I LOVE Autumn. I love the chill in the air and the promise of jack-o-lanterns and fireworks. I love drinking cinnamon hot chocolate and snuggling down with a good book. I even love the darker evenings, mainly because it tells me that Christmas is on its way. So when the wonderful Ellie from The Storybook Girl tagged me in The Autumn Reading Tag (created by Amy Jane Smith on Booktube), I was pretty freaking excited.
Are there any books you plan on reading over the autumn season?
YES. I need to finish my re-read of the His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman, and I’m very excited about reading The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes by the amazing Wade Albert White. I’m also 100% sure I’ll read something by Neil Gaiman (Autumn just feels very Gaiman-ish) and I’m itching to revisit The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand–spooky middle grade fiction is my absolute favourite!
September brings back school memories: what book did you most enjoy studying? And what were your favourite and least favourite school subjects?
Here’s a secret: I didn’t like reading all that much in school. In fact, the books I read during my GCSE’s and A Levels put me off classics for a good few years (I’m looking at you Of Mice and Men and Great Expectations!). I was (and am) a HUGE history geek, so reading all about the American Civil War in history was probably my fav studying book. It won’t surprise you that History was hands down my favourite subject, along with Drama–and acting in my ameuter dramatics group is still one of my favourite hobbies. I also really enjoyed English when we got to do some creative writing! My least favourite subjects were maths (rubbish at numbers), science (sorry Dad) and P.E, because forced netball sucks.
October means Halloween: Do you enjoy scary books and films? If so what are some of your favourites?
One of the abiding memories I have as a teenager is spending the entirety of the film Saw zipped up in a sleeping bag, refusing to watch. I am a huge wimp for straight up, adult level scary movies. HOWEVER, creepy/spooky kids films are my jam. My October consists of me repeatedly watching The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus again and again. I also adore MG books by Neil Gaiman (Coraline and The Graveyard Book), Claire Legrand (The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls and The Year of Shadows) and I’ve just read The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee by Erin Petti, and it seriously satisfied my scary kids book sweet tooth!
With November it’s time for Bonfire Night & firework displays. What’s the most exciting book you’ve ever read that really kept you gripped?
I’ve mentioned these books a thousand times on my blog, but they are that good–The Wells and Wong Series by Robin Stevens. These are middle grade murder mystery books set in an English boarding school in the 1930’s. There’s murder a plenty, and detecting, and danger and every time I read this series I can’t seem to put it down. Check out my fangirling review here
What book is your favourite cosy comfort read?
I’m going to have to agree with Ellie’s answer on this one, it’s Harry Potter every time (although I usually read the HP series every Christmas, because Hogwarts + Christmas = even more magic!). However, there are some other books I always come back to. The Chronicles of Narnia just reminds me of my childhood, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians is the same. For me, sinking into a familiar world that I loved so much as a kid is always very comforting.
Curled up with a good book, what is your hot drink of choice?
Because I’m British, and it’s pretty much our national drink, the answer is always…tea. I drink Earl Grey, with lots of milk and zero sugar. I’m also a sucker for cinnamon hot chocolate (I blame Once Upon a Time for getting me into it). If I’m feeling really healthy, I’ll go for a green tea. But seriously, I go through PACKETS of Earl Grey, and if I ever run out it’s not pretty.
Any plans you’re looking forward to over the next few months?
I am starting my Masters degree in a few days (eeek), so that should be interesting. I’m studying Historical Research and I. CAN’T WAIT. I’m also hoping to finish draft 1 of my WIP, and draft 3 of my Mary Shelley Fangirl project. I’m hoping to see a West End Show with my brother, and I *may* be getting my first ever tattoo (!!!)–don’t worry it’s going to be bookish! ALSO–Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas–my three favourite holidays are coming up, so I’m looking forward to those!
This was such a fun tag to do, and I’m feeling very Autumnal after answering all these questions. All I need now is a mug of Earl Grey, a cozy sweater and a book! Please do this tag (if you want to!) and let me know, so I can by nosy and read all your answers. 😉
I am also going to tag: