Now that Autumn is officially here, I thought I'd do the Finally Fall Book Challenge!

In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!

As soon as I read this question I knew exactly which book I needed to talk about! Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray is an incredibly atmospheric story. I read this physically, while also listening to the audiobook, and it was one of the most vivid settings I have ever come across in a fantasy novel.

If you're looking for a fast paced, entertaining and atmospheric read, I'd highly recommend you pick up Beasts of Prey!

Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

Anything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Kiran is one of my favourite authors, and her writing it exquisite. All of her novels tell beautifully crafted stories, and they all deal with important and somewhat heavy topcis.

Julia and the Shark is a perfect example. It's a middle grade novel following a young girl as she moves to a remote island with her parents, while her mother works on a research project. Her mother has various struggles with her mental health, and I think that Kiran did a brilliant job at explaining mental illness in a way that is heatbreaking for older readers, but accessible and understandable for younger readers. 

Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

Last month I read We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I really enjoyed this book, because it expanded on ideas that I had come across in other feminist essays. I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but picking this up has made me want to add more non-fiction, and specifically feminist, titles to my TBR.

In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

I can't think of the perfect answer for this prompt, BUT I will say that if I had to choose a fictional character to be related to, I'd probably have Jo March as a sister. I think we're very similar in character.

The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!

Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

I can't think of any books that I've read that fit this prompt. I mean, could I use Little Women again?

The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.

For this one I'm going to go with The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher...

This book is very strange, and very hard to describe. I don't even know where to begin, but I will say that it's very dark and spooky.

The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

I knew straight away which book I would choose for this prompt. I have to go with Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater.

This is a Regency era fantasy romance, with fae and historical fiction elements. If you're a fan of Howl's Moving Castle, I'd definitely recommend that you pick this book up! The second and third books are also out now!

Fall returns every year: name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.

Okay, I'm actually going to have to go with Little Women again. I really want to watch the latest adaptation again, and reread the book as Autumn and Winter draw closer...

What's on your Autumnal TBR for 2022? Let me know in the comments!