Fall Activities Book Tag

The fact that I was tagged in the Fall Activities Book Tag last year at the end of fall but am only now getting around to it this year at the beginning of fall should tell you everything you need to know about the state of my tags queue. Still better late than never right? I was tagged by Lauren at Lauren’s Page Turners and Kate at Reading Through Infinity. Thanks so much both of you for the tag, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

Fall Activities Book Tag

Apple Picking:
A book on your TBR that looks so great you can’t wait to get into it.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

I actually won a copy of this book in a WordPress giveaway, and I can’t wait for it to finally be released (not long to go). Forest of a Thousand Lanterns sounds amazing; everyone seems incredibly hyped for it and the pre-release reviews are all glowing. Also it’s a fairytale inspired book and that alone is enough to make me want to pick it up.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress—and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfil the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins—sorcery fuelled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

Corn Maze:
A book to get lost in.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Granted this is an emotional read, but it was a book I couldn’t put down. From the first page I was hooked; I wanted to learn everything about the world Adam Silvera created where people know what day they’ll die, and about the characters within that world. They Both Die at the End is a book I didn’t want to end for so many reasons, but mainly because they both die at the end.

They Both Die at the End

Haunted Houses:
A book that scared you.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Normally you know the main character’s going to be all right. There are seven Harry Potter books so you know Harry isn’t likely to die halfway through the Philosopher’s Stone. There was no such feeling with Red Rising. I was convinced so many times the journey was up for Darrow, and my heart was in my throat throughout the entire trilogy.

Red Rising

Pumpkin Patch:
The latest book you picked up/purchased.

Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor

This was a pre-order, and it was finally dispatched to me the other day. I’ve been so excited for the release of this edition ever since it was announced a good few months ago. Taylor is one of my favourite authors, her writing is so so beautiful, and although I’ve already read this short story having this edition is an excuse to re-read it and re-live the magic of Zuzana and Mik.

Night of Cake and Puppets

Scenic Drives:
A book that is lyrically beautiful.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor is the author when it comes to writing lyrical stories, and as amazing as I thought the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series was it was nothing compared to Strange the Dreamer. This was a heavy book and it took me a while to work my way through it but each page, each chapter, was so beautifully written.

Strange the Dreamer

Pumpkin Carving:
A book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind cutting up.

All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry

Rest assured no matter how bad a book is, I’d never cut it up. I really enjoyed Samantha Mabry’s first book so I had high-ish hopes for All the Wind in the World. Unfortunately, although the plot was good and the world building was incredible, I couldn’t stand the main character which ended up ruining this book a little for me.

All the Wind in the World

Drinking Apple Cider:
A sweet book to curl up with.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

There are plenty of YA contemporaries I could have chosen for this answer, but The Unexpected Everything is a story that’s in a league of its own. There is a cute relationship between Andie and Clark, an incredible friendship between Andie, Palmer, Bri and Toby, a great dynamic between Andie and her father, and plenty of cute dogs.

The Unexpected Everything

Jumping in a Leaf Pile:
A book that reminds you of your childhood.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Asides from Harry Potter, which I’m trying to avoid for these questions because it’s an obvious answer, A Series of Unfortunate Events was the defining series of my childhood. I was hooked on the stories and the unique way Lemony Snicket had of writing them. Every time a new book was released I’d look forwards to getting my hands on it and carrying on with the story.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Scary Movie Night:
Your favourite spooky read.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

For me it was the pictures alongside the story that made this a spooky read. Alongside the strange powers the Peculiars have they give the whole series a kind of Victorian Gothic/horror feel. This is a favourite series of mine, and I can’t wait for Ransom Riggs to release more stories from the world of the Peculiars.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Costume Party:
A book with an eclectic cast of characters.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Eclectic is pretty much the perfect word to describe the characters in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. I’m only halfway through and already I’ve met four Shadowhunters – one of whom has only recently discovered the secret world of demons and magic – a centuries old warlock, a recently-turned Jewish vampire, and a handful of werewolves.

The Mortal Instruments

My tags:

And if there’s anyone else out there who wants to take part, consider yourself tagged. Just send me a link to your post in the comments so I can see what your answers are.


34 thoughts on “Fall Activities Book Tag

    1. Yeah I was thrilled, and I can’t wait to start reading it because I’ve heard some amazing things about it. Laini Taylor’s book is definitely beautiful, like one of the most gorgeous books I own at the moment. Thanks so much! 😀


  1. Thanks so much for tagging me, Beth 🌸
    I’m currently reading They Both Die At The End and I seriously don’t want it to end; I don’t know if I’m ready to get my heart broken! I really still want to read Strange The Dreamer and The Unexpected Everything.
    Great answer xx

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    1. That’s all right, I’ll be looking forwards to seeing your answers for this tag. 🙂
      And oh you’ll have to let me know what you think when you have finished They Both Die at the End, it’s a brilliant book but yeah heartbreaking at the end. Thanks Michelle, and I hope you enjoy Strange the Dreamer and The Unexpected Everything as well. 🙂 ❤

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      1. Thanks so much, Beth 🌸
        They Both Die At The End was quite heartbreaking, although I cried more during History Is All You Left Me. I’m really hoping to get to Strange The Dreamer before the end of the month!

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  2. Love this! The Unexpected Everything was a fantastic read and I do 100% agree with you about the characters cast in Cassandra Clare! Well done!

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    1. I think based on the heavy writing style it is a book you need to be in the right mood for, but I’m sure you’ll love it when to do get around to it.
      Oh They Both Die at the End did the same to me, I can’t think of that book without wanting to sob my heart out.


  3. Oh lovely answers for this tag, Beth! I am so impatient for you to read Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and to hear your thoughts about it all. I feel like you could love it 🙂
    That Morgan Matson book really is perfect to curl up with – well, for me, all of her books are, I love how cozy they are and reassuring, always so much fun to read no matter the mood you are in. At least, it does the trick for me 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Marie. 😀 ❤ Oh same here, there's not long until it's release either so hopefully I'll have it in my hands soon. 🙂 It sounds amazing so I definitely can't wait.
      They really are, I find most YA contemporary I love is perfect for curling up with, perfect for the fall weather right? 🙂

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  4. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns looks so good! I can’t wait to read it myself! Loved strange the dreamer as well 😍 it was so beautifully written, so great pick for that one! I definitely need to pick up the red rising series soon! I have heard so many amazing things and I can’t wait to experience them for myself! A series of unfortunate events 😍😍 such a great series and I cannot wait till my son is old enough to start reading them. Great picks!

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    1. It really does doesn’t it? Here’s hoping it lives up to the hype. Strange the Dreamer was amazing, then again as it was written by Laini Taylor I really expected nothing less. 🙂
      Red Rising is an incredible series, and oh Lauren I’m sure you’ll love it as well.
      I hope your son enjoys the A Series of Unfortunate Event books, then again I can’t see any reason why he wouldn’t.
      Thanks. 🙂 ❤

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  5. Hello Beth! Thank you so much for the tag ❤ This sounds like a super fun tag to do 🙂 🙂

    I've been hearing a lot about Forest of A Thousand Lanterns recently – it seems like such an interesting story and it reminds me of the Chinese TV shows that I used to watch going up. I feel like I have to read it as well!

    SO glad to hear that you were also a fan of The Series of Unfortunate Events! I grew up with this series as well! I also looked forward to each and every book that was published. I didn't own many books back then (not even Harry Potter – I borrowed those books from my friend!) BUT I had this entire series :')

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    1. That’s all right. 🙂 I’ll be looking forwards to seeing your answers for this one Sophie. ❤
      It really does, and from what I've seen everyone who's read it so far has loved it so hopefully we both will too. 🙂
      Yeah it's an incredible series as well. I was always so excited back when I was younger when each book was released. It was always such fun and I loved the way Lemony Snicket wrote as well. 🙂

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  6. Yay thank you so much for tagging me in this! Your answers were perfect. I LOVE THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING SO MUCH. It is such a sweet book my goodness. And I also really want to pick up Strange the Dreamer. I’m kinda jumping on the hype train late but I am just now reading the synopsis and it sounds so so good and if it’s beautiful written i’m all for it.

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    1. That’s all right, I’ll be looking forwards to seeing your answers for this on Sydney. 🙂
      Oh it really is, it’s one of my favourite Morgan Matson books and she’s one of my favourite YA contemporary authors as well. I’m sure you’ll love Strange the Dreamer Sydney, it’s an incredible read and yes so wonderfully written as well. 😀

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