Today I will be answering the prompts Jenn created for her Autumn blog tag. Check out the link for more info about Jenniely’s Autumn Tag and feel free to respond to the tag on your own blog (or on any other social media space) x
1. Hot Chocolate – what is your comfort book?
This is a great question. I have a lot of comfort reads that each calm me down in a particular way.
The book that has been on my comfort read list for the longest time, though, would probably be Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. I have a soft spot for time travel story lines. I also loved that Harry’s circle of found family grew in this volume and that he got to reconnect with his parents through the memories of his father’s best friends.
I also have fond memories of reading this book late into the night. I remember being caught by my parent’s and told to go to sleep more than once 😛 . I’m so glad I managed to convince my mum to buy this for me from Tesco all those years ago.
2. Pumpkin Carving – what is your favourite creative outlet?
Writing. I love writing stories. When I was a teenager and not enjoying school I spent a lot of time distracting myself by writing radio play scripts, fan fiction, short stories and poems.
I have two writing projects simmering at the moment. One involves faerie court politics and the other is a twist on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
3. Falling Leaves – changes that appear bad but you secretly love?
Moving somewhere new. On the one hand you have to say goodbye to friends and places but on the other hand you get to start a fresh chapter in your life, make new friends and see new places. You can even use it as an opportunity to reinvent yourself, if you want to.
Moving has always evoked a mix of emotions for me.
4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte – something you love that others tend to judge
Just staying at home of an evening with my dog and a book . I don’t enjoy parties and I’ve never gone out to get drunk-it just does not interest me. I’m also terrible at small talk and socialising with people I don’t know very well.
5. Bonfire Night – what makes you explode with joy?
This fluffy face. She’s my little princess 💙
6. Fright Night – favourite scary book or film
I do not watch horror films, generally speaking. The only one I’ve watched and really enjoyed is The Woman In Black. I like it because it has a strangely happy ending. I also like how it is essentially a supernatural period drama.
7. Halloween candy – favourite thing to eat
At the moment I adore Cadbury’s big white chocolate bar. It’s amazingly delicious and perfect picking at on a rainy afternoon, curled up with a book.
8. Scarves – your autumn ‘must have’ accessory
Easy! My Gryffindor scarf. My mum got it for me when she was working in London a few years ago. I adore it and can’t wait for it to be cold enough for me to wear it more often.
9. Fire – a book or film that burns your soul
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Honestly, this book burned a hole in my heart. It’s tragic and poetically beautiful.
10. Toffee apples – a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This book blindsided me. When I read the blurb I assumed it would be a light, fantasy read with a splash of teenage, tragic romance. The key points I picked up on in the blurb were about true love and destiny. It seemed interesting (that’s why I picked it up, after all) but there is so much more depth and quirkiness to it than I picked up on in this blurb.
Romantic love is not really the focal point. It’s more about the complex relationships the titular ‘Raven Boys’ have with each other. They are, in summary, a dysfunctional family on a quest for a dead Welsh king . The Raven Boys is also about what happens when the boys collide with Blue and her tight family of psychic women.
The character dynamics are 👌. The writing style is quirky and brilliant. I also loved that I could make a lot of connections to The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper (which is one of my favourite series ever).
Have you tried Jenn’s tag? If not, feel free to consider yourself tagged by me 🙂