We’ve made it to the end of yet another week, and thank heavens for that, because I, for one, am utterly exhausted 😅 You know how I thought I’d have more free time once my exams were over?
*Insert pitiful laughter here*
Yeah, I suppose I sorely underestimated what can happen when you suddenly have to catch up on two weeks of classes that you neglected because you were studying for exams… And it doesn’t exactly help that I somehow ended up in the most difficult lecture I’ve ever taken in my life. I thought I was at least halfway decent at math, but Mori theory is doing its best to prove me wrong. Seriously, I understand NOTHING. I could be copying cuneiform markings off the blackboard and get pretty the same results in terms of knowledge gained 🙈
But, on a lighter note: I also started working on my master’s thesis this week, and I’m actually really enjoying that! Not that I understand too much yet, either, but at least I have a vague idea of what I’m supposed to be doing, as opposed to nothing? 😅 Also, my professor mentioned that he’d try to get me an office, so that I can have a place to work where I wouldn’t have to wear a mask all the time and can access the department’s super-fast computer. Doesn’t that sound kinda cool? You know you’ve made it when you have your own office in the math department 🤣🥳
But enough with my daily student struggles – let’s get back to books! Today, I’m here with another tag 😊 I know I’ve done quite a few of them recently, but I couldn’t exactly push this one back any longer. After all, I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to do the Fall Time, Cozy Time Tag in fall, and we’re kind of nearing the end of that…
Anyway, thank you so much to Sam @ Sam’s Nonsense for coming up with these amazing questions, and to Riddhi @ Whispering Stories for tagging me! If you haven’t done it already, definitely go check out her blog. Riddhi is super enthusiastic, and she’s way better at posting regularly than I am 😁
But now, without further ado, let’s get into the questions!
CRUNCHING LEAVES: The world is full of color! Choose a book with red/orange/yellow on the cover.
I can do one better and even include the leaves 🍂 Considering how well it fits this prompt, it’d be almost a crime not to go with Robin Benway’s Far from the Tree… But this book has way more than just a pretty cover. The story, which follows three biological siblings who were separately adopted/put into foster care when they were young, is also superb, and it’s definitely going to give you the feels! Honestly, parts of this had sniffling into my tissues, so I’d highly recommend it to people looking for a good hard-hitting YA contemporary. This was one of my 2017 favorites, and I’m definitely due for a reread soon myself! 😊
Trigger warnings: adoption, foster care, teenage pregnancy, divorce, alcoholism, slut shaming, violence
COZY SWEATER: It’s finally cool enough for warm cozy clothing! What book gives you the warm fuzzies?
Sven Nordqvist’s Findus and the Christmas Tomte is a book I reread before every single Christmas. Like all of Sven Nordqvist’s books, it’s kind of weird, but it captures that absolutely magical, cozy feeling of Christmas in ways few other books do 😊🎄 I highly recommend you go check it out, regardless of what your age is – this one is for children and adults alike! (Though, for the sake of full transparency: I’ve only ever read the German translation, so I can’t vouch for how good the English one is. So if you’ve read this in any other language, let me know what you thought!)
FALL STORM: The wind is howling, and the rain is pounding. Choose a book that you like to read on a stormy day.
I absolutely love to read during storms, so give me any book, and I’ll be happy 😁 However, since the question asked for something specific, I guess I’ll pick Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo. Storms certainly play a pretty big role in this middle-grade series, which follows children with magical powers at this slightly sinister Welsh boarding school called Bloor’s Academy. And something about the entire atmosphere of these books also reminds me of the mysterious tension you find in the air whenever a storm is brewing…
COOL CRISP AIR makes you breathe freely. Who’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?
I can’t pick! There are so many characters with amazing lives and opportunities, but then again, most of them have also had to face some pretty terrible things and ended up losing a ton of family members and/or friends in the process, so I’m not sure I’d really want to trade with any them 😅
However, if I had to pick someone, I’d probably go with Anne from Anne of Green Gables – because I’d get to keep my dreams of becoming an author and, more importantly, Gilbert! 😍😍😍 – or Ginny Weasley. Ginny is by far one of my favorite characters in the entire Harry Potter series (which makes me even more furious about the great injustice those movies did to her 😠), and I’d love to have her confidence, sports skills, humor, friends and, obviously, her ability to do magic!
HOT APPLE CIDER: Warm autumn drink. What underhyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?
Hmm, this is hard. I’m sure that the minute I post this, I’ll come up with something even more amazing and less well-known 😅 But I do think that Sue Burke’s Semiosis is a pretty good pick! Honestly, I was so engrossed while reading this, and it still had me thinking about it months after I’d put it down. Who would have thought that a story centering around an alien bamboo plant would be so enticing? But this is now one of my favorite science fiction novels out there, and I think it’d be really cool if more people gave it a try so we could gush about it together!
COAT, SCARVES, & MITTENS: The weather has turned cold, and it’s time to cover up! What’s a book cover you don’t like?
I mean – I couldn’t not show you these 🤣🤣🤣 The Finnish Harry Potter covers are really … something. They’re so bad that they’re almost good again. I couldn’t stop laughing the first time I saw them. Although I feel seriously bad for all those Finnish kids who grew up with these… Wouldn’t they completely skew the way you imagine the characters?
However, one of the worst covers I actually own is probably this one:
I still don’t know why someone thought it was a good idea to put naked chests in the background of these 🙈
PUMPKIN SPICE: Time for some Starbucks! What’s your favorite fall comfort food?
DO NOT MAKE ME PICK A FOOD! I LOVE ALL THE FOODS!! 😍😍😍 Though I guess maybe samosas? They’re great year-round, but since I’m really craving some at the moment, I guess we’re gonna go with that.
WARM, COZY BONFIRE: Spread the cozy warmth! Who do you tag?
Since I already panicked to get this tag ready while it was still fall and don’t want to force that feeling on other people, I won’t be tagging anyone specifically. But if you want to give it a go – consider yourself tagged! And please do leave a pingback, so I can go check out your answers 😊
But yeah – that was it for today! After that absolutely monstrous post last week, I figured a normally-lengthy one would do today 😉
Still, I’d love to know what you thought of my answers! Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? Which books would you have suggested for these questions? I’d love to know!