1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo has such a vivid setting (it’s also one of my favs). Six of Crows has a vivid setting inspired by Venice and Amsterdam. I also speak Dutch so I enjoyed how Leigh played with Dutch words and places. When you read Six of Crows, you can not imagine yourself there with the crew.
2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, explores grief and loss with its complicated layers. Adam doesn’t pretend to have the “remedy” or “solution” to grief. He shows in a realistic way how dealing with grief can be messy. How people are complex and not perfect while dealing with their conflicting emotions. He doesn’t try to sugar coat anything and makes you feel every emotion with the main character called Griffin. Griffin has to deal with the death of his ex-boyfriend. Griffin makes a lot of mistakes along the way but that makes him real and relatable. Silvera successfully managed to explore the heavy topic, grief.
3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, is a book I read on my own when I was 13 years old. Her autobiography is in every Flemish library on display. So one day with school I decided to read her biography. I don’t know if I grasped every detail but I do remember learning a lot of WW II (in Holland) and how her family was affected by it. I read almost every famous WWII biography after that and taught myself a lot by reading books, watching documentaries. I became obsessed and still am to this day. I am currently watching a 6 episode series on Canvas about kids from the collaboration. I would highly recommend it for my Belgian readers out there.
4. In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.
The Blackthorn family from The Dark Artifices, is one of my favorite fictional families and I would love to be part of it! (from the Shadowhunters)
5. The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!
sorry guys, I am lazy to this shit.
6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.
I had a hard time finding a book for this but I finally found something that could fit this question. The Saga series by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples is narrated by the couple’s newborn.
7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark,
I had to change this question so I could answer this question with one of my favorite book. Elle s’appelait Sarah or also known as Sarah’s key. This book follows 2 story lines that intertwine with each other throughout the story. The author talks about a dark & taboo subject : France’s collaboration with the Nazis. It’s a dark part of France’s history that isn’t talked about often because it’s so well hidden. Sarah is a ten year old girl leaving in France, one day she is brutally arrested by the French police but before the event, she manages to lock up her brother and hide him from the police. She gets deported and separated from her parents. This story is not for the fainthearted out there but definitely a story I recommend. The movie is also amazing!
8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.
9. Fall returns every year: name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is an old favorite that I would like to reread in the future. It’s also the perfect fall read!
10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!
- a fire
- burning candles
- a warm & cozy blanket