have a strangely uplifting effect on my mood as well.
7. What is your favourite autumnal reading snack?
I don’t do much snacking, but I’ve always had a soft spot for chocolate muffins. One of my friends used to marvel about the amount I could consume without gaining weight. Not sure I can still do that today.
8. What is your favourite autumnal candle to burn whilst reading?
Normally, I prefer to breathe the clean London air *ahem* so I rarely light candles. I prefer tea light candles, though.
9. When you’re not reading, what is your favourite autumnal activity?
When the weather is nice, there is nothing better than going for a walk in an area, where the autumn colours can be admired. These days, I rarely make it further than the London parks, but they are actually not bad at all.
10. What is on your autumn/fall reading list?
Recently, I made a list of possible reads, but being a mood reader, lists and I just don’t gel. In connection with Nonfiction November, The Wild Silence has come up several times and I am thoroughly tempted to choose that as my next read.
Autumn is almost gone, but feel free to join in with the Cosy Autumn Book Tag if you feel like it. Are you still in autumn mood? Or are you already in full gear with Christmas planning and festive books?
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