Ever since September began I’ve been wanting to draw a pumpkin into my banner and write a cosy post to herald the start of the spooky season. This lovely tag was created by The Book Belle, though I first saw it over on Kristin Kraves Books, and it fits the bill entirely – so let’s go!

๐Ÿ What book always reminds you of fall/autumn? 

โ€œWhat do I say to Noah? How do I explain that Iโ€™m going to be leaving him even before I die?โ€
โ€• Fredrik Backman, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

This is actually a very sad novella about a family saying goodbye to a grandad with dementia, but I first read it in autumn, and it has a lot of autumnal imagery illustrating the themes of time passing and things fading but beauty still being found.

๐Ÿ“™ What is your favourite autumnal book cover? 

โ€œI miss you more than I remember you.โ€
โ€• Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Again, not really about autumn per se – but I love the autumnal imagery used to complement the titular theme, and the cover is beautiful. I read it while on holiday in the Lake District last autumn, and think I’ll forever associate it with that trip’s oranges and browns and rain (lots of rain).

โ˜• What is your favourite autumnal drink to read with? 

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Chai tea! Usually with a teabag, so nothing like as fancy as the picture though…

๐ŸŒœDo you prefer to read late at night or early in the morning? 

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With the caveat that ‘late’ for me just now is any time after 8pm when the baby goes to bed, I do prefer reading at the end of the day. I find it harder to concentrate first thing if I have a busy day ahead or tasks which are drawing my attention. The end of the day means jobs are done, sleep is soon, and it’s time for relaxing with a book!

๐Ÿ‘ป Halloween is coming! What is your favourite spooky read? 

โ€œIf I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!โ€
โ€• Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

My favourite spooky stories are those where the scary things are more complex than simply something going bump in the night – and so where better to go than the genius mother of sci fi, the prickly tragedy of her doctor Frankenstein, and the heart-rending agony of his poor monster?

๐ŸŽƒ What is the ultimate comfort read for you? 

The House on the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune. This is such a wholesome book with themes of acceptance and fatherly love. It was my first read of 2022, when I was a very new mother in the throes of sleeplessness, and it will always occupy a particularly cosy corner of my heart.

๐Ÿช What is your favourite autumnal reading snack? 

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Anything with cinnamon! Or chocolate! Or – if we’re talking savoury – TOASTIES! Just food, okay, I like food.

๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธWhat is your favourite autumnal candle to burn whilst reading? 

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I do love the crackly candles from WoodWick – they make you feel like you’re sitting around the fire.

๐Ÿ‚ When youโ€™re not reading, what is your favourite autumnal activity? 

Probably simply walking outdoors and enjoying the fact that it’s sunny but cold, scarves abound, and leaves are underfoot.

๐Ÿ“šWhat is on your autumn/fall reading list? 

I think this is on a lot of people’s autumn TBRs. I’ve heard good things about it, it’s set in Oxford which is a city close to my heart, plus it looks appropriate for reading as the evenings draw in…