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Fall Tag!!

I think I’ve mentioned once or twice (or 5000 times) how much I adore autumn, so this tag is perfect for me. I found it onΒ embuhleeliest‘s blog!
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πŸ‚Β The Fall TagΒ πŸ‚

Which two things tell you that the Fall season has begun?

The weather!!! I hate summer with a fierce and fiery passion, so I very much look forward to autumn weather. I love when the weather turns crisp and chilly and you have to start layering and covering up with heavy blankets. Also, the foliage! Few things are more beautiful than the vibrant red-orange-yellow colors of fall foliage.

What are your plans for this Fall season?

Well, I’ve already been to Salem, MA. I also plan to read a lot of Gothic books. And I want to host a horror movie marathon with some of my friends the weekend before Halloween. Other than that, I just want to drink lots of warm beverages and cozy up in bed.

Silent nights or windy ones?Β 

Windy! I love when the wind is literally howling and you’re inside, curled up in your blanket and just listening to the storms outside.

Cold rain or heavy fog. What do you enjoy more?

Hmm, well, I really enjoy thunderstorms (that Gothic Aesthetic), but generally I’m only a fan of rain if I’m indoors. But fog also has a very Gothic Aesthetic, so I’m torn!

What three things do you love about the season?

Autumn is the season of my heart, my soul. I love everything about autumn; the wardrobe of coats, woolly socks, oversized sweaters, and boots, cinnamon-and-pumpkin spiced everything, dreary skies, apple pies, curling up with hot chocolate, Halloween, gorgeous foliage colors, chilly weather, pumpkins, candles, apple cider, apple orchards, pine cones…I’ll stop, but I think you get the point. Autumn. I love it.

Literally, autumn just makes me so, so happy.

What three things do you hate about the season?

Um, literally nothing except that it’s over TOO QUICKLY.

Share your best memory for the Fall season?

I just spent a very autumnal weekend in Vermont with friends, which was absolutely incredible. We went apple picking, toured an abandoned college campus, visited tons of bookstores, went to a cider mill, and generally just enjoyed nature.

What is your favorite scent for the Fall season?

This is difficult! I love the smell of apple pie, but if we’re talking candles I really like the semi-sweet yet fruity pumpkin scent. I don’t know. I can’t describe it. I also love that cinnamon/nutmeg smell!

What is your favorite Fall movie?

Hmm, you know, I’m not especially big on movies! Generally I just try to watch something spooky!

What is your favorite Fall color?

Okay, so I really love the deep and vibrant shades of red, but I have to give a shout-out to orange! It’s so underappreciated but it’s such a brilliant neon color and the shades range from bright jewel tones to burnt orange. Lovely!

What is your favorite dress code for the Fall season?

Lace-up knee-high boots are a must, usually paired with leggings, a dress, and a hoodie/oversized sweater. I also loooove cardigans in fall colors (I’m wearing an orangeΒ  cardigan right now) and I adore blanket scarves through, tragically, I don’t actually own any at the moment. For my at-home outfit, thick PJ pants, an oversized sweater, and fluffy socks.

Do you believe that the Fall season should be the wedding season?

YES, why do people have weddings in the summer where you’re going to be drenched in sweat? Think of all the gorgeous colors and decorations!

What are your most liked drinks in the Fall season?

I love Starbucks’ Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte, and I really want to try the hot version. I also drink tea with milk!

Haunted house or haunted corn maze?Β 

Um, both?? They each have their own fabulous aesthetic and I need to experience both!! I’ve never actually done either one, tragically…

Wool or knit sweaters?Β 

I’m not sure what the difference is, but a quick google search makes me think I like the look of knit sweaters better. But it probably depends on the sweater style.

Which moisturizer is your favorite in the autumn season?

So, I usually use Bath & Body Works moisturizers in the summer, because they smell fruity and are light-weight, but in the cold I usually need something more heavy duty, so I alternate between Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Frappe Body Lotion and Shea Moisture’s Argan Oil and Raw Shea Butter Lotion with Frankincense and Myrrh. Both smell divine and they’re very moisturizing! And for my hands I just use Nivea, because it doesn’t have a strong smell and I don’t like when my hands smell like anything.

Apple pie or Pumpkin Pie. What’s your favorite?

Apple pie! It’s my favorite dessert and I make a mean apple pie! I’m actually not a huge fan of pumpkin pie. Like, I’ll eat it if it’s there, but it’s not something I would buy myself.

October or November?Β 

October! I like November too but it seems to me that a lot of the autumn spirit deflates after Halloween.

Do you dress up for Halloween?

I wish! I dressed up a few times when I was younger (I was Cleopatra and some sort of prairie girl I think?), but I can’t really afford to spend so much money on something so frivolous now. When I’m more stable, though, I’d love to throw a costume party and dress up in an outrageous Victorian-themed ballgown or something.

What do you feel at the end of the Fall season?

Really sad and deflated. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas too, nearly as much, but the passing of fall means the holiday season is close to being over…then we pass into January and February, which are freezing but don’t have any holiday aesthetic to cheer you up or distract you from the cold. Plus by then all you have to look forward to is spring, which is just gross hot weather and then the Suffering that is summer.

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πŸ‚Autumn TBRπŸ‚

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My autumn TBR is pretty big. It’s actually kind of ridiculous. But I think it’s all right because I’m considering autumn not only as all of October but as most of November too, so when you look at it that way I don’t think this amount of books is too much? I can always carry them into December too; these are just books I want to prioritize.

A lot of them are books I own physical copies of; I have a really terrible tendency to buy books and then, assured that I have all the time in the world to read them, never actually pick them up. So, I’m making it a point to read as many of the books I own as possible. Happily, a lot of them are the Gothic/Victorian reads I tend to think are perfect for Autumn!

So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here the books I intend to read in autumn!

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Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer: This book is the reason I was in such a rush to read the Picture of Dorian Gray, because it’s heavily inspired by it, only the main characters (Dorian and Lord Henry) are women (Dorina and Henrietta)! It’s set in Victorian England with a lady main character who fences and there’s demons. I’m in love with the cover and this plot so you can imagine how excited I am to read this.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell: I have heard so many good things about this book! I see it everywhere when people talk about historical/Gothic fiction, plus I hear this author’s second book is another Gothic thriller, so I’m excited to get into her work!

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin: I’m not even entirely sure what this book is about; all I know is it features two female main characters and takes place in Victorian London. And that cover is gorgeous. All I need to know, really. I’m doing a buddy read of this with Rachel sometime in October!

 

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeanette Ng: Aside from this book having the most gorgeous cover I’ve ever seen (it’s purple!), it’s supposed to be a Gothic tale set in England, but with faeries. That’s really all I know, but that’s all I need to know.

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker: This is more on the historical fiction side than the Gothic side, and it’s Victorian London and…demons, I think? And there’s a “dashing” gentleman and “reclusive” gentleman and two sisters and supernatural stuff. Sounds good to me.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White: This was actually part of my September TBR, but the entirety of my September TBR has been a complete disaster. I didn’t read as much on my vacation as I thought, so this has been pushed to October, which is fine; it’s probably better read in that month anyway.

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis: This actually takes place in Boston (something not set in England!) and is about a young girl in an asylum and then she joins a detective to help solve murders? I think?

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd: This is one of the two books for which I read The Island of Doctor Moreau! This book is about his daughter, Juliet. I don’t really know much, plot wise, and I keep getting this one confused with the McGinnis book. (They both have “mad” in the title and their covers are so similar!)

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye: Literally this is the reason I made it a point to read Jane Eyre this year. I think this is about a young murderess who has read the novel Jane Eyre, not actually an AU Jane Eyre. I love the cover and the tagline and the writing seems really elegant.

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier: I haven’t read any du Maurier books since Rebecca, but I recently purchased this one! Unlike Rebecca, which is very summery, this is definitely very winter/autumn, as it takes place during winter on the Cornish coast, if I’m not mistaken. I enjoy du Maurier’s writing and atmosphere very much so I’m excited to get to this (and her other works, hopefully)!

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry: I’ve been meaning to read this for ages, but in my Fulbright campus interview, one of the faculty recommended it as a Victorian novel that subverts Victorian norms, so it’s been moved up on my TBR. I’m not even clear on what it’s about; I think maybe it features a lady scientist? And I’ve heard good things about Sarah Perry’s writing.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro: This book is a bit of an outlier. It’s a YA mystery based on Sherlock Holmes. I could technically read it at any time since I don’t think it’s particularly autumn-related, but something about murder-mystery-at-boarding-school screams autumn to me, so.

Dracula by Bram Stoker: This is where things start to get a little…shall we say…ambitious. I mean, would I like to read Dracula? Of course. Will I actually read Dracula? Who knows. I’d certainly like to, and I do want to read another classic before the year is out. And it’s not autumn without at least one vampire story. So I have three…

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: I’ve read the summary of this book three times and I still have no idea what it’s about. Perhaps it’s for the best. I’ve heard it’s a really creepy vampire story, so that’s all I need. And I like Holly Black’s writing.

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Most of you know I loved Moreno-Garcia’s book The Beautiful Ones. This is an entirely different animal, of course, but I’m certain I will love this one too. It takes place in Mexico City and features a descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, narco-vampire gangs, lady cops, and a garbage collector. It sounds fucking incredible.

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco: This is the sequel to a book I didn’t like very much, but I’ve heard this is much better than the first! It takes place in Romania and is all about Dracula, so, you know, it’s a perfect October read.

Wildthorn by Jane Eagland: I believe this also takes place in Victorian England and features a girl locked in an asylum and a lesbian relationship? At least I hope it features a lesbian relationship; I’m pretty sure the lesbian rep is the main reason I added this to my TBR in the first place.

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber: Do I actually think I will manage to read an 800+ page historical fiction tome by the end of this year? Who knows. I watched the miniseries with Romola Garai a few years back and loved it, so I’d wanted to read the book for a while. Recently I found out it was Jen Campbell’s favorite book, so that moved it up my TBR – plus it takes place in Victorian England and it’s about prostitutes. It has my name written all over it.

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What do you guys think? Impossible? Improbable? Have you read any of these books or do you plan to soon? Let me know!

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Fireside Chats: Life Update + Some Musings

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I realize this is, strictly speaking, a book/media blog and nothing more, but hey, I’m a Livejournal transplant, so I’m accustomed to sharing bits and pieces of my life online. Granted, Livejournal was a much more private platform, so I’ll be more circumspect than I normally would be. But I think it will be good for me to write out a few things. All of this to say, I tend to ramble, so feel free to skip. Continue reading “Fireside Chats: Life Update + Some Musings”