Hi! I kinda disappeared off this blog for a bit, as well as mostly disappearing from bookish discussion spheres in general. It wasn’t intentional, and there are a few different reasons why it happened that probably nobody’s interested in, but I’m back and I’m here now!
I was tagged in the Fall Time, Cozy book tag by Bertie @ Luminosity Library! Thank you so much for tagging me! And according to the fact that my Animal Crossing island doesn’t have snow yet, it’s still technically autumn, so I’m just in time to do this tag!
Crunching Leaves – The world is full of colour! Chose a book with red/orange/yellow on the cover
Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
This is the first book in one of my favourite series, and its cover looks a little bit like it’s on fire! The book follows recent exes – as in, they broke up that morning – Kady and Ezra as the planet they live on is attacked by a megacorporation and they are forced to flee from everything they know. The story is told through chat logs and transcripts of conversations and security footage captured on the space ships, and documents the experiences of the refugees as they try to outrun the ship that’s following them with the intent to finish them off, and the progression of a mysterious plague mutating on one of the ships. I relistened to the audiobook back in March and May (I did nothing at all during April) and it being mid-pandemic definitely meant it hit differently from when I first read the book in 2017.
Cozy Sweater – It’s finally cool enough for warm cozy clothing! Which book gives you the warm fuzzies?
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
This is another all time favourite of mine, and another one I reread in May. I needed something to cheer myself up and it seriously showed. This book brings me so much joy. When I was rereading it, I kept saying out loud to myself that this book is my happy place, and it really is. There’s political maneuvering, there’s a critical view of the British monarchy and colonialism, there’s a major character discovering and learning to embrace his bisexuality, there’s a lot of fluff and a lot of humour, Donald Trump doesn’t exist, and there isn’t a pandemic. This book makes me very, very happy, and I want to live in its world.
Fall Storm – The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose a book that you like to read on a stormy day.
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
I’m not actually much of a mood reader. The weather, and the time of year, doesn’t affect what I choose to read. I’ll read summer themed contemporaries in winter and I’ll read high fantasy in the middle of summer. This means that I don’t really have a proper answer to this question. But I’m trying anyway! The Language of Thorns is a short story collection of fairy tales that exist within Bardugo’s Grisha universe. They’re beautifully illustrated, a little dark, and fit the ~vibe~ that I get from the concept of being curled up inside while the storm rages outside. Most of them don’t require any previous knowledge of the Grisha universe, which makes them accessible, which I honestly appreciate a lot even though I do have that knowledge. The Grisha universe is getting big!
Cool Crisp Air – Makes you breathe freely. Who’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?
Blue Sargent from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue is a tiny bundle of rage who adores her friends and has one of the most interesting home lives I think I’ve ever read. She’s raised by a group of psychics, who really are psychic, and while she doesn’t have any psychic power herself she serves as an amplifier for all their powers, which means she still gets to be involved in lots of cool stuff! She and her friends spend their time through the series exploring a nearby magical forest in search of a missing and likely dead Welsh king. She’s super cool and I would be very happy to trade places with her. I’d even be happy to trade places with her if it meant having to deal with her curse, that if she kisses her true love then they’ll die. I’m ace and kissing is overrated, I can cope with not kissing anyone.
Hot Apple Cider – Hot autumn drink. What underhyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?
The Art of Saving the World by Corinne Duyvis
As of this writing this book only has 84 ratings on Goodreads and that’s absolutely a crime. This book is about a questioning ace lesbian with anxiety who hasn’t been allowed to leave her hometown her whole life because doing so would rip open the rift in time and space that opened when she was born. On her 16th birthday, the rift destabilises on its own, and spits out versions of her from other universes. She has to team up with the alternate versions of herself in order to stop the apocalypse. There’s also a dragon in it. It also offers a deconstruction of the chosen one trope, asking questions that don’t tend to get asked, such as: If someone is the chosen one, then who chose them? Why did they choose them? I’m a sucker for stories that play with and deconstruct tropes like this, and it’s a shame that this book isn’t getting the hype it deserves.
Coat, Scarves, and Mittens – The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up! What’s a book cover you don’t like?
Akuma no Riddle vol. 5 by Yun Kouga & Sunao Minakata
This is a fun series that I would genuinely recommend to anyone who’s tired of the bury your gays trope. All the major characters in this series are queer, some subtextually but many of them textually, and nobody at all dies, even though given their situation some of them really should have. The ways in which they survive reach almost parody levels by the end, and an incident near the end of the series has led to an inside joke between me and my partner because it’s so ridiculous. But I really hate the cover of the final volume. It’s supposed to show the main couple, Haru and Tokaku, as adults. The time-shifted character designs, however, are bad. To me it looks like they took the girls’ hairstyles when they were teenagers and added long hair down their backs to make it look like they’d aged, with no regard to what the initial hairstyles actually were. As a result the character designs look messy to me.
For reference, here’s the cover of volume two where they’re still teenagers, and you’ll see what I mean. Young Tokaku has short hair and Young Haru has long hair that she ties up in twin ponytails. For some reason it was decided that, in order to indicate that they’re older, they should both have long hair added to these hairstyles. Tokaku maybe looks alright. Haru does not. The looks of the characters would of course be different when they’re grown up, but there had to have been better design concepts, and it’s a shame that this is what they ended up going with.
Pumpkin Spice – Time for some Starbucks! What’s your favourite fall comfort food?
Just like I don’t tend to mood read according to the seasons, I also don’t tend to mood eat/drink according to the seasons either. There isn’t a real reason for this. It’s just not something I’ve ever really done. However, I do really like Halloween themed things, and those are only available in autumn, and I love hot chocolate, which gets associated with autumn and winter, so I suppose those would have to be my answers!
Warm, Cozy Bonfire – Spread the cozy warmth! Who do you tag?
I tag anyone who wants to do this tag! Feel free to say that I’m the one who tagged you 😀
About The Blogger
El is a 21 year old university student from the UK who loves to read and loves talking about what they read. They particularly like to focus on books featuring lgbtq+ main characters.