Well, this blogging life is full of firsts – and so here’s my first book tag post! The lovely Naty over at https://natysbookshelf.wordpress.com/ tagged me in this wonderful Autumn thread – you can see the original post by Sam, who started this whole thing on her channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-4nDR8jXi0
1) Crunching leaves: the world is full of color – choose a book that has reds/oranges/yellows on the cover
This has to be Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale – although it’s obviously far from being a cozy read. This book is brilliant, but even more horribly relevant these days it seems. I loved the recent adaptation and can’t wait for the next series which is presumably going beyond the confines of the novel. This is my favourite of all of Atwood’s work – I genuinely don’t think there’s anything like it.
2) Cozy sweater – it’s finally cold enough to don warm cozy clothing: what book gives you the warm fuzzies?
I think this has to be Stella Gibbons’ Cold Comfort Farm. It’s terribly funny, it’s brilliantly narrated, and everything is neatly managed by the rather marvellous Flora Poste. It skits on D. H. Lawrence’s literary excesses, has the glamour of old Hollywood, and any novel that features the Quivering Brethren and a Bedford van scores highly.
3) Fall storm: the wind is howling & the rain is pounding – choose your favorite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day
Jane Eyre begins on a grey, miserable day and, like her, I want to be shut up with a book on such afternoons. True, I don’t want to be interrupted by a rude relative, but Charlotte Bronte’s novel is the perfect thing to settle down with when the weather is wild outdoors. It wasn’t a novel I was hugely fond of as a younger reader, but I love this ‘poor, obscure, plain, and little’ heroine now.
4) Cool crisp air: what’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?
Other than Flora Poste (see above), I think I’d like to trade places with Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next. Being a Literatec sounds like the most exciting job I can imagine, and Thursday is not a woman to be messed with. Plus, she gets to work with that other top operative, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle. I love his Thursday Next series – his alternative world of book-jumping villains and heroes is a real treat (and the fact Wales is a resolutely independent republic is a definite bonus).
5) Hot apple cider: what under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?
Anything by Sarah Moss. I have bought her novels as presents for a lot of people and I think she should be at the top of all Best Selling lists. A particular favourite is Bodies of Light, a historical novel which follows the lives of Ally and May, two young Edwardian women, and their domineering mother. It takes in the suffrage movement, the struggle for women to pursue careers in medicine, and is incredibly memorable. I can’t recommend this novel highly enough!
6) Coat, scarves, and mittens – the weather has turned cold & it’s time to cover up – what’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?
I genuinely can’t think of one! I’m so circumspect about the books I choose to buy – and a dodgy cover is enough to put me off at the best of times – that my shelves are pretty much embarrassment-free!
7) Pumpkin spice: what’s your favorite fall time comforts food/foods?
Heinz Tomato soup! That does me until the coffee chains start promoting their winter drinks. Then I’m a sucker for Black Forest hot chocolate…
8) Warm, cozy bonfire: spread the cozy warmth – who do you tag?
- Cleopatra Loves Books
- Diary of a Bookfiend
- the fuzzy bookworm
- H.A. LEUSCHEL
- Sassy Cat Chat
- The Belgian Reviewer