The Cosy Autumn Book Tag | for the love of orange and spooky books πŸ‚πŸŽƒβ˜•

Hey everyone!

It has been a while since I’ve done a tag but when I got tagged to do this, I couldn’t resist the autumnal vibes. I am really excited about autumn this year and I thought this post would be a great start to my autumn-themed posts. Thank you sooo much to Caro @ BookCheshireCat for tagging me. Please check her blog out now 🀎.

This Tag was originally created by The Book Belle on YouTube, so thank you 🧑!

What book always reminds you of fall/autumn?

Witch Light by Susan Fletcher (aka The Highland Witch, aka Corrag). This book has had a few names/covers for some bizarre reason, but this cover clearly indicates why I have picked it up for this prompt. If it was an Instagram picture, it would have the hashtag Autumn Vibes.

The actual book itself reminded me of Autumn a lot. Set in the Scottish Highlands, it immediately transported me to windy scenery full of golden tones. Not forgetting how the writing is a love letter to nature, the admiration the narrator had for wildlife was divine.

This is a historical fiction focusing on witches in the 1600s. Witches are naturally associated with Halloween and all things autumn. Whilst this story was less of the witch’s cackle and more about the abuse women endured, it is still perfect for this season.

πŸ„ Reading Scottish Books | ghosts, witches and a queen

What is your favourite autumnal book cover?

let me know your favourite of these covers in the comment.

My favourite one for autumn vibes is The Haunting of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes.

What is your favourite autumnal drink to read with?

I am trying to drink less coffee so I will bitterly restrain myself from saying coffee. Instead, I will be drinking black forest hot chocolate. It will be a cosy evening treat from time to time, and I can’t wait.

Do you prefer to read late at night or early in the morning?

Late at night. This time feels like it is specifically yours. You don’t necessarily owe anyone anything for a while because (hopefully) you’ve already done what you needed to do in the day or it can wait until tomorrow. Arguably you owe yourself sleep, but I find it best to relax with a book instead.

Halloween is coming! What is your favourite spooky read?

I have not read many truly spooky books but I have some horror books on my TBR (see below). But, my current favourites would be Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo and Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas.

Ninth house is essentially a fantasy mystery set at Yale University. It was a dark read but with a beautiful, hellish fantasy aspect. Bonus: the characters were as amazing as their names.

Cemetery Boys was a fun ghost adventure. I will never stop cheering this story on because it gave me such a big smile throughout the story, yet it was extremely heartfelt too. A perfect YA book that is worth the hype!

horror TBR πŸ¦‡ ~

What is the ultimate comfort read for you?

Given that I just used the phrase ‘ultimate comfort read‘ whilst talking about The Raven Cycle in my YA fantasy post, I have to pick it. Specifically, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

It is the start of the series and you are just beginning to know the characters and appreciate the setting. Full of complexities and whimsy. I have reread this book and it felt like relearning what I loved about it in the first place. That was such a magical feeling in itself. Therefore it is my ultimate comfort read.

πŸ„ The Best Young Adult Fantasy Books I’ve Read

What is your favourite autumnal reading snack?

Chocolate is my 24/7, 365 days a year, snack, but currently, I am craving all things cinnamon. Cinnamon rolls, churros, cookies, and hopefully something pumpkin-cinnamon related (but I haven’t decided what to bake yet).

What is your favourite autumnal candle to burn whilst reading?

I don’t burn candles very often, but I own a vanilla crackling candle and it smells great. It is the Woodwick ellipse one if you are interested. I am sorry my answer is so vanilla.

When you’re not reading, what is your favourite autumnal activity?

This is my first year embracing autumn so in the past it was probably just nature walks. But this year…

  • nature walks (still perfect) πŸ‚
  • pumpkin patch πŸŽƒ
  • baking πŸ₯§
  • horror movies πŸͺ¦
  • blogging πŸ’»

What is on your autumn/fall reading list?

The Reprieve by James Han Mattson: escape room horror

The Old Woman With The Knife by Gu Byeong-Mo: follows an ageing female assassin

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn: Arthurian legend meets secret society in a boarding school

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke: based upon the Greek labyrinth, Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building.

damn, what an unexpectedly colourful array of covers.

do you love autumn? what are your favourite horror books and movies? what are your October plans?

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22 thoughts on “The Cosy Autumn Book Tag | for the love of orange and spooky books πŸ‚πŸŽƒβ˜•

  1. Have you read The Haunting of Aveline Jones? It looks good, and I’m curious about it! The Raven Boys is one of my comfort reads too!! I even got the ley lines tattooed on my wrist haha πŸ™‚ Great post Sophie!! ❀

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    1. I haven’t read The Haunting of Aveline Jones yet but I become more curious every time I see it. Hopefully we will both enjoy it πŸŽƒ
      Just hearing all the characters’ first lines from The Raven Boys makes me feel things! Ahh.. I am jealous of that tattoo~~ it sounds incredible and I hope everyone admires it 😍
      Thank youuu 🀎

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  2. So! Many! Good book recs!
    All those autumnal covers are gorgeous, and I do enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate. The cemetery boys is on my tbr, I think Knight read it sometime this month!

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    1. Yayyy, there are a lot of awesome books here. We are blessed!
      The autumnal covers look great together~~ orange power combo 🧑
      Hot chocolate is just so comforting!
      Oohh… I hope you enjoy Cemetery Boys. I had the best time with it!!

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  3. Black forest hot chocolate sounds so good!! I started the Raven Boys series awhile back but never finished them – maybe I’ll try and pick them up again this fall πŸ™‚ Great answers!

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    1. The black forest hot chocolate is so tasty and smells divine β€οΈπŸ’
      The Raven Cycle is perfect for fall and I found I really got into the plot as the series went on. Hope you enjoy it!
      Thank you πŸ₯°

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  4. This was so cute!! I also really love that very autumnal picture πŸ‚πŸ₯° The cover illustration for The Haunting of Aveline Jones looks so spooky too! I kind of really want to read it now🀭 Piranesi sounds perfect for this time of the year too and so many people seem to love it. I hope you have fun with all your October reads!πŸŽƒβœ¨οΈπŸ€Ž

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    1. Thank youu so much 🧑 I am definitely falling in love with autumn this year πŸ₯°πŸ˜
      The Haunting of Aveline Jones does look spooky, there is a lot of detail in the background which I love. Haha, I’d love to know your thoughts if you do!
      Piranesi does seem great for Autumn and it has been raved about. I’m excited!
      Thank you so much, I hope you enjoy your October reads too 🧑✨

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  5. Oooh, this is such a great tag to get into a cozy autumnal mood, Sophie! πŸ₯°πŸ‚πŸ I usually love fall – seeing the leaves change color and going mushroom picking in the foggy forest is so comforting, somehow – but this year, I feel like everything around me has gone from summer straight into winter and skipped fall altogether! (Although winter is my favorite season, so I guess I can’t complain πŸ˜‚) Still, thanks for putting me in a fall mood and for the book recs! πŸ€— I personally also haven’t read a lot of horror, but if you want creepy, I’d highly recommend Chris Priestley’s Tales of Terror or Stephen King’s Cujo and Apt Pupil!

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    1. It was super cosy πŸ€ŽπŸ„πŸ aww… All of those memories sound so perfect, especially the mushroom picking! The seasons have been different this year, sorry to hear autumn has more or less skipped you! Hope you enjoy your extra long winter though β„οΈπŸ˜
      Glad I could provide some autumnal feels and recs! Thank you so much for those horror books, I definitely love it when they are creepy!! 🧑

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  6. a lovely tag, what wonderful answers & recs! I love the autumn-y covers, cemetery boys is on my tbr and sounds like a wonderfully spooky read for the season. I’m so looking forward to catching up on Legendborn this autumn before the sequel! ❀

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    1. Thank you sooo much!! πŸ‚ Doing this tag has definitely made me appreciate orange covers for once!
      Cemetery Boys is a delightful read~ funny & emotional with a great atmosphere! I hope you enjoy it!
      ahh.. I hope you love it! I’ve heard great things about the sequel from fans of the first book already! ❀️

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  7. I loved reading your answers! ❀️ I also prefer to read late at night, there’s something magical about having the time to yourself after a long day! Cemetery Boys is among my favorites as well and I really need to read Ninth House, I’ve heard so much about it πŸ₯° I hope you enjoy Legendborn, it has some great dark academia vibes!

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    1. Thank you so much Caro 🧑 Late night reading is definitely soo comforting, especially after a long day, you’re right!
      Cemetery Boys definitely holds up to the hype! I really hope you love Ninth House too~ I know it had a few mixed reviews but I enjoyed it a lot!
      Thank youuu, I really hope I love Legendborn too!! πŸ₯°

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  8. Ahh all these automnal covers are so perfect, I love them so much. I’m always in love with that cover for the Nature of Witches, I need to read this book πŸ₯° and somehow, your description of Legendborn made me want to read it even more ahah. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

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    1. Love the autumn vibes πŸ§‘πŸ‚ the nature of witches is such an atmospheric cover, love the positioning and everything! Hope you love the story too!
      Ahh.. It did sound amazing (and I can now confirm it is 😍😍)

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