I saw this book tag over on Pretty Purple Polka Dots blog last week and with Autumn officially starting this week (in the northern hemisphere anyway) and being without doubt my favourite season, I just had to take part.
What is your favourite thing about autumn?
I love that Autumn smell when you are in a wood, the damp leaves and moss underfoot. And I love the colours in the trees of course.
September brings back school memories. Which book reminds you of your school days? What were your favourite and least favourite subjects?
In Scotland, mid-August is actually the start of the school year while in September we were already onto our first long weekend here in Edinburgh. A book that sprang to mind when I was thinking about this question was The Land of Green Ginger by Noel Langley. I don’t really remember much about the story except that it seemed so exotic! I think it was a class novel in about P6 or P7.
My favourite subjects were always languages and literature – no surprise there! There weren’t many subjects I didn’t like but I would probably have to say PE. I have memories of being stuck in goal on a freezing cold hockey pitch. The school playing fields were next to a bakery and the lovely smell of warm baking bread was to torture when I was shivering in my shorts!
What cover reminds you of autumn?
I loved this book when I read it earlier this year. It brought back so many memories of being a young bookworm and reminded me of so many books I had enjoyed when I was young. The tree on the cover looks very Autumnal.
October brings Halloween. What is your favourite horror or Halloween book? What’s your fave horror/Halloween film?
I am a big woose when it comes to horror films or books. It doesn’t take much to scare me. I’m not sure I’ve actually see any films which could properly be called horror films although I’ve seen plenty which I found scary. I did used to enjoy The Addams Family and The Munsters – does that count?
As for books, I used to read James Herbert and Stephen King when I was a teenager. And I do remember being scared witless reading The Amityville Horror by Jan Anson!
With November it’s time for bonfire night & firework displays. What’s the most exciting book you’ve read that really kept you gripped?
Any of Jo Spain’s novels – her standalone book The Confession had me glued to the pages last year.
What book is your favourite cosy comfort read?
I don’t think I really have a particular favourite but a cosy comfort read for me would be a happy-ever-after love story. Something to make me smile. Carmel Harrington, Sue Moorcroft or Miranda Dickinson’s book are good for that.
Curled up with a good book, what is your hot drink of choice?
Usually a big cup of tea. Although since I currently have a stinker of a cold, I have been enjoying a medicinal hot toddy at night!
What plans are you looking forward to over the next few months?
My family and I are going on a pumpkin cruise at the end of October. There’s a two hour cruise on a canal boat which stops off at a pumpkin farm where you get to choose and carve one. There we are going for a weekend away in Perthshire, my favourite area to visit in Autumn. The colours are just spectacular. The photos of the waterfall and loch above are from there.
What Autumn book release are you most anticipating?
I’m very much looking forward to Jojo Moyes The Giver of Stars which is coming up on my reading list very soon. It’s got such a gorgeous cover.
What Autumn movie release are you most looking forward to?
I went to see the Downton Abbey film at the weekend which I loved! There was a trailer for The Personal History of David Copperfield which I thought looked great but I don’t think it’s out till January in the UK. I also saw a trailer for The Aeronauts which I thought looked good and it’s out in November.
So that’s my answers to the Autumn Book Tag. I’d love to see what everyone else’s choices would be so if you decide to take part, please tag me.